ImpImpact Connection

October 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.

In Case You Missed It

Coffee & Conversation with

Zaman International and Freedom House Detroit

In this month's Coffee & Conversation discussion we hear how two of our grant awardees, Zaman International (2019) and Freedom House Detroit (2021), are working tirelessly to help individuals and families as they seek asylum in the United States.

Click below to listen.


Want to hear more from the people who

work hard for our community?

Listen to nonprofit leaders discuss how their projects are having an impact in Metro Detroit. Whether they are working to address the needs of underserved communities, further educational goals for kids, or enrich lives through art and music, each nonprofit organization we feature on our podcast has one thing in common, a dedication to bringing about positive change. Click below to view all 10 episodes, and then give them a listen!

I100 MD Podcast

Women of Impact

Our virtual breakfast event is THIS WEEK.

Don't miss it!!

Haven't registered yet for one of our biggest events of the year? Do it today! Learn how to ignite your philanthropic power through smart investing. We will hear from two nationally known leaders in investment and philanthropy.

This is one you won't want to miss.

Join us Thursday, October 14, at 8:30 am.

Click below to register.

Grantee Events

Freedom House Detroit

Voices of Freedom Festival

Friday, October 15

7:00 pm

Global cuisine, live music and much more to raise funds for asylum seekers.


Downtown Boxing Gym

The UnGala

Tuesday, October 26th

6:30 pm

Live DJ, appetizers, drinks, s'mores around the fire pit, games and more!


Micah 6 Community

Death by Chocolate Fundraiser

Thursday, October 28

7:00 pm

Local bakers and dessert creators make

decadent treats for a good cause. Taste them all!


Help Our Grantees

Developing K.I.D.S. (2021 grant recipient) has issued a special invitation to I100 MD members who might be interested in joining their board of directors. Join their virtual meeting to learn how their post-grant growth has opened up opportunities for others to get involved. Listen to the channel 7 news story HERE. To receive the link and join the meeting, click to send an EMAIL to CEO Kim Johnson.

LifeBuilders (2021 Finalist Award) will be hosting their 2021 neighborhood Christmas event, Pride for Parents, in early December and they need our help. Families will share food, music, and community, and will be able to shop for gifs at LIfeBuilder's Christmas Store, where merchandise is sold for only 20% of the retail price. Help them stock the store by purchasing an item from Amazon. Visit their WEBSITE for a list of items needed and a link to the Amazon site for purchases.

Brilliant Detroit (2021 Finalist Award) is reaching out to our I100 MD family for support on a number of their ongoing projects. Their needs are wide-ranging, with opportunities that range from in-person tutoring to simply donating books for their Read in Color initiative. To see their video, click HERE. For a full list of options, read THIS. Or, to connect with them directly, by reaout to the CEO via EMAIL.

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.

We had a conversation with two of our current Focus Area Chairs. Here's what they had to say about being a part of the I100 MD Grant team.

I100 MD: Why did you choose to become a FAC?

Carla Chennault: I joined the Grant Review Committee as a FAC because I wanted to interact more regularly with other members of I100 MD. Serving as a FAC allows me to meet other women and learn more about the work that our nonprofit heroes do.

Aidis Suever: I have been a co-Focus Area Chair (formally or informally) since I joined I100 MD in 2017. I love the excitement and preparation for the grant review cycle and absolutely love getting to know many of the nonprofits during the review process.

I100 MD: What did you enjoy most about it?

Carla Chennault: Serving as a FAC keeps me engaged with the grant review process and allows me to build new relationships. This year, I got to know my co-chair Nikki Moran, as well as nonprofit leader Cindy Eggleton, founder of Brilliant Detroit which was our committee's finalist for a 2021 grant.

Aidis Suever: I love leading our Focus Area Committee as we select great nonprofit candidates. I also love getting to meet many of the members and engage with I100 MD leaders.

I100 MD: How much time did you commit as an FAC?

Carla Chennault: Being a FAC requires a bit more time than simply serving on the Grant Review Committee at large, but working with a co-chair lightens the load and makes the process fun!

Aidis Suever: The majority of the time commitment is between February and May. I would say 15 to 20 hours during that time span, and that time includes reviewing the grant submissions and preparing to meet the various grant cycle timelines. As I have done this through many years, I have become more efficient than I was in the beginning.

Would you like to join Aidis and Carla as Focus Area Chairs or be a part of the Grant Review Committee? Reach out to Carla and she can answer your questions and get you started. We would love to have you!

Email Carla

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