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Impact 100 Sonoma makes Board changes

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 | Posted by

Clockwise from top left: Judy Scotchmoor, Mirja Muncy, Lorraine Ashton, Nancy Pollock.

Impact 100 Sonoma—which awards high-impact $100,000  grants each year to a Sonoma Valley non-profit organization—has recently announced the election of four new Board members. All are founding members of the organization:

  • Lorraine Ashton is a licensed clinical psychologist and family therapist, with practices in Sonoma and Menlo Park. She is retired from teaching and administration at JFK University and her volunteer work includes international education, micro-lending programs, senior services, and historic preservation.  Ashton will serve as Chair of Community Grants.
  • Mirja Muncy, born in Helsinki, moved to Sonoma in 2000, after living 23 years in Asia.  She has worked as a teacher and in retail store management, and as editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine in Hong Kong. Here in Sonoma, she has invested her energies at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Muncy will serve as Secretary and Chair of Development.
  • Nancy Pollock has enjoyed over 20 years in the travel/hospitality industry. Her volunteer work includes many different organizations, including the neonatal ICU ward at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. She is currently active with the UC Master Gardeners and is on the board of Sonoma Plein Air.  Pollock will serve as Chair of Membership Services.
  • Judy Scotchmoor is Assistant Director of the University of California Museum of Paleontology in Berkeley, overseeing the museum’s education and outreach efforts. She has lived in Sonoma for 27 years and is an avid supporter of Sonoma Land Trust, State and National Parks, and several local nonprofits, as well as science education.  Scotchmoor will serve as Chair of Communications.

Impact 100 Sonoma was co-founded in 2009 by Annette Lomont and Christine Dohrmann as a philanthropic organization that brings together a minimum of 100  women with one common purpose: to award an impact grant of $100,000 each year to a Sonoma Valley nonprofit organization that would otherwise not have access to this level of funding.

Happy winners of a $100,000 grant: Sonoma Valley Teen Services.

The funds for impact grants are raised from the members, who make an annual contribution of $1,000. This donation provides membership for one year, and gives the contribution member one vote  in determining the recipient of that year’s $100,000 grant. Another category of participation in the organization, Friends, allows smaller donations. Friends are invited to many events, but do not have voting rights.

Impact 100 Sonoma currently has 157 members, each of whom cast a vote last May to determine which Sonoma Valley nonprofit would receive the annual $100,000 Impact Grant.  The award went to Sonoma Valley Teens Services to fund its Skills for Life Program

The organization also awarded $57,000 in smaller grants ranging in size from $3,500 to $15,000 to six other nonprofits that support women and girls’ programs and capital needs: Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH), Sebastiani Theatre Foundation, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, and the Woman’s Initiative for Self-Employment.

For more information about Impact100 Sonoma, visit  impact100sonoma.org or call 707-939-5007.

Suzie Rodriguez

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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