Members: Sign Up for a Virtual Focus Area Committee NOW!

Members of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis are not required to participate on an FAC, but most women have found it to be one of the most rewarding aspects of being an Impact 100 member. Even though we have to hold all meetings virtually this year, we will not change our basic process. Any member, including women who are part of a shared membership, can join a FAC and shared member groups do not need to serve on the same committee.

It’s important to submit your preferences BEFORE JANUARY 8 so the committees can be finalized before their first meetings later in January. Click here to go to the FAC Sign-up Form.  To help you make your selection the who, what, and when for each committee is provided here (this information is also provided on the FAC Sign-Up Form). 

Girl Scout December 5th Event with Impact 100 Going Virtual

In November we asked members to be part of a volunteer day with the Girl Scouts on December 5th. However, despite all of the hard work put into the planning to ensure this event would be safe for all involved, in the interest of safety this event will be going virtual. The video will teach the girls how to create braided rugs for Paws & Think (two time residual grant winner) and personal care packages for Horizon House (2008 Change Maker) and completion will qualify them for Girl Scout badges and/or patches. We appreciate the members who responded to our request and volunteered and/or donated materials to Horizon House and Paws & Think. The link to the video will be made available to members in the December newsletter. If you have questions, email us at impact100indy@gmail.com.

2021 Scholarship Program

Impact 100 is proud to launch its 2021 scholarship program. This program allows women early in their not-for-profit careers to enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of full membership, while enriching our grants process with fresh perspectives and technical expertise.

You can help the scholarship program in two ways:

  • Encourage eligible women to apply. Applications are due Friday, December 11. For complete eligibility criteria, requirements and submission instructions, see the application form.
  • Contribute to the scholarship program. It costs $1,250 to underwrite a scholarship. With your help, our goal is to provide 20 scholarships. To contribute, you can participate in our Online Auction November 15-21 (the proceeds from this event will go towards funding our scholarships). Members can simply make a gift to fund scholarships when completing their membership form, while nonmembers (and members who have already completed their membership form) can use our online donation form and select Scholarship as the designation for the funds. ”

For more information on our Scholarship Program, click here.

Support Impact 100 for 2021

Join or renew today! Our membership is comprised of women who feel the need to address difficult problems in our community. We do that by our collective giving and our grant-making process. Each of our members is a philanthropist, and together, through The Power of Women Giving as One®, we impact our community. In our 15-year history, we have granted $2,532,848 to Indianapolis-area nonprofits.  

Now we are looking ahead to once again grow our grant pool in order to make an impact in 2021. We know area nonprofits need our support more than ever in these trying times.  Your support is critical in reaching our goals.

You can also make a donation without joining! Besides buying and donating to our online auction November 15-21, there are other ways to support our cause without a membership. Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis does not have paid staff, and all operating costs are paid through donations specified for that purpose (note that 100% of the membership, scholarship, and grant pool contributions go to our grant pool and cannot be used for operating costs).

Info Session for Non-Profits
December 7, 3:00pm via Zoom

Organizations interested in applying for our 2021 $100,000 Change Maker Grant should plan to attend our Info Session for Non-Profits at 3:00pm on December 7 via Zoom. Those registering will receive the Zoom call information in their registration email. During the call, we will review the application process and answer questions. As an entirely volunteer-led organization, we do not have staff available to respond to all your email questions and this session gives everyone the opportunity to learn about the process at the same time. The question and answer session at the end gives those attending the benefit from the questions other nonprofits ask us. 

Register for the Nonprofit Information Session December 7, 3:00pm

Family Promise of Hendricks County Named 2020 Change Maker!

Representing the Family Focus Area, Family Promise of Hendricks County received $100,000 from Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis for their PowerHouse Project. Click here to see the seven minute presentation Family Promise made to explain the project to Impact members.

Click here to see the seven minute presentation Family Promise made to explain the PowerHouse Project to Impact members.

Click here to see the media coverage of 2020 Grants.

Click here for more info on this year’s winners.

Click here to see our 2019 Giving Report with an overview of all previous grant recipients and other historical information.

Mental Health Challenges in the Time of COVID-19

On November 10, we hosted a virtual panel of local experts who shared information and resources to strengthen our community, improve mental health outcomes, and promote mental health during this stressful time. Those who logged into the virtual meeting, and those who have viewed the video of the event, learned about the crises and trends facing youth in school, college students, the homeless, and all of us. 

Click here to watch the virtual panel video.
Click here to read the blog summary of the event.

