Impact 100 Newsletter

December, 2018

President's Message: The Power of WE

We were excited to celebrate this week at our Giving Tuesday Event - our celebration of member generosity and nonprofit leadership in our communities.

Just this year, by collectively pooling our donations, Impact 100 awarded $624,000 through four grants of $104,000 funded by our members and two grants of $104,000 by a generous foundation. Together we are expanding health care for people experiencing homelessness (Welcome House of Northern Kentucky), expanding outdoor experiences for at-risk youth (Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati), expanding access for the food insecure (La Soupe), training adults with barriers to employment (Venice on Vine), welcome refugees and immigrants (Wave Pool), and creating creative play space for families (City Gospel Mission).

As we come to the end of our 17th year, look at all that Impact 100 has been able to accomplish in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, & Eastern Indiana community thanks to you:

I'd like to extend a special thanks to the members of the 201 8 Board for their outstanding leadership, service, passion and hard work.  We are a family -- and these ladies have given selfishly & helped us be stronger.  We're sad to say farewell to our departing board members: Mary Beth Young, Cindy Cosway, Stephanie Tunison, Kim Carroll, and Donna Broderick.
The new 201 9 Impact 100 Board has been elected.  We are fortunate to have 21 talented, committed women serving the organizatio n, below. Bold indicates new board members.
  • Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer, President
  • Sarah Grace Mohr, President Elect, Signature Events Chair
  • Kristen Wevers, Vice President and PR/Marketing Chair
  • Rose Palmieri, Vice President, Grant Review Coordinator
  • Shannon Yung, Vice President, Membership Co-Chair
  • Clare O'Brien, Treasurer
  • Becky Scheeler, Secretary
  • Christine Dauenhauer, Recruiting Chair
  • Stacy Gendelman, Recruiting Co-Chair
  • Deepika Andavarapu, Diversity & Inclusion Chair
  • Cindy Givens, Nonprofit Coordinator
  • Laureen McCorkle, Development Chair
  • Rhiannon Hoeweler, Membership Co-Chair
  • Teresa Benson, Finance Chair
  • Terri Abare, Focus Area Chair
  • Jenny Berg, Focus Area Chair
  • Caroline Bieser, Focus Area Chair
  • Afrooz Kharazmi, Focus Area Chair
  • Kathy Thornton, Focus Area Chair
  • Erin Arnold, Webmaster
  • Emily Schmidt, Communications Chair
We are in the last month of our 201 9 membership drive ; w e are continually working to grow and improve but we need your help. If you can help by introducing a friend or colleague to Impact 100 - there is no better time than now!  Please share the "POWER OF WE" - the Impact 100 story - and help us recruit others to impact our community before the end of this year.

WE are continuously learning: this year has certainly been no exception.  Impact 100 has shown me the power of women, the power of generosity, the power of all of us together.  Thanks for learning and growing with us -- and accomplishing all of this all together.

With gratitude,

Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer
President | On Behalf of Impact 100  Board of Directors
Make an IMPACT in 2019
With your help, we can reach our $5MM Milestone!

We are SO close to reaching our $5MM milestone of grants awarded since 2002, and we need your help to get us there! We are committed to continuing to meet the needs of our community by providing transformational $100,000 grants to nonprofits in our region and we need your help to do this! Please consider joining Impact 100 as a 2019 member.  Simply JOIN HERE to become a 2019 voting member. 

Technically our deadline is 12/31/2018 but we would like to encourage members to pay a little earlier this year due to our administrative offices being closed the last two weeks in December. If you pay by December 15th you will be eligible to win a $100 VISA gift card. Winner will be announced via email.

Simply click HERE to join or to renew for 2019.  Let us count you in, too!

Giving Tuesday: Celebrating Impact 100 Grant Recipients
On Tuesday, November 27, over 100 Impact 100 members and guests joined at  Lexus Rivercenter  to meet with our six 2018 grant recipients and three previous grant recipients with progress report updates. Congratulations to Wave Pool, Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, City Gospel Mission, La Soupe, Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, and Venice on Vine on signing your Impact 100 grant agreements and receiving your first installment grant payment! Thank you to 2017 recipient, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, 2016 recipient Women's Crisis Center and 2015 recipient SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families) for joining and sharing their IMPACT in our region.

Special thanks to Impact 100 members Sarah Buckley (Persist Fitness), Paula Maier (Paula's Healthy Living), & Rose Palmieri (Rose Palmieri Photography) and friend of Impact 100, Tanya Tieman (Tanya's Image & Wellness Salon) for generously donating items from their women-owned businesses to support member renewal and engagement at Giving Tuesday!

More photos from #GivingTuesday can be found on our  Facebook page HERE.

Sheryl  Rajbhandari  & Cal Cullen speaking prior to signing Wave Pool's grant agreement.

Kristen MacDougal, Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati signs agreement.

Melanie Gomez signs City Gospel Mission's grant agreement.

Mimi Dyer, board president & Suzy DeYoung signing LaSoupe's grant agreement.
Welcome House ED Danielle Amrine signs their grant agreement.

