Our History

In 2005, Marianne Smith Edge and Martha Clark learned about a women’s giving circle that was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, called Impact100. They realized no other community in the state had a concept like Impact100, where 100 women donate $1,000 each and those combined donations became one transformational $100,000 grant.

Despite Owensboro’s size, they believed women in their community would embrace the idea. They quickly formed their original Board and those women gave Impact100 Owensboro the foundation it needed to flourish. Since its inception, Impact100 Owensboro has empowered a diverse group of local women of all ages, stages in life, income levels and backgrounds to come together to fund transformational grants in the Greater Owensboro region.

After awarding grants in 2020, Impact100 Owensboro will have given $3,350,000 in grant funds to deserving nonprofits.

For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.

Together, we will make a sustainable impact in our community, one transformational grant at a time.

The Impact100 Model

The Impact100 model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within our local community, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

At Least 100 Women
Come Together
Each Woman Donates
$1,000 (full) or $500 (half)
Donated to a Local Charity

Focus Areas

We provide nonprofit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:

Arts & Culture
Health & Wellness
Environment & Recreation

How it Works

The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Owensboro members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations in our community. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year.

Grants can be awarded in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Family, Health & Wellness, and Environment & Recreation. Grants are awarded based on a vote of the Impact100 Owensboro membership at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote. A member who donates $500 has half a vote.

Board Members

President, Board Member

Vice President, Board Member

Treasurer, NextGen Board Chair, Board Member

Secretary, Board Member

Immediate Past President, Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member, NextGen Board Member

Legal Counsel, Board Member

Board Member

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