The process for determining our Impact Grant recipient in May of 2017 began with each Impact 100 Redwood Circle member having the opportunity to nominate a Sonoma County nonprofit organization. The nominated organizations were invited to participate by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI). The Grant Committee received 17 LOIs from nominated organizations.
The Grant Committee just completed the review of the submitted LOIs. Using a comprehensive evaluation tool, the committee examined these areas:
- The organization, including their mission statement, population served, current programs and length of time in existence, history of success, staffing levels and engagement of volunteers and members of their Board.
- The description of the project/program for which they are requesting funding, including the documented need and target population, their qualifications to address this need, whether the project aligned with their mission.
- The organization’s financials to determine fiscal responsibility.
Each grant team member thoroughly reviewed each LOI and scored it based on the established criteria. The ratings were then tabulated using a fair and reliable methodology.
We are happy to announce completion of our review of the LOIs and the selection the 8 semi-finalist organizations. These organizations will move into the next phase by submitting a Full Proposal Application (FPA).
The 8 are ( in alpha order):
- Center for Climate Protection
- Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
- Community Childcare Council of Sonoma County
- Food for Thought
- Girl Scouts of Northern California
- Redwood Empire Food Bank
- SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry