Impact100 Sonoma Continues to Grow


As a part of their 2017 recruitment efforts, Impact100 Sonoma implemented NextGen, a new sponsorship program to encourage young women in Sonoma Valley to participate in local philanthropy.  The organization welcomes five 2017 NextGen members (from left to right) Chelsea Runnings, Angela Ryan, Gail Chadwin, Chanel Ruez-Bricco, and Lauren Jolly.  


Sonoma, CA – January 14, 2017

Every year since its inception in 2009, the number of Impact100 Sonoma members has grown. This year the organization is 290 strong – another record membership level. More importantly, this means that in May, $290,000 will be awarded to nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley bringing the total amount of grants awarded from 2010-2017 to $1,756,000.

Gera Vaz, Membership Chair of Impact100 Sonoma, enthusiastically announced the numbers at the members’ Annual Meeting held at Vintage House on January 14th.   More than twenty percent of the 2017 membership is new to Impact100 Sonoma, including five women who were selected to participate in the organization’s first year of the NextGen program, a member-funded sponsorship program that encourages young women in Sonoma Valley to participate in local philanthropy.  In addition, a grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation contributed to the memberships of two additional young, professional women.

Reflecting on this achievement, President Wendy Hoffman said, “We are thrilled to see so many women in our community choose to participate in our collective giving organization. It is especially gratifying that our membership includes more young, professional and Latina women than ever before. This diversity of age and culture benefits our grants evaluation process as well as the sustainability of Impact100 Sonoma for years to come.”

The concept of Impact100 is simple – a giving circle of at least 100 women, each donating $1,000 – every penny of which goes directly to award a $100,000 Impact Grant plus a number of smaller Community Grants to Sonoma Valley nonprofits.

A highlight of the meeting was an update from the 2016 $100,000 Impact Grant recipient, 10,000 Degrees, whose mission is to support students from low-income families complete high school and college. The Impact Grant enabled 10,000 Degrees to expand their program at Sonoma Valley High School (SVHS) and launch a new program at Archbishop Hanna High School (AHHS). Lisa Carreño, Regional Director of Sonoma County, and Chinna Ford, the 10,000 Degrees College Advisor in Sonoma Valley, delivered the presentation to an enthusiastic audience. The goal is for 100% to graduate on time with financial packages in place and to graduate from college within six years. All Sonoma Valley students and families are invited to attend financial aid and college application workshops.

Impact100 Sonoma has already received Letters of Inquiry for the 2017 Impact Grant and proposals for Community Grants. Now, volunteer grant committee members will review the grant proposals, visit the nonprofit applicants, and determine a list of finalists to present to the voting membership. 75 members will participate in this vetting process for 2017.

More information about Impact100 Sonoma can be found on the website ( or by calling 707-939-5007.

Ann Iverson
Communications Chair
Impact100 Sonoma Board of Directors
Impact100 Sonoma, P.O. Box 1958, Sonoma, CA