Impact100 gives out $337K to Sonoma Valley nonprofits
Impact100 Sonoma, a women’s philanthropic organization, gave a record number of grants totaling $337,400 spread between 16 Sonoma Valley nonprofits at its annual celebration.
On Saturday, April 29, members gathered at Hanna Center to celebrate the annual awarding of grants.
The group awarded 14 full Impetus Grants and two partial grants — the highest number of full grants the group has given in a single year.
Each member donates $1,000, with more than 300 women now active in the group. Grant recipients represented a broad range of nonprofit organizations serving residents of all ages and needs.
Since the group was founded in 2010, it has contributed $3,661,900 to Sonoma Valley.
The organization returned to an alternating funding cycle this year, which doesn’t allow recent recipients to re-apply in the year after they’ve won. For the recent giving cycle, organizations that received two grants in a row in 2021 and 2022 were ineligible to apply for the 2023 cycle.
Applicants submitted their grant proposals in January. Over the winter, Impact100 Sonoma volunteer committees reviewed applications, made site visits and selected the finalists. Those organizations presented their proposals to the full Impact100 membership at the Sebastiani Theatre on April 15, and members voted online for grant recipients through April 23.
A few selected nonprofits were awarded Impetus Grants of up to $25,000. For the third year in a row, the organization used a strategy of disbursing funds widely, as opposed to offering fewer large grants. This process was initiated during the pandemic and is planned to continue long term.
Grant recipients will use the money to sustain their current programs, expand or improve their offerings or better fulfill their core mission.