From Ann Vaughn, President


We are in the heart of our 2023 grant season. Reviewing grants from ambitious and effective nonprofits in the DMV area is at the core of what we do. As we go through this process for the third time as an organization, I'm struck by all of the ways that our community has evolved in our short but mighty history.

We have members who are bringing the experience of reviewing grants with us for the past two years. We have members who are brand new to the process, and bringing fresh expertise from their professional and personal lives.

But our community goes beyond our members. It includes our corporate sponsors, old and new, who are committed to supporting our mission and vision. It includes our previous grant recipients and finalists, who continue to share updates about their progress, and new opportunities for members to stay involved. It also includes all of our 2023 grant applicants, who put so much thought into their applications while also carrying out all of their high-impact operations. Our applicant pool is filled with organizations who go above and beyond every day on behalf of their constituents—providing the ultimate reminder of why we do what we do.

During this busy season, I want to thank everyone again for their hard work. Together, we are investing in this place we call home. Together, we are building a diverse community so that we can serve a diverse community.



2022 Grant Recipient Update: City Gate

In 2022, we awarded a $100,000 grant to City Gate, after a rigorous grant review process and vote by our membership. We're pleased to provide an update on their first quarter progress with our grant, based on our latest conversation with Dr. Lynn Bergfalk, President of City Gate. Dr. Bergfalk was able to provide some of the highlights of City Gate's expansion of their high impact tutoring programs for at-risk youth.  

Successful nonprofits need to be able to pivot to accommodate circumstantial changes that inevitably occur, particularly in the aftermath of the pandemic. (We saw this with Access Youth as it faced challenges bringing its MADE program to schools it had initially identified.) City Gate has needed to relocate its tutoring program from Hendley Elementary School as was originally proposed. Instead, it has begun providing 1:1 tutoring for fifth grade students with serious grade level deficits at Payne Elementary School in SE during the school day, as well as before and after school hours, so those children can successfully transition to middle school. Dr. Bergfalk shared that they had recently received a three-year grant for 12 AmeriCorps members for high-impact tutoring at Payne and its other sites. Using the new Reading with Relevance curriculum we learned about in our site visit with City Gate, they expect to make great progress with these students. 

Click here or the button below to keep reading about their progress.


On the Calendar: Upcoming Events


Cocktails & Conversation: Member Event at Supra DC

Impact100 DC members and their guests are invited to join us at the restaurant Supra for a casual meet and greet on Saturday, March 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Whether you're a founding member or a brand new one, in the throes of grant review or curious about other ways to get involved, come get to know your fellow members. Click below for more details and to RSVP.


Online Cooking Class

Members are invited to sign up for a virtual group cooking class with Cozymeal on Sunday, April 16. Thanks to a gift from a member, we have 20 free seats for our members to take and enjoy as we head into the spring. If you are interested in attending, please contact [email protected] to sign up.

Meet the Finalists

Mark your calendars for a virtual event on June 5 to meet our five finalists for our 2023 grant cycle. Zoom link and other details to follow.

The Big Give

Our annual celebration, including the announcement of our $100,000 grant recipient, will take place on the evening of June 20. Details to follow, but mark your calendars now!

Details for other spring events to follow next month.

2022 Finalist Spotlight: Edu-Futuro Gala

Edu-Futuro was one of our five finalists in our 2022 grant cycle, and their mission is to empower immigrant and underserved youth and families through mentorship, education, leadership development, parent engagement, and workforce development.

This Friday, March 3, they are hosting a 25th anniversary gala at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church to directly benefit their programs. All are invited to purchase tickets to support this dynamic organization.


Friends of Impact100 DC: Thank you, Banner Team!

Big thanks go out to all of the members of the Banner Team, the award-winning realtor group based in Bethesda, for a donation of $2,500. New Impact member Gail Gordon introduced Impact 100 DC to the women of the Banner team in conjunction with its Pay It Forward program.  The program, which has donated over $75,000 to local charities since 2017, is funded by a portion of every commission of the team members.  Each month the women of the Banner Team select a charity for its grant.  Our grant will fund Fellowship opportunities for new members who would otherwise be unable to join. 

Learn more about supporting Impact100 DC

Reminder: 2023 Grants Timeline

For the next several months, our members will be focused on evaluating grant applications. Every one of our members has a vote, so the process is designed to give all of the women of Impact100 DC a chance to participate.

  • Now through March 10: Focus Area Committee members evaluate applications to determine 15 semifinalists
  • March 10 to April 9: Finance Committee review for the semifinalists
  • April 10 to May 9: Site visits and final review to narrow semifinalists to finalists
  • June 5: Finalists publicly announced at our Meet the Finalists event
  • June 20: $100,000 grant recipient announced at The Big Give event
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Phone: 202-379-4773