From Ann Vaughn, President

Happy Women's History Month and Happy Spring! Themes of rebirth and renewal in spring are familiar to us all. That's one of the reasons I'm so glad our grant review process happens in the spring. Local nonprofits have fresh, energetic visions for how to bring change to our region, and we are excited to help nurture that work.

Unfortunately — and especially in recent years — a change in season also comes with fear and trepidation. Is another wave of the pandemic around the corner? What kind of escalation in violence and suffering can we expect from world events? What is going to be the next bleak report about the environment, the economy, or social injustice?

That's why I take heart in the Rosa Parks quote below. Fear and anxiety might be inevitable, but our resolve may be the antidote. I find that one of our greatest challenges these days is not being paralyzed by our fear. International, domestic, and local challenges are all overwhelming. But I am so inspired by the sense of purpose among our members and the nonprofits that are doing good work every single day.

So let's get busy and stay busy. Let's make up our minds to do the best we can do, to let each tiny bit of progress make us less fearful and more resolute. And, let's celebrate the positive impact of our community.

We hope to see you at the Impact100 DC gathering for all members next month (details below).

Open to All: An Evening with Dominique Brown
In honor of Women's History Month, join us for our next special event featuring Dominique Brown, Actor and Associate Director of Campaign 72, a one-woman show about Shirley Chisolm's 1972 presidential campaign that is coming to Black Box at THEARC theater in DC this spring.

Impact100 DC is hosting an intimate discussion with Dominique Brown on Thursday, March 31 at 7pm ET on Zoom. Register today!
Spring Social for All Members!
Please join us for a spring get together for all Impact100 DC members at the home of Niki Mock!

We are looking forward to gathering in person! The event will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Address and more info to follow but please hold on your calendars.
We are in Round 2 of Review!
Over the last month, our Focus Area Committees have been hard at work, reviewing and discussing this year's grant applications. Now, the Finance Committee is beginning its review process, with careful due diligence and feedback that they will pass back onto the Focus Area Committees.

As another reminder, here is our grant review timeline!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Impact100 DC Board continues to make conversation and education about systemic racism and racial injustice a focus.

Here are some of the resources we found most helpful this month:

Reminder: Our Membership Directory is Live!
Our password-protected member portal is available!

Members can take advantage of our new Membership Directory, which includes contact information for Impact100 DC members that have opted in and given permission. Members can get the password for the directory in our "The Impact100 DC Membership Directory is live!" email from February 4 or by emailing [email protected].

Impact100 DC
PO Box 40121
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-379-4773