Mayor Cranley Attends Annual Celebration declaring “Impact 100 Day” and  announced Impact 100 as a BBB Torch Award Winner for Marketplace Ethics

(Cincinnati, OH – Sep. 12, 2019) – Impact 100, a leading women’s philanthropic organization focused on improving the communities of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Indiana, celebrated its 18th consecutive year of awarding transformational grants at its annual awards celebration September 12. After presenting to membership at Music Hall, the following four nonprofits received the highest number of votes, each securing a grant of $109,000.

St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy – Increasing Access to Pharmaceutical Care for Neighbors in Need
Complete the new Pharmacy construction and grow staffing to expand hours and days of operation from 3.5 to 6 days a week facilitating a 10% increase in prescription fulfillment.

NEST Community Learning Center – Roots and Wings Expansion
Expand the NEST programs to serve all children living in poverty in the Clermont Northeast School District by providing a mobile classroom, tutors, educational tools, & sports equipment.

Cincinnati Works, Inc. – Workforce Connection
Grow Coaching capacity by providing on-the-job personal coaching to 300 individuals and ensure 80% of employees retain their jobs and 60% advance in the workplace to reach economic self-sufficiency.

Activities Beyond the Classroom/Fourthwall – Youth Studios Program Expansion
Expand the award-winning filmmaking after-school programs to 24 additional sites so 300+ at-risk students can complete collaborative projects and develop 21st century skills required for success in the workplace.

“We had many dedicated nonprofits submit applications this year – all making great strides to address important issues like access to healthcare, poverty, cultural education and more,” said Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer, Impact 100 President. “On behalf of our entire membership, I want to congratulate this year’s grant recipients and thank them for their tireless efforts to make sustainable change in our communities.”

City of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley attended the event and presented the organization with a proclamation declaring September 12 “Impact 100 Day” and on behalf of Impact 100, keys to the city were presented to Zlatic Blankeyemeyer and Impact 100 founder, Wendy Steele, in honor of Impact 100’s steadfast dedication to social change with the milestone accomplishment of donating more than $5 million to regional nonprofits.

Mayor John Cranley also unveiled Impact 100 as a winner of the BBB Center for Ethics Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics for upholding the highest standard in ethics and integrity.  The other four winners are: Deviant Designs, Inc., Ace Exterminating, Basement Doctor, and Camp Joy, to be honored at the upcoming Torch Awards event on Friday, October 18 at Sharonville Convention Center.   The Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics is Greater Cincinnati’s only ethics-centered awards program.

“This recognition is especially meaningful because it is a reflection of the women of Impact 100 and our dedication to collectively impact regional issues while upholding strong operational integrity,” said Zlatic Blankemeyer.  “Our members are passionate about changing our communities for the better – not just through collective giving – but through volunteering and engaging with nonprofits and the people they serve to make a lasting impact.”

Since 2001, Impact 100 has empowered women to be philanthropic decision-makers, donating 100% of membership dollars to award transformational grants to local nonprofits. Beyond donating grants of more than $100,000, Impact 100 collaborates with area nonprofits to showcase volunteer and additional gift opportunities to members and partner organizations.


About Impact 100

Founded in Cincinnati by Wendy Steele, Impact 100 was born out of a desire to make a greater impact by collectively pooling the philanthropic donations of area women into a significant, $100,000-plus grant. The name, Impact 100, comes from the initial goal of 100 women contributing $1,000 to award a $100,000 grant to a community organization. Impact 100 has grown into a movement with chapters in 40+ U.S. cities and two foreign countries. Together, the organizations have awarded more than $25 million in grants. The Cincinnati chapter alone has awarded over $5 million in grant money locally. To learn more about Impact 100, visit