Impact100 Sonoma awards its $100,000 Impact Grant to Sonoma Land Trust

Impact100 Sonoma awards its $100,000 Impact Grant to Sonoma Land Trust
$192,227 went to two Impact Grant Finalists and also funded ten Community Grants that were awarded to other nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley

At its 8th Annual Awards Celebration, Impact100 Sonoma awarded its 2017 $100,000 Impact Grant to Sonoma Land Trust to fund its program, Sonoma Development Center Land Protection Project. 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 2017 Impact and Community Grant recipients would be and to share in the excitement of the day at a celebratory reception.

Wendy Hoffman, outgoing President, kicked off the event explaining that this year, 290 women joined Impact100 Sonoma providing $290,000, plus $2,227 in unspent funds from a previous grant cycle, making a grand total of $292,227 awarded during the gathering. Since its founding eight years ago Impact100 Sonoma has granted $1,756,000 to organizations serving Sonoma Valley, making it one of the valley’s largest funders.

Upon receiving the $100,000 Impact Grant, John McCaull, Land Acquisition Program Manager, Sonoma Valley, for Sonoma Land Trust, expressed his gratitude to Impact100 Sonoma. “Over the next year and a half we’re all going to figure out together what to do about the Sonoma Development Center. We are your Land Trust – we are a tool of this community to protect land. We are going to do it with your help and I encourage you to engage in this process. It’s going to be very interesting and exciting and we’re going to do new things in Sonoma Valley with this incredible property, our biggest asset. When the time came to do something that is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, Impact100 stepped up in a big way. Thank you so very much.”

Two Impact Grant finalists were also honored and each received $10,000 in unrestricted funds. They are Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4C’s) who applied for its program, 4Cs Sonoma Preschools: Sustainability and Scholarships, and  La Luz Center for Your Community, Your Health (Tu Comunidad, Tu Salud).

Impact100 Sonoma awarded the remainder of the funds, totaling $172,227, in Community Grants to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • 10,000 Degrees – $20,000 to pilot a college awareness initiative for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and their parents at Altimira Middle School.
  • On The Move – $19,990 to expand their Parent University program (currently at El Verano and Sassarini Elementary Schools) to Flowery Elementary School, motivating parents to become engaged in their children’s learning.
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank -$20,000 to provide fresh produce and healthy staple foods for low-income residents of Sonoma Valley who might otherwise go without adequate food and nutrition.
  • Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) – $20,000 to expand no-cost services to grieving youth in Sonoma Valley and to increase parent education and youth engagement.
  • Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards- $10,000 to repair damage from erosion and overuse on Sonoma’s Overlook Trail.
  • Sonoma Valley Education Foundation – $20,000 to expand the Jump into Reading! summer intervention program to improve reading proficiency for students in grades K-3.
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance (SVMA) -$20,000 for its ongoing Road Map to Your Future program to provide valuable career exploration opportunities to 240 of Sonoma Valley’s most at-risk youth.
  • Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance – $8,048 to upgrade its eight Mentor Centers.
  • Teen Services Sonoma -$19,845 to expand its Ready to Work program with the Building Vocational Skills for Success Program offering construction-related skills development.
  • Teen Services Sonoma (TSS)- $14,344 to purchase equipment and supplies to upgrade its hospitality programs at TSS’s Lovin’ Oven and Sonoma Valley High School’s No Name Café.

Over the past five months, Diana Sanson (Grants Oversight Chair), Claudia Sims (Impact Grant Chair), Margaret Grandy (Community Grants Chair), and Lynne Lancaster (Grant Review Committees Chair) led the process of narrowing 38 original applications down to three finalists for the $100,000 Impact Grant and 13 finalists for Community Grants. The finalists were selected after careful review by nearly 90 Impact100 Sonoma members who served on financial and grant review committees. The recipients of the awards were decided by a vote of the entire Impact100 Sonoma membership.

The Annual Awards Celebration was sponsored by Union Bank with other financial and in-kind contributions from Hanna Boys Center, Betty Sherer, and Sonoma Market. Catering was provided by Teen Services Sonoma’s Lovin’ Oven.

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 and Community Grants up to $20,000 every year to a nonprofit organization serving Sonoma Valley. Impact100 Sonoma has granted a total of $1,756,000 to nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley 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.


See Photo Gallery of the Annual Awards Celebration