ImpImpact Connection

November 2021

Welcome to Impact Connection! This monthly email will share stories about our high impact grants, offer information about the important issues surrounding the nonprofits, and connect you to the organizations and leaders making a difference in our community.

It's the Giving Season

How are we helping our nonprofits?

As the holidays approach, and the end of another year looms large over all of us, we are sharing stories about what we are doing as an organization to help our nonprofits and further their goals. We are also offering our past grant recipients and finalists the chance to let us know what we, as individual members of Impact100 Metro Detroit, can do to help.


Grant Applications open this month, and we at Impact100 Metro Detroit want to be sure that nonprofits have all they information they need to submit the best proposal possible. To that end, we are hosting over 100 organizations at our Grant Information Session on November 16. In addition to learning about best practices and writing dos and don'ts, grant writers and nonprofit directors will be able to network with one another and share information that can help everyone succeed. Past grantees will also speak about their successes.


Many nonprofits, like most for profit businesses, can benefit from expert advice in how to maximize their potential to grow and succeed. The problem nonprofits often face is not having enough money in the budget to pay for business coaching. Impact100 MD member Jackie Gouvia, a certified coach, has generously offered to provide one on one coaching for some of our grant recipients and finalists. The response from nonprofit directors has been very positive. We know they will be able to fuel more transformation in our communities!

Grantee Events and Wish Lists

Freedom House Detroit

Asylum seekers often arrive with just the clothes on their backs and little else. Shopping through Amazon for basic necessities that are delivered directly to Freedom House is an easy way for our members to help.


Accent Pontiac

Teaching music is impossible without access to instruments. Do you have any to donate? AP is looking for flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, euphoniums, tubas, and percussion equipment.



is preparing to open their neighborhood Christmas Store. Merchandise is sold for only 20% of the retail price, making shopping possible for many who otherwise wouldn't be able to purchase gifts. Help them stock the store by buying an item from Amazon. Visit their WEBSITE for a list of items needed and a link to the Amazon site for purchases.

Helping Hands Needed

Freedom House (2021 grant recipient) is doing incredibly important work at this time in our world when so many are in precarious situations. They are offering a special program, Sponsor a Seeker, that helps those who seek a more personal connection while making a monthly gift to the organization. You'll learn about the life of an asylum seeker and receive updates about their path to freedom. For detailed information and to meet the seekers, click HERE. Or make your donation HERE.

Accent Pontiac (2021 grant finalist) is looking for a development director who will provide strategic direction and leadership for all aspects of Accent Pontiac's fund development. Accent Pontiac's mission is to strengthen Pontiac's youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consisted music making. If you're interested in helping to give the gift of music to kids, this paid position might be perfect for you. Click HERE for a complete job description and requirements.

Developing K.I.D.S. (2021 Grant Recipient) provided us with this UPDATE on their progress since receiving our grant. This vibrant organization is looking for anyone interested in joining their Board of Directors to help them continue their life changing work. For a description of the job, click HERE. If you have questions or want to get involved, email CEO Kim Johnson, she would love to talk to you!

Brilliant Detroit (2021 Finalist Award) is looking for help from I100 MD with two projects. Literacy is paramount for kids to succeed. Help by becoming a literary mentor. To learn about the program or volunteer, email Aryeh Perlman. Or, if fundraising is more your forte, become a Peer-to-Peer leader for Giving Tuesday. Help Brilliant Detroit grow their impact by leveraging contributions from your personal network. Email Barbara Zaltz for more information.

Get Involved

Be an I100 MD Grant Focus Area Chair

The best way to learn about all the nonprofit heroes in our communities is to become an I100 MD Grant Focus Area Chair (FAC). You'll lead committee members as we make our way through the grant review process. Click HERE for our focus areas.

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