Mark Shannon of Venice on Vine signs their agreement while Sister Judy Tensing looks on.

Our 2019 Grant Cycle: Open for Applications
Representatives from area nonprofits joined Impact 100 for three Letter of Intent (LOI) Trainings in October to learn about  applying to Impact 100 and proposing a transformational funding request that will benefit the tri-state area.  Attendees heard from board members, learned about applying, and received important feedback from two of our 2018 Grant Recipients and two past Impact 100 grant recipients at the Nonprofit Applicant Workshop &  Nonprofit Panel. 

Impact 100 is interested in learning about nonprofit organizations!  We welcome nonprofit funding proposals that will benefit the tri-state area through program expansion or transformational initiatives.  The Letter of Intent deadline is noon on 12/13/18.



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Last Chance to Pay it Forward by Recruiting Friends!
We have a NEW Referral "bonus" to charity !  Would you like to have $100 donated to your favorite charity?  Easy!  This prize will be awarded to the member who refers the most NEW members to Impact 100 for 2019!  Start recruiting today, so that YOU can be our Recruiter who gives back! More information, contact recruiting@impact100.org

How Are We Doing?
Thank you for your commitment and generosity which enabled us to collectively award a $104,000 grant to each of our six 2018 Grant Recipients. Your 2018 Impact 100 membership will have a lasting impact on our community.

Our work is possible due to the diverse skills and perspectives that our members bring. We are actively working to provide more ways to participate in our collaborative efforts. We welcome your involvement at the level that is right for you, whether that is one hour or many.

To extend our impact in 2019 and beyond, we would like our members to be extremely satisfied with their experience, renew in the coming years, and encourage their friends and relatives to join. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and suggestions on your experience and how we can improve via our annual survey.

Volunteer - Get Involved in 2019
We'd love to have you join a committee or volunteer- - - if you'd like to!   We're a guilt-free membership, but also have plenty of ways for you to lend a hand.  Standing (year-round) and seasonal committees need your help!  Join us   and choose volunteer opportunities that best meet your schedule and match your interests.
If you are interested in joining a committee (Marketing, Events, Membership, Recruiting) or volunteering - we could certainly use a hand!  Share your preference for committee or volunteer participation HERE.

Grants are reviewed in two rounds: (1) Letter of Intent (January 28-February 21, 2019) and (2) Common Grant Application (April 1-April 25, 2019 followed by Site Visits through May).  The FAC meeting schedule and locations are finalized for 2019 as follows:
  • Culture, Monday Lunch, Downtown
  • Community Investment Review Committee (CIRC), Monday Evenings, Blue Ash.  This committee first meets around March 18
  • Health & Wellness, Tuesday Evenings, Bellevue, KY
  • Environment, Preservation, & Recreation, Wednesday Evening, Sharonville
  • Education, Thursday Morning, Kenwood
  • Family, Thursday Evenings, Sharonville

Note: we do restart committee sign-ups each year.
Do you have any questions about Impact 100?  
Contact  membership@impact100.org and we'll get you the answer! 

Sustaining Membership
Have you ever considered sustaining membership with Impact 100?  "Sustainers" indicate to our membership team that you are interested in being engaged with Impact 100 year after year , saving our volunteer board members a significant amount of time understanding membership intent. 

We hope you will join our Board of Directors in becoming Sustaining Members with Impact 100 today!  Click Here to become a sustainer.

2017 Annual Report: A Charity Accountability Standard
Did You Know? I mpact 100 meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability
meaning it is an Accredited Charity, as well as one of the 2018 GreatNonprofits! You can trust that your collective giving and philanthropic support is accredited through the Better Business Bureau and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
One of the 20 Standards includes an Annual Report.  

Have You Considered Becoming an Impact 100 Sponsor?
Impact 100 sponsors receive high level exposure through several signature and community events, our website, and social media outlets. Sponsorship support helps Impact 100 underwrite high quality member experiences and ensures 100% of member contributions directly support grant recipients.

For more information please contact development@impact100.org or click HERE for sponsor benefit information.

Annual Awards Celebration: Voting Error Review Finished
In our October Newsletter and November Newsletter , we outlined FAQ's and announced that a third-party reviewer would assess this year's Annual Awards Celebration, voting error, and next steps.  The final third-party review of our voting processes and procedures can be found HERE A Board-approved committee is  charged with exploration of the the  third-party recommendations outlined in the report.  Voting enhancement progress will be communicated by Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at The Big Reveal (formerly known as Membership Announcement) .   We welcome questions or comments to president@impact100.org

2019 Calendar of Events - Save These Dates!
Mark Your Calendars for the Following Upcoming 2019 Events:

January 23
The BIG Reveal
January 28 - Feb. 1
Focus Area Committee Week #1 Begin Letter of Intent Review
April 30
Education Event
June 27
Meet the Finalists
September 12
Annual Awards Celebration
December 3
Giving Tuesday

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