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News: 07/01/2017

Land Trust receives $100,000 from Impact100 Sonoma

Impact100 Sonoma, a Sonoma Valley women’s philanthropic organization, recently gave out its annual monetary awards to a number of organizations – with its yearly major donation of $100,000 going to the Sonoma Land Trust.

A grand total of $292,227 was awarded to ten groups. 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.

The Sonoma Land Trust is a key player in planning the future of 900 acres of property now making up Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) facilities, slated for closure next year. The $100,000 award, along with other funds, will be used to develop a land and resource conservation plan for the transfer of the open space portions of SDC to county and state parks by the end of 2018.

“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,” said the Land Trust’s John McCaull at the Impact100 Sonoma award celebration, held at Hanna Boys Center on June 10.

“When the time came to do something here that’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Impact100 stepped up in a big way.”

McCaull said the money will also be used to make sure the people of Sonoma Valley have an active voice in the decision-making process for SDC’s future.

Other recipients of financial awards included Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs), La Luz Center, 10,000 degrees, On the Move, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, and Teen Services Sonoma.

Impact100 Sonoma 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.

For more information about Impact100 Sonoma, go to, or call 939-5007.

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