Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Member Newsletter

February 2017
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A Message from the President 
Dear women of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis and our loyal supporters,
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis president Beth Thomas
January was a month of surprises. I sent out an announcement on January 7 to current members announcing an initial 2017 grant amount of $147,000. By the time the newsletter was sent in mid-January, the grant pool had risen to $156,000...nine new memberships! Then, that number went up after some outstanding pledges were fulfilled (we don't count pledges when we announce our grant totals). Now we're up to $160,000!
Our 2017 grant winner will receive $100,000, and the four finalists will each receive $15,000.
The money that you put into our grant pool makes this happen. You make this happen. It is a testament to our belief in The Power of Women Giving as Oneā„¢.
Thanks for reading,
Beth Thomas
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Grants Committee Update--By the Numbers

LOIs (Letters of Intent):  We received 65 LOIs as follows:

  • 11:  Arts and Culture
  • 13:  Education
  • 10:  Environment
  • 14:  Family
  • 17:  Health and Wellness
  • Note that as local nonprofits better understand the criteria for our grants, we get fewer but better LOIs
FACs (Focus Area Committees):  More than 80 women are participating on FACs, representing just under 40% of our membership:
  • 15:  Arts and Culture (including 2 scholarship members)
  • 18:  Education (including 2 scholarship members)
  • 16:  Environment (including 1 scholarship member)
  • 14:  Family (including 4 scholarship members)
  • 18:  Health and Wellness (including 2 scholarship members)
The FACs are advancing twenty-two (22) NFPs to the next stage to complete full grant applications by March 10. The FACs will each meet again during the week of April 3-7 to review the full grant applications and decide which will be their choice for site visits. 

The grants committee has also contacted each of the NFPs who would be advancing.

Arts and Culture
  1. Harrison Center
  2. IMOCA
  3. Big Car
  4. Kids Dance Outreach
  5. Arts for Learning
  1. Direct Employers Institute
  2. Indianapolis Oasis
  3. GiGi's Playhouse
  4. Starfish
  1. Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  2. Marian University
  3. Paramount School of Excellence
  4. Random Acts of Flowers
  1. Reach for Youth
  2. Joseph Maley Foundation
  3. Concord Community Center
  4. Brookside CDC
  5. Volunteers of America
Health and Wellness
  1. Children's Bureau 
  2. IU School of Medicine
  3. New Hope
  4. Nine13 Sports
Questions or concerns?  Let us know at
Notes for New Members:  FACs
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has a record number of new members for 2017, so we have initiated this column with special notes for you. If any new member has a question, please send your question in an email to Not only will you get a response, but it will most likely be a topic in a future "Notes for New Members" column.
For those of you who are serving on our Focus Area Committees (FACs), we hope you are enjoying the opportunity to learn about nonprofits in our community. Please feel free to ask questions about the process during meetings or one-on-one with your FAC chair. For those of you who are not serving on an FAC, please keep checking our monthly newsletter for general updates.
We also want to use this column to discuss important facts about Impact 100 each month. Did you know that Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis was founded in 2005 and made its first grant in 2006? That first grant was to the Eskenazi Foundation for the Pecar Health Center. Since its founding, the women of Impact 100 have made $1.76 million in grants to more than 40 nonprofits. 
We're going to have a great year. We're glad you are part of our giving circle.
Impact Project Event on March 4

Join 2016 Impact 100 grant winners Lutheran Child & Family Services and Ascent 121 for a free educational event for parents, teens, educators and service providers who want to learn more about the issue of human trafficking and how to keep Indiana kids safe.

