April 2015
President's Message


Sharon Mitchell

Spring is here!!  Everywhere you look, you see the first signs of plants sprouting, sending up shoots and bursting into bud.  This is also the time of year when we see the first signs of IMPACT 100's most recent grants bursting into bloom.


The children of MYCincinnati performed on stage at Music Hall on March 8th under the direction of John Morris Russell.  The music was wonderful, the smiles were huge, and there were not many dry eyes in the audience.  (You can see a brief clip on You Tube). Amazing, beautiful music!!


The Community Matters Washing Well project to install a Laundromat in Lower Price Hill is well underway.  Site tours of the Community Center are in progress, and the residents will soon be able to take advantage of this wonderful new resource.


The Literacy Network has recruited and started several new Literacy classes.  If you were a "fly on the wall", you would already see the pride in the adult students' faces as they begin the process of reading for the first time.  Consonants and vowels are being sorted out - and the smiles are spreading.


You can see the power of our collective giving in action as we

Spread the Joy . . . and Spread the Impact.


As we celebrate major milestones with last year's grant recipients, we continue the cycle of grant reviews to identify the 2015 Grant Award recipients.  Starting in April, the Grant Review Committees will be hard at work reviewing grant applications from the agencies invited to submit grants.  There are many amazing, strong grant proposals that have the potential to make a lasting impact on the community.  This year promises to be another year of strong candidates, stimulating site visits, and difficult choices as we work to identify the agencies that will be Finalists - and then select FOUR Grant Recipients.


Finally, I hope that many of you are interested in actively spreading the word about Impact 100, and willing to help us recruit more members for next year.  We all would love to be able to give five grants in 2016 - but that will only happen if we all pitch in.  Here's how you can help.

  • Impact 100 is increasing its presence on social media - so please join the conversation on Facebook. Be sure to share, like and comment on Impact 100 regularly!
  • Most importantly, please introduce your friends, colleagues, and relatives to Impact 100 ... and bring a friend to an Impact 100 event. There's nothing more powerful than a personal invitation from a trusted friend!  For prospects, there is nothing more powerful than seeing Impact 100 in action.

I hope you all enjoy the start of spring, the exciting Final Four Basketball games and the start of the Cincinnati Red's Baseball Season!   I look forward to seeing you at a future Impact 100 event.


Warm Regards,

Sharon Mitchell

President, Impact 100

Membership Challenge

IMPACT 100 MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE - Spread the Joy...and Spread the Impact!

YOU - the Impact 100 members - are our best source of new members.  YOUR  passion, commitment and enthusiasm are powerful testimonial for Impact 100 membership.

As we STRIVE FOR FIVE grants in our future, we want to challenge each Impact 100 member to bring in new members for 2016.   Won't it be exciting to award FIVE grants?!

With the MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE comes a reward!  
For the first three quarters of the year (January, February, March; then April, May, June; then July, August, September) the Impact 100 member bringing in the most new members will receive a  FREE 1/2 MEMBERSHIP  to give to yet another new member.  Watch our numbers - and the 2016 grant pool - grow!  If there's a tie for the most new members in a quarter, a random drawing will select the winner.   ( Referred new 2016 members must commit to join and have paid in full or started funding a 2016 membership through a down payment or payment plan.  Winner must identify the new member within 30 days of quarter end.)

Q 1 Winner is Susan D. Cranley!  She will be able to gift an Impact 100 1/2 membership for 2016 to the person of her choice this month.  Thanks to the 3 Impact 100 members who referred passionate women who joined Impact 100 for 2016!  And the many others who joined without a referral!


What do you need to do to participate in the 2016 MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE? 
Share the Impact 100 story ... invite friends, family and colleagues to Impact 100 events ... and, make sure YOUR new members mention YOU brought them into Impact 100.

If you want MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE information, or Impact 100 data, contact
recruiting@impact100.org We will help you meet the MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE because as our membership grows so do the number of grants we can award and the IMPACT we have on our community!  

Thank you for your membership - and your willingness to take on the 2016 IMPACT 100 MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE!!!

Spread the Joy ... and Spread the Impact

Want to have friends and colleagues learn about 

Impact 100 but not sure what to do or what to say?

Impact 100 has a Spread the Word in a box kit for you with everything you need (including a timeline and templates)!  You can host at your house, at a coffee shop, restaurant, bar and have other Impact 100 members co-host with you.  Email recruiting@impact100.org to learn more!

MYCincinnati Ambassador Ensemble

Sunday, April 19th

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cincinnati Art Museum 

Join fellow Impact 100 members, families, kids, and community members at MYCincinnati's Ambassador Ensemble - "Creative Encounters" Program.  This program has an interactive component where guests will see youth orchestra in action, and also engage in creative workshops in small groups.  MYCincinnati was a 2014 Impact 100 grant recipient in the Culture focus area.

