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Impact100 Sonoma growth makes an even bigger impact

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | Posted by

Continued growth for Impact100 Sonoma translates to increased grant funding for nonprofit organizations in Sonoma Valley.

This month the philanthropic women’s giving circle announced that 66 new members joined Impact100 Sonoma, bringing its total membership to 225.

Union Bank also joined Impact100 Sonoma as a partner and major underwriter. Support from Union Bank will help defray the group’s administrative costs.

Impact100 Sonoma currently is accepting letters of inquiry for grant funding from local nonprofit organizations. Grant forms for the $100,000 Impact Grant or the $5,000 to $15,000 Community Grants must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

With its increased membership, Impact100 Sonoma will be able to award $225,000 in 2013 grant funding. The organization’s goal is to bring together at least 100 women who each donate $1,000 toward the nonprofit grants.

Since its founding in 2009, Impact100 Sonoma has granted a total of $462,000 to Sonoma Valley nonprofits. In June, that total will rise to $687,000.

The new membership figures include an 82 percent retention rate.

Those numbers were presented at the group’s annual education forum, where guest speaker Lynne Twist told the group that anyone can be a philanthropist, regardless of their financial status. Twist is the author of the award-winning book, “The Soul of Money.”

She noted that $50 given from the heart can have far greater value than a dispassionate donation of a higher amount.

Local nonprofit organizations can find forms and instructions for the Impact100 Sonoma grants at impact100sonoma.org. Applicants will be notified of their grant status by Feb. 22.

Last year, Impact100 Sonoma received 39 letters of inquiry and awarded a total of $195,000 in grant monies to nine nonprofit organizations.

Letters of intent for the $100,000 Impact Grant will be accepted for programs in the following priority areas: prevention and intervention; social outreach; enrichment and environment; and women and girls. Community Grants will be accepted for capital grants, innovation program grants and planning for strategic partnering/collaboration program grants.

In 2010, the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley was the first Impact Grant recipient, followed by Sonoma Valley Teen Services in 2011 and La Luz Center in 2012.

The group’s mission is to increase the number of women involved in local philanthropy, raise awareness of the unmet needs of nonprofits in Sonoma Valley, encourage members to become more involved with local charities and make an impact on the long-term sustainability of Sonoma Valley’s nonprofit community.

B.J. Bischoff serves as the group’s president.

For more information, visit impact100sonoma.org or call 939-5007.




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