Our Committees

LEADERSHIP and COMMITTEES

 What is the leadership structure for Impact 100 Redwood Circle?

Leadership Team – comprised of a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, committee chairs, and other members as the organization deems necessary

Primary duties include:

Strategic direction

Policy setting

Financial oversight

Committee oversight

The Community Foundation of Sonoma County hosts impact 100 RC. The organization does not need Articles of Incorporation or bylaws, as it operates under the Community Foundation’s umbrella, nor will Impact 100 RC require a legal governing board. The president and treasurer serve as the primary liaisons to the Foundation.

What committees are there?

Impact Grant Committee

  • Manage the Impact Grant application and grant awarding process
  • Solicit and review letters of inquiry
  • Solicit grant proposals and support grant process
  • Establish criteria for evaluating grant applications
  • Review all grant proposals and conduct site visits
  • Recommend three finalists for membership vote
  • Subcommittees may be formed for the following types of tasks:
    • Review financial statements included in the grant proposals
    • Review the outcome measurement reports/data submitted by grant recipients and present impact reports to the membership

Community Grants

  • Manage the Community Grant application and grant awarding process
  • Solicit and review letters of inquiry
  • Solicit grant proposals and support grant process
  • Establish criteria for evaluating grant applications
  • Review all grant proposals and conduct site visits
  • Recommend three finalists for membership vote
  • Subcommittees may be formed for the following types of tasks:
    • Review financial statements included in the grant proposals
    • Review the outcome measurement reports/data submitted by grant recipients and present impact reports to the membership

Marketing and Communications Committee

  • Develop and maintain marketing materials
  • Build awareness for the organization in the community
  • Develop and maintain our website (WordPress) and social media presence (including the Facebook page)
  • Create an electronic newsletter, write press releases, take photos and videos at events
  • Take pictures and create videos for use in internal and external communications

Membership Committee

  • Recruit, acknowledge, and welcome new members
  • Formulate strategies for member recruitment and retention
  • Encourage existing members to renew their memberships annually
  • Assist members in finding meaningful ways to engage with and support Impact 100 RC

Education Committee

  • Keep the membership informed on various topics, such as nonprofits in the community and the nomination process
  • Plan and implement member education sessions

Events Committee

  • Organizes about 3-5 member meetings per year, including the annual membership meeting and grant decision meeting
  • Identify and secure meeting venue
  • Coordinate the event program with other committees
  • Secure refreshments
  • Set up and clean up the facility the day of the event
  • Plan and implement periodic social/networking events

IMPACT GRANT

 How are grant awards decided?

Our members nominate a nonprofit. The Impact Grant process includes a Letter of Intent, Full Proposal Application, Question and Answer session, and, finally, a presentation to all Impact 100 RC members.

  • The Impact Grant Committee reviews proposals submitted by nominated nonprofits
  • The Impact Grant Committee selects three finalists for the full membership vote
  • The three finalists present their proposals at the annual membership meeting
  • The total membership votes for the Impact Award recipient at the annual membership meeting
  • We launched our first grant cycle in November 2015. Current award cycles begin in January of each year.

Who serves on the Grant Committees?

Any paying member of Impact 100 RC may serve on the Grant Committee. There must be broad membership representation on the Grant Committees, due to its primary role in the selection process. Therefore, it is our goal to have ten or more members serving on each committee.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, check with the Impact Grant Chair, Community Grant Chair or the Leadership Team.

What types of organizations are eligible to be nominated for a grant?

Nonprofits that are tax-exempt under IRS code section 501(c)(3) and registered with the Registry of Charitable Trusts, State of California Department of Justice.

Impact 100 RC’s grants are non-discriminatory based on race, gender, sexual identification or orientation, national origin, or immigration status.

Grants are targeted to the following areas of focus:

  • Arts and culture
  • Environment/parks/sustainability/recreation
  • Health/community betterment
  • Education

What organizations are ineligible?

  • Religious or faith-based
  • International affairs
  • Legislation and Public policy and Lobbying
  • Individuals are ineligible to apply for grants

What can and can’t the grants be used for? 

Can: Existing programs, expansion of programs, launching new programs, or capital campaigns if specific to program under consideration for a grant.

Can’t: General operating funds, the retirement of debt, individuals, fund drives, or advertising

What about members who might have a conflict of interest because they are employed by, volunteer for, or support a grant applicant?

Most Impact 100 members are active in our community, and thus, many have “favorite” charities. However, Impact 100 RC is based on one member, one vote, so voting for a favorite is not considered a conflict.

Members who serve on the Grant Committee are in a position to influence the three finalists’ selection. Thus, Grant Committee members who have a family member, or are employed by a grant applicant or a board member, must remove themselves from discussion and decision-making regarding that nonprofit.

EDUCATION and EVENTS

If I want to help with an event or activity but do not have time to join a committee, may I get involved that way?

Contact the Education of Events committee chair and let her know of your availability. There are always tasks at an event that need to be, and we would welcome your support.

If I have an idea for an educational program or event, how do I make that known?

We welcome new ideas. Contact a committee chair and suggest your ideas. They will be directed to the appropriate committee for discussion.

If I want to know something about Impact 100 RC, how do I make my interest known?

We strive to make Impact 100RC as transparent as possible. Please contact any member of the Leadership Team with your questions.