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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Member Newsletter

May 2013
In This Issue
A Message from the President
Focus Area Finalists Have Been Selected
Annual Dinner Details
Survey Results
Upcoming Event
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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

Congratulations to our 2013 Grant Finalists (see below)!!! Thank you to all FAC Committee members for your hard work narrowing all of the wonderful candidates down to these five organizations. As usual, it will be a tough decision to make on June 11th.


Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. We

have provided a few highlights of the results below. Over the next several months, we will share with you changes that we are making in response to your feedback. The survey told us that the primary way members found out about Impact 100 was through word of mouth - and that comes from you, our members! One easy thing you can do is forward the newsletter - go to the bottom of the newsletter and click on "forward this email" to do so.


WANTED: We are currently seeking members that would like to enhance their involvement through serving on the Impact 100 Board of Directors. If you have an interest in learning more about joining the board, please contact Barb Fleming at [email protected].


As always, thank you for all you do to help make our community a better place.

Karen Kennelly

President, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
FinalistsOur Five Focus Area Finalists Have Been Selected!


Arts & Culture
Oaks Academy
Fine Art Studio at Brookside
People for Urban Progress
Fabric and Resource Bank
Tindley Collegiate Academy Girls School
Get Stem (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math)

Health & Wellness
Ruth Lilly Health Education Center
HOPE for Teens:  Helping Our
Peers Enjoy Life & Overcome

Reach for Youth
Teen Court

Congratulations to the finalists!  More information about each finalist and their specific grant application will be sent to you before the Annual Dinner.
2013 Education Committee
The education committee dines al fresco between site visits before making their finalist selection. Says committee member Donna Oklak, "It was a great day of listening and learning for all committee members."
Annual Dinner Details


Map of Annual Dinner location
A map of the location of the annual dinner. Courtesy of Google Maps
The Impact 100 annual dinner, where we vote for and award grants to our finalists, will be on Tuesday, June 11, 6-8 p.m., at Courses Restaurant, 2820 N. Meridian Street (see map). The restaurant is run by the culinary and hospitality administration students of Ivy Tech Community College of Central Indiana. There will be parking on the premises. The price is $40 per person. Checks are payable to "Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis" and can be sent to Andi Cohen, c/o Sullivan & Associates, 9959 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256. Due to limited space (max. 120), we must receive payment to secure a reservation. 


Even if you cannot attend, we encourage you to vote absentee. If you already know that you need an absentee ballot, please email Andi Cohen at [email protected]. As soon as the finalist materials go out to members, she will send a ballot to you. Absentee ballots must be received no later than June 11 at noon. 


Here is a sneak peek at the menu to be prepared by the Ivy Tech culinary students!

  • Caprese Skewers
  • Vegetarian Bundles
  • Chipotle Chicken Tostadas
  • Grilled Shrimp served with Hoosier Mamma Margarita Shooter
  • Olive Tapenade Crostini
  • Fruit & Yogurt Spoons
  • Miniature Pots de Crème
  • Lemon Curd Shooters
  • Drinks
    • Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite & Water
    • Red or White Wine
    • Beer

In addition to the great food and wonderful company, this year's dinner will feature a RAFFLE where you can enter to win a beautiful 18K gold diamond necklace valued at $995 from jeweler Reis Nichols! Raffle tickets are $20. Please remember to bring cash or your checkbook for the raffle, as credit cards will not be accepted. You do not need to be present at the dinner to win.  


Many thanks to Simon Property Group and Citizens Energy Group for sponsoring the dinner.

Survey Results       

Thanks to those of you who participated in our survey! Below is some key data from the survey. We received 84 responses:  67 members and 16 past members (one responder did not indicate if she was current or past).

  • 57% of members first heard about Impact 100 through word of mouth/friends, 10.7% from newspaper or other media source - the two highest percentage responses to this question.
  • 61% of members state they are very satisfied with their membership in Impact 100, 34% are somewhat satisfied, and 4% are dissatisfied.
  • 63% of members state they are very likely to recommend Impact 100 membership to women they know, 30% are somewhat likely to recommend Impact 100, and 7% are not likely to recommend Impact 100.
  • Our members join primarily because they believe in the mission (57% ranked this as their primary reason for joining, 22% ranked it as secondary), with the second most popular reason being they were invited by a friend (22% ranked this as the primary reason and 22% as the secondary reason).
  • Those who were former members left because they redirected their funds to other nonprofits (53.8%), didn't feel connected with the membership (30.7%) and/or were dissatisfied with the finalist receiving the grant (30.7%).
  • Some suggested improvements including: 
    • Distributing a membership directory
    • Holding more social events for members to get to know each other (although there was also concern about how to make this effective and meet everyone's needs regarding timing and location)
    • Providing better orientation/education for new and syndicate members 
Upcoming Event

June 11th - Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis annual meeting with finalist presentations and vote, Courses Restaurant