In 2001, with the idea that philanthropy should be a party with an open invitation for all to attend, Wendy Steele brought her idea for an innovative pass-through foundation to some key women in her community. With their support, she launched and led Impact 100 which brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. This was in Cincinnati, Ohio. By 2003, the national media had learned about this innovative approach and People Magazine featured the organization and its founder in their widely read publication. From there, the news spread and the Impact 100 model began to be replicated around the country. By the end of 2017, Impact 100 organizations had given away more than $55 MILLION to people in need. And it is still growing...
Impact 100 was designed to remove the traditional barriers to giving and provide a unique experience to the donor. An experience so compelling, it would forever change lives. A significant grant (of at least $100,000) means transformation for the grant recipient as well.
This as a loose affiliation - any organization is able to adopt the Impact 100 model without paying a fee or "registering" the non-profit with a parent organization in any way. The list below includes the Impact 100 organizations we know about. If you want to start an Impact 100 or you know of one we have missed, please contact us.
24. Queensland, Australia (Women & Change)
25. Greater New Orleans, Louisiana
26. Yampa Valley, Colorado
27. Fairfield County, Connecticut
28. Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin
29.Jersey Coast, New Jersey
30. Palm Beach (North), Florida
31. Detroit, Michigan
32. Denver, Colorado
33. Oakland County, Michigan
34. Redwood Circle,(Santa Rosa), California
35. Sydney, Australia
36. Newport News, Virginia
37. Boston, Massachusetts
38. Ozark, Missouri
39. Sydney North, Australia
40. Traverse City, Michigan
41. East Bay, California
42. Martin County, Florida
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