Leanne Matthews
Who am I?
I am a Cincinnati native. My husband and I live in Loveland. We are proud parents of two children ages 19 & 21 and one spoiled golden retriever. I am an active parishioner and volunteer at St. Margaret of York parish. My father started our family business Neal’s Design Remodel over 45 years where I am the Marketing Director.
What made me want to join Impact 100?
I was looking for a way to give back here in my home town Cincinnati so I joined Impact 100 in 2009. It has been beautiful to witness the changes with Impact 100 over the past # years. The number of grants keep increasing and the increase in number of memberships are making it possible for me not only to help my community but also meet some of the most amazing women.
What keeps me a member?
There are so many reasons why I continue to renew my membership. Here are a few:
  • When I first joined I had more time in my schedule and I was involved with the committees and loved meeting some amazing women and learning about local nonprofits, reviewing grants, voting and to seeing our dollars make a difference in my city! The level of flexibility with my membership is attractive so I can be more/less active depending on my schedule.
  • In recent years I have admired seeing some younger members take on some of the leadership roles and seeing the overall increase in membership that has increased the number of grants.
  • Over the years while spreading the word about Impact 100 to friends, coworkers & clients it became apparent that they were also passionate about the same non profits that I learned about at Impact 100. Together we have sponsored fundraising events in our client’s homes and at Neal’s showroom to continue to help some past grant recipients.
An Example: Dress for Success (DFS)
  • Partnered with client and had private fundraising event in their home and raised funds for the big DFS fashion show.
  • At our annual client day Neal’s clients bring donations of accessories for the DFS suiting room.
  • Last year we had our carpenters rebuild the shoe shelving in the suiting area at DFS located downtown Cincinnati and this year we are renovating the display & dressing room areas there.

Impact makes it possible to help not only the grant recipients but we get to hear the needs of the non-recipients and help where we can.

I look forward to renewing my membership each year and try and to attend as many of the Impact 100 events as I can. It’s an opportunity for me to bring a girlfriend and get out of the burbs and check out new and different establishments in our beautiful city.