September 2015
In This Issue
Opening Letter
Fall Education Event
Founders Fellowship
Grantee Update
Help Out

Current, former and prospective members are invited to this FREE event to mingle, hear from project grantees and our first
class of Founders Fellows.
Guests Welcome!

Oct ober 6, 2015
7:00 - 9:0

Curious about Impact100? Join us at a free info session. For more details email: 

September 30, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM
October 7, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM

October 14, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM

October 21, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM

October 22, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM

October 27, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM

November 1, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Members are invited to a discussion with  Eva Gladstein on Philadelphia's strategy to fight poverty and create shared prosperity. She is the Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment.
Wednesday November 4, 2015 

Blank Rome LLP
One Logan Square
130 North 18th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998.

Eva Gladstein, "CEO" of Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity

Philadelphia's Plan for Shared Prosperity will be discussed at the Fall Education Program

Welcome to Impact 100 Philadelphia's 8th year of grant making!
Over the past seven years, our collective efforts have resulted in $1.65 million in grants to 29 non-profits in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Last year alone, your generous donations funded projects that: counseled grieving children in two underserved neighborhoods; helped teens learn leadership skills through food, farming and entrepreneurship; and created new curriculum for low income adult learners to master the new GED exam and forge a path to employment. And your donations last year also funded the operations of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Manna.
Our success is defined by the impressive work of our grantees. However, the key to increasing Impact100's funding to local nonprofits is you .  Expanding membership depends on the efforts of all of us to introduce friends and colleagues to the experience of collective giving and to Impact100.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Join or renew your membership today.

  • Tell a friend or colleague about your experience and provide her with our membership forms.
  • Bring a prospective member(s) to the Opening Reception on Tuesday, October 6th at Bala Golf Club Register here
  • Bring a friend to an Information session or to an educational event this fall. (See sidebar for details of upcoming events)
  • Add a prospective member to our mailing list.
We are so proud of our accomplishments and we look forward to seeing you at our Opening Reception on October 6th to kick off our next exciting year of grant making!

Sue Dubow 
Mary Grace Tighe
Membership Co-Chairs               
Kate Carp
Rachel Levin
Fall Education Program

Each year, Impact100 focuses on a theme and develops a series of Education Programs to help its membership deepen connections to the region and sharpen their philanthropic skill set. This year's focus will be, "Understanding Poverty in Philadelphia and Our Role in its Possible Solution"

Seven percent of Philadelphians live below the federal poverty line with 12.2% living in "deep poverty" (defined as 1/2 of the federal poverty line). This ranks Philadelphia as having the highest rate of poverty and deep poverty of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. Close to 40% of Philadelphia's children live in poverty. Philadelphia's First District (which encompasses North Philadelphia) ranks as the 2nd poorest district in the U.S. only behind the South Bronx

Mayor Nutter formed the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity, the CEO, which has been tasked with developing a plan to attack and eliminate poverty in Philadelphia. In 2014 the CEO launched " Shared Prosperity Philadelphia" to create and implement a comprehensive strategy to attack poverty in Philadelphia. The Shared Prosperity Plan is multifaceted and cuts across all the Impact100 Focus Areas. It is a collaborative plan that encourages public, private and not-for-profit participation
Join us in a conversation with Eva Gladstein, Executive Director and "CEO" of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity as we discuss the problem of poverty in Philadelphia, the Shared Prosperity Philadelphia Plan and the role of not-for-profits in effecting desired outcomes.

Wednesday November 4 at The Comisky Center, One Logan Square
Founders Fellowship Year Two
Our Founders Fellows: Jessica Franzini, Stephanie Taylor, Janea Jordan, Jennifer Wilmot
In 2014, Impact100 Philadelphia launched a new program called the Founders Fellowship. The Founders Fellowship program is designed to encourage young women to learn about philanthropy, the power of giving, and critical issues that affect the Philadelphia region. The Founders Fellowship is available to women between the ages of 25 and 35 who are interested in addressing the vital needs of our community through the collective giving movement and who will bring a diverse perspective to Impact100's process. In 2014, five Fellows joined Impact100 in the grant-making process.

Three of our 2014 Fellows have gone on to pursue new opportunities in the non-profit sector. Stephanie Taylor recently accepted a position as  Resource Director of the YMCA of the USA providing strategic planning, coaching and support to 26 YMCAs in Southeast PA and Maryland. Jessica Franzini is working towards her Certificate in Non-profit Management at La Salle University. Jennifer Wilmot will be relocating to Kansas City for a new position. 
In light of the inspiring class of Fellows in 2014, Impact100 will continue the Fellows program for the 2015 Grant Cycle. Two Fellows, Janea Jordan and Stephanie Taylor will be returning and three new Fellows will be recruited. Do you know someone who might make a great Fellow? The application is available now until September 28 on our website.

The Founders Fellowship program is supported by our members who make a contribution above their annual dues. If you'd like to support future Fellows, or have questions about the program, please email

News from Our Grantees
Fall Programs begin this September at Neighborhood Bike Works new Community Shop and Bike Education Hub at 3939 Lancaster Avenue.  This project was supported by a 2014 Grant from Impact100. Members can read about the move here.

Help us out in 2015/2016!

AT THE OPENING RECEPTION: Help us build momentum early and join or renew your membership on October 6 -- just bring a check and we'll take care of the rest. Please consider adding an extra donation onto your $1,000 dues in order to support Impact's essential operating expenses

AT INFO SESSIONS: Help us spread the word about the outstanding work of Impact100 . Please invite your friends, neighbors or colleagues to one of our Fall Information Sessions. Dates and locations are listed below.  

Wynnewood     Wednesday, September 30         7 - 9 pm
Wyncote          Wednesday, October 7                7 - 9 pm
Chestnut Hill    Wednesday, October 14             7 - 9 pm
Flourtown        Wednesday October 21              7 - 9 pm 
Center City      Thursday, October 22                 7 - 9 pm
Wynnewood     Tuesday, October 27                 7 - 9 pm
Ardmore          Sunday, November 1                 3 - 5 pm

For details, please contact us at or contact our membership chairs directly at or
AT HOME: Interested in contributing? Please go to our website's Join or Donate Now Page to be a part of the next grant cycle. We would love to have you on board!

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Go Beyond the Grant Cycle! Our 2015 Grant Applicant Wishlists are here. Help out one of your favorites!   

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Impact100 Philadelphia Leadership 2015-16
                           Sue Dubow & Mary Grace Tighe
Immediate Past President     Jacquie Stern

Secretary                                   Jennifer Vollmer

Treasurer                                   Pat Bonney

Communications                      Sarah Peterson & Allison Schapker

Grants                                        Emily Biscardi & Sandy Lazovitz

Membership                              Kate Carp & Rachel Miller Levin

Programs                                   Claudie Williams & Sue Sukonik

Webmaster                                Karen Nathan