Important Updates for Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Members

The Board of Directors of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has analyzed what steps should be taken to support nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining the integrity of our grant-making process.  After study and deliberation, the Board made the following decisions.

Impact 100 Will Broaden Our Impact

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis was proud to announce in February that the 2020 grant pool had reached $200,000 and we planned to award two $100,000 Change-Maker grants. COVID-19 has changed our outlook. In order to broaden our impact in the Greater Indianapolis community and support more nonprofits, the Board has determined our giving circle will award one $100,000 Change-Maker Grant with the other finalists sharing equally in the balance of the grant pool. This change means all finalists receive significant grants, important during this uncertain time.

Impact 100 Will Continue Its Grant-Making Process Responsibly

The Board made several decisions to assure that the grant-making procedures continue, while remaining compliant with governmental guidelines, but also recognizing our nonprofits need more flexibility during this time. 

  • In keeping with the local and state guidelines, the five FACs are conducting, their grant analyses without in-person meetings. Site visits will also be conducted virtually.
  • To accommodate the new challenges faced by 2020 grant applicants, the deadline for submitting full grant proposals was extended to May 15, 2020. Those nonprofits who had already submitted their grant proposals were allowed the opportunity to revise their proposals within this timeframe.
  • Each FAC will select their Change-Maker Finalist in June.

Impact 100 Members Will Still Vote to Select the 2020 Change-Maker

The 15th Anniversary Annual Celebration, which was scheduled for June 9th, has been cancelled. However, the Board is committed to preserving one of the essential features of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis: members determine the award recipients. Electronic voting used for absentee voters in the past will be extended to all voters. This ensures that, as has been the case for 15 years, all members may participate in selection of the 2020 nonprofit receiving the $100,000 Change Maker Grant for its impactful project. Here are more details about the revised selection process:

  • After the FACs announce their Change-Maker finalists, ballot information for each finalist will be prepared, including a video presentation, a proposal summary, and a project budget for each finalist. 
  • This information will be distributed to members via email (with necessary accommodations for any member who cannot receive the email). 
  • In July, the entire membership will have a week to vote electronically. 
  • A video announcing the 2020 Change-Maker will be sent to all members.

Impact 100 Will Share Information with Its Members

Through the newsletter and this website, the Board will share information and updates about the grant process, members, and future and current grantees. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Impact 100 Will Continue to Look to the Future

Throughout the last 15 years, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has sought to fund projects that make our community better and bolster philanthropy in Indiana. We know that 2021 is likely to be another challenging year for nonprofits in our community. While the Board is addressing community needs in 2020, we are aware that we will need our members’ support next year. We will be exploring the most effective ways to accomplish this and continue to support the nonprofits doing amazing things in our community long into the future.


Click here to see our 2019 Giving Report, including a review of previous grant recipients.


Click here for more information on how the CARES Act can impact your charitable giving decisions in 2020.


Updates and Inspiration from Scholarship Recipients

For inspiration in these challenging times for nonprofits, and everyone else, we reached out to two of our 2020 Scholarship Recipients who are employed by local nonprofits to learn how they have adjusted.

I work for Junior Achievement, an organization that is dedicated to educating and inspiring K-12 students about career exploration, employability/work readiness skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. You may have heard of JA BizTown or JA JobSpark – two of the biggest programs for kids. The majority of our programs are taught by local volunteers that go into the classroom to deliver the curriculum. We have been working to adjust our programs to virtual, e-learning opportunities, and are now offering these programs online free of charge to any parent, teacher, or student. We are partnering with local school districts to use our programs as e-learning curriculum for the remainder of the school year and also offering supplements/activities for any parent (who is now also an at-home teacher) to do with their kids as well. We are calling this effort “Project Tomorrows” so kids can spend less time worrying about today and more time planning for their future. We wish that our programs can provide hope and encourage kids to still dream about their futures. For anyone who has kids at home and are looking for educational activities, we have also release a few white papers on how to have discussions with your teens about the financial issues relating to COVID-19. 

Kacy Wendling
Some of our 2020 Scholarship Members with Roberta Ziccarelli, Scholarship Chair

I am the Program Director at Immigrant Welcome Center. We have been working hard to respond to the COVID-19 crisis with the immigrant community. We are seeing a powerful, collective voice forming in our community to advocate for the health, safety, and support of all. I think it is really inspiring to see what happens when we do not ignore the disparities in our community. I am delighted to share a new program, Community Connect. We release a report every Friday to highlight the needs of our immigrant neighbors and draw attention to noteworthy things we are seeing in the community. They can be found here.

Amy Shackelford

Impact 100 2019 Change Maker

Congratulations to Kennedy King Memorial Initiative!!! They are this year’s recipient of a $100,000 grant which they’ll use to support a cultural visitors center to educate and support individuals and groups as they work to address issues of inequality and injustice.

Please click here to view Sen. Kennedy’s historic speech and to hear directly from civic leaders how this deeply moving moment in Indianapolis history continues to connect us to the values and legacy of Sen. Kennedy and Dr. King.

