January, 2015
President's Message


Sharon Mitchell

Happy New Year from Impact 100!!!!


As 2014 winds down and we begin 2015, I'd like to wish all our members and Non-Profit Partners a Happy & Peaceful New Year! 


2014 was a wonderful year for Impact 100!  It marked our 13th Anniversary, and the first time ever we awarded THREE grants in one year as we awarded our 23rd, 24th and 25th grants.  Following the delightful opportunity to get to know many of our area's Non-Profits and to review over 100 Letters of Intent, Impact 100 awarded THREE grants of $109,000 each to Community Matters, Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati and Price Hill Will - MYCincinnati.  This brings the total grants awarded to the Greater Cincinnati community to over $2.8 Million!!


Another highlight of 2014 was the involvement of many of our members . . . over 100 members participated in Grant Review Committees and CIRC, and many more helped on standing committees.  Our hard-working Board developed and implemented a strategy, and worked tirelessly to recruit new members and to strengthen the organization.  Finally, Impact 100 continued to strengthen and simplify the Grant Review Process as we used the Letter of Intent for a second year.


That brings us to the exciting year ahead in 2015.  We are in the final stages of recruiting our 2015 members, and recruiting has been exceptionally strong.  We are tantalizingly close to reaching $400,000 in grant dollars, which would enable Impact 100 to give four $100,000 grants for the first time ever!!!  Please join us on January 22nd for our Membership Announcement Event.  We invite ALL our members to come to this free event to learn how much money we will be awarding in 2015. If interested in attending, please click here to register.


Since the Grant Review cycle begins early this year, we invite our members to sign up NOW to join a Grant Review Committee.  These Committees will begin meeting in January to review Letters of Intent, and will invite members to join again in early April for the review of full grant applications.


Finally, please join me in extending a special welcome to the three new members of the Impact 100 Board.  Sarah Buckley, the Not-for-Profit Outreach Coordinator joined the Board a few months ago to ensure a strong succession plan.  Joining the Board for the first time in January will be Julie Metzger, our new Communications Co-Chair.  And rejoining the Board in the role of Secretary is Yvonne Thomas.  These three individuals join the 17 returning Board members - for a very strong 2015 Board.

The 2015 Impact 100 Board Members include:

  • Sharon Mitchell, President
  • Lisa Kaminski, Vice President Recruiting
  • Donna Broderick, Treasurer & President Elect for 2016
  • Yvonne Thomas, Secretary
  • Marilyn Kinne, Grant Review Coordinator
  • Andrea Flora, CIRC Chair
  • Angela Otis, Recruiting Co-Chair
  • Sandy Greenwald, Communications Chair
  • Julie Metzger, Communications Co-Chair
  • Becki Meyer, Marketing/PR Chair
  • Kelly Mahan, Membership Key Events Chair
  • Daniela Neukam, Membership Liaison Chair
  • Kim Corrigan, Membership Co-Chair
  • Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer, Not-for-Profit Coordinator
  • Sarah Buckley, Not-for-Profit Outreach Coordinator
  • Erin Arnold, Grant Focus Area Chair
  • Susan Cranley, Grant Focus Area Chair
  • Kim Watts McMillan, Grant Focus Area Chair
  • Jennifer Sheil, Grant Focus Area Chair
  • Delane Starliper, Grant Focus Area Chair

Please join me in thanking the 2015 Board in advance for all their hard work. I know you will enjoy working with all of them. 


I look forward to seeing all of you at upcoming Impact 100 events in 2015.


Warm Regards,

Sharon Mitchell

President, Impact 100

2015 Membership Announcement
2015 Membership Announcement

Come Learn How Much Money We Will Be Awarding in 2015!
January 22nd, 5:30 PM
What a great way to start off the New Year! Your generosity and kindness continues to inspire and amaze the non-profit community. Impact 100 Members & Guests are invited to attend the unveiling of the amount of membership grant funds for 2015! Come to meet new members and network with current Impact 100 members. 

This year's Membership Announcement will be held at:
Art Design Consultants
310 Culvert Street, 5th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Date: Thursday, January 22nd
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM 
Location: Art Design Consultants

The event is free, but space is limited and reservations are required!

Impact 100 Cincinnati - Sponsorships
Calling all Sponsors!   

Sign up now for year-long exposure in 2015!

As you know, 100% of Impact 100 member donations are awarded to grant recipients so it is necessary for Impact 100 to seek additional donors, grants and sponsorship dollars in order to host the many events we have and to cover expenses and administration costs.

In previous years, Impact 100 solicited corporate sponsors only for the Annual Awards Celebration event. After careful consideration, we elected to enlist 2015 "annual" sponsors. In lieu of exposure at one annual event, our 2015 sponsors will receive year-long exposure on our website, at all events, as well as receive a host of additional exposure opportunity. 

We expect this will be a win-win as our members will also have a greater opportunity to hear and learn more about each of our corporate sponsor's product/service offerings. 

Most sponsorship levels are category exclusive so if you know of a company who might be interested, please have them contact us as soon as possible. For more information, contact administration@impact100.org.

Giving Tuesday 

Impact 100 hosted our third annual GivingTuesday* event on December 2nd, where over 125 people mixed, mingled, and shared the spirit of GIVING at Performance Lexus Rivercenter!


This event was a huge success, and the energy in the room was incredible! It was great to hear from our Non-Profit Agency Partners - the three 2014 Grant Recipients (Literacy Network, MY Cincinnati and Community Matters) all gave a presentation, and they all received their first checks.  We even had lovely classical music played by three students from MY Cincinnati.  We also had moving presentations from two other past recipients: Stepping Stones (2011) and Building Value (2013).


Each of these organizations has had many successes - all with the funding that Impact 100 awarded! 

With over $2.8 Million awarded in grants, right here in Greater Cincinnati, WE are making an IMPACT!!  


*#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a movement started in 2012, to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Cincinnati Foundation
Want to learn more about the challenges that women in our community are facing? Click here to check out the pulse studies from the Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Membership Installment Plan

Many thanks to our 2015 Members for helping us transform lives in our community! We'll know soon how many grants we will be awarding...


The new year has barely begun, however we are already planning for 2016 and working on recruiting members for 2016. Want to help? Email recruiting@impact100.org.

Are you ready to renew or begin your Impact 100 Membership? Consider a Membership Payment by Installments: For many of us, it is easier to make smaller payments throughout the year rather than one lump sum around the holidays! 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 twelve months left in the year, your $1000 membership would only be $83.33 per month!

Support Impact 100 while Shopping!

We have two easy ways to support IMPACT 100 by doing the things you normally do - - shopping at Amazon and Kroger!


The holidays may be over...but you need a gift for your sister's birthday, or just have to have that one thing that Santa didn't get for you?  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.




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!!

Member Spotlight

Jeannette A. Jones
Impact 100 Member 

Who I am?
President and Founder of the Asset Advisory Group, a fee-only financial planning and investment management company that's provided financial guidance to enhance the well-being of individuals and families since 1988.   Also a happy grandmother, mom and wife!


What got you involved in Impact 100?

I read about Impact 100 in an article in the Cincinnati Business Courier and was inspired by its purpose and focus, and decided I wanted to be a part of it. 


What keeps you a member?
Over the years I've been able to be more or less involved, with years on the grant committees and others where I simply wrote a check due to time commitments with work.  But I am always inspired by what can be accomplished by a group of women who come together for good.


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


January 22
2015 Membership Announcement - Click Here to Register!

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Impact 100

4010 Executive Park Drive, Suite 100

Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

Phone: 513-554-3065

Fax: 513-563-9743

Email:  info@impact100.org

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