Pensacola, FL, March 26, 2014 — A volunteer women’s philanthropy group known as IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area is celebrating its 10th anniversary in a big way with 1,025 members awarding the nonprofit community of Pensacola, Florida with more than $1 million in grants this year. Once these grants are awarded in October 2014, the collective giving from this dedicated group of women will surpass $6 million, granting dreams and changing the course for more 40 different local nonprofits since inception.
IMPACT 100 annually recruits women to donate $1,000 each for a one-year membership. For every 100 women who join in a given year, the organization is able to incrementally fund grants in amounts not less than $100,000. This collaborative effort has made a tremendous difference in a Gulf Coast community often affected by destructive hurricanes and low social economic factors, begging the question, “How does a small town like Pensacola get that many women to give $1,000 year after year?”
According to Debbie Ritchie, one of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area’s founders, the organization is set up to align with research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute on how women prefer to give. It meets the Six C’s of Women’s Giving, which are create, change, connect, commit, collaborate and celebrate.
“Women are busy and they make their own financial decisions,” says Ritchie. “IMPACT allows each member to define the level of involvement that works for her lifestyle and celebrate in the results.”
IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area was modeled after Impact 100, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, which received national recognition through People Magazine and on the CBS Evening News following its launch in 2001. Inspired by this news coverage, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area was formed in 2003 with a mission to serve the community, to collectively fund significant grants to charitable initiatives, and to set an example of effective philanthropy. Since then, it has become the largest Impact 100 organization in the world of the 21 currently in existence.
The all-volunteer organization operates in the two-county Pensacola Bay Area without any overhead. Every dollar of each member’s $1,000 goes directly to the community in the form of grants.
“As we begin to celebrate our 10th year of giving, we are excited to promote the joy and value of giving to other women,” says Holly Jurnovoy, president of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area. “We believe our story is worth repeating to inspire other women to make a difference in their communities and beyond.”
If you would like information on starting an Impact 100 organization, or to learn more about the effects of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, please visit www.impact100pensacola.org.