Other 2019 Grant Recipients

In addition to the $100,000 grant awarded to Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, the other four finalists each received a grant for $23,712! That’s the impact of Women Giving as One!! These four finalists are:

Update on Indy Urban Acres,
the 2015 Change-Maker

Indy Urban Acres, our 2015 Change-Maker and $100,000 grant recipient, is a collection of four organic farms used to empower and educate people by providing equitable access to free, high quality produce. Since 2011, IUA has provided not just food but also community engagement to thousands of volunteers and groups, and teaching teens valuable job skills.
The importance of their work is amplified by the increased challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have expanded operations to be able to provide more families and individuals with a free veggie box subscription. To see more about the veggie box program, click here. If you are interested in helping support these efforts, please click here.  
We plan to hold an event with Indy Urban Acres on August 12th. Please stay tuned to our website and the newsletter for more information.

Impact 100 Named
Philanthropic Group of 2018

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis was named as the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropy Group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter. Board member Roberta Jaggers nominated us. Board member emerita Donna Oklak presented the award. Read President Terry Mumford’s remarks on accepting the award here.

Give While You Shop!

You can give to Impact 100 every time you shop at Amazon and Kroger. Click here for the details.

Want to Know More About Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis?

You can use the menus at the top and bottom of this page to explore this site, or you can use these links to skip to the information you are most interested in:

  • Want to learn about who we are and what we do? Go to the About Us page.
  • Want to catch up on our latest information? Check out our blog,
  • Interested in participating in membership activities? Send us a note at impact100indy@gmail.com.
  • New member? Review the New Member Orientation. A new Shared Member? Also review the Shared Member FAQs.
  • Nonprofit wanting to know more about our grants?  Go to our Grants Process page. If you are a central Indiana nonprofit and are not receiving emails from us, please fill out our Interested Nonprofit Form so you are always on top of our grant cycle.
  • Want to be on our newsletter list? Click here.
  • Want to learn about our giving history? Scan our Follow the Impact Page or review our Giving Report providing information on our grants since our first one in 2006.
  • Want to support our cause without a membership? Make a donation to help pay our operating costs (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 contribution goes to our grant pool))
  • What does the world think about us? Check our News and Notes page.
  • Impact 100 in Australia? Check out this YouTube video from Fremantle Impact 100.

Collectively we DO make a difference.

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.


Key Upcoming Dates:

Upcoming Events


June 4, noon: First Thursday Virtual Lunch  Join us for a quick update on what’s going on at Impact 100 and our Focus Area Committees. Get more information and let us know you’re interested here. We’ll send the login information in a confirmation email.


June 16: NEW THIS YEAR!! Impact 100 Big Reveal! We will announce this year’s finalists for the 2020 Grants virtually.  More details soon, but the reveal will include a two-minute video introduction of each of the finalist organizations.


July 2, noon: First Thursday Virtual Lunch  Join us for a quick update on what’s going on at Impact 100 and our Finalists. Get more information and let us know you’re interested here. We’ll send the login information in a confirmation email.


15th Annual Awards Celebration, July date to be determined.  There will be seven-minute videos from each of the finalists and most of the other activities you loved at previous celebrations, we’ll just be doing it virtually.


August 6, noon: First Thursday Virtual Lunch  Join us for a quick update on what’s going on at Impact 100 and our 2020 Change Maker Grant recipient and the other 2020 finalists. Get more information and let us know you’re interested here. We’ll send the login information in a confirmation email.


August 12, 3:30-6:45pm: Healthy Harvest at Indy Urban Acre: Visit our 2015 Change Maker, including a brief tour, 2-hour (4-6pm) volunteer opportunity on the farm, and at 6pm the opportunity to make a Flower Arrangement/meet and mingle for all. Stay for all or part of this program. This is an outdoor event. Please dress accordingly. More information and a RSVP link will be available closer to the event.


August 13-14, 7th Annual Women in Business Retreat: Held at the Alexander Hotel. Click here for more information.


Watch for our September Membership Kick-Off!!!  Invitations will be sent out a few weeks prior to each of these events, and each invitation will provide a method to RSVP. To ensure you are on our invitation, list, send an email to impact100indy@gmail.com


Rock the Boat for Impact 100 Social, White River Yacht Club! (final date and time to be determined)  More info coming soon.


It’s time to start recurring payments towards a 2021 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.




Email us at info@impact100indy.org for information on any of our events.


Click here to see our annual Giving Report!

This 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.



A BIG THANK YOU to our Annual Awards Celebration Sponsors and Underwriters!


2019 Dinner Sponsors

Financial Partners Group: Platinum Sponsor

Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple: Silver Sponsor

The Emily Foundation: Silver Sponsor

REI Real Estate Services, LLC: Silver Sponsor

BAF Corporation: Bronze Sponsor

Eskenazi Health Foundation: Bronze Sponsor

MCH Commercial: Bronze Sponsor

Street Outreach Animal Response: Bronze Sponsor



2019 Dinner Patrons

Athletic Annex

Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge




Special Donors

Thanks to Pier 48 Fish House & Oyster Bar for sponsoring the “Focus of a Founding Member” event on February 9, 2020


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.





Schwab Charitable was the sponsor for our 2020 Membership Kick-off. We appreciate their contribution to our scholarship program, as well as their support for our kick-off.


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.





Management of 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.



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