2022 Grant Calendar Announced
First Step: Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)

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 & Preservation; Education; Environment & Animal Welfare; Family; and Health & Wellness. Our intent is to award high impact grants totaling $100,000 or more to at least one nonprofit in our community. Click here to learn more about the Impact 100 Change Maker Grant, including the timeline of events.

The 2021-2022 grant season will open for Letter of Intent (LOI) submissions on October 25, 2021.

Information sessions for interested non-profits will be held on December 2 and December 3 at 3:00pm. Content is identical so attend only one session. Sign up for one of the Information Session at https://bit.ly/3A47O93.

Volunteer with 2021 Grant Recipient
NeighborLink Indianapolis

NeighborLink Indianapolis was selected by the Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis members as the 2021 Change Maker. NeighborLink is powered by partners in the community, people like YOU. Partners willing to give of their time, talent and treasure are what enables them to provide much needed services at no cost to the homeowners they serve, seniors and individuals with disabilities living in Marion County at or below 150% of the federal poverty line. You can help these individuals age-in-place safely and with dignity.

NeighborLink has set up two opportunities for Impact 100 members and guests to help with community projects: October 23 for a yard clean-up and October 27 for a painting project.

Click here for more information and (hopefully) sign up to help.

Rock the Boat at the White River Yacht Club

We’re excited to Rock the Boat with you, your friends, and our 2021 Impact 100 Finalists during a beautiful evening outdoors on October 14th at the White River Yacht Club! We’ll meet and mingle with Impact 100 members, hear from our 2021 Changemaker finalists about how their Impact 100 awards are already helping them to make a difference, and Impact 100 Founding Board Member and Philanthropist Barb Maurath will share more about the Power of Women Giving as One! Let us know you plan to attend here.

Virtual Panel Discussion
The High Cost of Eviction
November 10, 12-1:15pm

You’re invited to join us for a virtual panel discussion on Zoom, where past Impact 100 Change Makers and local nonprofit leaders will share the high costs of evictions in Marion County and local efforts to address this growing challenge for our community. More details coming soon!

2022 Scholarship Program Announced

We will begin accepting applications for 2022 Scholarship Memberships beginning October 15 through December 6, 2021. This opportunity is open to Central Indiana women who are early in their not-for-profit careers. Scholarship Members enjoy the benefits of full membership while enriching our grants process with fresh perspectives and not-for-profit expertise. 

Click here for more information on the Impact 100 Scholarship Program, including eligibility requirements.

When the 2022 Scholarship Application Form is available, it will be available 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.

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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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:

Click here for our most recent newsletter (and all the old ones, too).

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


October 14, 5:30pm, The White River Yacht Club, 1400 East 74th Street, Indianapolis, 46240: We’ll meet and mingle with Impact 100 members, hear from our 2021 Changemaker finalists about how their Impact 100 awards are already helping them to make a difference. Let us know you plan to attend here.


December 2 & 3, Nonprofit Information Meetings (identical content – attend only one): Nonprofits in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, and Boone Counties are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about our process in person or via Zoom on December 2 or 3 at 3:00 pm. Click here to RSVP.


January 13, 2022, LOIs due by 5pm: We recommend you attend one of the December  Nonprofit Information Sessions (see above). Click here to access the LOI Form. (not available until October 25, 2021).


February 19, 2022Nonprofits notified if their LOI has been approved by a Focus Area Committee. Those with approved LOIs will be sent a link to the 2022 Grant Application form.


March 18, 2022, Full Grant Applications due by 5pm: (Nonprofits asked to submit a full grant application must do so by 5pm March 18. (Note: unsolicited grant applications are destroyed without review).


April 25-May 6, 2022, Nonprofit Site Visits: Nonprofit “Site” may be done virtually if it is unsafe to visit the sites in person.


May 12, 2022, The Focus Area Committees announce their Change Maker Finalists


June 2022: Annual Awards Celebration with Presentations by the 2022 Grant Finalists, followed by the Membership Vote and the announcement of the 2022 Change-Makers! (meeting may be held virtually, with more information to be announced as it is available)


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.

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 recipients, 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