It’s been eight days since the women of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area announced their record-shattering grants totaling more than $1 million and we’re still shaking our collective head. In only 10 years, the local nonprofit has gone from 100 members
trying to improve their community to 1,025 women changing Pensacola’s landscape.
On behalf of the community, we thank the members for their hard work, their kindness and their dedication to making tough decisions on which organizations were awarded this year’s grants.
While the group is truly grass-roots, we’d be remiss not to recognize the leadership of its president, Holly Jurnovoy. During her tenure the group’s membership hit 1,000 and beyond. Her passion and energy are infectious and we’re grateful she stepped forward to accept the responsibility of leading the group.
She was kind enough to share her reasons for joining the group, and her experience.
“I joined IMPACT in the third year,” she said in an email. “I wanted to join at the beginning, but I did not see us as financially able to do so.
“I wanted to join because the concept of pooling our funds and giving collectively to make a huge IMPACT on an organization intrigued me. I also wanted the opportunity to learn about nonprofits in our community and to meet like-minded women through the committee process.”
During her time with IMPACT, Jurnovoy said she learned Northwest Florida is a giving community.
“There are more organizations than I could have ever imagined doing wonderful work in our community and that there are many wonderful women in our community who want to give back,” she said. “It was a revelation to me because I never would have dreamed that we could grow to give over a million dollars in one year!”
When pressed if she had a pet project from a particular group, she was gracious and diplomatic by not singling one out.
“I will say that I feel enormous pride in our organization when I drive through our community and see vehicles that we have funded next to me at a stop light or when I drive past buildings that we have helped to fund construction of or when I see children playing on playgrounds we have funded,” she said. “I love it when I check our Facebook page and see thank yous from people in the community who have been touched by our grants.
“It even happens when I use an IMPACT 100 grocery bag and the cashiers/baggers tell me how much one of our grants has meant to them.”
We wanted to know the secret of their success and Jurnovoy said it was a simple recipe:
“I believe IMPACT 100 has been such a fantastic success because we had a remarkable group of women who founded the organization and guided us to stay true to the original IMPACT 100 concept – all volunteers, one woman donating $1,000 and having one vote; keeping the focus on five area of the community; and having committees visit each applicant’s site – because we are an amazingly philanthropic community.”
Congratulations, women. We’re a better community because of your work and generosity.
Want to join?
For information on joining IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, visit: impact100pensacola.org/