Impact 100 Chicago

September 2020 Newsletter

As we enter our 11th year as Impact 100 Chicago, I'm reminded of why I joined in the first place - helping not-for-profits serve their clients by awarding impactful grants. We do that through a 100% volunteer organization of women from all walks of life who join together towards a common goal. To see all those people come together and award over $3.1 million of grants is amazing.
Hello all, my name is Deb Gammon and I'm honored to serve as your President for the upcoming year. I've been a member for all but the first year and started out by serving on the Financial Review Committee.
We all should thank Kathy Loria for her years of serving as our President. She guided us wisely through some tough decisions - and we are stronger because of it. Let's give Kathy a standing ovation for all of her hard work and wisdom. 

Our Grant Cycle is open and non-profits in the Chicago suburbs can submit Letters of Inquiry (LOI) until October 9. If you know of a NFP in the collar counties who could use our help, direct them to our website.
We have expanded our Board to include a two new positions: Corporate Membership, led by Deb Armstrong, the immediate past president of Palatine Bank & Trust, our bank which is a member of Wintrust; and Nonprofit Outreach. Mindy Winkel has rejoined the Board to tackle this critical piece of the puzzle.
Here is the full slate of Directors:
President:  Deb Gammon
Past President:  Kathy Loria
Secretary:  Reena Saluja
Treasurer:  Tracy Leiser
Membership Accounting:  Pragna Patel
Corporate Membership:  Deb Armstrong
Grants Director:  Sue Key
Nonprofit Outreach:  Mindy Winkel
Technology Director:  Kathy Froehlich
Communications Director:  Gina Turner
Member sign-up for the 2020-2021 Grant year continues until December 31.  Where would we be without our members? I would like each of you to challenge yourself to not only join again to support our cause but to introduce just one new friend to Impact 100 Chicago and get them to join. It's a great way to have special "girlfriend" time - and do something wonderful at the same time.
Sign-ups for the Grant Review Committees and Financial Review Committee opens at the beginning of November.  GRC meetings start in January and FRC meetings in late February. Serving on a GRC and FRC is rewarding - you get to see all of the members hard at work to make the right decisions for our grant awards. Without these committees, we would be hard pressed to review, evaluate and determine our finalists. See our website for more details.
In addition, there does exist volunteer opportunities to work with one of the Directors on their area of responsibility - if you have ideas you want to share, feel free to contact any one of us.
I've been accused of being verbose, so I will stop here. I am passionate about the mission of Impact 100 Chicago and I hope you are too. Together, we can accomplish something amazing.
Have a great September!
Deb Gammon, President
Impact 100 Chicago 
Our 2020/2021 Grant Season is Open

Click image to join now so that you have the opportunity to participate on a Grant Review Committee 
(space will be limited - GRC sign up begins 11/1)

Do you know any businesses that may be interested in our Corporate Sponsorships?
Local businesses are able to show their support for Impact 100 Chicago through a sponsorship of up to 5 female employees per year.
If you know of any businesses that might be interested in participating contact
2020 - 2021 CALENDAR
Please mark your calendars and watch your email, Facebook and Instagram for news regarding upcoming events, including volunteer opportunities with our Impact 100 Chicago Grant Award Winners!

August 17
Online grant applications opened for Nonprofit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs)
September 22
Happy Updates from last year's winners!  
October 9
Deadline for nonprofits to submit LOIs
November 1
Grant Review Committee (GRC) sign up opens 
(Member dues for 2020/2021 must be paid to sign up for GRC)
December 31
Membership Deadline

January 4 - January 22
GRCs review LOIs
February 19 
Deadline for nonprofits to submit full grant applications
February 22 - March 10
GRCs review grant applications
March 14 - April 3
Financial Review Committee (FRC) review 
Upon FRC approval - April 23
Site visits 
May 12 
Finalists announced
June 8 
Annual Grant Award Celebration
More details will be shared as we approach events and milestones.

100,000 Grant Opportunity!
Impact 100 Chicago announces a new grant cycle and extends an invitation to submit Letters of Inquiry through 
October 9, 2020.  
Visit our website at
for details to explore whether an organization has opportunities in the pipeline that match the eligibility guidelines.  Please share this opportunity with eligible nonprofits you may be involved with or know. 

*We are focusing exclusively on nonprofits that are headquartered and operate in the suburban Chicago Metropolitan area (outside the Chicago city limits) and encourage any eligible nonprofits to apply. 

Join us on Septmber 22
for an Hour of Happy Updates!
7pm - 8pm
Zoom in to hear what our recent winners have been up to.

Feel free to invite a friend to join us and learn more about Impact 100 Chicago!

Details to follow