Impact 100 Chicago
November 2020 Newsletter

Being thankful for what you have is a good place to start.  Giving back to others is the next step forward. 

We need our members to support us, and local nonprofits need funds to serve their clients more than ever this year. A membership vote along with the communal action of awarding grant funds is a phenomenal way to feel energized. Impact 100 Chicago provides many opportunities to engage and challenge every member to reawaken her invincible self. Virtual events make it easier than ever to participate and infuse vital grant funds into our underserved communities. 

Join the vote!  
                      Get back into action!  
                                                  Step up your game!
- Renew your membership (see #GivingTuesday below)
- Sponsor a family member or friend 
- Make a supplemental donation to Merits
- Attend and enjoy our virtual events
- Join a Grant or Financial Review Committee and 
learn more about the needs in our communities


We are still welcoming corporate members.  
If you know anyone that may be interested contact


We received LOIs from applicants spanning the 8 counties we serve - from the northern to the far south suburbs and all points in between.
Hopefully our membership will continue to expand throughout the suburbs to reflect the wonderful diversity of the communities we support.

Three GRCs have been established to work through these quality applicants using our democratic process. We easily can accommodate everyone who wants to participate.  Offering 3 GRCs will be very exciting for our applicants as this increases our finalists' chances to win the $100,000 grant.  The finalist Merit award amounts will also increase.

Since we will be meeting virtually via Zoom, our GRCs will not be limited to geographic location.  This makes it even easier to be connected & active as you participate from the comfort of your own home.  

GRC sign up begins TODAY, although only members can serve on a GRC.  Please consider joining Impact 100 Chicago and a GRC as we count down to our VOTE in June for our next Impact Grant Winner!

GRC 1 - Wednesday at 4:30pm
GRC 2 - Tuesday at 1:00pm
GRC 3 - Tuesday at 7:00pm 

We Have Exciting News!
In honor of #Giving Tuesday (the annual global giving movement), several Generous Anonymous Donors (GAD) are challenging YOU to become a member before December 1 (this year's #GivingTuesday) to enhance our 2021 Merit Awards*!

Here's the challenge
  1. Join on or before December 1st
  2. Our very generous anonymous donors will contribute 20% of your total donation up to $12,000.  
That works out to
  • $200 for every $1,000 member 
  • $220 for every $1,100 member 
  • $250 for every $1,250 member
  • $300 for every $1,500 member
WOW - that potentially adds $12,000 for Merit Awards, but we need your help to get there!
Please join/renew your membership by December 1 (Giving Tuesday) so we can reach this goal!
  • Now is a wonderful time to encourage a friend to join - - or sponsor another member (your daughter, mother, grandmother) and take advantage of this opportunity. 
  • Remember that anyone (male, female, member, non-member) can make a Friend Donation at any time to be used toward Merit Awards or our operating funds.
Any contribution over $1,100 (in addition to the GAD match outlined above) goes towards our Merit Grants!  

It's amazing to see what these nonprofits can accomplish with our Merit Awards.  Please consider donating at the highest level as the NFP community needs our support.

*Merit Awards are given to the finalists who present at our annual Grant Awards Celebration but do not receive the $100,000 Impact Grant.
Join us on November 17
7 pm - 8 pm
for our next Virtual Happy Hour

Need ideas for your Thanksgiving Table?

Zoom in for a cooking demonstration by one of our Impact Grant winners to get INSPIRED!
Details to follow

Our October Happy Hour was a great success.
We encourage you to invite a friend to attend.