Welcome to Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
We hope you will learn more about our organization through this website and that you will consider joining the women of Impact in making a difference in women’s giving in Central Indiana.
Whether you seek to learn about philanthropy in our community or if you wish to help us select grants for local nonprofits, we welcome your interest and your involvement.
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is a charitable women’s giving circle dedicated to awarding high impact grants to nonprofits in our community in the areas of arts & culture, education, environment, family, and health & wellness.
Women of Greater Indianapolis making extraordinary gifts, $100,000 at a time.
Our intent is to award high impact grants totaling $100,000 or more to at least one nonprofit in our community. For most of us, a donation of this magnitude may be in our hearts, but is beyond our individual means. However, collectively, we can make this level of contribution.
Like our sister Impact 100 giving circles, we intend to create a community of well informed women and to “raise the tide” of philanthropy in Indianapolis. We firmly believe that everyone will flourish, including fellow philanthropists and nonprofits in the Greater Indianapolis community. Please join us in pooling our resources and experiencing The Power of Women Giving as One.
Grant Giving Philosophy
We seek to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems and
to create a more civil and respectful climate in our community.
We believe that every member of our community should have access to a clean, safe environment, cultural enrichment, family services and quality education and healthcare.
We encourage all greater Indianapolis nonprofits with the vision and capacity to manage a gift of this size to apply.
How It Works
- Impact 100 Indy has a minimum of 100 members, each donating $1,000 per year. Member donations are due by December 31st of each year.
- One hundred percent of member donations are returned to the community in the form of grants. In June, Impact Indy members will each cast one vote to determine the nonprofit grant recipients for that year.
- Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has no paid staff or offices. All operating costs for the organization are paid for by donations from “Friends of Impact 100 Indy.” Friends include individual donations, corporate donations, or matching gifts.
- Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
How to Get Involved
- Learn more about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
- Make a yearly membership contribution
- Make a donation to our Administrative funds (Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis does not have paid staff, and all administrative costs are paid through donations specified for that purpose (note that 100% of the membership contribution goes to our grant pool))
- Attend programs and events (see Key Upcoming Dates on this page)
- Read our blog
- Sign up for our newsletter (click here to see past issues)
Additional Ways to Be Involved for Members Only
Congratulations to Our 2016 $100,000 Grant Recipient, The IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls!
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis awarded a $100,000 grant to the IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls, a collaboration between Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child & Family Services, at their annual dinner. The grant winner was announced following a live vote by Impact 100 members.
The IMPACT Program serves teen survivors of human trafficking. Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child & Family Services will increase capacity to help more survivors by hiring additional therapists and will provide expert training for their clinical staff. Additionally, they will make improvements to their residential unit with fresh paint, colorful carpeting and some additional furniture in order to make their surroundings more conducive to recovery. Lastly, the program will seek to engage the community by hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Summit, bringing together thought leaders and experts to offer keynote addresses and workshops to better understand the issue.
IndyFringe (Arts and Culture focus area), Art With a Heart (Education focus area), and Dove Recovery House (Health and Wellness focus area) each received residual grants in the amount of $18,333.
Key Upcoming Dates:
Monday, October 17: Follow the Impact at Herron High School
We’ll visit Herron High School to learn how they used their Impact 100 Grant and its impact on their programs. The event is open to members, guests, and all women interested in more information about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis. Men are also welcome.
Wednesday, November 2: Real Life, Real Choices (A Poverty Simulation)
Join us for a discussion on poverty that will include the opportunity to learn more about poverty in our community and the organizations working to address it. The event is on Wednesday, November 2 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Insights Consulting, 7830 Johnson Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46250.
Tuesday, November 29: Giving Tuesday BrewHAHA at Blind Owl Brewery
Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and it’s a great time to celebrate those who give. Come to learn more about Impact 100 or to meet up with old and new friends. Our last BrewHAHA was an exciting event with tornadoes raging, keeping many people away. There should be no excuse this time! Event is from 5:30-7:30, Blind Owl Brewery, 5014 E 62nd (corner of 62nd and Binford).
Wednesday December 7, Impact 100 DIY Holiday Party
This year’s party is more than just a gathering—we’ll have Board Member Andi Cohen of Eat Your Heart Out Catering giving demonstrations on creating appetizers for your holiday party and Board Member Cathy Simmons of CS Accoutrements doing demonstrations on creating a holiday centerpiece. Don’t be late for this one: 5:30-7:30pm, Outside the Box, 3940 E 56th
Thursday, December 8: Nonprofit Information Meeting
Nonprofits in Central Indiana (Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, and Boone Counties) are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about our process, focus areas, nonprofit eligibility requirements, and our grant calendar. The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 8 at the Glendale Library, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue, 46220, 2:30-4:30 pm. To be added to the invitation list please click here: Interested Nonprofit Form.
More Upcoming Events
Watch this calendar for more information on upcoming events.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of these events.
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is a Proud Member of WCGN