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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Member Newsletter

November 2012
In This Issue
Progress Report Available
Sign Up for Focus Area Committee
Impact 100 Finalist Update
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Impact 100 Progress Report is Now Available 
Impact 100 has released its first-ever Progress Report! Similar to an annual report, it provides a detailed look at grant recipients, financial information, and past and current members. If you would like a printed and bound copy for yourself or to share, please contact Donna Oklak at [email protected].
Sign Up for a Focus Area Committee 

Impact members consistently say that serving on a Focus Area Committee (FAC) is a great way to get to know other Impact members while learning in depth about our community's needs and amazing nonprofit resources. The following is a description of the FACs and their meeting times in 2013. Please submit your Committee request (or questions) to Diane Pfeiffer at [email protected]. Please include both your first and second committee choice. Requests will be accepted through January 11th.  


Arts & Culture

The Arts and Culture Committee will focus on charitable initiatives that cultivate, develop, educate and enrich the theatre, museums, both visual and performing arts, and literary opportunities in greater Indianapolis.

  • Meeting Times: Thursdays at 3:30 pm
  • Meeting Dates: January 24, February 14, April 11
  • Location: Indiana Design Center (Rangeline Rd, just south of Main St., Carmel)
  • Committee Chair: Rebecca Stratton
  • Vice Chair: Cindy Sowder



The Education Committee will focus on charitable initiatives that advance learning opportunities and improve education in greater Indianapolis.

  • Meeting times: Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
  • Meeting dates: January 23, February 13, April 10
  • Location: Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 N. Meridian Street
  • Committee Chair: Amy Micon
  • Vice Chair: Barbara Maurath



The Environment Committee will focus on charitable initiatives that address principle threats to natural resources and encourage meaningful and lasting conservation in greater Indianapolis. Animal welfare issues will also be considered an environmental focus.

  • Meeting times: Wednesdays at 5:30
  • Meeting dates: January 16, January 30, April 10, April 24 (TBD)
  • Meeting location: Indy Reads Offices, 24th and Meridian
  • Committee Chair: Beth Thomas
  • Vice Chair: Marie Warshauer



The Family Committee will focus on charitable initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in greater Indianapolis.

  • Meeting times: Thursdays at 5:30
  • Meeting dates: January 24, February 14, March 11
  • Meeting location: Carmel United Methodist Church; 126th & Rangeline Road
  • Committee Chair: Kathy Jenkins
  • Vice Chair: Anne Hoover


Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness Committee will focus on charitable initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in the greater Indianapolis area.

  • Meeting times: Tuesdays at 5:30
  • Meeting dates: January 15, February 12, April 9
  • Meeting location: January 15 at Palladium; remaining meetings at Center for the Performing Arts, 126th & Rangeline
  • Committee Chair: Cheryl Hughes
  • Vice Chair: Debbie Milkey
Membership Notes

Member Count:
We currently have 57 members for the 2013 year. Please encourage your friends and family members to join! If you have questions about membership, please contact Membership Chair Karen Holly at [email protected]. Deadline is December 31, 2012.

Payment Options: Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis provides you with a multitude of ways to pay your membership including check, credit card, stock, a matching gift from your employer, or your United Way campaign (by designating Impact 100).


Credit Card Fees: Impact 100 incurs fees associated with contributions made via credit card (approximately $35 per membership), and administrative fees are deducted for contributions made through a United Way designation; however, those fees are not deducted from your contribution. We are proud that 100% of your $1,000 membership contribution is distributed to our grant finalists.


Administrative Costs: While we are an entirely volunteer organization, in addition to the fees incurred for credit card transactions, we incur costs associated with holding our member events, operating our website, and producing and printing membership materials, as well as other expenses associated with ensuring we are getting the word out about Impact 100 and the impact your dollars are making on the community. For this reason, we need additional "friends" contributions from our members and others. Additionally, we ask our members who pay their membership with a credit card or as a designation through United Way to think about "reimbursing" Impact 100 for such costs. We do not require this additional payment and simply ask for a voluntary additional, tax deductible, contribution to assist us in covering these costs.


We sincerely appreciate each of you that choose to make an additional contribution, on top of your membership, to assist us in making sure your membership dollars are granted 100% to the deserving organizations in our community!


Impact 100 on WFYI: Did you hear about Impact 100 on WFYI radio? Impact 100 members Andi Cohen, Kelly Hartman and Donna Oklak participated in WFYI's fall pledge drive on October 19th from 4:00-6:00, soliciting pledges for WFYI and squeezing in a few words about Impact 100, too!

Dove Recovery House
Pictured: Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis member Barb Fleming, Dove Recovery House board members Harry McFarland, Dr. Tom Ledyard, and Miriam Barr, and Dove Recovery House Executive Director Maggie Lewis (photo by Barb Fleming)
Impact 100 Finalist Update:
Dove Recovery House For Women

Impact 100 2012 finalist, Dove Recovery House for Women, removed an old garage on their near eastside of Indianapolis site recently.  Volunteers under the direction of former Impact 100 President and owner of BAF Corporation, Barb Fleming Cecil, found time and equipment to get the job done.  Labor and supplies for the volunteer project were provided by Division IX Ltd. Dove Recovery House is a safe and secure home for women in Indianapolis who are working every day to conquer their addictions. Barb spearheaded the project and says there were a few obstacles to overcome, but everyone seemed to have some fun along the way. A new playground for visiting children will be built on the land.


Here is more information about volunteer opportunities for 2012 Impact 100 finalists: 


Challenge Foundation AcademyVolunteers can read with children in the afternoons, volunteer at Parent University nights, work in the school gardens with children, or help in the classroom.  For more information contact Jenny Boyts, volunteer coordinator, 803-3182.


Dove Recovery House for WomenThe agency has a household item list on their website, or send an email to Maggie Lewis, [email protected].  


Jameson CampTo volunteer at Jameson Camp, contact site manager, Brad Higgins, at [email protected] or contact the camp at 241-2661. There are opportunities for individuals or groups to work in the seasonal landscape areas that Impact 100 funded.    


Neighborhood Christian Legal ClinicVolunteer opportunities are listed on their website under the volunteer tab at  There are opportunities to work directly with clients. Contact Erin Houghland, volunteer coordinator, 429-4131, ext. 161, for more information.

Upcoming Events

Dec TBD - Membership Event, details TBD

Dec 31
- Membership Deadline - all 2012/13 members must pay their $1,000 by this date



Jan 11 - Focus Area Committee member preferences due

Jan 16
- Focus Area Committee assignments finalized

Week of 14-18 - Membership Announcement Event & Membership Social, details TBD

Jan 17
- NFP Letters of Inquiry must be submitted no later than 5pm

Week of 21-25
- Focus Area Committees hold orientation meetings