Announcing our 2021 Change Maker:

NeighborLink Indianapolis!

NeighborLink Indianapolis Foundation’s mission is simple: to help individuals age in place safely and with dignity. Their focus is on low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities who own their own home. By providing no-cost home repairs for this population in Marion County, NeighborLink fills a social services gap within our community thanks to volunteers, community partners and donors. Founded in 2013, NeighborLink has completed nearly 3,000 projects and served over 1,200 homeowners. They will use the $100,000 grant from Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis to build their capacity and resources, to help meet the growing need of vulnerable homeowners in our city to age in place safely.

Click here to read the press release for this year’s grant recipient.

Click here for press coverage of this year’s awards.

Upcoming Events

First Thursday Lunch: Join us on August 5th at 11:30 am at Gallery Pastry Bar for a casual lunch. RSVP here.

MEMBERS and INVITED GUESTS ONLY: We’ll gather at the home of a founding Impact 100 member on September 2 at 5:30pm, for food, cocktails, and fun, including door prizes! Members may bring guests interested in Impact membership to introduce them to other members. Members should receive an invitation in the mail; if you missed yours send an email to impact100indy@gmail.com to request the details.

Follow the Impact at Paws and Think: September 21 at 5:30pm, join us to learn more about our 2019 and 2020 Finalist, Paws and Think, and the great service they provide to at risk children in crisis and those hospitalized, while also saving dogs, pet therapy and comfort dog partner programs. This event will take place outdoors at Bier Brewery on 65th Street beginning at 5:30 pm. Kelsey Burton, Executive Director, and several therapy dogs will join us. Learn more and RSVP here.

2021 Annual Awards Celebration Was Virtual

This year’s Annual Awards Celebration was a Virtual Awards Celebration, allowing us to celebrate our grant recipients without putting our members and guests at risk. To watch the Virtual Awards Celebration Video, click on our logo below:

This video brings our members and supporters up-to-date on our 2020-21 accomplishments, our scholarship program, and Family Promise of Hendricks County (our 2020 Change Maker).

This year’s four finalists each received a non-restricted grant of more than $17,000:

To find out more about each finalist organization, click on their name to go to their website. If you’d like to hear the finalists describing their proposed project, watch our Big Reveal Video (https://youtu.be/sXz5oofeYp4).

Learn more about our granting process here.

2021 Donate Your Dinner

We weren’t able to gather together in-person for our Annual Awards Celebration this year, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t work together to help our community. We asked members and guests to donate what would have been the cost of a dinner registration, $60/person. Each donation up to $3500 was matched dollar-for-dollar by The Emily Fund!

With the match, we received over $7500! Thanks to everyone who participated, and you can see the list on our Donor Recognition page.

Kennedy King Memorial Initiative
Ribbon Cutting

The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, our 2019 Change Maker $100,000 Grant Recipient, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 23 to open the new “Still We Reach” exhibit.

News Coverage:

Hungry for more Follow the Impact updates?

Click here to see our 2020 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

Inside INdiana Business – Impact 100 Names Change-Maker Finalists

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 Recipient 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 2022.

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.

Key Upcoming Dates:

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June 29: Our Annual Celebration! Again in 2021, our Annual Celebration was virtual, via video. Go to our Annual Celebration page to learn more!


August 5, 11:30am, Gallery Pastry Bar: Join us on August 5th for a casual lunch or beverage. The lunch will take place at Gallery Pastry Bar on 110 Pennsylvania St across from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. RSVP here.


MEMBERS ONLY: September 2, 5:30pm, (address with RSVP reply): Impact 100 Members and their gests interested in knowing more about membership are invited to our Impact 100 Social and Open House at the home of one of our founding members. Members should receive an invitation via email. Contact us at impact100indy@gmail.com if you missed yours.


September 21, 5:30pm, Bier Brewery: Save the date for September 21st and learn more about our 2019 and 2020 Finalist, Paws and Think, and the great service they provide to at risk children in crisis and those hospitalized, while also saving dogs, pet therapy and comfort dog partner programs. Kelsey Burton, Paws & Think Executive Director, and several therapy dogs will join us. Learn more and RSVP here.


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!

The Hirons Public Relations and Advertising Agency  was instrumental in creating our Finalists Videos. You can find out more about our other 2021 Virtual Dinner Sponsors on our Donor Recognition Page.

The Celebration dinner is normally our biggest fundraiser, and our members and donors are helping us recover by donating what would have been the cost of a dinner registration, $60/person. Each donation is matched dollar-for-dollar by The Emily Fund! Easily donate by going to our Kindful Donate Your Dinner page. All donors will be recognized on our Donor Recognition page.

Special Donors

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