By: Tonya Jackson
Pensacola is a city with a huge heart and IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local women’s philanthropy group, clearly demonstrates this. According to Impact 100 founder, Wendy Steele, “This chapter is the largest in the world and is doing wonderful things. I consider the ladies here as my friends. None of the $1000 collected for membership is used for anything other than funding grants in this community.”
Local chapter president, Cyndi Warren, shared “our members find creative ways to get donations for everything we need to keep this chapter sustained. All of the membership money goes to nonprofit grants.” It’s important to reiterate this statement because too often we hear how sometimes less than half of our donated dollars make it to the intended charity.
Warren also shared, “We believe in fairness. $1000, one woman, one vote. No one is above anyone else. Everyone gets a voice in our organization.”
While IMPACT announced their membership drive successfully concluded with a record of 1082 members, the members were more excited about the opportunity they have to give back to the community by awarding ten high impact project grants of $108,200 each to nonprofit agencies in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties on October 16, 2016.
This will be the 13th year that IMPACT 100 will award grants to local nonprofit agencies. After awarding the 2016 grants, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area will have funded 77 grants, totaling $8.318 million.
“We are thrilled to have such a tremendous response from our community, and we can’t wait to see what innovative projects the nonprofit agencies submit this year,” said Cyndi Warren, President of IMPACT 100. “Thanks to every one of our members, the Pensacola Bay Area shines once again as the largest Impact 100 organization in the world.”
Two grants will be awarded in each of the following five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness.
Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to attend this year’s Nonprofit Education Workshop with guest speaker Quint Studer, founder of the Studer Group. He will present “Dream Big – Create IMPACT” at First Baptist Church, 500 North Palafox Street, on Thursday, April 26th, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. All nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties are invited to learn about the grant process, get tips to writing a more successful grant, be inspired to dream big and create a winning project. Letters of Intent to Apply for a grant are due April 30th. Grant Applications must be submitted by June 24th.