Impact100 Sonoma Grants Record $350,000 to 13 Valley-Serving Nonprofits

Posted on May 7, 2024 by Sonoma Sun

On Saturday morning, May 4, members of women’s collective giving organization Impact100 Sonoma gathered at Hanna Center to celebrate its 15th anniversary and the annual awarding of grants to nonprofits serving valley residents. Thirteen $25,000 Impetus Grants were awarded. One recipient, Sonoma Immigrant Services, also received the organization’s first Encore Grant, providing a second consecutive year of the same funding.

The 2024 grant total of $350,000donated by some 330 members—sets a new annual giving record for Impact100 Sonoma and raises its cumulative grant total since 2010 to $4,025,485. It is one of the valley’s largest funders. Grant recipients represented a broad range of nonprofit organizations serving residents of all ages and needs.

For the fourth year in a row, Impact100 Sonoma awarded multiple Impetus Grants of up to $25,000 to selected nonprofits. This strategy of disbursing funds widely, as opposed to offering fewer large grants, was initiated during the pandemic and is planned to continue long term, based on feedback from the nonprofit community. Grant recipients can use the money to sustain their current programs, expand or improve their offerings, or meet organizational needs that support their mission.

2024 Impetus Grant Recipients

  • Art Escape: $25,000 to support the salary for the program director, who oversees the design and implementation of creative education programs
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley: $25,000 to expand the free mental health program, which provides individual and group therapy sessions at all seven club locations
  • Ceres Community Project: $25,000 to fulfill the specific nutritional needs of people struggling with serious illness
  • Community Matters: $25,000 to implement the Safe School Ambassadors®️ Program at Adele Harrison Middle School and a second high-need school
  • Kid Scoop News: $25,000 to support the Parent Engagement Program, a literacy project that engages more than 600 predominantly Spanish-speaking families
  • La Luz Center: $25,000 to support the Uplift in Unity Project, which will develop a cohort of Latino community leaders to identify essential family needs and facilitate access to resources
  • North Bay Children’s Center*: $25,000 to fund the development of a new Infant and Toddler Center at Sassarini Elementary School, fostering whole-family connection campus-wide
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation*: $25,000 to upgrade facilities at Larson Park, a vital family gathering place in an underserved Springs neighborhood
  • Sonoma Immigrant Services*: $25,000 to fund the citizenship program and access to legal services such as green cards, visas, and work permits
  • Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS): $25,000 to provide meals and community connection for unhoused and food-deprived residents
  • Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: $25,000 to support the Empowerment Academy at Sonoma Valley High School, an after-school enrichment program offered by a collaborative of local nonprofits
  • Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra: $25,000 to expand music education programs at El Verano Elementary School and Sonoma Valley High School
  • Vintage House: $25,000 to support myRide transportation services that help non-driving seniors stay active and connected to the community

 * First-time full grant recipient

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