You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.  – Jane Goodall
Back in 2017, this was the quote that opened the May Impact 100 newsletter. It feels like the right time to share it again. It’s been roughly 48 days since the #HealthyatHome directives were put in place, and many things have changed, while others seem to have grown stronger and more concrete. If we’ve learned anything in the last 48 days, it’s this: we’re all in this together
While we’re all weathering the same storm, we are certainly not in the same boat. An unfortunate reality we are now forced to face is the disparity in the health, wealth and safety in our community. The most vulnerable of us are being affected in ways many of us cannot fathom. 
That’s why our members decided to engage immediately. We are pleased to announce a 1:1 matching opportunity with the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund activated by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation & United Way. We will be matching any gifts made to the fund by the community, up to $68,000. Our members have seen firsthand the power of the collective and we are excited to share this experience with our entire community. 
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 is almost halfway complete and will *hopefully* 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 since its inception in 2001.