Pensacola Bay Area IMPACT 100 started in 2003 as an idea prompted by a magazine article and discussed among four women. Today, it has turned into the largest IMPACT group in the country and is reflective of the philanthropic nature of the community.
The idea was simple; to recruit a minimum of 100 women who would each give $1,000 so that collectively they could pool their resources and give $100,000 to fund a community need. In 2004, the newly formed board recruited 233 women to become members of IMPACT and IMPACT 100 was born. In doing so, the founding members of IMPACT 100 also provided an educational platform from which all members could understand their community better. Each year, through its grant review process, IMPACT 100 gives non-profits an opportunity to inform members about their needs while applying for help. Even though they may not receive a grant, the overall result is that they have informed a large group of philanthropic women about their organization, which has had positive unintended consequences in the community.
We believe IMPACT 100 has been successful for various reasons. Maybe it is the idea that collectively we can make a significant impact in our community, or the fact that IMPACT members have a direct say in where their money is allocated. It could also be the idea that IMPACT members decide their level of involvement or that 100% of each member’s contribution is pooled and awarded to non-profit organizations. It does seem clear, however, that all of our members want their financial giving to make a difference in the lives of others. We invite you to consider joining us in continuing to make a significant impact in the lives of others either by becoming a member or becoming a “friend” of IMPACT.