Impact100 Sonoma awards its $100,000 Grant to 10,000 Degrees and $181,938 among 14 other nonprofits

At its 7th annual Grant Awards Celebration, Impact100 Sonoma awarded the $100,000 grant to 10,000 Degrees to fund its program – 10,000 Degrees Institute Sonoma Valley Expansion, which will expand their two-year college access program focusing on academic support, college persistence skills building, and financial aid to students at Sonoma Valley High School and Hanna Boys Center. As the recipient was announced, cheers and applause filled the auditorium of Hanna Boys Center where Impact100 Sonoma members and guests gathered to discover who the 2016 recipients would be and to share in the excitement of the day at a celebratory reception.

Upon receiving the Impact Grant, Lisa Carreño, Regional Director for 10,000 Degrees expressed her gratitude to Impact100 Sonoma “for your support and leadership in investing in 10,000 Degrees and our work with Sonoma Valley students and their families. We could not be more excited with this opportunity to further support their efforts to reach their dreams.”

This year, 276 women joined Impact100 Sonoma, providing a total of $276,000 to be awarded to selected Sonoma Valley nonprofits. In addition, $5,948 of unspent grant funds from 2015 were added to the total amount of the awards. This enabled the organization to award $20,000 to each of the three remaining finalists for the $100,000 grant: Becoming Independent for their program Pioneering Innovative Model to Benefit Sonoma Valley, Pets Lifeline for their Sonoma Valley Mobile Pet Adoption program, and Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance for their program THRIVE, The Heart’s Resilience is a Victorious Experience. Impact100 Sonoma awarded the rest of the funds, totaling $121,938, in Community Grants to the following nonprofit organizations:

Ceres Community Project received $15,000 to continue their Healing Meals for Healthy Communities program serving families and individuals struggling with serious illness.

Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) received $15,000 to provide rental assistance to needy Sonoma Valley residents.

La Luz Center received $15,000 to provide low-income Latinos with free, bi-lingual employment counseling, computer classes, and ongoing technology literacy assistance.

Pets Lifeline received $15,000 to expand their in-house spay/neuter capabilities, so that all sterilization surgeries can be performed at the shelter.

Redwood Empire Food Bank received $15,000 to expand their weekly distribution of fresh produce to approximately 300 low-income seniors, families and individuals in Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma Community Center received $10,000 to replace their 30-year-old community gas kiln with a safer kiln that will help expand the ceramics programs.

Sonoma Ecology Center received $2,316 toward their project to train teen EnviroLeaders in urban tree planting/care and community survey techniques to help enhance the Springs.

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation received $2,316 toward their project to support overnight college field trips for students enrolled in their engineering and agriculture academies.

Teen Services Sonoma received $15,000 to launch the TSS Welding Program pilot in conjunction with Hanna Boys Center as the first in a series of programs to prepare youth for construction sector jobs.

Verity received $2,316 in support of their Youth Empowerment and Support program that educates children and youth to identify, prevent, and report sexual violence.

Vintage House received $15,000 to support and expand their senior transportation project (LIMO) that provides free, local rides for life-enhancing purposes.

Over the past five months, Amy Rassen (Grants Oversight), Cathy Gorham (Impact Grant), Diana Sanson (Community Grants), and Lynne Lancaster (Grant Review Committees) led the process of narrowing the original applications down to four finalists for the $100,000 Impact Grant and 22 finalists for Community Grants. The finalists were selected after careful review by more than 90 Impact100 Sonoma members who served on financial and grant review committees chaired by Karen Roche, Ann Iverson, Cameron McKinley, Robin Layton, Kathleen Leonard, Lisa Lilienthal, Claudia Sims, Meg Sokoloski, and Judith Walsh. The recipients of the awards were decided by a vote of the Impact100 Sonoma membership.

Prior to the grant awards, Leslie Medine, Senior Fellow with On The Move, provided the audience with an update on their program, Parent University Sonoma, that was supported by the 2015 $100,000 Impact Grant. Every goal that was set has been surpassed. They hoped to offered 20 classes for Sonoma Valley parents at El Verano and Sassarini Elementary Schools—they offered 60. They hoped to train five parent interns to lead special programs—they trained ten. Their goal was to have 300 parents volunteer in school programs—they had 367. And finally, they hoped to have 200 parents participate in Parent University and enrollment reached 509… all in one year.

The Awards Celebration was sponsored by Union Bank with in-kind contributions from Idell Family Vineyards, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Hanna Boys Center, Betty Sherer, and Debbie Drummond Information Technology Specialties. Hors d’oeuvres were prepared and served by students from the Sonoma Valley Teen Services Skills for Life program, the 2011 recipient of the Impact100 Sonoma $100,000 grant.

Impact100 Sonoma is a philanthropic organization that brings together at least 100 women in a common purpose: to award an Impact Grant of $100,000 every year to a nonprofit organization serving Sonoma Valley. Impact100 Sonoma has raised a total of $1,468,000 for Sonoma Valley nonprofits since its founding in 2009. The organization’s mission is to empower women of Sonoma Valley to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through collective giving and responsible stewardship.

Impact100 Sonoma welcomes additional women to join the organization. Information about Impact100 Sonoma may be found at or by calling 707-939-5007.

Caption for photograph:
From left to right: Lisa Carreño, Regional Director 10,000 Degrees, Sharon Nichols, Director of Development 10,000 Degrees, Cathy Gorham, Impact Grant Chair

Photograph by Bari Williams (Please provide appropriate attribution)
Judy Scotchmoor
Communications Chair, Impact100 Sonoma
Impact100 Sonoma, P.O. Box 1958, Sonoma, CA 95476

Download the full Press Release