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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Member Newsletter

January 2013
In This Issue
A Message from the President
Join Us at Our Announcement Event!
Focus Area Committee Sign-Up Deadline is January 11th
Membership Notes
Finalist Feature: Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
Finalist Update: Dove Recovery House Damaged by Fire
Upcoming Events
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A Message from the President 


Dear Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Members and Friends,


Karen Kennelly
Karen Kennelly, President
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

In this month's issue, we won't be giving you an update on our 2012/13 member count. You need to join us on Tuesday, January 29th, 5:30-7:30 pm at Jameson Camp for our announcement event to hear the final count! But the window is still open for more members to join all the way up until that announcement - so although the opportunity for a 2012 charitable tax deduction may have passed, you (or your friends who haven't joined yet) have NOT missed out on the opportunity to make a significant impact in 2013! Thomas Jefferson once said "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." Today is the day. Join. Recruit others to join. Be ready to make a difference not only in your life, but in the lives of others. We've learned way too many times in the past year that life can change so dramatically in just a moment. So don't put off making a difference now. And spread the word.


Karen Kennelly

President, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Join Us at Our Announcement Event!

Join us on Tuesday, January 29th, 5:30-7:30 pm at Jameson Camp for our announcement event to hear our final membership count and celebrate with last year's Impact 100 award recipient, Jameson Camp! An invitation with more details will follow.  

Focus Area Committee Sign-Up Deadline is January 11th 


Don't miss your chance to participate in a  Focus Area Committee (FAC), which is a great way to get to know other Impact members while learning in depth about our community's needs and amazing nonprofit resources. Committee requests should be made no later than January 14th. Please submit your Committee request (or questions) to Diane Pfeiffer at [email protected]. Please include both your first and second committee choice. If you already submitted a request, your assignment will be confirmed by January 11th.  If you have not heard anything by then, please contact Diane Pfeiffer at [email protected].    

Membership Notes
  • Consider a syndicate! Members can pool their money to form a syndicate membership, where each person gives a portion of the full membership fee (four can give $250 each, three can give $333 each, or two can give $500 each).   Syndicate members must vote as a single unit when voting for a nonprofit at the annual dinner, but individual syndicate members can participate fully on different committees.
  • Donate to our Friends Account! We give your entire $1,000 member donation to our nonprofit finalists, but it still costs money for our all-volunteer organization to operate. We need funds for mailings, printing, and recruitment events. Please consider donating any amount to our Friends account - you, your friends, relatives, company or spouses can donate, and it's tax deductible
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Staff
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic staff
Finalist Feature:  Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic  


Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic received a residual grant from Impact 100 in June 2012.  The $10,000 grant improved the nonprofit's internal infrastructure and increased staff efficiency, according to their grant report.  Unrestricted grant funding allows the Clinic to deepen their impact in the community.


Since June 2012, approximately 3,000 clients attended a preventative legal education workshop, organized by the nonprofit's marketing coordinator and attorneys and staff members from the clinic. These workshops help members of the local community understand their legal rights and responsibilities.  It is the goal of the Clinic workshops to help members of the community avoid future legal issues.


The volunteer coordinator at the Clinic works to recruit, screen, and train volunteers.  Volunteers at the legal clinic can serve more clients at various intake sessions scheduled throughout the year. Volunteers for the clinic interpret, translate languages and outline specific attorney services for clients with legal needs.  Some volunteers, called client advocates, can even help clients obtain important benefits and services such as social security, food stamps or utility assistance.  Without this large core of volunteers, the Clinic would not be able to serve as many community members. 


Volunteer opportunities are listed on their website. There are opportunities to work directly with clients. Contact Erin Houghland, volunteer coordinator, 429-4131, ext. 161, for more information.
Finalist Update:  Dove Recovery House Damaged by Fire   


Residents of Dove Recovery House are being temporarily housed off-site after a basement fire in their Highland Ave. home on January 5. Investigators are looking at a high-efficiency furnace as the fire source, and damages are estimated at $10,000. There were no injuries and luckily only smoke and water damage (no structural damage).


The Red Cross is providing temporary housing, and tentative plans are to move the 17 women back into the home in about two weeks.


Dove Recovery House was founded in 2000 to provide supportive transitional housing for women recovering from substance abuse. The half-way house received a $10,000 residual grant from Impact 100 in June, 2012 and this fall a group of Impact 100 members assisted with an outdoor renovation project.


If you would like to make a donation to help the displaced women at Dove Recovery House, contact the Marion County Sheriff's Dept., 40 S. Alabama St., 317-327-1310. While there is a list of needs on their website,, the biggest need right now is for non-perishable food, unused toiletries, and cash donations.
Upcoming Events

Jan 11 - Focus Area Committee member preferences due

Jan 15
- Health and Wellness FAC orientation meeting at 5:30pm at Palladium

Jan 16 - Environment FAC orientation meeting at 5:30pm at Indy Reads Offices, 24th and Meridian Street

Jan 16
- Focus Area Committee assignments finalized

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

Jan 23
- Education FAC orientation meeting at 12:00pm at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 650 N. Meridian Street

Jan 24 - Arts and Culture FAC orientation meeting at 3:30pm at Indiana Design Center (Rangeline Rd, just south of Main Street, Carmel)

Jan 24 - Family FAC orientation meeting at 5:30pm at Carmel United Methodist Church

Jan 29 - Membership Announcement Event and Membership Social at Jameson Camp, 5:30-7:30 pm

Feb 11-15 - Second FAC meetings:  Selection of nonprofits to submit full proposals

Feb 18-22 - Nonprofit applicants notified whether or not they are advancing to full proposal stage

Feb 18-22 - FAC Chair or representative review with advancing nonprofits the financial info and other grant materials and requirements

Early March - Information meetings with FAC representatives and nonprofits invited to submit a full grant application

March 14 - Full grant applications due by 5:00 pm

Week of April 22 - Site visits to semi-finalists

Week of May 6 - Committee finalists selected and notified; all others declined

Late May - Nonprofit Finalists Luncheon with Impact 100 leadership and FAC Chairs

Mid-June - Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis annual meeting with finalist presentations and vote