Impact Grant 2017 Semi-Finalists Announced

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
  • Pepperwood
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank
  • SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry

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