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Impact 100 Inc

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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

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's been a few years that I've heard about the Impact 100 organization and the grants they provide to deserving non-profits each year, but it was not until last year that I personally became involved. The heart of this organization is huge and the women that run it are so passionate about making a difference in our community.

Each year, Impact 100 hosts an Annual Celebration giving the chosen finalists the opportunity to tell the community why they feel they should be the deserving non-profit to be awarded $100,000. These stories are so "real" and heartfelt, a few had me in tears. I'm looking forward to participating again this year and plan to get more involved.

All women involved in Impact 100 truly "Make A Difference"!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started in Impact 100 in college with a joint membership with my grandmother. With my grandmother living out of state and me going to school in another state, Impact gave us another reason to connect and discuss the world we live in and how we can make a difference. I can't imagine a better way for my grandmother, who was a life-long volunteer, to pass on her values to her grandchildren, living out of state, of being thankful for what you have and giving back to those who aren't as fortunate.

While I am now just starting my professional career, Impact 100 gives me the opportunity to connect with other like-minded women from all over the city. Not only do I get to meet so many fantastic role models, friends, peers from all different walks of life and spend time with them, but together-- these women and I-- we are able to change the lives of people that we don't yet know by giving over $100,000 to (usually multiple) deserving charities in our own backyard. If I were to do nothing for the rest of my life, I would know that as a member of Impact 100 I changed lives, both in large and small ways and not only for those that recieved the grants, but those that were members and those non-profits that went through the review process and those that were finalists, and those who were just a guest at one of our many events.

In the end being a part of Impact 100 means that you made a difference and that is what I believe life is all about.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Impact 100 is one of the best non-profits I have ever volunteered with. The fact that I can contribute $1000 and the organization gives away $100,000 is such a great way to truly make a difference in our community. The possibilities of supporting life changing programs are only limited by the number of women that join us. I would hope that others will jump on the band wagon and help make a difference right here in our community.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Impact 100 has a tremendous ripple effect, which brings about transformational change. Our members have donated (with 100% of member donations going to the grantee) to new dental equipment that provided hundreds of thousands of dental care to the underprivileged, a mobile medical van providing needed medical care, violin lessons and classes to underprivileged children, food for the hungry, housing for the homeless and many other grants. Over $2 million distributed, in the form of $100,000 grants to transform our local community. And.. it doesn't stop there, this model is replicated over 12 times across the country and over $13 million has been distributed in very large grants.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the fact that Impact 100 Cincinnati is:
a) all about women and philanthropy and making an IMPACT on the city
b) very well-run by volunteers
c) thoroughly researching how non-profits operate and how grant applicants can make a sustainable difference with a grant from Impact 100
d) paying appropriate attention to strong financials, but understanding that our recipients may have different situations now than they will have after a grant is received.

I've been a member of Cincinnati's Impact 100 for 3 years now. My first year, I served on the Family grant review committee. We saw some agencies doing awesome work ... and our recommended finalist was one of the two grant recipients this year. The grant review process is thorough, but (hopefully!) not intimidating.

It's so exciting to follow former grant recipients and see how they have used their Impact 100 grants as a springboard to increased impact in the community. This is one of the most productive charitable contributions I make, outside our church contributions!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved in Impact 100 over 5 years ago because of a desire to give back to my community and know that the funds were making a difference! Since then I've been part of buying a van to enable outreach, enabled a weekend food program to add MANY new schools (so children aren't hungry on the weekend!), created an after school program and much more. More importantly, I've been part of transforming lives of people impacted by grants.

Professional organization that runs lean, is open and transparent with good process and records..and phenomenal volunteers!