Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Member Newsletter

October 2016
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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
I love being involved in Impact 100 and knowing women who are willing to make a donation to our grant pool so that we can make a difference in our community. We all have many choices to make regarding how to use our dollars, and I am always humbled and amazed at the women who so readily give.

I recently read the results of a research study conducted by the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The study found that women are more likely to give, and to give more, than men in similar situations. What was surprising to me is the disparity in their giving: baby-boomer and older women gave 89% more to charity than men their age, and women in the top 25% of permanent income gave 156% more than men in that same category.

Their research also showed that women give more than men at virtually all income levels, even though women in general earn less and have less money in retirement. In other words, even though women tend to have fewer available resources, they are giving larger portions of their wealth to charity.

As women in philanthropy, you probably already knew this. In all sincerity, we are so grateful for the generosity of the women of Impact 100. Your openhearted philanthropy has enabled us to give back to our local community, year after year. And we truly hope that you will join us this year as well. More members means we are able to make even more of a positive impact. Please join us!

You can read more about the results of this study at . And, if you haven't already joined to be part of our 2017 Grant, you can find a membership form at .
Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me your thoughts and ideas at

Beth Thomas
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Our Latest Giving Report is Available Online!   

Our annual Giving Report has just been released. This document provides a summary of our grant history, as well as a complete listing of the women who have been involved in Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis over our eleven years. You can access the 2017 Giving Report here. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who wants to know more about Impact 100.
Commit Now, Pay Later  
If you would like to commit to a 2017 Impact 100 membership but don't want to make a full membership contribution now, there are three "INVOICE ME" options on the membership form:
  • INVOICE ME on December 1: If you choose this option, we will send you an invoice for your full membership contribution on December 1.
  • INVOICE ME now, October 1, and December 1: If you choose this option, please indicate in the Notes field how much you wish to be invoiced now, on October 1, and on December 1 to fulfill your membership contribution. (note: since October 1 has passed, this option is no longer available).
  • INVOICE ME now and December 1: If you choose this option, please indicate in the Notes field how much you wish to be invoiced now and on December 1 to fulfill your membership contribution.
A Q&A with Membership Chair Terry Mumford 

Terry Mumford shares her thoughts on why she joined Impact, the best (and worst) parts of being the membership chair, and what about Impact makes it a unique and rewarding experience for members.

When and why did you join Impact 100? What about the organization appealed to you?

I learned about Impact 100 from Terri Czajka, who was my law partner at Ice Miller. She reached out to me about joining and told me that she and Sue Ann Kalleres were among the founding members. This was after Impact 100 had been in business for just one giving cycle. I respect both women immensely and it made a difference to me that they were supporters. I was also intrigued by the concept of really knowing where my money went. I read the materials and decided to take a chance. I have never regretted it. 

What has been your favorite Impact 100 moment, and why?

There are too many favorite moments to pick out one. Every year when I learn about the organizations that have applied for grants, I am moved by the dedication of the people who are trying to make Indianapolis a better place. Then as we move through the process, I get more and more excited looking forward to the final decision at the annual dinner. The joy of the winners is always a wonderful, wonderful moment. I also value the conversations with my sister members throughout the year.

How has Impact 100 changed in the years you've been a part of it?

The core mission has remained the same. But I think we are trying to reach out to a broader audience in terms of our membership, and we are trying to balance our role of raising money with doing more education for our members. Based on my work experience I believe that it is easier to convince women to join Impact 100 if they understand the needs that are out there in our community.

Tell us the best and worst parts of being the Impact 100 membership chair.

The best part about being membership chair is talking with women about Impact 100 and the grantees that we have supported over the years. The worst part about being membership chair is realizing how many organizations would benefit from our grants if only we had more members. But, really, there are no bad parts about being membership chair when you are as enthusiastic about the organization as I am.

As the membership chair, you host quite a few events. Which upcoming event is a "can't-miss" for members and prospective members, and why?

We have such a variety of events that we hope that every member will find at least one event of interest. The membership committee puts a lot of thought and planning into these events so we hope they are informational and fun. On September 20th, we were able to follow the impact of our grant to Outside the Box. That was a very, very fun event because we had prizes for new members and a prize for the member who brought the most guests (won by former President Karen Holly), as well as tours of the facility showing the long-lasting impact our 2011 grant has had on their programs. This month we will have another follow the impact event at Herron High School. In November we will have a brand-new type of event - a poverty simulation that will be coordinated by United Way. I think they will all be great! And the upcoming Holiday Party will have two opportunities to learn how to add something special to your own holiday parties.

Why should women consider joining Impact 100? What makes it unique?

I joined initially because I was looking for a closer connection to the charities to which I was contributing. I have continued my membership for that reason, but also I feel that being a member of Impact 100 has made me a better citizen of Indianapolis. 

Can you summarize briefly what different options women have to become involved in Impact 100?

We have varying levels of membership. We have the full membership at $1,000. We also have shared memberships at the level of $250, $334, and $500. Payments can be made by check or credit card. Check out our website for membership information or contact me directly at  .

If you could have lunch with anyone from any time in history, who would it be and why?