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Latest News

Why Is It Important for Women to Share Giving with their Family? The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy study “Women Give 2018” confirmed that parental giving matters. During this season of giving, we thank Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis members Barb and Laura for sharing with FOX59 News how shared experiences can be powerful for reinforcing philanthropic values for daughters. See their interview by clicking here: https://fox59.com/2018/…/05/link-between-parents-and-giving/


What is a Giving Circle and how does it work to provide support for philanthropies? As age and culture demographics shift in the United States, studies show that the way Americans approach charitable giving is changing, too. WFYI’s No Limits looks at the growing trend of Giving Circles with Impact 100 Vice President Karen Holly, New Member and 2017 Change-Maker Grant Winner Volunteers of America representative Sara Pugh, and Founding Member Jenna Spurrier.


2019 Survey Results One of the most prominent findings was that most of our members learned about Impact 100 through other members – friends, families, and associates. This means each member is a crucial part of increasing our membership so we can increase our impact and reach our goal of $240,000 in grants for 2020.

Other survey results should make members comfortable encouraging friends and family to join Impact 100: 95% of our members are satisfied or very satisfied with our giving circle. That’s an amazing vote of confidence!

Nonmembers are invited to come to our events and bring a friend.If you’re wondering what type of woman is a good fit for Impact 100, the survey further shows our most satisfied members value learning about local nonprofits, participating in our grants process, knowing where their money goes, and tracking the impact of our grants. If you fit the “profile” of an Impact 100 member, or if you know someone who does, now is the time to join us.


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December 5, 3:00pm: Volunteer with Girl Scouts This now virtual event will teach local Girl Scouts how to create braided rugs for Paws & Think and personal care packages for Horizon House, and completion will qualify them for badges and/or patches. The link will be made available to members in the December newsletter.


December 7, 3:00pm: Info Session for Non-Profits via Zoom Organizations interested in applying for our 2021 grants should plan to attend our Info Session for Non-Profits at 3:00pm on December 7 via Zoom. Register for the Nonprofit Information Session December 7, 3:00pm


December 8, Virtual Holiday Party at 6:30pm: Join us for the opportunity to meet special women in our membership and have fun preparing a holiday cocktail and appetizer! Door prize drawing for those who attend during the event. More details to come!


January 8, Last Day to Sign Up for a Focus Area Committee (2021 Members Only)!

January 8, 2021 Letters of Intent due at 5pm!

March 25, 2021 Nonprofits requested to submit a full grant application only: Grant Applications due at 5pm!

Invitations to our events are sent out a few weeks prior to the event, and each invitation provides a method to RSVP. To ensure you are on our invitation list or ask questions about our events, please send an email to impact100indy@gmail.com




It’s time to start recurring payments towards a 2022 Membership! Click here to learn more and to sign up for recurring payments. If you have questions about setting up recurring payments, please contact us.


Check Out Our Impact!

Click here to see our annual Giving ReportThis report provides the information you expect to see in an annual report along with information on our grants since our first one in 2006. It’s the best way to understand who we are and the types of programs we support.


Thank You, Donors!

A BIG THANK YOU to the 2020 Dinner Donors!

Our sponsor for the Virtual Annual Celebration is the Hirons Public Relations and Advertising Agency.




We couldn’t gather together in-person for our Celebration dinner this year, but that didn’t mean our donors didn’t work together to help our community. These wonderful donors donated the cost of  dinner registration, $60/person, to help us get a jump-start on our 2021 grant pool. Each donation was matched dollar-for-dollar by The Emily Fund. Our Dinner Donors are recognized here


Special Donors

Thanks to Pier 48 Fish House & Oyster Bar for sponsoring the “Focus of a Founding Member” event on February 9, 2020, and donating gift certificates for our 2021 member drawing.

Wickliff Auctioneers has been the sponsor of all three of our Giving Tuesday Treasure Hunters Auctions. Their support has helped us with our successful scholarship program.

Watermark CPA is a sponsor for our follow-the-impact events. We thank them for their contribution to our scholarship program and our outreach efforts.


Thank you to the Management Team at Thurston Springer Financial for their long-term and continuous donation of financial advice and services.

Also, thanks to Thurston Springer Financial for providing the Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Board of Directors a place to meet (when we are allowed to meet face-to-face again).


Click HERE to see all the donors who have recently supported Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis.


Stay Connected with Impact 100

Click HERE to get on our Newsletter list. Our newsletter is available to all and is a great way to keep up-to-date with our grants, grant winners, members, and events.


Click to HERE to get on our Nonprofit Mailing List (Greater Indianapolis Area Nonprofits Only) If you are a central Indiana nonprofit (located in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks or Boone counties), and would like to be on our Nonprofit Mailing List, please fill out our Interested Nonprofit Form. This email list will be used to announce our annual Nonprofit Information Session and the annual due date for our Letter of Inquiry (LOI).


Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is a Proud Member of:

  • Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Philanos – Philanos is an international women’s philanthropy organization, click here to see a list of other Philanos members
  • Global Impact 100 – click here to see a list of other Impact 100 organizations
  • Indiana Philanthropy Alliance