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Impact100 Sonoma announces 2022 grants

Impact100 Sonoma announces 2022 grants

On Saturday, Jan. 22, Impact100 members gathered virtually via Zoom for their annual meeting to hear presentations from the organization’s co-presidents, treasurer, grants chair, and membership chair. The membership chair revealed that, with increased membership and additional donations, Impact100 Sonoma would be giving a total of $335,500 to local Sonoma Valley nonprofit organizations during the 2022 grants cycle.

Since its founding in 2009, Impact100 has granted almost $3 million to local nonprofits, making it one of the Valley’s largest funders. By the end of this calendar year, Impact100 will have distributed $3,324,500 in grant funds.

The amount of money Impact100 can put toward grants depends on the number of members who join each year. One-hundred percent of grant donations go directly toward the grants pool, offering funding opportunities to the most nonprofit applicants possible. For calendar year 2022, grant applications were due Jan. 27.

“For the second year in a row, Impact100 will be awarding Impetus Grants of up to $25,000 to each nonprofit selected,” said Dana Simpson-Stokes, grants committee chair. “The Impetus Grants were originally conceived as a response to the additional obstacles local nonprofits faced as a result of the pandemic and allowed Impact100 to spread out grant funds more broadly. We are thrilled that we can award the grants earlier this year at the Awards Celebration on April 30, which is open to the public to celebrate the nonprofits and their work.”

Impact100 members learn about, and serve, the nonprofits in the community by working on committees that focus on grant applications and the study of the local nonprofits; membership engagement and recruiting; communications and marketing, and more. There is also the opportunity, based on the proposals and presentations by finalists, to support the organization’s mission by simply voting on the nonprofit applicants. With additional members, Impact100 will be able to help more nonprofits address current obstacles and challenges, as well as work toward goals of long-term sustainability.

Impact100 Sonoma is a women’s collective giving organization that pools its funds to support nonprofits from Schellville to Kenwood. Impact100’s mission is to support a thriving Sonoma Valley, as well as empower local women to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through giving and responsible stewardship, while emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion.

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