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IMPACT 100, Next Gen gear up for grant cycle – Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Great article today in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.  Thank you for sharing our story and some of the changes we are making this year:

Impact 100, Next Gen gear up for grant cycle

  • By Renee Beasley Jones Messenger-Inquirer

During its 14th season, Impact 100 Owensboro hopes to hit that elusive 300-member mark, and the women-only giving group wants to push its total grant donations over the $3 million landmark this year.

The group came close to its goal of 300 members last year. It made history with nearly 290 members — more than 50 of them were new to the organization.

“We were pretty proud of that,” said Carol Bothwell, Impact 100 president. “We are doing something that people still want to be part of.”

Since its inception, Impact 100 has given more than $2.8 million in grants. That money has helped renovate and construct buildings, refurbish auditoriums, provide dental care and transport children, to name only a few community projects.

Impact 100 members pool resources by donating $1,000 annually for a full membership or $500 for a half membership. At an annual meeting each October, members vote on which community nonprofits will receive grants. Last year, Impact 100 donated $248,000 to five nonprofits.

At the end of its 13th season, Impact 100 officials surveyed its membership, received input from grant recipients and hired Saturn Consulting of Louisville to help develop a three-year strategic plan, Bothwell said.

Ad hoc committees are forming to assess the application process in an effort to make it easier for nonprofits to apply. The current grant committee already has changes in mind for the 2019 grant cycle, but those changes are still in the works so Bothwell couldn’t comment on them.

But members have agreed on other changes to the granting process, Bothwell said. “We have a couple of neat ideas.”

First, initial site visits will be videotaped and uploaded on the Impact 100 website so all members — not just those in focus groups — can see the inner workings of organizations.

Additionally, Impact 100 will post on its website up to five wish-list items from each nonprofit that applies. Impact 100 members may want to fulfill some of those requests in addition to their annual pledge.

“We hope that generates more excitement for the nonprofits, too,” Bothwell said.

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