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IMPACT 100 Owensboro Next Generation   

IMPACT 100 Next Generation is a grant making initiative for young women in the Owensboro community.  The only requirement is to be a young lady currently in the 8th – 12th grade!

**New this year:  Graduating seniors in NextGen can continue their membership throughout their college years!**

The program is designed to:

  • Empower young women through mentoring with Impact 100 members.
  • Create a sense of community among the young women through engagement with local nonprofits.
  • Create a philanthropic spirit of giving back to the community with both time and money.

Here’s how it works:

    • Each lady donates $100. (Scholarships are available – see below)
    • Depending on how many members we have determines the grant award amount, i.e. 100 NextGen members means we would award a $10,000 grant. 
    • Over the summer, ladies then review grant applications from local non-profits, choose three finalists, and then perform site visits. 
    • Finalists present projects and then NextGen members vote on which finalist they would like to award the grant. 
    • 100% of the ladies’ donations are given to a local non-profit.


Scholarships are available for any young lady who would like to become a NextGen member but is unable to pay the $100 donation.  Please email NextGen Chair, Joy Carroll at [email protected] – all scholarships are confidential!

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2019 NextGen Granted $13,000 to Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center

In 2019, 130 young ladies joined IMPACT 100 NextGen and granted $13,000 to Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center.  This grant will purchase seven (7) stationary donor beds for the Owensboro donor center.  WKRBC mission is to provide the much needed and most safe blood products and related services to our region.


2018 NextGen Granted $10,200 to OASIS

OASIS was awarded the 2018 IMPACT 100 Next Generation grant of $10,200 for the Child Trauma Treatment Through Play Program. This grant will purchase & install a new playground & bench inside the playground area at OASIS.  This space will also be used by counselors for play therapy for children with PTSD & work with the mothers outside, along with the children. OASIS is committed to providing shelter, advocacy, and services to victims of domestic violence and their families.


2017 NextGen Granted $3,500 to Hospice of Western Kentucky

In NextGen’s inaugural year, founding members awarded their first grant for $3,500 to Hospice of Western Kentucky for a Children’s Grief and Healing Program. The program provides children who are grieving the death of a loved one with a teddy bear and book about dealing with loss. Hospice serves people of all ages living at the end of life and their families.



NextGen Celebrates New Beds with WKRBC and recruits new Members:

WKRBC unveils new donor beds

by Ngan Ho   Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 10:31 pm   in News OWENSBORO TIMES

Brand new blood donor beds were unveiled Wednesday by the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center to the student members of Impact 100 Next Generation.

The grand unveiling was part of a Next-Gen social gathering to recruit new members for 2020.

“We are showing the class of 2019 what their award money did for us and showing the incoming class of recruits what they can expect their year to be like with Next-Gen and the work that these girls have done for us,” said Vicki Ellis, WKRBC director of donor resources.

Read the full article here NextGen in the News: WKRBC NextGen Donor beds

Wonderful article in Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer mentioning the new playground at OASIS donated by the young women of IMPACT 100 NextGen:

OASIS Director Andrea Robinson looks back at her first year at the shelter

  • By Renee Beasley Jones Messenger-Inquirer Feb 3, 2020 Updated Feb 10, 2020

Andrea Robinson, executive director of OASIS Domestic Violence Shelter, recently completed her first year as the nonprofit’s leader. During that time, Robinson has been a catalyst for change. She initiated new programs and expanded existing ones. Robinson stands in the center’s new outdoor play area, which was installed last summer.

For Andrea Robinson, the past year has been a whir of ideas, implementation and deep satisfaction.

She recently completed her first year as executive director of OASIS Domestic Violence Shelter.

Robinson and her team can boast of a long list of accomplishments during that short time.

To start, the shelter recently put the finishing touches on a new space for male survivors of domestic violence and increased the number of beds for women and children.

Robinson presided over a ribbon cutting Wednesday at a $10,000 playground that was installed last summer, thanks to an Impact 100 Next Generation grant.

Last spring, Robinson oversaw a complete IT system overhaul. The $30,000 project provided new computers, phones, improved security and more. Grants and donations footed the bill.

Read the Full Article Here:  Next Gen In the News – OASIS Playground


Great article in the Owensboro Times about Next Generation and how these young women are making lasting changes in our area. 

Impact 100 NextGen seeks to increase members, grant giving

by Marlys MasonThursday, March 7th, 2019 10:32 pm, in CommunityFamilyNewsNon Profits

NextGen, the philanthropy organization for teenage girls that is associated with Impact 100 Owensboro, has kicked off its membership drive. High school-aged girls may join until March 31.

Hoping to retain all of the members from previous years who have not graduated and adding more that are eligible, NextGen hopes to increase their grant giving for 2019.

“The organization’s goal has always been to engage young ladies with local nonprofit organizations to help create a philanthropic spirit of giving back to the community,” said Joy Carroll, NextGen board chair.

This year a recruiting committee was created and is comprised of up to three students from each high school whose challenge is to share information about NextGen with their classmates and to invite and recruit new members through those preexisting relationships.

Read the full article here:  Next Generation Seeks to Increase Membership and Giving

Congratulation to Mary Grace Hemingway for receiving the Certificate of Excellence and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, largely due to her involvement with IMPACT 100 Next Generation.  Well done, Mary Grace!  Read the article in the Messenger-Inquirer:

Owensboro High senior receives award for volunteering

  • By Bobbie Hayse Messenger-Inquirer   Mar 3, 2019

Receiving acknowledgment for a job well done is not why Mary Grace Hemingway volunteers.

For the past three years, Hemingway, 17, has been involved with Impact 100’s NextGen grant program, and for her efforts, she has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which are presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The Owensboro High School junior doesn’t like to brag on herself, and said she feels humbled to have received the recognition.

According to a letter Prudential sent to OHS Principal John DeLacy, Hemingway “stood out as an impressive example of what young people can do to improve their communities.”  ….

Read the entire article here:  Owensboro High senior receives award for volunteering

Thank you Messenger-Inquirer for the great article explaining our new Next Generation endeavor to teach high school girls about the joys of philanthropy in the February 28, 2017, issue:

Read the full story here..