Hope for Human Trafficking  is an outreach event to raise awareness throughout the Indianapolis community on human trafficking and how it affects us. The event features experts in victim services, social services, education, and local law enforcement. There will be live music, fair trade shopping, breakout sessions, and lunch. Click here  if you would like to help with this event.
When: Saturday, March 4 from 9:30 to 3:00
Where: Christ The Savior Lutheran Church, 10500 E 126th St., Fishers
Event Report:  January 18 New Member Reception at Rock Steady Boxing
by Kellie Earl Leeper
Our new member event at Rock Steady Boxing on January 18th was attended by approximately 50 women who represented a variety of members, which was a great way to kick off the year. It was a wonderful opportunity for all types of new members (regular, shared, scholarship, and shadow) to connect with each other and to have an opportunity to talk with multi-year members and even a few founders. 
Joyce Johnson, Executive Director of Rock Steady Boxing, shared how the Impact 100 grant catapulted the organization to new heights and was the spark that allowed RSB to grow an affiliate program of 325 locations (and growing) in the U.S. and abroad. 
Impact 100 president Beth Thomas also shared what to expect as a new member and opened it up for questions from the group. It was exciting to see so many new faces, which means that our Impact 100 chapter is reaching more women who want to learn, grow, and be a part of the ripple effect that is created by our grants.
Impact 100 Council Newsletter

The number of Impact 100 organizations has grown, and the Impact 100 Council was created to ensure we communicate and share best practices. They are working to grow their outreach and you can help by going to and signing up for their newsletter. This will not only help the Impact 100 Council, but it also helps every Impact 100 chapter by promoting the Impact 100 brand. Encourage others who may be interested in Impact 100 to sign up, too.
Article on Giving Circles

We loved this article from Inside Philanthropy: Forget the Gala. Giving Circles Are Where It's At for Women Raising Money. It explains and promotes the concept behind the Impact 100 model and is an endorsement of the work giving circles do.
Grantee Update:  HBO Show on Rock Steady Boxing

Our 2010 grantee, Rock Steady Boxing, is making news again! HBO's Fight Game takes a look at how RSB is using boxing training to fight Parkinson's disease: The Fight Game: Rock Steady Boxing  [YouTube].
In other RSB news, RSB has launched "In Your Corner," a new free quarterly magazine for people fighting back against Parkinson's and their families. To receive the 32-page full-color magazine, visit   The magazine will be published in March 2017. 
In Memory of Founding Member Jean Welch

Jean Welch, one of our founding members, passed away December 3. She joined Impact 100 with her daughter, Sarah McNaught, and daughter-in-law, Susan Welch, in 2005. Jean was also a member of The Progressive Club, and they sent a nice contribution to Impact 100 in her memory. Jean's calm nature, beautiful smile, and infectious laugh will be missed by all, and we send our condolences to her family and friends. If you knew Jean and wish to honor her with a contribution in her memory, please go to our Tribute Contribution page.
Impact 100 Members in the News

Shari Alexander Richey from Zionsville Community Schools received the Community Service Award from the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce on January 27, 2017 for her work in reducing taxes for businesses. Shari is a member of the Zionsville Community School's Board of Trustees.

Angela Braly, co-founder of The Policy Circle and former chairman and CE
O of WellPoint, now Anthem, will be inducted February 23, 2017 into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. Junior Achievement established the Hall of Fame in 1989 to honor outstanding men and women who epitomize success in the business world while improving the quality of life in our community
News from Other Impact 100 Organizations

Australia's Generosity Magazine chronicled 2016 collective giving results in western Australia. WA Leads the Way: Huge Collective Giving Results in 2016 highlights the efforts of two Impact 100 organizations, Impact100 WA (Perth) and Impact100 Fremantle.
Upcoming Impact 100 Events
  • February: Focus Area Committee meetings to select nonprofits to be asked to submit a full grant proposal based on their Letter of Intent (LOI)
  • March 10: Full grant applications from selected nonprofits due
  • March 13-14: Grant applications distributed to committee members
  • April 3-7: Focus Area Committees meet to discuss grant proposals and select those nonprofits for site visits
  • April 17-28: Site visits
  • April 28: Focus Area Committees notify Grants Committee with their FAC's finalist
  • June 13: Annual Dinner/Meeting, with presentation to the membership from the five FAC finalists and selection of 2017 Grant Winner