Message from President Cyndi Warren

President’s Letter

Dear Members of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area,

CyndiI am still reeling with excitement and awe after the incredible annual meeting when we awarded ten grants of $102,500 each to well-deserving nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties! As the largest IMPACT organization in the world, we broke all previous records in 2014 by exceeding our goal of 1,000 members and $1 million dollars to award to nonprofits. I hope you were able to join us on October 19 as we listened to presentations of the fifteen powerful and transformational finalists. The women of IMPACT fulfilled our mission on that beautiful fall Sunday as we awarded $1,025,000,making  our total giving to the Escambia/Santa Rosa area since inception in 2004 $6,176,000!

We have summarized the grant recipients and their projects in this newsletter. The five finalist projects that were not funded, as well as the rest of our nonprofit applicants for 2014, are also deserving of our attention. Many of those organizations have submitted wish lists for items of all sizes and prices. Please take time to review those lists on our website at   http://impact100pensacola.org/grant-info/wishlist/. Those of you who are looking for ways to share this holiday season will find many ideas and ways to make a positive impact in the lives of those served by these worthy organizations.

As your incoming president, I would like to thank Holly Jurnovoy for the outstanding leadership she provided to IMPACT 100 during her two years as president. Holly’s passion for IMPACT has inspired many others to join and become a part of this dynamic group of women! She has paved a very clear path to follow and I am grateful for her guidance and encouragement as I transition into this exciting role! In the following pages you will also meet our new board members for 2015. I welcome each of them and look forward to working alongside them as we continue to fulfill the mission of IMPACT 100. I am also grateful to each of the departing board members for their years of commitment to IMPACT— Rhonda Dollas, Mary Hoxeng, Cary Koontz and Cecilia Nanni. It has been my pleasure to serve on the board with each of them.

2014 was an exciting year as your board of directors continued to implement practices to make IMPACT operate more efficiently and environmentally friendly. The biggest changes occurred in our focus area committee process, by creating online access for committee members to review grant applications. Additionally, 2014 was the first year of online absentee voting. Because of the convenience of online voting, we had a larger percentage of our membership voting for the 2014 finalists than in any previous year!

As we look forward to 2015, we are excited for a new membership season. Please join our recruitment efforts by inviting your friends to one or more of the membership events listed in this newsletter. Invite us to speak to your civic organizations and share the good news about IMPACT 100! We also hope you will encourage the nonprofit organizations you support to attend our educational workshop in April and to apply for an IMPACT 100 grant in 2015.

It is our goal to remain the largest IMPACT organization in the world and we can do that with the help of each of our members! Imagine the impact to our community if each member invites one person who joins with us to award life-changing grants and fulfill our mission:   1) to know and serve the community; 2) to collectively fund significant grants to charitable initiatives; and 3) to set an example of effective philanthropy.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, we wish you and your families a holiday season filled with joy and a very prosperous new year!

Cyndi