Eleanor Roosevelt. I chose her because of her leadership on policy issues at a time when women were not expected to be involved in political or social issues. I think she was strong and brave. 
Impact 100's 2017 Grant Process to Open on October 24

Impact 100's 2017 grantmaking season is underway! Grant Co-Chairs Charlitta Winston, Andi Cohen, and Megan McGuire have created the following announcement, which appears on our Facebook page and website.
On October 24, 2016, the Greater Indianapolis Impact 100 grant process begins. The 2016-2017 Letter of Inquiry form will be available on our website at beginning October 24, 2016. All applicant organizations whose seat of operation is based in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties are welcome to review the Letter of Inquiry guidelines and the Letter of Inquiry form. If your organization meets the criteria, please submit the Letter of Inquiry form for consideration.

Interested not for profit organizations are also invited to attend our Impact 100 Grant Information Session on Thursday, December 8 at the Glendale Library, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue, 46220. The session will begin at 2:30 pm and end by 4:30 pm. This will be your opportunity to get information about our grant process and have your questions answered prior to submitting your Letter of Inquiry.

The Letter of Inquiry will be due January 13, 2017 by 5:00 pm. All Letters of Inquiries must be submitted electronically to

Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your 2017 Letter of Inquiry.

To be notified when Letters of Inquiry are being accepted, please fill out this form .

We Are Now Accepting Applications to Our Scholarship Program

Do you know a young woman who is interested in a career in philanthropy? Please encourage her to apply to Impact 100's Scholarship Program for 2017. This program covers the cost of membership for promising young philanthropists.
Scholarship recipients are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the Impact 100 process, including serving on a Focus Area Committee and voting at our Annual Dinner. The purpose of the program is to add new voices to our Focus Area Committees, provide a path to full membership in Impact 100, and prepare young women for a career in philanthropy.

To be considered eligible, the applicant must be:
  • Female
  • Age 36 and below
  • Interested in a career in the not-for-profit sector, especially in the areas of fundraising and grantmaking
  • Live in Indianapolis or one of the donut counties
The application deadline is December 9. Applicants will be notified by December 16.

To learn more about the experiences of scholarship recipients, read this article on past participants. If you have questions, please contact Roberta Jaggers at , and use "Impact 100 Scholarship Program" in the subject line.
News and Events

Congratulations to Roberta Jaggers  
Congratulations to Impact 100 board member Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers for being named a Junior Achievement Indy's Best & Brightest finalist in Education & Non-Profit!
Impact 100 Member Leads Capital Campaign for New Girl Scout Center
Congratulations to Impact 100 board member Charlitta Winston, whose efforts in managing the capital campaign for
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana have led to the September opening of its $7.2 M Leadership and Learning Center at 90-year-old Camp Dellwood in Marion County. The Leadership and Learning Center is designed with dedicated space for adult volunteer training and professional development in areas as diverse as STEM careers, the environment, healthy lifestyles and financial literacy. The council serves 36,000 girls in grades K-12 with the assistance of 15,000 adult volunteers in 45 Indiana counties. 
W3 Event  
W3 has announced the last W3 workshop of the year, their annual Economic Outlook. We will have a new president next year, and there are questions regarding how the changes may affect us personally. How much do you know about expectations for the stock market, interest rates and the housing market? Should you be making decisions differently? The event will be on Thursday, November 10, from 5:30 - 7PM at the Bridgewater Club in Carmel. Please RSVP to Whitney Schmitt at if you'd like to attend. Guests are welcome, but please RSVP to ensure there is room for everyone. 
Heartland Films Event
Heartland Films will show Attucks: The School That Opened a City, on Thursday October 27 at 3 pm at Castleton AMC Theaters as part of the Heartland Film Festival. The film, a 2015 residual grant winner, will be followed by a Q&A with Producer Ted Green. For more information and to buy tickets, go to .
Upcoming Impact 100 Events
  • Monday, October 17: Follow the Impact at Herron High School
    We'll visit Herron High School to learn how they used their Impact 100 Grant and its impact on their programs. The event is open to members, guests, and all women interested in more information about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis. Men are also welcome.
  • Wednesday, November 2: Real Life, Real Choices (A Poverty Simulation)
    Join us for a discussion on poverty that will include the opportunity to learn more about poverty in our community and the organizations working to address it. This will be held at Insights Consulting just off 77th and Shadeland on the northeast side. Full directions will be sent to those who RSVP.
  • Tuesday, November 29: Giving Tuesday BrewHAHA at Blind Owl Brewery
    Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and it's a great time to celebrate those who give. Come to learn more about Impact 100 or to meet up with old and new friends. Our last BrewHAHA was an exciting event with tornadoes raging, keeping many people away. There should be no excuse this time!
  • Wednesday, December 7: Impact 100 "DIY" Holiday Party, Outside the Box
    This year's party is more than just a gathering-we'll have Board Member Andi Cohen of Eat Your Heart Out Catering giving demonstrations on creating appetizers for your holiday party and Board Member Cathy Simmons of CS Accoutrements doing demonstrations on creating a holiday centerpiece. Don't be late for this one: 5:30-7:30 pm, Outside the Box, 3940 E 56th St.
  • Thursday, December 8: Nonprofit Information Meeting at Glendale Library
    Nonprofits in Central Indiana (Marion County and the surrounding counties) are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about our process, focus areas, nonprofit eligibility requirements, and our grant calendar. The meeting will take place at the Glendale Library, 2:30-4:30 pm. To be added to the invitation list please click here: Interested Nonprofit Form.
For more information on any of these events, please contact Membership Chair Terry Mumford at .