IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Inc. (IMPACT) is an organization of women committed to improving their community by providing substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
Started in 2003 by four local women, IMPACT has become the largest IMPACT group in the world. The idea behind IMPACT involves recruiting at least 100 women to donate $1,000 each and pooling those resources into one big grant for a qualifying nonprofit. In the 14 years since the Pensacola chapter began, this organization of philanthropic women has donated more than $9 million to charities throughout the Escambia/Santa Rosa area. IMPACT has funded 87 grants totaling $9,395,000 since 2004.
IMPACT has no paid employees or staff, so one hundred percent of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 is pooled and awarded to nonprofit organizations in increments of at least $100,000 grants.
To know and serve the community;
To collectively fund significant grants to charitable initiatives;
To set an example of effective philanthropy.
IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area was conceived when our founder, Debbie Ritchie, read an article in People Magazine in 2003 about a similar organization in Cincinnatti, OH. She organized a few friends and launched our own version of the original IMPACT organization. Read full article.
The mission of IMPACT is accomplished through thousands of volunteer hours of the Board of Directors and its membership as well as many generous donations by community partners and sponsors. The Board of Directors is comprised of 20 volunteers, each serving two year terms. The Board and its President Meri Asmar provide strategic direction as well as the day to day work to meet our goals. Read more about our current Board of Directors.