Our Mission: Impact 100 empowers women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact in our community.
The Impact 100 Story
In September of 2001, an idea to promote philanthropy among women formed in the mind of Wendy Steele. With the help of close friends and business associates, that idea became the nonprofit organization operating as IMPACT 100.
Impact 100 is committed to improving Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky by collectively funding significant grants to charitable initiatives. Impact 100 has awarded over $3.6 Million to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community since its founding. By pooling their contributions, our members have invested in nonprofits that provide sustainable solutions for needs in our community.
The direct beneficiaries are the nonprofit organizations who’ve received these transformational grants, and the people these organizations serve every day. There are indirect beneficiaries as well – hundreds of other nonprofit agencies whose good works have been reviewed, discussed, and seen first-hand by the members of the organization. Many of these worthy organizations have received other grants or funding as a direct result of the exposure gained through their application to Impact 100.
Our Impact 100 members greatly benefit from supporting our organization. Some get great satisfaction from participating on the award finalist selection teams, and all of our members learn more about our community from the many nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Our members report a 99% satisfaction rate with their Impact 100 experience, and 100% recommend membership to their friends or colleagues. Our members range in age from their 20’s to their 80’s, have widely diverse career choices (employed full time or part-time, retired, working at home), and come from over 80 zip codes in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and beyond. We continue to actively seek to expand the diversity of our member base.
Of course, the beneficiary of Impact 100 is the community as a whole. What began in 2001 as an idea in the mind of its founder has become a viable sustainable, valuable and effective organization that continues to carry on the mission that women began long ago – promoting human welfare through the caring actions of people working together toward a common goal.
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