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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
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February/March 2014
In This Issue
A Message from the President
Nonprofits Advancing to Full Application
Grant Winner Follow Up: Indy Reads
Impact 100 News and Notes
Upcoming Events
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A Message from the President 


Dear Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Members and Friends,


Please join us on April 28th at 6 p.m. for an informal gathering to hear about women's philanthropy from Melanie Sabelhaus, the Vice Chair of the National Board of the American Red Cross and founding national chair of the Tiffany Circle, a society of women leaders for the American Red Cross. Melanie is also a board member of Duke Realty.


Melanie Sabelhaus
Both the Indianapolis chapter of the American Red Cross and Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis seek to honor the collective community work of their members. By pooling resources over the years, these circles have accomplished so much more than by working alone. Members of Impact 100 have distributed $1,418,000 to Indiana nonprofits since 2006. Tiffany Circle members from Indiana have raised $950,000 to provide relief services to local victims of house fires.


At the event, Melanie will talk about her role at the Red Cross, the concept of women giving boldly in philanthropy, and her personal philanthropic journey. The event will take place at the home of Donna Oklak. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. An invitation is forthcoming. For more details, please contact Donna Oklak at 317-345-6563 or at [email protected] 


We look forward to seeing you there!


Karen Holly 

President, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

A List of Nonprofits Advancing to the Full Application Stage 


We are pleased to announce the list of nonprofits that are advancing from the Letter of Inquiry stage to the Full Application stage. Based on the information provided at the Full Application stage, each Focus Area Committee will determine which organizations will continue to the next phase of the process, which includes a site visit. From there, each committee will select a finalist.

1. Englewood Community Development Corporation
2. Indianapolis Parks Foundation


1. Craine House
2. The Julian Center
3. Project Home Indy
4. Safe Families for Children


Health and Wellness 

1. Adult and Child Center
2. Christel House Academy South
3. Marian University
4. Social Health Association of Indiana 


Arts and Culture
1. Arts for Learning-The Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences
2. Big Car
3. Indy Fringe


1. Center for Leadership Development
2. Exodus Refugee Immigration
3. Indiana Blind Children's Foundation
4. Joseph Maley Foundation
5. Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana

Grant Winner Follow Up: Indy Reads
A Q&A with Travis DiNicola, Executive Director  

Travis DiNicola, Executive Director of Indy Reads

On June 12, 2007, the members of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis awarded one of two $100,000 grants to Indy Reads, the only provider of free basic literacy tutoring to adults in Indianapolis. Our $100,000 grant allowed Indy Reads to expand current volunteer training for tutors to reach more students.


Travis DiNicola, the executive director at Indy Reads, took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us:


[This is an excerpt of our Q&A with Travis. For the full document, visit our blog.]

Impact 100: Can you share how you used the $100,000 grant from Impact 100?  What results did you see from this investment?


Travis: Indy Reads had been an independent non-profit less than six months when it received the Impact 100 grant in 2007. We had a staff of two, and were serving about 300 students annually with our programs. That grant gave us immediate credibility with other funders in the city, allowing us to leverage additional funding to support our work. Funds from the grant were used to pay for additional volunteer recruitment, orientations, and trainings so that we could grow our program. In 2013, we provided free literacy services to a record 1,624 adults - this represents an almost five-fold increase in services in the seven years we have been an independent non-profit organization, and received the Impact 100 grant. We would never have experienced this sort of growth if not for the original investment by Impact 100.


Impact 100: How has Indy Reads changed since you became executive director in 2006?


Travis: It has changed dramatically!

  1. From serving 300 adults annually to over 1,600
  2. From 2 staff to 16
  3. From only serving Marion County to serving all surrounding counties, and now having satellite offices in both Boone and Hendricks counties
  4. From only offering one-on-one tutoring and some small group ESL to now offering services through more than 35 Literacy Labs located throughout the city - in community centers, GED classrooms, the jails, the adult high schools, and through other partners
  5. Adding a Family Literacy program to work with at risk parents and their children
  6. Organizing and hosting 10 "Community Literacy Summits" where more than 150 non-profits in the community have had an opportunity to come together to share with each other how they can partner with each other in improving the literacy of all members of our community
  7. And now we have a bookstore!

Impact 100: How can Impact 100 members donate, volunteer or otherwise get involved with Indy Reads?


Travis: PLEASE come to our Alphabet Affair!! Or, shop at our bookstore! Or, donate books to our bookstore! Or, register for a volunteer orientation to learn more.


Impact 100: What are Indy Reads' plans for the future?


Travis: Well, we've got TWO really big projects in the works, and as much as we would like to tell you all about them, they are still a secret. We hope to announce plans for both later this spring, or possibly one this spring and the other late summer. But, here is a hint - one project has to do with publishing, and the other has to do with public art!

Impact 100 News and Notes


Help Us Celebrate Our Tenth Anniversary!  Impact 100 will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2015. After this year's successful round of grants in 2014, we will have distributed $1,418,000 to local nonprofits. We would like to encourage all current and previous members of Impact 100 to participate in our collective giving group next year so we can donate a record amount in 2015! Two members have already donated $7,500 to help get this effort started. We would especially like to encourage founding members to rejoin Impact 100 in honor of our amazing accomplishments, but all former members are needed to reach our goal! Please consider making a gift for the 2015 grant pool in addition to your $1,000 membership. You have helped us award ten $100,000 grants since we started in 2006, all of which have improved our community! 


For more information on our tenth anniversary, please contact Beth Thomas.

Upcoming Impact 100 Events

April 28: Impact 100 special event with Melanie Sabelhaus

June 3: Annual dinner and grant presentation

July 24: Event at Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple