And We’re Off!

Sixty-eight nonprofits submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the 2021 grant cycle. After our five focus area committees completed a full review of the LOIs submitted, 21 nonprofits have been asked to submit a full grant proposal.  Learn more about our granting process here.

May 6
First Thursday Virtual Lunch:
Trinity Haven

May 6, noon, join our Zoom meeting as we hear from Trinity Haven, one of our 2018 Change Makers. Our guest speaker will be Jennie White, M.S. Executive Director.

When it opens later this year, Trinity Haven will be Indiana’s first residential facility to focus on the needs of LGBTQ youth and young adults who are at risk for homelessness.

Trinity Haven’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) will provide a safe and welcoming, and affirming home for LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 18-21 who do not have homes of their own. They are especially excited to share the good news about the New Host Homes Program, a new housing program to be brought on-line this spring. The New Host Program will provide short-term housing for LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 16-24.

We look forward to hearing about their current programs and services since 2018, and changes due to Covid-19.

Click here to RSVP for May Virtual Lunch

Additional information is available on their website: www.trinityhaven.org. including their Virtual Open House of their primary residence for LGBTQ youth. We are happy to share their wish list for 2021.

After the presentation, all members and guests are welcome to stay for a “Meet and Mingle” with Board Members and to ask questions about Impact 100. (approximately 12:45pm-1:00pm).

April 1
First Thursday Virtual Lunch:
Big Car

April 1, noon, we “Followed the Impact” with Big Car Collaborative, a two-time residual grant winner (2014 and 2017) with the Arts, Culture and Preservation Committee (FAC).

Our guest speakers were Shauta Marsh, Co-Founder and Director of Programming, who updated us on current Big Car plans. We were also joined by Dr. Jarrod Dortch, a Professor of Communication at Ivy Tech Community College, Solful Gardens Owner and Operator. Also a Big Car Co-Founder, he is the organization’s Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Community Gardner, and a Listen Hear talent. Dr. Dortch shared how the Impact 100 residual grant helped transform his home as part of the APLR (Artist and Public Life Residency) Program. Elizabeth Nash, Big Car Associate Director on community programs, creative placemaking, and grants/developmen,t and a current Impact 100 scholarship member, was also on the call.

Read the blog posting with more information here.

March 4 Virtual Lunch:
Earth Charter Indiana

March 4, noon, our Zoom meeting was with Earth Charter Indiana, a 2018 Change Maker Finalist. Our guest speaker was Tatjana Rebelle, a new staff member, operating the Thriving Schools Challenge Project in Marion County and beyond.

Earth Charter Indiana mission is to promote the values and principles of the Earth Charter. To do this they support education of youth regarding climate impacts, and to support them in expressing themselves to make their voice heard.

February 4 Virtual Lunch:
Horizon House: Helping Our Neighbors

On February 4, 2021, eighteen Impact 100 members followed the impact of the 2008 Change Maker grant to Horizon House with an update from Executive Director, Teresa Wessel (visit our blog about the event by clicking here). According to Teresa, the Change Maker grant tipped the scales to allow the agency to move to a comprehensive approach through case management in addressing the needs of clients.  This approach continues today in the agency’s three pillars of service: 1. Providing Help, 2. Inspiring Hope, and 3. Finding Home. 

More than 6000 neighbors will likely avail themselves of these services in 2021. That number could be even larger if the eviction moratorium is lifted. Impact 100 members and supporters who wish to help Horizon House have many options at https://www.horizonhouse.cc/.  High on the wish list for this time of year are jeans, hoodies, and men’s and women’s underwear. For Valentine’s Day, a special gift would be to make snack packs and deliver them to Horizon House. Full details on making and snack packs and where to deliver them are at the bottom of the blog posting about the February 4 event.

2021 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Eleven women will join the 2021 grant process as part of the Impact 100 Young Philanthropists program. The program allows women early in their not-for-profit careers to enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of full membership, while enriching the Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis grants process with fresh perspectives and technical expertise.

The 2021 Impact 100 Young Philanthropist recipients are:

  • Lauren Curry, Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective
  • Kim Ferguson, Foundation for Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • Madison Gonzalez, Morning Light, Inc.
  • Claire Jagla, Teach for America Indianapolis
  • Chelsea Miller, Rock Steady Boxing International HQ
  • Elizabeth Nash, Big Car Collaborative
  • Bailey Peycha, Arts Council of Indianapolis
  • Julia Roberts, Williams Randall Advertising
  • Samantha Tarlton, Kappa Delta Pi
  • Kennedy Weaver, Violence Free Living
  • Shamira Wilson, Self-Employed

From now until May, the young philanthropists will join Impact 100 members on grant review committees to evaluate proposed projects and applications submitted by greater Indianapolis area nonprofits, followed by site visits and the selection of one finalist from each of five focus areas (FACs).

It costs $1,250 to underwrite each scholarship, and the costs are paid through donations from members and others in the community who understand the importance of ensuring the next generation of philanthropists understand philanthropy from both sides of the equation. Members can 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.

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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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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Late April: Focus Area Committees conduct site reviews and select their committee’s nomination for the 2021 Change Maker!


May 6, First Thursday Virtual Lunch, noon: Follow the Impact with Trinity Haven, one of our 2018 Change Makers. Click here for more information and to RSVP

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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.


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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