August, 2014
President's Message


Sharon Mitchell

August is always one of my favorite months.  It's filled with summer fun, picnics, celebrations, and back-to-school preparations.  It's a time of shifting gears - as end-of-summer activities begin overlapping with fall season preparations.


At Impact 100, August is also a time of transitions and celebrations.  We celebrate the major milestones achieved by previous grant recipients as we prepare to award transformational grants to THREE new recipients.  Last year's grant recipients, Easter Seals-Building Value and Crayons to Computers, have both acquired their new equipment, and they are in the process of leveraging this new equipment to have an IMPACT on the community.


This year, we are very fortunate to have five wonderful Finalists - all proposing very strong, transformational projects that could have a huge positive IMPACT on the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky community. And for the first time ever, we will be able to award grants to THREE of these Finalists!  I encourage you to check out the Finalists and learn more about the projects they are proposing.  The Executive Summaries of the Finalists are posted in the "Members Only" section of our Web-Site, and members will receive a password to access this confidential information.


We sincerely hope you can join us for the Annual Awards Celebration (AAC) on September 16th.  This event is the culmination of the Impact 100 year - the opportunity for you to hear from the Finalists, cast your vote, network and enjoy other Impact 100 members, enjoy a delicious dinner, and see which organizations receive our 2014 Grant Awards.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to invite your friends and colleagues who are interested in learning more about Impact 100 and potentially becoming new members.  If you aren't able to join us in person, we hope that you take the opportunity to cast your vote via absentee ballot (it's very easy).  We want ALL our members to vote.


We also hope that you are enjoying your Impact 100 experience, and that you choose to continue your membership.  Please take a moment and renew your membership in the very near future.  We'd love to count on you for next year.


Please remember to register for the Annual Awards Celebration, and invite your friends today!!  Recall that our goal for 2015 is to give FOUR Grants - so we can do "MORE with FOUR".


Warm Regards,

Sharon Mitchell

Impact 100 President  

Annual Awards Celebration

Plan to join Impact 100 Cincinnati on September 16th for our Annual Awards Celebration, at the beautiful Manor House in Mason, where we will award THREE grants of $109,000! You can learn more about our five finalists by clicking here.  You can also register here for the event. The evening is a great way to learn more about Impact 100, our five finalists, and meet some amazing women who are part of our group. Bring a friend - come and be inspired!

AAC - Sponsorship
Interested in supporting Impact 100?  Own a business or want to show your Impact 100 spirit? Consider sponsoring Impact 100's Annual Awards Celebration - you'll be seen by hundreds of like minded women from our community!  Contact Kelly Mahan at kellymahan23@gmail.com to learn more about sponsoring this wonderful evening! 

Final weeks to see the Diana Exhibit

More than 15 years after her death, Princess Diana's memory still stirs interest and emotion. The award-winning exhibition Diana, A Celebration, which chronicles the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be on display at Cincinnati Museum Center through Aug. 17, 2014. Don't miss this opportunity - - This is the final showing for the renowned exhibition, which has been touring the world since 2003, before the items return to her sons in England to be preserved for future generations. 

As you leave the Diana exhibit, "Daughters of the Queen City" highlights stories of philanthropy at work throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Impact 100 is one of the featured philanthropic organizations in the local section, where you can learn more about how organizations are working in the community today and how you can join them in their efforts. Check it out!

Impact of Impact 100

We recently received the final report from Stepping Stones, one of our 2011 Grant Award Recipients ($112,000 grant). Because of our grant, the Sensory Needs Respite Program was piloted in 2013, and is now in its first full year of providing overnight respites for children with severe autism and extreme behaviors.  

Read the report here!

Membership Installment Plan

Many thanks to our 2014 Members for helping us transform lives in our community by giving out three grants this year!

Are you ready to renew or begin your Impact 100 Membership for 2015? Consider an INSTALLMENT plan!

Paying by installment is easy to set up and ensures that your membership payment is completed before year end. No need for reminders or invoices. Click here for more details. With five months left in the year, that's only $200 per month!

We are looking to be able to GROW Impact 100 for 2015, and be able to award 4 grants of $100,000+ each. We need YOU to be able to make that happen!

Click Here to JOIN NOW!

RIFF Distillery

NEW RIFF Distillery - Bourbon, Bites & YOU and Your Friends!

