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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 $4.8 Million to fund 43 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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Afrooz K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Have been with impact since 2016, 1st year served as a FAC member and now on the board. I am proud to be associated with this organization for multiple reasons. The integrity, trust knowing not even one cents is wasted, the network of compassionate women wanting to make an impact, the friendships, the learning, all in all is priceless!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Integrity, transparency and a shared passion for giving back - this is why I am a proud member of Impact 100.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved for over 13 years beginning as a member and then serving for seven years on The Board including a term as President.
I continue to be inspired by the mission of Impact 100 which brings women together to fund transformational grants in our community.
Although, I contribute to fund the grants the biggest benefit I receive is learning about all the nonprofits in my community and the work they do to address and solve various community needs.
Finally, I love the flexibility of Impact 100 — I can be as involved as I am able. Minimally, I make my annual contribution entitling me to a vote to determine recipients. I can also be involved in committees to review the grants, committees that support the Board (nominating, marketing, governance, etc) or special events. My level of involvement is solely up to me and can change year to year with regard to my other commitments both personally and professionally.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Impact 100 is a wonderful nonprofit organization. I contribute $1,000 each year - and this contribution is pooled with that of other members to enable awards of $100,000 to nonprofits in our community. Impact 100 has awarded over $4 million to local nonprofits for transformative programs - and the Impact has been amazing!
I love getting to know many of the creative nonprofits in our community as they apply for our grants and as they implement them. I value the fact that every membership dollar contributed goes to a nonprofit awardee. And I love getting to know the many wonderful, philanthropic women who are members. Other members have become some of my closest friends and colleagues.
I've been an Impact 100 member for 13 years - - - and plan to be a member forever!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a world where often times the voices of women are silenced, Impact 100 gives women a platform to be heard and to make a dramatic difference in the communities in which they live and work. There is something very special that happens when you bring together women of different backgrounds, experience/expertise, age, etc. These women work together toward a common goal: to make our city a better place to live through the spirit of philanthropy. The committee meet-ups are good way to get to know other members and to become more aware of the challenges that many non-profits face as they work toward their specific causes. The conversations are rich and informative.

To speak from the other side of fence, it has also been nice to actually witness Impact 100’s gifts in action--From visiting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and noticing hospitalized children visiting with their family pet in the Impact100 Family Pet Center to seeing Fountain Square packed with children that are anxiously awaiting a bus that will transport them to a fun (and free!) day outdoors with The Outdoor Adventure Club, Impact100's presence is huge! I feel extremely honored and proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Impact 100 has made a tremendous transforming impact in our community. It has served over 200,000 individuals and continues to educate women about philanthropy.
I am proud to be a member.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Impact 100 is a master at collective giving, making a huge difference in our community. Grants of $100,000 are transformational for the organizations that ultimately make it through the thorough vetting process, which insures the organizations will continue to grow and thrive for those they serve. Additionally, through thoughtful programming and interactive committees, Impact 100 provides a way for women of all ages and social and economic backgrounds to connect and build long lasting relationships. There is room for every time commitment level, too, within in this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been with Impact 100 (Cincinnati) for a few years now, becoming more involved each year. The professionalism and heart of this organization is amazing and I continue to learn more about our community through our efforts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a proud member of Impact 100 since 2016. Impact 100 pools membership dollars together to make transformational change in our community. I enjoy being a member because I have met so many kind, smart, women who want to make a difference. At events I smile hearing about the many friendships that have been forged between members and seeing the diversity among the members. But the best part of Impact 100 is knowing 100% of my membership dollars are going directly to a well vetted local nonprofit organizations that help our neighbors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Activities Beyond the Classroom(ABC) is a non-profit that increases and enhances extracurricular opportunities for students in the Cincinnati Public School District. Impact 100 granted ABC $100,000 to transform an abandoned swimming pool building into a modern multi-purpose sports complex to be used by 250-350 students, daily. It was an honor and delight to work with Impact 100. Their integrity, seriousness of purpose and dedication to charity is unmatched.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Impact 100 since 2009. When I first joined, I just wrote my check and that was the extent of my involvement. I loved the "zero guilt" component of the organization. Over the years my involvement increased as I found that the work was energizing and inspirational. I am constantly amazed by the impact that Impact 100 has on the community as well as inspired by the incredible non-profits who work tirelessly every day to improve the lives of our local community members.
We make a much bigger impact by working collaboratively to award transformational grants than by working alone!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be part of Impact 100. It's inspiring to be surrounded by other women who want to make a difference in our community, and I love learning about the non-profit organizations who are working to improve the lives of those in our region.

Angela U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joined in 2013 after being introduced to Impact 100 by friends. I have been involved in some way ever since.
Love the mission of Impact 100, love the members and all the non profits who have been awarded grants and are transforming our communities!

Lori D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Impact 100 has shown me how powerful a group of women can really be. The idea behind pooling donations in order to make a life-changing grant to one organization shows intention and brilliance. As an employee of a former grant recipient and current Young Professional Scholarship recipient of Impact 100, I've seen how transformative being a part of this network can be. At my job, we have been able to expand violence prevention programming to 3 additional area schools and expand in so many other ways. In my personal life, I've been introduced to so many amazing women and organizations that are truly changing the landscape of our city.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a part of Impact 100 has brought me closer to the city I now call home. Before joining, I had no idea how big the needs in our community were. Being a part of this collective giving organization has enlightened me & provided an opportunity to make a much larger Impact than I could on my own. I am so proud to be a part of Impact 100, which has allowed me to be a part of positive change that benefits those in need and our community as a whole.

Calcagno C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Impact 100 made a HUGE impact on our small non-profit organization. They gave us recognition, moral and coaching support, and funding at a time that was pivotal for a new and immensely important project we are undertaking. Their role can not be understated when it comes to the growth and respect that our organization has undergone over the past year.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a member of Impact 100 for about 6 years. At the time I was new to Cincinnati and working for a local nonprofit. I attended an event hosted by Impact 100 and was able to hear a few progress updates from past grant recipients. I was looking to be a part of a group, meet new people, and make a difference. Impact 100 offered professional, social and educational growth for me. Additionally, I have appreciated the no-guilt policy of the organization (you choose your level of involvement.) When I first joined as a young professional I was very excited to have a lot of hand on experience within the group, so I joined committees and volunteered frequently. Recently, my job/life have been busier, so I was able to take a step back from the hands on aspects of being a part of Impact 100, but still be a member and contribute to the grant investments. I would recommend Impact 100 to any woman!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Impact 100 isn’t just empowering its nonprofit recipients & their clients, it empowers its members as well. The entire organization is always looking for more effective ways to increase its impact for all stakeholders

Board Member

Rating: 5

Most of us cannot afford to donate $100,000. Impact 100 allows you to donate $1,000 and collectively with other women donate a $100,000 grant to deserving local nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

This year was my third Impact 100 Annual Awards Celebration. This year, women pooled their money together to award four grants of $104,000 each! I appreciated learning about the nonprofit organizations who were educating the crowd about their organizations and respective causes. There is so much need in our communities and I felt moved to support in a new way. They were all fantastic and critical causes. I didn't join that night, though, as I was hesitant to write a $500 or $1,000 check without learning more. However, the next day, I saw the news that a foundation gave an additional $208,000 to ensure all of the finalists would receive a grant! That meant all six nonprofit organizations received a grant this year. I joined Impact 100 on the spot once I read the email. It was so inspiring to see that kind of trust and believe in the Impact process. I'm excited to get in the game and not just be on the sideline.