Ready to Launch: the NextGeneration

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September marks the launch of Impact100 Sonoma’s NextGen Program, designed to inspire and empower young women to become actively involved in serving our Sonoma Valley community. The program will provide the next generation of women—particularly those who may not have the financial resources—an opportunity to become full Impact100 Sonoma members and participate in community nonprofit engagement and the grant-making process.

This kick-off year, four NextGen candidates between the ages of 25 and 35 will be selected to join Impact100 Sonoma for a two-year term as full voting members. Each of their first year’s membership donation of $1,000 has been made possible by a generous member sponsor, with future NextGen members to be supported through a special scholarship fund. NextGen members will be asked to “pay what you can” for their second year donations and the balance will be subsidized by the fund. At the end of their two-year term, NextGen members will be invited to continue their Impact100 Sonoma membership as their interest, resources and time allow.

NextGen candidates must live or work in Sonoma Valley. Though not a requirement, they will be encouraged to participate in the Grant Review process and/or one of the standing committees, as well as attending several important Impact100 Sonoma meetings each year. To get the word out to potential candidates, the NextGen Committee is reaching out to grantee and other nonprofit organizations and holding local events to attract younger members. Interested candidates can learn more and apply on the Impact100 Sonoma website.

Applications are due October 15 and selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview with committee members. Notification of the first class of four NextGen members will be November 15. In December our first NextGen members will gather for an orientation to Impact100 Sonoma in preparation for becoming full members in January 2017. We can all look forward to meeting, welcoming and celebrating them at our annual meeting in January 2017.

The NextGen Committee is looking for Impact100 Sonoma members interested in mentoring one of our new NextGen members beginning this coming spring. Members are also encouraged to become a sponsor or donate towards a NextGen sponsorship in any amount. Members interested in sponsoring or mentoring a NextGen member please contact Mary Marcussen at

If you know someone who qualifies as a NextGen candidate, please forward this newsletter to them, refer them directly to the NextGen Program page on the Impact100 Sonoma website, or they can email for more information.

It is with happy anticipation that we announce the NextGen Program. For isn’t it true—every young woman who brings her heart and her talents to understanding local needs and supporting the nonprofits who advocate for those needs, helps to fulfill Impact100 Sonoma’s vision for the future: a thriving Sonoma Valley!