August 2015
President's Message


Sharon Mitchell

As August arrives, we savor the last month of summer, and "pack in" favorite summer-time activities.  Calendars fill up with bike rides and swims, ball games, picnics, 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 FOUR new recipients.  Last year's grant recipients - Literacy Network, Price Hill Will/ MY Cincinnati and Community Matters - have each begun to put their grant money into action, and are leveraging their grants to have an IMPACT on the community.


This year, we are very fortunate to have seven 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 FOUR 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 have received a password to access this confidential information.


We sincerely hope you can join us for the Annual Awards Celebration (AAC) on September 15th.  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 2015 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 2016 is to give FIVE Grants - so we can "THRIVE with FIVE".

Please help "Spread the Joy. Spread the Impact."

Warm Regards,

Sharon Mitchell

Impact 100 President

Networking/Philanthropy Mash-Up

Impact 100 and Junior League of Cincinnati Present a 

Networking/Philanthropy Mash-Up!

Thursday, August 13, 2015      6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Columbia Center, 3500 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226

This first ever event co-sponsored by Impact 100 and the Junior League of Cincinnati blends philanthropic sharing/education with the opportunity to participate in a speed networking experience. 

 Bring lots of business cards!  

(you may opt in or out of speed networking during registration) 

$10.00, RSVP by August 10th
If space is available after the registration deadline, you may incur a surcharge.
There is a lot between the Columbia Center and Allyn's CafĂ© along Columbia Parkway to the east with parking spaces.  There is also street parking available.    
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Website Help Needed

We are seeking assistance with our website! Anyone willing to donate time or resources to helping Impact 100 streamline their Grant submission process, please contact outreach@impact100.org. Our goal is provide not-for-profits with an electronic method of submission for their Impact 100 grant applications with the following capabilities for the user: form field validation, the ability to save progress, and upload documents to the website, as well as administrator capability (Impact 100 board) to download all submitted data for our focus area committees to review. The 2016 Grant Application process will be starting soon - please consider assisting the organization with this task!

Women's Collective Giving Grantmaking Conference

We would like to invite ALL of our Impact 100 members to join us at the upcoming WCGN Conference National Leadership Forum in Charlotte, October 15-17, 2015.


The conference theme is  Doing, Being, Leading  - and there is a GREAT lineup for keynote - Darla Moore, Founders Panel, and others.  The main focus, of course, is sharing best practices amongst all of the women's collective giving groups, and there are many! Meet and be inspired by other like minded philanthropic women who are collectively giving to make a difference in their community.

Did you know there are 14 Impact Groups (some have Impact 100, some don't in their names, but all are based off the same model), in WCGN?  WCGN members are almost 10,000 members strong, donating over $70 million back into our communities!  Now, that's something for which we can all be proud!

WCGN's Mission: 

We support the creation, development, and  expansion of women's collective giving nationwide to build women's leadership and amplify the power of giving together.


WCGN's Vision:  

  • WCGN leads and mobilizes the Women's Collective Giving Grantmaking movement.
  • We are a recognized national authority in women's philanthropic leadership.
  • We inspire generations of women to be catalysts for community transformation.

TOGETHER, we can do more than we can apart! For more information - please contact Jenny Berg at jaberg4@gmail.com or 513-607-1820.

2014 Annual Report

Looking back...As we prepared the 2014 Impact 100 Annual Report, we were struck by the magnitude of our 2014 accomplishments:

  • Record recruiting, enabling us to award 4 grants in 2015
  • Lots of guests at our events, contributing to the strong recruiting
  • Yearly recommitment of our members and participation in Impact 100 activities including serving on Focus Area Committees, hosting Spread the Word Events, and working on the Membership/Recruiting, Marketing and Communications Committees
  • Strong grant proposals based on adding the Letter of Intent (LOI) at the start of the grant application process
  • Record participation in the Not For Profit (NFP) training programs

Click here to read the 2014 Impact 100 Annual Report

Thank You Sponsors!
A BIG THANK YOU to all of our AWESOME 2015 Impact 100 sponsors! JP Morgan, Keidel Supply Co., Inc, Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation (Providing Opportunities in Education, Community and the Arts), Neyer Properties, Ingage Partners, Jim Ellis at Union Savings Bank, Neal's Design Remodel, Keating, Muething & Klekamp, P.L.L., Neal's Construction Company, and the Greg & Cindy Olson Family Charitable Fund. We appreciate YOUR support!  

Spread The Word Event

Come and learn more about Impact 100, and bring a friend if you like! Join several of your friends and neighbors for a glass or two of wine, munchies, great company and learn more about Impact 100 . We promise that it'll be fun and enjoyable!!

August 20th from 5:30-8 pm, Mercedes Benz of Fort Mitchell is graciously hosting us and we'll have a wonderful venue to mix, mingle and enjoy the evening. Valet parking provided.

No cost to you - come enjoy the environment and get an update from 
Redwood about the IMPACT of their 2004 Impact 100 grant.

Click here to REGISTER TODAY!


And, our third quarter Recruiting Challenge is now on as we THRIVE WITH FIVE for 2016For any guest who JOINS Impact 100 during this quarter, the member's name who referred (that's YOU!) will be put in a lottery and have a chance to win a 1/2 membership to GIFT to someone special!

Annual Awards Celebration - Registration Now Open!

Can you feel the energy?  We're less than 60 days away from granting 4 grants!  Remember "each one reach one"...if we each share the information about Impact 100 with one friend, we'll be making a BIGGER IMPACT in 2016! 


Please - invite a friend or coworker to join you at the Annual Awards Celebration on - discounted tickets (limited numbers) are available for guests. Register here!


Spread the Joy. Spread the Impact!

Merging Into A Better Community

Check out a recent article from the Goering Center for Family and Private Business at the University of Cincinnati - highlighting ways for people to get involved in Philanthropy!

Member Spotlight

Cindy Cosway
Impact 100 Member

Who I am?

I'm a Cincinnati transplant, happily married with a daughter in college. Currently, I am enjoying my new role as a CSR and Underwriting Assistant with Specialty Underwriters Group. My favorite place is at home, on our porch overlooking the woods and river. 


What got you involved in Impact 100?

I was introduced to Impact 100 through my job as the Administrator when I worked at Association Connection. This introduced me to the organization, it's members and Board Members. And I was instantly in awe of the work we do and the fabulous women that make it happen.

What keeps you a member?

I really feel good knowing the grants are given to local non-profit organizations. To be able to readily see how the grants have positively impacted our community is so rewarding. The best part is having an active vote in which Finalists will be awarded the grants. The second best part is meeting new people and getting to know those in my adopted city. 

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


August 13
August 20
September 15
December 1
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