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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: Impact 100 empowers women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact in our community.

Results: since inception in 2001, Impact 100 has awarded over $3.2 Million to fund 29 transformational programs/projects

Target demographics: to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact in our community.

Geographic areas served: The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area

Programs: providing transformational grants of $100,000+ to nonprofits

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lisa K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been part of Impact 100 for almost 10 years - I've seen the process full circle - from Letters of Intent, grant applications, review, interviews, presentations, grant decisions, follow up ...and it's thorough and transformational!

Think about a teacher free store getting funding for a mobile outreach unit and staff to allow them to bring supplies to the schools that so desperately need them. Imagine funding a laundromat cum community center in an area where there are none and the average household income is 48% lower than Cincinnati Metro - a few short miles away!

Inspiring? YES
Thorough? YES
Fiscally responsible? YES
Changing lives? YES YES YES

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and supporter of Impact 100, I've seen an entire grant cycle first-hand and have witnessed the integrity and quality control that goes into the Impact 100 process. Women donate $1,000/year to be a part of Impact 100 and the power of collective giving allows Impact 100 to give away hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving non-profits every year. The grant review process is led by experienced grant reviewers and committees of women go through a grueling and intense review process to decide the ultimate recipient of the grant funds.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Impact 100 is a wonderful non-profit organization that brings together women who want to made a major impact with their pooled dollars. We make the difficult decision each year which non-profits in our community will be grant recipients. This is based on in depth reviews of each grant proposal and follow-up site visits with the leading contenders. It culminates with an award event in the Fall where five finalists present their case to the entire membership, and we vote. All members choose how much they want to be involved.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I am the founder of Impact 100. My experience with is non-profit has been life changing. I am not in a position to make large grants on my own, by pooling my resources with others, I am a part of a significant grant - the kind of grant that changes lives. THe "impact" of these grants has been tremendous to the non-profits...but even greater in my own life. Though this work, I have had the privelige of getting to know so many non-profits in the community. I've learned about new solutions to long term issues and much needed assistance to those in great need. I no longer live in Cincinnati, but will always contribute.

Review from Guidestar

Candie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have only started learning about Impact 100 over the past few years via the amazing Wendy Steele.

I try to visit the website and learn a little more as I have time. I have read personal stories of how Impact 100 has helped so many!

It's inpsiring and helps to propel me toward wanting to be more involved, learn more and help more.

Review from Guidestar

M.c. B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly love Impact 100. I have been a member since 2008 and have learned so much about my home town - its challenges and attributes. I really enjoy working with women who are different from me and bringing so many new and interesting points of view to our grant review process. MOst importantly, I really love being a part of something much bigger than myself - helping to give away over $200,000 in one night is a rush.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Just over a year ago, on Cincinnati's NPR station, I was reminded about Impact 100. The organization was not unknown to me. I had heard about Wendy Steele and power of women creating opportunities for grants that transformed charitable organizations. I joined and worked on one of the grant commuties. The money provided to two groups last year convinced me that the pillars of Impact 100 can and must be sustained. The work of Impact 100 changes communites and lives. My experience led me to start recruiting others to the organization.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Impact 100 since it was founded 10 years ago in Cincinnati, OH and I continue to be enriched by my experiences with this wonderful philanthropic organization. I initially was attracted to the idea of women joining together to make a difference in our community – pooling their financial resources and their collective wisdom to decide where funds are needed most. I love the Impact 100 model where 100% of the membership dollars go directly back out into our community in the form of $100,000+ transformational grants to deserving non-profit programs in the Greater Cincinnati area. Over time I became more and more involved in helping Impact 100’s mission and vision, leading grant reviews, enrolling new members eventually serving as board President. I am now a retired board member helping with outreach and start-ups in new cities. With each year I've gained more knowledge about the needs of our community and the incredible non-profit organizations developing programs to better meet these needs. I've been impressed with the quality of the grant requests we've gotten and the diligence of all Impact 100 members in reviewing and selecting those most deserving of funding each year. Over the past 10 years, Impact 100 grants been able to change numerous lives for the better and I’m proud to have been a part of these efforts. I believe that there's incredible power in the collective giving and wisdom of all the Impact 100 members involved in this process. I love the amazing, dedicated, charitably-minded women I’ve met through my experience with Impact 100 (in Cincinnati – and ‘sister’ cities throughout the U.S.) – they all truly inspire me.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Impact 100 last year after attending the year end presentation the prior year. I didn't expect to get involved much until I was talking to a friend about the group. She commented that I seemed really committed to this organization and the intention to make an Impact on Cincinnati. This was the push I needed to join a grant review group. It was exciting to work with so many bright women, all of whom want to make things better for these non-profits who are applying for our help. It is so great on the big "voting" night to see so many smart and energetic women in the city, all with the same goal: to make our money count toward a very specific goal/project that will help those right here in our own backyard.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of Impact100 for about 3 years and so happy that I found the organization. The women in the group have the biggest philanthropic hearts. I've made some outstanding friendships through the group and found a way that my donation can have a huge impact on the Cincinanti community by being pooled with everyone's donation. The changes and impacts that we've been able to make on organizations and individuals through our combined grants each year is amazing. If we could only get more members and touch more lives with the grants each year. There are so many organizations in need!

Review from Guidestar