Impact 100 Seattle is a collective giving group for women that supports positive change in its community through annual grant(s) presented to local nonprofit organization(s). We seek to connect, inspire and empower women to become a more thoughtful giving force. This is how the process works:
Wendy Steele is the original Founder and creator of the Impact 100 model which brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. The Impact 100 model has been replicated in communities around the United States and Australia and it is still growing.
This pass-through foundation was designed to remove the traditional barriers to giving and provide a unique experience to the donor. The model democratizes philanthropy and empowers women to see themselves as philanthropists and as a part of the solution in their local community. Impact 100 is designed so that 100% of the $1,000 donation is granted to local non-profits in increments of at least $100,000. These grants are meant to be transformational to the grantee and the community.
Wendy designed Impact 100 to be an open source model that is shared freely. The Impact 100 model is available to any community without any fees or licensing. Individual organizations are able to modify the model to suit their particular community. You can find out more at www.impact100council.org.
Everyone has her own reason to join Impact 100 Seattle; here are just a few:
As a member, you will become a building block in a community of women with diverse thoughts and backgrounds, who will learn together, shape each other's views and push each other's thinking. By working closely with expert nonprofit leaders, we hope to better understand the underlying issues impacting our Puget Sound community. As a member, you can expect to learn about organizations that are working to solve those issues. You will have the opportunity to understand what you can do to support their work while pooling resources to help make an impact. You can expect this to be an evolution and see the experience further take shape as we get to know each other and our community partners.
The level of involvement is up to each member. We anticipate some women will volunteer their time on committees, others will attend the majority of events offered, others may only have the time to write the check. Come as you are and give what you can, is what we like to say!
A membership in Impact 100 Seattle is $1,000/year. The full $1,000 is directed towards the Impact grant. We encourage our members to donate additional money to help cover some of the operating expenses of this volunteer-run organization. The suggested donation to cover operational expenses is $200.
We encourage you to pay via check, as that is the most efficient form of payment as it doesn't incur any service fees. You may also pay via credit card, stock transfer, or transfer from your Donor Advised Fund.