Announcing the Finalists for the 2020 Change Maker Grants

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is excited to announce that our five focus area committees have completed their work and selected their Change Maker Finalists:

Click here for The Big Reveal Video!

This video introduces these nonprofits and their proposed projects. The video also explains the process used to select the finalists. Click on a finalist’s name on the list above to go to their website for more information.

How to Set Up a Zoom Meeting to Watch The Big Reveal and/or The Virtual Annual Celebration

We can’t hold our usual summer parties, so we will share our big summer announcements with you with videos:

  • The Big Reveal video our 2020 Finalists for the $100,000 Change Maker Grant (see above) and includes an introduction to each of the finalists and what they’ve gone through to get to this point in our granting process. Click here to go to The Big Reveal Video.
  • The Virtual Annual Celebration will be released on July 14 at 7:00p.m. This video will have all the usual Annual Celebration information and presentations, including the announcement of the winner of the 2020 $100,000 Change Maker Grant. Everyone on our mailing list will receive a link to the video, and it will be available from our website and social media postings after 7p.m. on July 14.

To make it more fun, we encourage you to set up a viewing party so you can make it more of a celebration. The more people in your watch party, the more exciting your personal celebration of our amazing Change Maker Grant Finalists. The link below tells you how to set up a Zoom meeting, and even has a link to a some suggested cocktails to make it a party!

Click here for instructions.

Donate Your Dinner

We can’t gather together in-person for our Celebration dinner this year, but that doesn’t mean our donors can’t work together to help our community. We are asking for donations of what would have been the cost of a dinner registration, $60/person, to help us get a jump-start on our 2021 grant pool. Each donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Emily Fund.

Dinner Donors are recognized on our website here.

Click here if you would like to “Donate Your Dinner” and see your donation get doubled and help us start building our 2021 grant pool.

September 22, 2020
Membership Kick-Off for 2021!

Jeannie Infante Sager, Director, Women’s Philanthropy Institute, will be our keynote speaker.  Jeannie will present the latest research on the state of women’s philanthropy in Indiana.  Impact 100 Board members will address the selection of our 2020 Change Maker and how our members seek to improve our community. 

Jeannie Sager
Jeannie Infante Sager, Director Women’s Philanthropy Institute

This will be a great time for members and supporters to show the Power of Women Giving as One (r) by joining our grant pool for 2021. 

This will be a webinar, September 22, 11am to noon. RSVP HERE. Those who RSVP will be sent instructions on how to log into the webinar.

Updates for Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Members

The Board of Directors of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis analyzed what steps to be taken to support nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining the integrity of our grant-making process. 

Click here to read our blog detailing the impact of COVID-19 on our 2020 granting process.


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.

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.

On the night Martin Luther King, Jr,. was assassinated, Senator Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis to make a campaign speech. He changed his message and spoke from the heart that night, having an impact on the Indianapolis community that continues to this day. Please click here to view Senator Robert 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 Dr. King and Senator Kennedy.

The work done at KKMI is especially important as our black citizens strive for justice, and for their voices to be heard and their experiences to be understood. Impact 100 is proud to support KKMI and the work they do.

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:

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


We have announced this year’s finalists for the 2020 Grants virtually. Click here to watch the video revealing this year’s finalists, including a one-minute video from each of them introducing their proposed projects.


July 12: Voting for Our Change Maker Grant Winner ENDS!  bVoting began on July 1, and must end at midnight on July 12. Eligible voters (members) received an email with links to the seven-minute videos from each of the finalists and to the proposal summary (including the proposed budgets). Voters have until July 12 to cast their vote so the winners can be announced on July 14. Only members received the July 1email, and as in accordance with our requirements for applicant confidentiality, these emails and the links they contain must not be shared. Members who have not received the email with the finalist information and/or the Survey Monkey ballot (Shared Membership designated voters only), email us at impact100indy@gmail.com or leave a message at 317-584-6540. 


15th Annual Awards Celebration, July 14: We’re Coming to You!  At 7pm, we will send an email with a link to the video announcing this year’s Change Maker, the recipient of our $100,000 grant. If you’re interested in holding a “watch party” you can click here for instructions on setting up a Zoom meeting so you can share the videos with friends and family. This email will go to everyone on our newsletter mailing list. Our sponsor for the Virtual Annual Celebration is the
Hirons Public Relations and Advertising Agency.


August 6, noon: First Thursday Virtual Lunch Join us for a presentation by Wendy Noe, Executive Director, Dove Recovery House for Women. Dove Recovery House was one of our 2016 finalists. Wendy will update us on changes since 2016 and how Dove Recovery House is dealing with current crises. We will also let you know what’s going on at Impact 100. RSVP here.


August 12, 3:30-6:45pm: Healthy Harvest at Indy Urban Acres: 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.


September 22, 11 am – Noon, Webinar —  Membership Kick-Off for 2021: Jeannie Infante Sager, Director, Women’s Philanthropy Institute, will be our keynote speaker. Jeannie will present the latest research on the state of women’s philanthropy in Indiana. Impact 100 Board members will address the selection of our 2020 Change Maker and how our members seek to improve our community. This will be a great time for members and supporters to show the Power of Women Giving as One (r) by joining our grant pool for 2021. RSVP here.


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


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 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.


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 can’t gather together in-person for our Celebration dinner this year, but that doesn’t mean our donors can’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 is matched dollar-for-dollar by The Emily Fund. Dinner Donors are recognized here.

If you’d like to be a dinner donor, click here.


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.

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 – 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