Event Agenda
1 - 1:30      Screening of the Ambassador Ensemble documentary (made by Michael Wilson)
1:30 - 2      Ambassador Ensemble performance (6 string students )
2 - 3            Student-led creative workshops in small groups
*Creative workshops are short activities that engage participants in hands-on reflection and mini-performance.  Instruments provided!  This is a family friendly event: consider bringing a friend or family members of all ages!  

Cost is $5 for Cincinnati Art Museum members and students, and $10 for non-members

Impact 100 Board Nominations

Spring is here and Impact 100 is kicking into high gear.  Grant review and CIRC members are preparing for grant application reviews and site visits.  Recruiting and Membership are engaging current and future members.  Communications and Marketing are keeping members and greater Cincinnati informed.  The Nominating Committee is planning for next year. 

The Nominating Committee has begun assessing the needs and capacity of the current Board.  Beginning in June, the committee will meet with Impact 100 members who are interested in serving on the Board. The goal is to present the 2016 slate for approval in September.

As a volunteer organization, Impact 100 relies on members' generous donations.  Members' gracious donation of time and talent is vital.  Involvement on the Board is a rewarding, creative and collaborative experience.  As Impact 100 continues to grow and Strive for Five, there are numerous opportunities for personal and organizational growth.  Joining the Board is one way to expand your Impact 100 experience.

Please consider nominating yourself or another member for Board service.  Please contact Annemarie Henkel, Nominating Chair, at annemarie.henkel@fuse.net for more information or with any questions. 

Help IMPACT 100 while shopping!

This is just friendly reminder that the new cycle for Kroger Community Rewards begins May 1st  and you can re-enroll beginning April 1st  through April 30th.

Kroger Community Rewards Program. Kroger is committed to helping 

our communities grow and prosper. Impact 100 has joined this fundraising program, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Getting set up is easy - - just follow these steps:



  • Please register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with Impact 100 after you sign up.
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so please click on SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter number 87767 or Impact 100, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • You must swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.
Happy shopping!!

Impact EDU: A Snapshot of the TriState
THANK YOU - to everyone who came out for our recent event - 
Impact EDU: A Snapshot of the TriState

We were able to hear from regional leaders from each of our Impact 100 five focus areas, and learn about issues that are affecting our TriState currently. We learned how our region compares to others and what we are doing to address those needs from a global perspective. We'd especially like to thank the experts, who joined us from each of the following groups:


  • ArtsWave representing the Culture Focus Area
  • Literacy Network representing the Education Focus Area
  • Rumpke representing the Environment Focus Area
  • CityLink representing the Family Focus Area
  • Interact For Health representing the Health & Wellness Focus Area

Member Spotlight

Susan Otto
Impact 100 Member 

Who I am?

Susan Gamel Otto is newly retired, but don't tell her that...she claims she's an adventurer...at least that is what her new business cards proclaim.  Though Susan's business materials can still be found on www.Training-Modules.com and www.Self-StudyCourse.com, she's spending a great deal of her time gallivanting around the world.  Last year, she and her husband, Ron, climbed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, boated down the Amazon River, and sailed and snorkeled around the Galapagos Islands.  Later, they took time to attend out-of-town weddings for 5 out of her 34 nieces and nephews.  In between all their adventures, she dabbles in various art projects and works out to work off all the bad food she loves to eat.  



What got you involved in Impact 100?

It all started when Lisa Kaminski invited Susan to attend a 2006 Impact party at Luann Scherer's house, where she immediately joined.  One of the things Susan loves most about Impact 100 is the fact that the organization allows her to get involved as little or as much as she wants...which means that she can attend the meetings, make phone calls or send emails to get past and new members to join, host a party to get new members, serve on various committees, and/or attend the dinner where each of the selected nonprofits from each area shares their story.  Some of you may even remember that Susan's business sponsored a 2009 Impact event at the Ascent in Covington.


What keeps you a member?  

Susan loved and still loves how she can write a check...and that's it!  And, though Susan may only write a check, she knows that competent, professional, intelligent women do the research and narrow down the best selections.  And when it all is said and done, she gets to vote (or even not to vote) for the nonprofits that she feel will benefit the community from her point of view.  She loves how there is plenty for everyone...and for Susan...she'll write a check and say, "Ah, I've done a good thing." 

Want to learn more about Impact 100?
WSRE-TV in Pensacola recently produced an hour-long special about the significant contributions of Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area, the worlds largest Impact 100 organization, that premiered 2/26/15. Watch the special at  http://video.wsre.org/video/2365434110

Calendar of Events
Mark Your Calendars for the Following Upcoming Events:


April 19
May 7
June 23
August 13
September 15
December 1
      MYCincinnati Ambassador Ensemble - "Creative Encounters" Program
     Cooking with Garnish
     Meet the Finalists
     Networking for Philanthropy
     Annual Award Celebration
     Spread the Word events
     Giving Tuesday celebration

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

Phone: 513-554-3065

Fax: 513-563-9743

Email:  info@impact100.org

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