IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area once again had a record-breaking year when it came to membership.
On Thursday night, the local women’s philanthropy group announced its 2015 Membership Drive concluded with a record of 1,060 members – making them the largest IMPACT 100 in the world.
The organization will give back to the community by awarding 10 grants of $106,000 each to nonprofit agencies in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in October.
“When we all pool our resources, ladies, we have great power,” said Cyndi Warren, President of IMPACT 100 during Thursday afternoon’s membership meeting.
This will be the 12th year that IMPACT 100 will award grants to local nonprofit agencies. Since the inception of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area in 2004, the organization has awarded 57 grants to 48 different non-profit agencies for a totaling more than $6.175 million. By the end of 2015, the group will have given out more than $7 million.
“We are thrilled to have such a tremendous response from our community and we can’t wait to see what innovative projects the nonprofit agencies submit this year,” Warren said. “Thanks to every one of our members, the Pensacola Bay Area shines once again as the largest Impact 100 organization in the world.”
Two grants will be awarded in each of the following five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness.
Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to attend this year’s Nonprofit Education Workshop with guest speaker Keisha A. Rivers Shorty of The KARS Group/The KARS Institute. She will present “Crafting Proposals That Work: “Building Relationships Through The Art of The Ask” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 16 at First Baptist Church, 500 N. Palafox St. All nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are invited to learn about the grant process, get tips to writing a more successful grant, be inspired to dream big and create a winning project. Letters of Intent to Apply for a grant are due April 30th. Grant Applications must be submitted by June 26th.
Additional information is available on the IMPACT 100 website at www.impact100pensacola.org.