At 246-women strong, Impact 100 Jersey Coast will make an even larger impact on the local community than in 2016. After awarding its inaugural $145,000 grant to 180 Turning Lives Around in 2016, Impact’s goal in its second year was to provide at least two $100,000 grants. One should never underestimate the power of women. At the culmination of the membership drive, Impact announced that it will be offering two transformational grants of $123,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Monmouth County in 2017.
“We started this drive back in November of 2016 with an ambitious goal – to grow to 200 members in our second year and to double our impact by making two large-scale grants of at least $100,000 this year,” said Heather Burke, Co-founder and Vice President of Impact 100 Jersey Coast. “Impact continues to resonate with women in our community and the response was overwhelming. We surpassed our initial goal and increased last year’s membership by more than 100 women!”
Started in Cincinnati in 2001 by Wendy Steele, Impact 100 was created with the idea of promoting philanthropy among women – if 100 women each donated $1,000, a grant of $100,000 could be awarded to a local nonprofit community organization. Its unique hands-on approach to giving is simple and spreading. Since its inception, Impact 100 has expanded to numerous chapters throughout the USA as well as internationally.
“I think we’re at a pivotal moment in time where women across the country are uniting together to make a positive impact. For Impact Jersey Coast, money is our collective voice. We hope our grants will inspire local nonprofits to dream big and bring transformational change to our community,” added Deirdre Spiropoulos, Co-founder and President of Impact 100 Jersey Coast. “Now the real work begins,” said Rowena Crawford-Phillips, Co-Chair of Impact’s Grant committee. “Nonprofit organizations in Monmouth County that seek funding can submit a proposal for a dream project that will extend or improve their mission. Grant applicants should focus on one of five grant categories – Arts and Culture; Children and Families; Education; Environment, Preservation or Recreation; or Health and Wellness. Focus Area Committees (FACs), comprised of members, evaluate grant applications. After a thorough analysis and financial review, semifinalists are selected and site visits are scheduled. The FACs select finalists to present at the Annual Membership Meeting in November, where each member will cast a single vote, and the two organizations with the most votes will be awarded the funds.”
Deadline for submittal is May 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.impact100jerseycoast.org.