Women-Led Philanthropic Group to Award More Than $400,000 in Grants This Year

Cincinnati, OH – 6/26/2018 –For 16 years, Impact 100 has awarded major grants to local nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati who are committed to improving and transforming their community.

The region’s premier women’s philanthropic organization, Impact 100 was founded in Cincinnati in 2001 as a meaningful way to respond to the needs of the community through a collective giving concept: people can pool their resources together to make a greater change than one could alone.

Every year, the organization’s members contribute or raise funding to make these impactful grants. 2018 marks the organization’s largest membership ever, with more than 450 women who have raised more than $416,000 to award to local nonprofits this year.

“Impact 100 empowers women to dramatically improve our community by collectively funding grants of $100,000 or more to charitable initiatives,” said Impact 100 President Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer. “Every year, we are thrilled to learn from and support nonprofit organizations across our 10-county region, and we invite women from all backgrounds to join our giving network.”

In January, the organization announced that it had raised $416,000 and would begin accepting applications for the 2018 grants. After a six-month application and vetting process, the finalists were named at an event Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall in Newport:

Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati
Outdoor Adventure Clubs for At-Risk Youth

Expand a school-based model of involving youth in the outdoors and apply it to serving non-school based at-risk youth including those living in extreme poverty, experiencing homelessness, and/or affected by mental illness.

La Soupe
Souping UP La Soupe for Food Insecurity
Purchase five pieces of vital equipment to expand current capacity and substantially increase the ability to process the rescue of perishable food, transform it into healthy meals more efficiently, and allow faster distribution to the food insecure.

Venice on Vine
Venice Food Truck: Mobile Training for Adults with Barriers to Employment
Purchase and equip a food truck to use as a new training facility that will prepare adults facing significant barriers to employment with skills to re-enter the workforce as well as achieve a stable living situation.

Wave Pool
Welcome Project for Refugees and Immigrants

Renovate a space for instruction, handmade product sales, and fresh produce in a food desert while empowering marginalized, at-risk refugee and immigrant women with skills training leading to employment as well as broader community revitalization.

Welcome House
Homeless Street Health & Hygiene Open Door Outreach
Purchase and equip a customized medical outreach van that provides safe & sanitary medical care in a private setting allowing greater efficiency and more effective health care to hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in Northern Kentucky.

City Gospel Mission
Little Village – Stay & Play

Provide a high-quality space for playful learning by young children (birth to 5 years) and their families, where neighborhood relationships are built, and families are connected to community resources, ensuring family needs are met at every point of development.

The finalists will present their proposals to the Impact 100 membership at the organization’s Annual Awards Celebration Thursday, Sept. 13, and four will receive $104,000 grants to implement their projects.

Candidates submit applications for funding in one of five key IMPACT areas: Culture; Education; Environment, Preservation & Recreation; Family; and Health & Wellness.

In 2017, Impact 100 membership voted to fund projects by First Step Home, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, and Ohio Valley Voices.

To learn more about Impact 100, or for information about the upcoming 2019 grant application process, visit