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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Member Newsletter

February 2013
In This Issue
A Message from the President
Focus Area Committee Update
Membership Notes
Finalist Feature: Outside the Box Is Finalist in National Contest
Member Feature: Impact 100 "Shadows" Form Their Own Membership
Member Highlights
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

Thank you to all of our new and returning members, making up the $121,000 we will award to five greater Indianapolis nonprofit organizations - one of which will be awarded $100,000 of those funds towards their transformational project! We anxiously await the big announcement in June. Here is Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis by the numbers for 2013:

  • Total funds to be awarded: $121,000
  • Major grant award amount: $100,000 (awarded to the finalist receiving the most votes at the annual dinner)
  • Residual grant award amount: $5,250 (four of the finalists will receive an unrestricted grant in this amount)
  • Number of actual members (this includes syndicate members individually): 144
  • Number of syndicates: 14 (consisting of 37 members)
  • Number of brand new members: 29
  • Number of members participating in a Focus Area Committee: 57
  • Number of LOIs received from greater Indianapolis nonprofit organizations: 53

Thank you to all of you for participating in whatever way is most meaningful to you. Some time in March, you will receive a survey asking for feedback regarding your membership experience and our processes. I encourage you to participate in that survey so that we can continue to improve upon making this the most meaningful experience for both members and grantees!


Karen Kennelly

President, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Focus Area Committee Update


Focus Area Committees have had their first and second meetings to determine which nonprofits will be asked to submit full proposals. For more details on the FACs, please visit the  Focus Area Committee page of the Impact 100 website or contact Diane Pfeiffer at [email protected].

Membership Notes
  • Impact 100 is now on Twitter! Follow us at @IMPACT100INDY. Be sure to invite new member prospects, "movers/shakers," and other key contacts to follow us on Twitter or Like our Facebook page.
  • You will be receiving a member survey in March that will ask you about how we can improve the Impact 100 experience for all of our members. When you receive the survey, we would really appreciate it if you would take the time to respond. Thank you in advance for helping improve Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis!
Finalist Feature:  Outside the Box Is Chosen as a Finalist in a National Contest!   


The Huffington Post has chosen Outside the Box as a finalist in their JobRaising Competition!  The contest highlights how organizations are helping to solve the job crisis. The organization that raises the most money wins $150,000.  


Outside the Box's E-3 Campaign is helping to Educate, Employ, and Empower developmentally disabled people of Indiana. You can help OTB win the contest by donating to their fundraising page on CrowdRise. Even if they don't win the contest, they will still appreciate your donation! Please also pass the word along to your friends. The contest runs until March 1st.

Member Feature: Impact 100 "Shadows" Form Their Own Shared Membership


Last year, past Impact board president Barb Fleming Cecil hosted three "shadows" during the grant review process. A shadow is a person who is invited to sit in on our committee process under the mentorship of a member. The three shadows--Amy

Laura Carroll and Linda Rolfsen reviewing education committee proposals

Stempkowski, Laura Carroll and Linda Rolfsen--learned how to read grant proposals, join in discussions, and participate in site visits under Barb's guidance. They took part in the health and wellness FAC and proudly selected Dove House to be their finalist last year.   


In 2013, two of the three shadow members--Laura Carroll and Linda Rolfsen--have created their own syndicate membership and are participating in the education committee. Linda says her favorite part of committee work is discussion after the LOIs are submitted. Laura, who is Barb's daughter, enjoys the site visit component. "I love hearing the different views," says Linda, who admits it is enlightening to have her view swayed. Both Linda and Laura have been friends for over 10 years and enjoy doing things together.


"I am so pleased they went on to form their own group," says Barb. "I enjoyed having them shadow me and it was a great way to expose them to Indy's nonprofit community. Barb shares that the three shadow students became attached to their health and wellness finalist and helped when Impact 100 worked to tear down Dove House's garage.


Any member can invite someone to shadow them. Just be sure to coordinate with your FAC chair.

Member Highlights     
  • Nora Hiatt, who produces the radio show "Sound Medicine" for WFYI and other public radio stations, joined the Jordan College of Arts Visitors Board at Butler University in January. She is looking forward to helping Butler ArtsFest grow after its inaugural season, April 18-28, 2013.
  • Christie B. Kelly, CFO of Duke Realty, was named 2012 Honoree, Public Companies, by Indianapolis Business Journal in November. IBJ also has honored her as a 2012 Women of Influence in November 2012.

Please send honors and board appointments for the next Impact 100 newsletter to [email protected].

Upcoming Events

Feb 20 - 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

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

March 18 - Grants Co-chairs distribute full proposals to FAC Chairs


March 19 - FAC Chair: Distribution of Financials to Designated Committee Member


March 19 - Financial Reviews scheduled with nonprofits

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