Become a member2023-10-04T16:44:48-04:00


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We welcome women to join Impact 100 throughout the year by becoming a full member ($1,000) or half member ($500).

We realize that $1,000 or $500 is a stop-and-think amount to give! That is by design. The goal is that each member feels connected to her giving and to the transformational grants that are funded because of her donation. Better yet, we ask you to consider a commitment of 110%.  When a member donates $1,100 or $550 for her membership dues – 100% of her $1000 or $500 donation goes directly toward grant funding and the extra 10% or $100 goes towards helping to support our chapter operation and administrative needs.

After joining, members have the option to become involved in our grant process and participate in other activities such as communications, event planning, recruiting, membership, or special projects. Then, once a year, our membership votes to award multiple $100,000 grants to applicants that will have the most positive impact on the lives of people throughout the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Eastern Indiana region.

Additional Ways to Ways to Support Impact

We’ve recently added new options to help us grow our Impact! You will see these options when you make your financial commitment in our membership portal:

  • A donation to Operations and Programs will help us offset operating expenses like the website, administration, insurance, etc., and fund more member events and special projects (e.g. Young Philanthropist program, DEI education, etc.)
  • A donation to the Grant Pool will help us fund more grants to address the disparities that exist in our community.

You also have the option to become a Sustaining Member of Impact! As a Sustaining Member, you make a commitment to continue your Impact 100 membership year after year. Your membership will continue until you advise us that you wish it to stop. Sustaining membership has benefits to you and Impact 100. (You can become a sustaining member by checking the box for Sustaining Member at the bottom of the Member Profile page in our Member Portal).

For more information about Impact 100 membership, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I automatically renew my membership year over year?2022-11-03T11:24:34-04:00

Response is – Yes, you can do this by become a Sustaining Member of Impact 100. As a Sustaining Member, you make a commitment to continue your membership until you advise us that you wish it to stop. Sustaining membership has benefits to you and Impact 100. Learn more about it here.

When can I join Impact 100?2017-07-10T09:22:16-04:00

Members can join at any time. To have voting rights, all membership payments must be completed by December 31 of the year preceding the vote. Those joining between the January member kick-off and September Awards Celebration may participate in all Impact 100 events, but will have voting rights for the following year.

What are my membership options?2023-09-05T12:06:51-04:00
What are some of the ways I can pay my membership?2023-09-08T11:04:38-04:00

We encourage payments to be made through our secure member portal. Members can pay via credit card, e-check, or various installment plans.

Questions about our various payment options can be directed to

Stock transfer is also a payment option at this link.

Is my donation to Impact 100 tax deductible?2017-08-30T11:34:49-04:00

Yes, contributions are tax deductible. Impact 100 is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxes under U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), EIN: 75.3001590.

What are my obligations if I join?2017-11-10T17:25:13-05:00

Our only requirement is a membership donation of $1,000 or $500. Of course, we hope you’ll take the time to make an informed decision when you vote for a grant recipient. You have the option to serve on one of the various committees. However, it is not a requirement. Click here to see other opportunities to get involved.

Do I have to live in Cincinnati to join?2017-07-10T19:57:18-04:00

No. Members can live anywhere.

How long is my membership valid?2017-08-24T21:55:18-04:00

Each membership donation paid in full by December 31 provides membership for the following grant year, which operates on the January-December calendar year. Membership continues year-to-year as long as we receive your completed annual contribution by  December 31st. Although we will accept membership contributions until December 31st, we request that contributions be paid by November 30th to lessen the burden on our volunteers who donate their time during the holidays. We always welcome new members and encourage Sustaining Membership status, which annually and automatically renews membership.

Can I pay my membership payment over time?2023-09-11T10:28:59-04:00

Yes, as long as your membership is paid in full by December 31. Please go to become a member and choose your membership level and preferred future payment plan.  Future payments must add up to the membership level you choose.

Can I make an in-kind donation of services or products to cover my membership donation?2017-07-10T19:58:19-04:00

No. We do accept in-kind donations to offset our administrative costs, but we don’t accept these donations to cover the $1,000 membership contribution.  Membership contributions must go toward our total grant awards.

Can I contribute publicly traded stock to cover my membership contribution?2017-10-29T20:52:22-04:00

Yes!  You have the option of donating stock to cover your membership contribution. We sell the shares as soon as possible after transfer to Impact 100 Cincinnati. The net proceeds must equal or exceed your membership intent ($1,100 for 110% Member, $1,000 for Full Member, and $500 for Half Member).  This means you will need to cover all sales commissions and expenses.

By donating stock, you can support Impact 100 Cincinnati while gaining tax benefits by giving appreciated stock. Impact 100 Cincinnati accepts donations of stock in publicly traded companies. If you would like to make a gift of stock, please (1) fill out the Stock Transfer Membership Form online and (2) complete the Stock Gift Broker Form via mail.

