Impact 100 Announces Donation of $68,000 to COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and 1:1 Matching Opportunity to the Community
19 years of collective women’s giving topping more than $5.588 million!
(Cincinnati, OH – April 21, 2020) – Impact 100 announced it will donate $68,000, with a 1:1 match to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to provide support to families and individuals suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Contributions to the Regional Response Fund have had immediate impact. From housing for 40 single mothers and their children through Bethany House and care packages and food for customers of Brighton Center in Northern Kentucky to families supported by Dearborn County Clearinghouse, donations to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund have made a real difference to these communities’ most vulnerable residents. The fund is focused on deploying flexible resources to community-based organizations that are supporting families and neighborhoods most negatively affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
“The swift, sustaining support of our most vulnerable neighbors has been such an inspiration, but not a surprise, given the generosity of our shared community,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President and CEO. “We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with Impact 100. The time is now, and no gift is too small.”
Impact 100 recognizes that donating to this community fund embodies the organization’s founding principles of empowering women through philanthropy, creating transformation, and making sure 100% of member dollars reach the community. The organization hopes that this donation helps mitigate the devastation this crisis is having on the most vulnerable members of our community and the nonprofit organizations that serve them, as well as inspires others to join in collective giving through the 1:1 matching opportunity.
In addition to the $68,000 donation to help our neighbors most in need right now, Impact 100 will also award four $100,000 transformational grants, or $400,000, to area nonprofit organizations this fall that will benefit our community in the longer term. The vetting process of grant applications has begun and will culminate in an evening of celebration on September 10th at Music Hall where Impact 100 members and guests will see four local nonprofit charities awarded with $100,000 each. At the end of the year, Impact 100 will have contributed more than $5.588 million dollars in the 10-county Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Southeastern Indiana area.
“In shifting some of our annual grant giving dollars toward the community’s Regional Response Fund, we know that we will help meet the vital and pressing needs of so many through the incredible work of our nonprofit community,” said Sarah Grace Mohr, President of Impact 100. “We invite anyone who believes in the power of collective giving to join us in not only raising awareness of so many deserving organizations in our community during this challenging time, but in transforming our region for the better through support of the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.”
A charitable idea founded in Cincinnati and started with 100 women each donating $1,000 19 years ago, Impact 100 has grown to be a premier women’s collective giving philanthropic movement in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. With 100 percent of its donations going to local nonprofits, the organization has, to date, supported more than 47 inspiring non-profits, dramatically impacting issues like homelessness, food security, at-risk youth, unemployment and so much more in the 10-county Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Southeastern Indiana area. With over 50 chapters across the US and in Australia, Impact 100 is a proven model for transformational community giving.
Please help us spread the news. No gift is too small. Donations can be made online at: https://www.covid19regionalfund.org/ways-to-give.
To learn more about the fund and to read stories of impact this support has had on the individuals and families in our community visit www.covid19regionalfund.org. #StrongerTogether
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 and is a 2019 Recipient of the BBB Cincinnati Torch Award. To learn more about Impact 100, visit www.Impact100.org.