President’s Message -March 2017

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Our Impact members have definitely ‘been happening’ this year!

Our Focus Area Committees have completed their Letter of Intent reviews and have chosen 33 enthusiastic nonprofit partners to invite to submit a full Grant application. We thank all 116 hardworking agencies that submitted Letters of Intent seeking transformational ways to tackle a broad range of needs in our community.  The strength and creativity of the proposals made narrowing the field very challenging. The Committees are now in recess while the invited agencies work hard to prepare and submit their Grant Applications.

The committees will resume work at the end of March to review the Grant Applications. This next step provides all Impact 100 members with another excellent opportunity to join a Focus Area Committee. The committees will begin with training and welcome new members as well as those who have already served on the Committees.  If you are interested, please review the choices of committees, times and locations posted on our website: Join A Committee and fill out the form to let us know which committee you would like to join.

This year, each Focus Area will select up to two grant proposals to present to the Board.  A Board review committee will select 6-7 Finalists from these proposals. The Finalists will present their proposals at the Annual Awards Celebration in September, vying to be one of our 4 grant recipients.

Our Membership/Recruiting team is also already hard at work engaging our current members and recruiting members for 2018 . We hope all our members will help in this endeavor by building awareness of Impact 100, telling friends and colleagues about the organization, and by helping us to retain current members and recruit new members.  For those who find a payment plan helpful, we offer a monthly installment payment plan – and all are encouraged to use it.

We were pleased to meet some of our over 100 new Impact 100 members at our New Member Welcome and Culinary Event on February 23rd. Their enthusiasm along with that of our loyal members from prior years are sure to make the Impact 100 organization larger and stronger than ever!

Impact 100 is excited to accept applications Through April 7, 2017 for our Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program for the class of 2018. Check out the section below for more information on this program or go to: Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program.

Please join us for our Impact 100 Educational Event – Women in Philanthropy: Educated Giving – at the Mercantile Library on Tuesday, March 21st. Dinner will be catered by LaSoupe. Check below for more details.

Thank you for joining us in transforming our community! I look forward to seeing you at upcoming Impact 100 events in 2017!

All the best,

Donna Broderick

President, Impact 100

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