Wednesday, August 13th, 5:30 to 8:30 PM
The Tower Room at New Riff Distillery
24 Distillery Way, Newport, KY 41073

Bourbon, Bites, You and Friends! Grab your date, your best friend and come to The Event Center at New Riff Distillery in Northern Kentucky. Enjoy nibbles and bites, great company in a wonderful venue. Drink tickets will be sold for $5 each. Your admission ticket includes a mini tour of the distillery between 5:30 - 6:30 and an overview of the distillery process* and a taste of O.K.I. bourbon.


Our 2013 Impact 100 Grant recipient, Crayons To Computers, will speak briefly on the impact of the grant in the ten county area. We'll be collecting school supplies that evening and encourage you to come, bring your friends and enjoy Northern Kentucky's newest distillery. To learn more about the distillery, click here.

$14 - Impact 100 Members
$10 - Guests

Reservations close August 9th or when we exceed capacity - so reserve quickly! 

Thank You!
THANK YOU to our Impact 100 members and their guests for volunteering and making a difference on July 8th at Crayons to Computers, one of our Impact 100 Grant Award Recipients, for 2013. Our grant of $108,000 is helping to fund their Mobile Service Delivery Program, to reach out-lying school districts. We had 27 volunteers who helped sort and tag 3600 backpacks, to get ready for the upcoming school year. Founded in 1997, Crayons to Computers operates a free store for teachers from 514 greater Cincinnati area schools in 16 counties (in Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Indiana), offering new and gently used school supplies, educational tools, and incentive items.

Back to School Shopping with Amazon Smile
Back to school season is here! Do your kids need supplies? Maybe a new outfit? Whatever your shopping needs, we have the perfect solution for you! Go to smile.amazon.com - select Impact 100 Inc as your charity, and start shopping! We even have a quick link to get you there faster!

By shopping at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, 0.5 percent of the value of your purchase will be donated to Impact 100. Please note that smile.amazon.com is the same Amazon you already know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Happy shopping!!

Member Spotlight

Sue Brunker
Impact 100 Member and Past Board Member

Who I am?

I've been an Impact 100 member since 2009. Professionally I manage and pay benefits for employees. Personally, I enjoy spending lots of time with my husband and our 3 children and future daughter-in-law. My hobbies include golfing, scuba diving, hiking, skiing and just plain
having fun!

What got you involved with Impact 100 and keeps you a member?

Impact 100 attracted me for several reasons. The organization is an incredible group of talented women making a difference in our community. It gives me the opportunity to make a contribution to something bigger than I was doing as an individual. Finally, I know that our charitable contributions are going to sustainable organizations and are being used with the gift's intention.  


Planning for the Future
Interested in doing more than just being a member of Impact 100 Cincinnati? Consider including Impact 100 in your estate plans, by contributing to our Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund was created a few years ago as a way to sustain the organization by using income produced by the fund to help offset operating expenses. As our membership numbers increase, our operating costs also increase. 

To donate to the fund, you may go to https://impact100.weshareonline.org/index.aspx  and choose the endowment option or mail a check to Impact 100 at 4010 Executive Park Drive, Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45241 (please reference endowment on the check). For further information please contact the treasurer at finance@Impact100.org.

Spread the Word, Have FUN with other Great Women!
All things in life are better when shared with others and Impact 100 is no different.  If you're interested in letting others in your world (work, home, family) know about Impact 100, we want to help!  Contact recruiting@impact100.org and let us know if you'd like to gather a group at your local coffee shop, office, watering hole or home and we'll help make it happen.  If each of us reaches out to one other person, we'll not only IMPACT MORE WITH FOUR, we'll THRIVE WITH FIVE!
Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars for the Following Upcoming Events: 


August 3 Friends and Family Picnic - Click Here to Register!
August 13 
RIFF Distillery - Click Here to Register!
September 16 
Annual Awards Celebration - Click Here to Register!
October 16 
Beers with Elaine
October 24 Annual Reunion - Past Board Members
December 2 Giving Tuesday

Let's Get Social!



Impact 100 Cincinnati Members - take a selfie in your Impact 100 shirt and post it on our Facebook page or on Instagram (impact100cincinnati). We'd love to see the bright blue shirts and the bright smiles of our members!  

Contact Us

Impact 100

4010 Executive Park Drive, Suite 100

Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

Phone: 513-554-3065

Fax: 513-563-9743

Email:  info@impact100.org

Website:  impact100.org