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Article in Messenger-Inquirer about 2020 Reveal

Impact 100 Owensboro will give away $226K

Impact 100 Owensboro announced Thursday it will give $226,000 in grants to local nonprofits at its annual meeting in October. Two $100,000 grants will be given, along with a $26,000 residual grant. Also, Impact 100’s Next Generation, a spin-off group for teen girls, will give one grant worth $10,800. The women-only giving circle is celebrating its 15th anniversary. After this year’s grants are awarded, the group will have donated a total of more than $3.3 million to community nonprofits.

Impact 100 works like this: Women pledge $1,000 each for a full membership or $500 for a half membership. By pooling resources, their power to transform organizations is magnified. Usually, Impact 100 members host a party to reveal the amount of money the group will share with the community. Because of COVID-19, the announcement was made via a video on Facebook.

“Even in the middle of COVID-19 and this pandemic, the women of Owensboro prevailed,” Linda Wahl, Impact 100 president, told fellow members. In an interview after the reveal, Wahl said she was pleased with the number of women who joined during such trying times. Thirty women are first-time members this year. “Owensboro just continues to amaze me,” Wahl said. “It is a truly giving community.”

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