The Power of One

Membership Questions & Answers

Who are the members of IMPACT 100 Owensboro?

IMPACT 100 Owensboro is open to all women who wish to help the Greater Owensboro area.  IMPACT 100 Owensboro is a group of women with diverse backgrounds who contribute $1,000 to maintain their membership in any given year.  The  membership of IMPACT 100 Owensboro changes each year.

What is expected from the individual members of IMPACT 100 Owensboro?

IMPACT 100 Owensboro has no requirements regarding a woman’s participation in the organization.  If a woman has time constraints, she contributes her $1,000 and attends the annual meeting/dinner to choose the grant recipient(s) for that year or she may vote by absentee ballot.  However, if a woman has the time and desire, she can be an active member by serving as a member of a committee and/or focus group, may participate in site visits to the category finalists and can actively assist the organization in selecting the grant recipients.  Each member’s participation is dependent upon her personal situation and may change from year to year.

How does IMPACT 100 Owensboro award its grants?

IMPACT 100 Owensboro has a very specific process, which is implemented by the individual members of IMPACT 100 Owensboro and the Board of Directors.  Members are involved in the grant process as follows:

a) Creation of Focus Groups:  Each of the five focus groups consists of IMPACT 100 Owensboro members who volunteer to participate in the group deliberation.  All members have the option of participating in a focus group.

b) Review of Applications:  Each committee member reads each grant application submitted in that category and the applications are discussed at each committee meeting.

c) Selection of Finalists:  Each focus group member reviews each grant pertaining to that individual category.  The discussion focuses on the grant application and the organization’s financial information.  The length of the discussion varies depending on the grant and the feedback of the focus group members.  Each focus group may select one finalist for presentation to the membership at large as a candidate for one of the annual grant awards to be selected at the annual meeting/dinner in October.  Once the focus groups select the finalists, IMPACT 100 Owensboro sends written summaries to the entire membership for review.

d) Site Visits:  An opportunity is afforded the entire membership to visit each of the finalists put forward by the focus groups.  Every IMPACT 100 Owensboro member is encouraged to attend ALL site visits.  The site visits are a crucial element of the IMPACT 100 Owensboro process, as they allow members to visit the organizations.  Site visit attendance insures the members fully understand the grant applications, allows the members the opportunity to ask additional questions, obtain additional information as well as clarify facts pertaining to the grant application.

e) Annual Meeting Presentation and Voting:  Each finalist selects a representative but not more than two to give their oral presentation to the IMPACT 100 Owensboro membership at the annual meeting/dinner.  All presentations are timed equally and no one is allowed to use multi-media to assist with the presentations, so there is no “advantage” to organizations with impressive power-point presentations.  After hearing the presentations of the finalists the members vote preferntially for the grant recipients.  The votes are calculated the night of the annual meeting/dinner by an independent Certified Public Accountant and the results announced the same evening.  (IMPACT 100 Owensboro also has procedures allowing its members to cast an absentee ballot if unable to attend the meeting but all IMPACT 100 Owensboro members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting/dinner.)

How does IMPACT 100 Owensboro stay in touch with its members?

IMPACT 100 Owensboro uses email as its most common means of communication.  Members without access to personal email receive notification and communication and the e-newsletter through the USPS.  The invitation to the annual meeting/dinner, as well as, the invitation to the kick off reception are delivered via USPS.  IMPACT 100 Owensboro does not share membership lists or member information for any reason.

How does IMPACT 100 Owensboro pay its administrative costs?

IMPACT 100 Owensboro has very limited expenses.  The administrative costs relating to IMPACT 100 Owensboro and its operations are either donated, or are paid with administrative monies held by IMPACT 100 Owensboro.  The administrative monies are donations from Friends of IMPACT 100 Owensboro who make donations to cover administrative costs, matching grants from employers of IMPACT 100 Owensboro members, and interest earned on the grant monies prior to the disbursement of the grants to the recipients.  Members are encouraged to join as 110% members ($1,100) providing $100 to the administrative account.

Are there any added benefits from IMPACT 100 Owensboro’s work?

Over the years we have seen tremendous “unexpected” benefits from our efforts.  Non-profits have received small and large financial gifts (outside of our grant process)  and publicity as a result of increased awareness of the non-profit’s work.  IMPACT 100 Owensboro members have become actively engaged with non-profit organizations, through board positions, assisting with special projects such as fundraising or special events beyond the actual grants awarded by IMPACT 100 Owensboro.