March, 2014
President's Message


Sharon Mitchell

Spring is right around the corner. The polar vortex is fading into a distant memory, spring wildflowers are beginning to sprout, and the new Impact 100 year is off to a great start!


We welcome our new Impact 100 members - all 154 of them - into the Impact 100 organization.  And we welcome back a large number of our loyal, committed members from prior years.  The Impact 100 organization is larger and stronger than ever!  Many members are already participating in committees - both Grant Review Committees and standing Committees like Recruiting, Communications, Marketing and Membership. 


Our wonderful non-profit agency partners have again amazed us by submitting 102 Letters of Intent addressing a broad range of community needs.  We are very fortunate to have such creative and committed agencies - all seeking transformational ways to serve our community. 


The Grant Review Committees have completed their review of 102 Letters of Intent, and they have invited 37 Agencies to submit a full Grant Application.  The Committees are now in recess while the invited agencies work hard to prepare their Grant Applications.


This next step provides all members with an excellent opportunity to join a Grant Review Committee.  When the committees resume work in March, they will begin with training and will welcome new and old members.  If you are interested, please review the choices of Committees, times and locations (posted in the "Join Us" -> "Join A Committee" section of our Web-Site - http://impact100.org/join-us/join-a-committee/), and fill out the form to let us know which Committee you would like to join.  All Impact 100 members are welcome and are encouraged to join a committee.


The new Impact 100 Board had a planning Retreat in February, and the Board Members set a goal of awarding 4 grants of $100,000+ each in 2015.  This goal is a stretch for the organization - yet very achievable, and the entire Board is committed to reaching this goal.  We know that for each new grant the organization can fund, there is one more very deserving non-profit agency that is able to create a community impact via a transformational grant.  We hope that all our members will help us reach this goal by building awareness of Impact 100, by telling friends and colleagues about the organization, and by helping us to retain current members and recruit new members.  For those who find a payment plan helpful, we offer a monthly installment payment plan - and all interested members and prospects are encouraged to use it.


Please check out the calendar of Upcoming Events. The Membership Committee has created a broad range of activities that should appeal to the interests of our diverse members.


We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at an upcoming Impact 100 event.


Warm Regards,

Sharon Mitchell 

Impact 100 President 

Impact More with Four!!
Sustaining Membership:  Many of you have been loyal members of Impact 100 for a number of years. We thank you and welcome our newest members! We count on our devoted members to enable us to give grants. If you plan to continue to be a member, choosing to be a Sustaining Member makes an ongoing commitment to Impact 100. You automatically recommit each year - which means less mail, and uninterrupted status as an Impact 100 Member.  To become a sustaining member notify Impact 100 at info@impact100.org or 513-554-3065. Of course, if your situation changes, you may cancel this at any time. 
Impact of Impact 100
A Letter of Thanks from 
Crayons to Computers

On behalf of the Board, staff and volunteers of Crayons to Computers (C2C), thank you for Impact 100's third grant installment of $25,000, received 2/4/2014.
As we mentioned in our previous letter, our Mobile Outreach Program is quickly coming to life! Last week we purchased a 15-foot truck, which will soon be outfitted to transport school supplies to teachers and students in more distant counties.

Click here to view the entire letter.

In addition, following is an excerpt from their recent newsletter:
Impact 100 Mobile Outreach Truck: The Newest Addition to the Family!

As noted in our December issue of The Sharpener, Crayons to Computers has been
honored to receive a grant for $108,000 from Impact 100 to help us launch our new Impact 100 Mobile Outreach Program (MOP). We have been hard at work bringing this new program to life in recent months! 
In January, we took a huge step forward as we welcomed our new MOP Truck! In the next several months we will be transforming this vehicle into a wonderful mobile program designed to serve the teachers, students and schools that are located the furthest distance from the Teacher Free Store. We are excited to launch this new program in the late Spring 2014. We will continue to update you on our progress!

Susan Frankel
President & CEO

To read a touching story from the Teacher Free Store, click here.
Visit 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 from Feb. 14 through Aug. 17, 2014. 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. As you leave the gallery, you can learn more about how organizations are working in the community today and how you can join them in their efforts.
Volunteer Opportunity with MNM

  Impact 100 Volunteer Event

Saturday 3/29 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM with

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

1225 E. McMillan Street, Cincinnati 


"Our training program started over two years ago and we really hit the ground running.  We have everything we need and our site is very functional, but we have always wanted to dress it up a bit." - Mercy Neighborhood Ministries 


Impact 100 Volunteers are invited to help clean, refresh, decorate and dress up classrooms, offices and lab spaces. HCAT Training Program is getting a Make-over!


Mercy Neighborhood Ministries' Home Care Aide Training site, which is at 1225 E. McMillan, Cincinnati(across from Skyline, near St. Ursula at the corner of Victory Parkway and E. McMillan) in the Christ Emmanuel building. There is a parking lot to the right of the building. Come to the back door and ring for entry. If you have trouble finding us or have questions call

Sheila Kinnen (513) 479-1614. 


We have collected some wall hangings, pictures, rugs, etc., as well as some new furniture to integrate. Dress in comfortable, casual clothes. 

Specific jobs:

  • Clean equipment 
  • Redo/set up lab stations
  • Wipe down tables and chairs
  • Move tables and chairs
  • Hang and place pictures/decorations


Anything we can think of to refresh the space and make it more conducive to learning. Creativity encouraged!


If you're doing some spring cleaning and have some decorations or other items you'd like to donate, MNM would be happy to take a look at them to see if they could use them!



Not Your Mama's Impact Survey
Do you feel young? If so, we want to hear from you this week! 

Please use the link below to take our very short survey and share your thoughts on how we can improve the Impact 100 member experience for our 'younger' members:

Please complete by March 11th.

Member Spotlight

Marcia Togneri

Impact 100 Member 
Who I am? 
I am now in my 5th year as an Impact 100 member. My husband and I hail from Boston and love what Cincinnati has to offer. We have a son and a daughter & are blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law. We are the proud grandparents of Alex, about to be a teenager! Bob is retired and I continue to help people live their dreams in my
capacity as a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

What got you involved in Impact 100?

I was invited to cocktail hour at Elaine Suess' home for a presentation of how Impact 100 has contributed in such a meaningful way to help local non-profit organizations realize some of their goals in providing more services to our community. How could one not want to be a part of such an endeavor? I signed up.


What keeps you a member?   

The opportunity to continuously learn more about the needs of our community and what so many individuals are dedicated to accomplishing is inspirational. Impact 100 members never cease to amaze me in their continuing efforts to make our organization impactful to our community. It is truly a wonderful way for me to give back to THE GREATER CINCINNATI AREA! 

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Calendar of Events

Mark Your Calendars for the Following Upcoming Events: 



March 27

Member Networking Event

April 24

Garnish Cooking Demonstration

June 24

Meet the Finalists

September 16

Annual Awards Celebration

October 24

Annual Reunion - Past Board Members

December 2

Giving Tuesday

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