At Impact 100 Seattle we practice trust-based philanthropy with the aim of minimizing the work for nonprofits throughout the application process and the grant lifecycle. All of our grants are unrestricted.
We are excited to be entering another year of grantmaking! Our plan is to make one large grant of $100,000 and a few smaller grants for finalists, which are dependent upon the size of our member base as of May 1st.
We will select grants for funding on Monday, June 5, and grant awards will be made by the end of June.
Grant funding can be made over three years if desired, but we find that even small organizations are able to absorb funding in the first year. It is our hope to engage our members in multi-year commitments that will translate to multi-year funding in the future. Additionally, grant winners may re-apply in future cycles, provided they continue to meet the grant criteria.
We follow the Impact 100 model which makes grants across five broad areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. In addition, Impact 100 Seattle is specifically looking for organizations that:
The Puget Sound includes the cities and counties along the I-5 corridor from Olympia to Everett, and west to Bremerton. The majority of organizations we fund are in the greater Seattle area.
No. Impact 100 Seattle has chosen to focus its funding on organizations that are based in and serving communities of the Puget Sound region.
No. While we value community services (e.g. art programs, preschools) that reach all people, we are specifically looking for organizations that focus on increasing equity for under-served populations.
We prioritize organizations whose work brings under-represented communities to the forefront, and whose leadership, staff and board reflect and/or maintain proximity to the communities they serve. We want to see those directly impacted by injustice have decision-making power over strategy, direction and funding of the organization. We are typically looking to see that at least 50% of staff and board represent communities served.
No. Impact 100 Seattle supports organizations with bold agendas and a commitment to addressing underlying causes and affecting long-term changes.
We recognize the importance of organizations providing direct services like housing and food. These are important for meeting people’s basic needs and helping them navigate daily life. However, our focus is not on individual change, but people working collaboratively to change policies, institutions and structures that impact a broader group of people. For example, an organization providing STEM education to young students of color would not address root causes, but if that organization also works to ensure that schools include perspectives of BIPOC students in its curricula, and has instructors that represent these students teaching them, it would.
We understand that some organizations that drive longer term change may also be providing some direct services. This does not disqualify an organization. We are considering the primary focus of the organization.
We have no formal reporting requirements. Our expectation is that organizations align with Impact 100 Seattle vision and values, that they work to collaborate with other organizations, and that there‘s a willingness to engage in a relationship with Impact 100 Seattle and its members.
We embrace risk and encourage any organization that meets our criteria to apply.
New and established organizations under $2 million in revenue and in-kind donations in the most recent fiscal year are encouraged to apply.
Our application window closed on Friday, February 24, 2023. If you missed your chance to apply, please follow our progress and return next year!
Impact 100 Seattle is a new organization aiming to address some of the unhealthy power dynamics in traditional philanthropy. One of our first efforts was to streamline the grant application process, respecting the time of all applicants. Once organizations apply:
Any Impact 100 member can serve on the Impact 100 grant review team, only a time commitment and training are required. Our grant leadership team is composed of Impact 100 Seattle members committed to addressing some of the unhealthy power dynamics in traditional philanthropy. As the organization grows, we expect the size and composition of this group to change as well.
If your organization meets all the 2023 criteria your organization is eligible to apply again - regardless of past grant award status. Each year, all applications are reviewed on the basis of the information they provide during the application process. The grant review committee is new each year and prior knowledge of applicant organizations should not be assumed.
Each grant cycle is different as there are different organizations being reviewed, and different women on the grant review team. The Grant Review Team reads each of the submitted applications to determine how closely the organizations align with our grant criteria. From there, the organizations that most closely align are discussed, and we reach a consensus on which organizations should advance to the next round. If you are interested in feedback regarding your organization’s application, please contact us in June at the end of the grant cycle. We will be happy to share anything we can.
Please understand, the needs in our community are well beyond what our organization can support - we are unable to fund many deserving organizations.
When you submit your application, you will be directed to a new page indicating that your application is complete. If you do not move to this page, check the application to ensure that all required fields are complete. Incomplete fields will be highlighted in red. If you wish to confirm that your submission was received, email email@example.com.
We seek some additional information for organizations advancing through the process (typically 10 organizations). We will ask for the latest 990 forms (if not publicly available), budget, balance sheet, income statements and audited financial statements. Following a short review, we will request a one-hour zoom call to learn a little more about the organization and its leadership. If an organization becomes a finalist, we will set up a one-hour session to develop a video for our annual meeting.
Yes. We consider only financial revenue and in-kind donations. Fixed assets (e.g. property) are not considered in evaluating an organization’s qualification.
At Impact 100 Seattle, we practice Trust-Based Philanthropy and put no strings on how funds are used. If you believe the best use is salaries, you may absolutely do that.