Record membership means Impact 100 will be able to fund four grants of $101,500 each in 2016. The pool of funds is created through the $1,000 each member contributes to be part of the group.
The four grants this year will bring Impact 100’s total philanthropic investment in the Greater-Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region to more than $3.6 million. Since its inception in Cincinnati 15 years ago, Impact 100 has expanded to 18 chapters in the U.S. and two international chapters, bringing the total contribution to more than $25 million.
Grants are awarded in September, following a process that goes on for months. Local nonprofits submit proposals for a “dream” project that extends or better delivers their mission.
Applications are accepted in the categories of culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness. Next, Grant Focus Area Committees made up of Impact 100 members spend the next five months reviewing submissions and conducting site visits, culminating in nominations from each of the five committees.
The full membership votes on who wins the grants during the annual awards celebration in September.
Impact 100 empowers women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants intended to make a lasting impact on the community.