This summer was even more exciting than a normal Impact 100 summer.  In June, we announced the six finalists for the four $103,750 grants to be awarded at the Annual Awards Celebration (AAC) on September 8 from 7- 8 pm (virtual only event).  All six finalists recorded their presentations in early August. These presentations were sent to all members August 28 via email for their review. When you receive your Grant Recipient Selection e-mail from OpaVote,
In addition, in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, Impact 100 earmarked up to $60,000 from a returned 2018 grant to create the Next Step Awards.  These awards focused on organizations with annual budgets less than $500,000 and organizations choose the amount to be requested for their award ranging from $7,500 to $20,000. We received over 50 applications from local nonprofit organizations.  Thirty members reviewed the applications in June and July and selected the three recipients that were approved by the Board unanimously and announced August 12.  The Next Step Award recipients are:
Digital Equity and Technology Infusion – $20,000
AATLC’s mission is to create and maintain a fully functional 21st century technology and learning center in the community of Lincoln Heights and to provide educational personnel, services, and equipment to the child, adult and senior residents. The Digital Equity and Technology Infusion program aims to enhance learning for school age children through the use of advanced technologies as well as provide technology instruction for adults and seniors.  Award funds will support Literacy staffing (Teachers, Director) for a 6-week summer program for ~ 20 children, and it enables AATLC to take the “Next Step” in serving the children of the Lincoln Heights community.
Expansion of the Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub’s Collection & Education Programs – $20,000
Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub’s mission is to revolutionize how people think about “things” and to provide a place where almost anything can be recycled or reused. Their goal is to help mitigate the effects of climate change by increasing reuse, recycling, and landfill diversion rates in the area. The Hub is one of only a handful of “one-stop” drop off recycling and reuse centers in the country that takes many items that can’t go into the traditional recycling bins. Award funds will be used to hire a part-time warehouse manager to oversee day-to-day Hub operations allowing other staff to focus on establishing more partnerships and expand education programs.
On the Road to Work – $15,000
The Help Program’s mission is to inspire hope in those who have been convicted of a felony, by providing leadership opportunities in a caring community of support as well as the tools, education and resources they need to find and maintain career employment and become fully self-sufficient and contributing members of our society. The “On the Road to Work” project will provide free transportation in a reliable HELP van to new HELP members to ensure they arrive at work on time and learn the skills that are crucial to developing a work ethic that leads to a sustaining career. Award funds, along with other matching funds, will be used to purchase a 15 Passenger Van to replace an old, unreliable van.  
We are excited for the AAC on September 8 to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, to congratulate the Next Step Award recipients and their projects and to award four recipients each a grant of $103,750 to make a transformational impact in our community. We will also acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their generosity this year – allowing us to continue to invest all membership contributions in grants totaling over $5.5 million since our founding. 
Finally, our goal as we kick off this new school year is to continue to share the mission and impact, we are able to make as Women Together Changing Lives.  As we celebrate 20 years, let’s look to the future and continue to make transformational change in our community.  
September is the perfect time to renew your membership, ask a friend to join you for the AAC virtual event, encourage a friend to join you at an upcoming event or host a Spread the Word event for friends, neighbors and/or colleagues.  You can make a difference – imagine the number of $100,000 grants we could award in 2022 if each of us invited just one friend to become a member in 2022!
If you are interested in learning more about recruiting new members please contact us at
Warm Regards,
Annemarie Henkel and Sharon Janosik Mitchell