Impact 100 Newsletter

February, 2019

President's Message 
"Your worldview is from where you stand."

When is the last time you had civil discourse with someone who has a different worldview from you? For me, it was this morning with another Impact 100 member. The conversation gave me hope in how dialogue and proximity create stronger connections.

So let's cut to the heart of engaging in civil discourse.  After The BIG Reveal, Marla* sent me an email....

The BIG Reveal
On January 24th, at a sold-out BIG Reveal event at St. Anthony Center, Impact 100 announced the news that by pooling our membership dollars together we are able to award:
to our community this year
4 grants of $109,000 each!

This September, after our Annual Awards Celebration,
Impact 100 will have awarded over
$5 Million 
since our first grant was awarded in 2002!

Who Are Our Members?
This year, Impact 100 has 500 members, with just over 100 new members joining us for the first time.  Our loyal renewing members bring over 2,651 years of Impact 100 experience to the organization.

91% of our new members were referred ; thank you for believing enough in Impact 100 to bring your friends neighbors, family, dentists, grocery clerks, etc.!

Combining this amazing foundation with an energized group of new members with fresh ideas and energy promises to bring about great results in 2019!

The Impact 100 Process Has Started
When we consider  what Impact 100 stands for and the 5 steps of our annual process,   it is amazing to think of the energy put forth by volunteers to make it happen!  That energy continues through the nonprofit Grant Recipients who execute lasting change in our community.  

o how does it work?  This is a simple way of explaining the Impact 100 process - in 5 steps!
Focus Area Committees - Last Weekend to Sign Up
This is the last weekend to sign up to join a Focus Area Committee to review Letters of Intent!  Sign-ups will reopen in March for the Common Grant Application review by Impact 100 members.

Grants are reviewed in two rounds: (1) Letter of Intent (January 28-February 21) and (2) Common Grant Application (April, followed by Site Visits through May).  The Focus Area Committee 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.
Standing Volunteer Opportunities
We're a guilt-free membership, but also have plenty of ways for you to lend a hand....should you choose!  Standing (year-round) and seasonal committees need your help.

Join us and choose volunteer opportunities that best meet your schedule and match your interests: Marketing, Membership & Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion, Event Planning, for "one and done" tasks and help at events. 

If you are interested in joining volunteering - we could certainly use a hand!  

Do you have any questions about Impact 100?  
Contact  membership@impact100.org and we'll get you the answer! 

Membership in Action

2014 Grant Recipient Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
Adult Basic Reading Program Success Story:  Sokhna Ndiaye 
Each year, the Literacy Network recognizes a student who goes above and beyond to live out our mission. Sokhna Ndiaye was named our 2018 Hope Award Recipient. Sokhna was a student in our Adult Basic Reading Program, and also works with to improve her reading skills. She is a hard-working, dedicated student, a loving mother of two beautiful children and a supportive wife. Sokhna attended class on Mondays and Wednesdays and generally met with her tutor multiple times during the week. Additionally, she completed a 10-week culinary job training program with the Freestore Foodbank called Cincinnati Cooks and now is working as a chef! Sokhna continues to work hard to improve her reading skills so that she can be the best woman, mother, and wife for her family. She truly embodies our mission at the Literacy Network!

Interested in reading a testament and reflection to Impact 100 from
Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati Executive Director, Michelle Guenther?

Membership Installment payments are a great option!
Installment plans are a great way to budget for your Impact 100 dues. We encourage anyone interested in this option to start your 2020 membership now! 
Some quick definitions:
  • One-Time Donation: this one's pretty obvious, right? Just one time! 
  • Recurring Donation: this can be set up monthly, quarterly, etc but only lasts one calendar year. You'll have to set it up again next year.
  • Sustaining Donation: this can be set up monthly, quarterly, etc but keeps going until you tell us to stop!! So nothing for you to do year over year. Isn't that easy?
And remember, all membership dues must be collected by Dec 31st, 2019 to be a voting member in 2020!
More details can be found HERE and if you have any questions you can always email membership@impact100.org

Young Professional Spread the Word on March 7th
Did you know we have a  Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program ? We do and we would love your help recruiting potential Young Philanthropists! Applications and details are  available online now
The Membership & Recruiting Committee will be hosting a Young Professional Spread the Word event on March 7th from 6-8pm in Oakley. 
If you know someone who might be interested please send details to membership@impact100.org  so that we can send them a personal invitation.
2019 Calendar of Events - Save These Dates!
Mark Your Calendars for the Following Upcoming 2019 Events:

January 28 - Feb. 1

Focus Area Committee Week #1 Begin Letter of Intent Review
March 7
Young Professional Spread the Word event
April 30
Education Event
June 27
Meet the Finalists
September 12
Annual Awards Celebration
December 3
Giving Tuesday

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