My company matches funds for charitable donations. Can my total membership contribution be comprised of my donation and my company match?2019-01-06T12:46:41-05:00

Yes. Please contact us for more details by clicking here.

Per our Policies & Procedures, Company Matching Gifts may be used as part of a Member’s donation to pay the difference between a half and a full Membership. If a member chooses to use a Company Match for part of her full Membership donation, she must pay the first $500 of the membership donation, notify Impact 100 of her planned intent, complete any forms required by the Matching Gift institution, and ensure that the balance of the funds are received by Impact 100 from the Matching Gift Institution by the Membership deadline. Such memberships are not transferable. If a Company Match is to match a Full membership that member still holds only one membership.

Can I designate a membership in honor/memory of someone?2017-12-15T10:26:59-05:00

Yes.  A Full or 110% member may fund an additional full membership “In Honor Of” another individual – either living or deceased. This membership carries with it a vote on the Annual Awards Celebration ballot, and the member making the membership contribution may cast this ballot. A member may fund two “In Honor Of” memberships in addition to her own individual membership.

To initiate an “In Honor Of” membership click here and at the checkout form please designate the name and address of the individual who should be recognized.

Can I gift a membership to someone?2017-11-27T20:24:41-05:00

Yes. Members and others may gift an individual Impact 100 membership with all membership benefits. The donor of the gifted membership will pay the membership donation, designate the individual, and have no other rights associated with that membership.

To initiate a gift membership click here and at the checkout form complete the Gift Membership Information.

I want to give more than $1,000. Do I get more than one vote?2017-07-10T20:01:03-04:00

No. Every member gets one vote even if they give more than $1,000. Any amount given over $1,000 goes first to offset administrative costs. If we receive more money than we need to cover our administrative costs, our board of directors has the discretionary power to add that money to the grant funds.

I have a male friend who is interested in Impact 100. Can he participate?2017-07-10T20:34:16-04:00

Men can participate directly as a donor to Impact 100, or they can encourage and/or sponsor the women in their lives to participate as members.

When do you award the grants?2017-07-10T20:03:24-04:00

We award grants at our Annual Meeting in September of each year.

How do you decide who receives the grants?2022-08-22T17:59:49-04:00

Each year, we accept grant applications in five Focus Areas: Culture; Education; Environment, Preservation & Recreation; Family; and Health & Wellness.  We form Grant Review Teams (GRT), made up of members. An Impact 100 member who has been trained in facilitating the grant review process chairs each GRT. The GRT evaluates accepted grant applications – by researching and visiting applicants – to become grant finalists. We deliver information on the finalists to each Impact 100 member for review. We then hold our Annual Awards Celebration (& Annual Meeting) in which the grant finalists give a short presentation. At that meeting, members vote to deliver a final decision on grant recipients. Each member has a voice of one vote based on their membership level; Full Members have one vote and Half Membership have one half of a vote.

Why does Impact 100 award a $100,000 lump sum to a single organization?2017-07-10T20:24:13-04:00

We want to make an extraordinary impact. By funding a large grant, we can make a significant impact in a selected area. For example, when a nonprofit receives $10,000 from 10 different grants, the nonprofit incurs reporting requirements and related administrative costs for each of those grants. By awarding one large grant of at least $100,000, we can have more impact and keep costs low for the grant recipient.

Can I refer a friend, colleague, family member, etc.?2017-07-10T20:04:33-04:00

Yes!  Please do!  Word of mouth is always the most effective way to help Impact 100 to award more grants, by increased membership.  Contact us today if you’d like us to reach out to someone you recommend to join Impact 100.

Why do we consider our grant recipients to be our Community Partners?2017-07-10T20:05:27-04:00

The relationship with our grant recipients is maintained over time. Once the grant is awarded, an Impact 100 Cincinnati member acts as a liaison with the recipient to administer the grant over time. The most common grant period is two years. Our Community Partners keep Impact 100 Cincinnati informed of the status of the grant program though progress updates and they provide us with a final report.

What is the Impact 100 “Conflict of Interest” policy?2017-07-10T20:25:05-04:00

We’re committed to acting with integrity in all of our relationships and in selecting grant recipients through an honest and fair process. In support of this commitment, our conflict of interest policy requires disclosure of relationships between our board and committee members with any grant applicant or potential grant applicant. We also require a board or committee member to recuse herself from the discussion and/or vote on any topic where a conflict arises.

We formally require only those members serving on our board or on a committee to disclose conflicts of interest. However, Impact 100 expects all members to act in an objective and fair manner. We expect all members to refrain from any attempt to gain an unfair advantage for a particular grant applicant by, among other things, disclosing confidential information and/or attempting to influence the vote of an Impact 100 member.


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