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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
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August 2014

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Help Us Celebrate Our 10th Anniversary in 2015


Members of Impact 100 are rightfully proud of the eleven $100,000 grants that have been awarded since we began in 2006. These high impact grants have touched many lives in our community. Although it is not easy to quantify the impact our grants have made over the years, you can find a summary of the amazing work accomplished by Impact 100 grantees at the end of this article.


Each year in June when Impact 100 members gather to select our grantee, we regret that we do not have more funds for the five nonprofits' stories we hear. Not only are the needs of our community compelling, but the innovative programs that nonprofits present are big dreams we wish could come true. Only in two of our nine years-2007 and 2008-was Impact 100 able to award two grants. The double winners were Craine House and Indy Reads in 2007 and the year of the H's in 2008 with Herron High School and Horizon House.  


It is the goal of the Impact 10th anniversary committee and board of directors to give away more money in 2015 than any previous year. The number to beat is $208,000, which we awarded in 2008. Currently we have 48 (paid, committed and syndicate) members for the 2015 year and have also raised $14,500 from members towards the anniversary goal. We sent as many as 400 letters to prior members to encourage them to return to Impact 100. A number of members have agreed to rejoin. But many more members are needed to reach our goal of awarding two or more grants in 2015. Please consider making a big Impact in 2015 by joining us in this special anniversary year. We need you!! Indianapolis nonprofits need you too!


Find our more information about joining on our website or contact Beth Thomas or Donna Oklak.

A List of Previous Grant Winners 
  • 2006: Pecar Health Center-Over 47,000 prescriptions were dispensed at the Eskenazi Health Center Pecar in 2011. Just over 42,000 prescriptions were filled in both 2012 and 2013. The pharmacy opened in 2006 with an Impact 100 grant of $152,000.
  • 2007: Craine House-Craine House moved into a new home in September 2013 and has achieved a recidivism rate of 20% when the national average is 60%. In 2007 their Impact grant of $102,500 developed a program to reduce generational substance abuse.
  • 2007: Indy Reads-In 2012, Indy Reads provided free tutoring and literacy assistance to 1,400 adult students in central Indiana-a 400% increase since receiving $102,500 in 2007.
  • 2008: Horizon House-The $104,000 grant winner is the only full-service day center in Central Indiana, serving an average 3,000 homeless neighbors each year.
  • 2008: Herron High School-Herron High School was listed in the top 5% of all public high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's April 2014 "Best High Schools" index. In 2008 $104,000 from Impact 100 purchased art and music equipment.
  • 2009: Outreach, Inc.-Outreach has worked with over 2,085 homeless young people in Indianapolis since receiving Impact 100's $100,000 grant in 2009. The transformational support of the GOAL program helped Outreach guide 192 youth to graduate from high school or earn a GED.
  • 2010: Rock Steady Boxing-Rock Steady Boxing now has affiliates in 22 communities around the United States and in Toronto, Australia and Italy fighting the crippling effects of Parkinson's disease. Boxing equipment to expand their client base was purchased with the $100,000 grant from Impact 100.
  • 2011: Outside the Box-Outside the Box is thriving in its 14,000 square foot facility serving more than 200 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and a staff of 40. The facility was renovated in 2011 with $100,000 from Impact 100.
  • 2012: Jameson Camp-In 2012 Jameson Camp served more children than ever before: 429 summer campers and 2,411 youth in Outdoor Education classes for a total of 2,840 children. The 2012 $100,000 grant from Impact 100 created new outdoor play areas.
  • 2013: Tindley Collegiate Academy-In the fall of 2013, Tindley opened the first all-girls middle school in the state of Indiana, serving a majority African American population, on the east side of Indianapolis. The Impact 100 $100,000 grant purchased equipment for a STEM lab for 400 girls at the school.
  • 2014: Social Health Association-Social Health Association will launch their newly named Step Up for Kindness™ program before school begins after receiving $100,000 from Impact 100 in 2014. This bully-prevention program will reach 30,500 boys and girls ages 5-14 in Central Indiana.
Grant Winner News
Mary Thomas and Tonya Eagan

Social Health Association of Indiana CEO Tonja Eagan and SHA board member Mary Thomas hold a sign telling diners to "Be Nice or Leave"  as they work on a marketing plan for their newly launched Step Up for Kindness!™ program. Impact 100 granted $100,000 to the agency for a pilot program that will become a best practice in bullying prevention nationally.  The program will be rolled out this school year to 31,800 students between ages 5 and 14 in Marion County.

Impact 100 News and Notes


Trends in Women's Philanthropy Session Co-Hosted by Impact 100:

Impact 100 will join Wells Fargo and the American Red Cross-Indianapolis as co-hosts for a morning session on trends in women's philanthropy presented by the Women's Philanthropy Institute of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy-Indiana University. The session is on Thursday, October 9, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Woodstock Country Club. The latest research will be shared by WPI at the breakfast and informational sessions. Ginger Merkel of the American Red Cross and Donna Oklak, co-founder of Impact 100, will speak about the power of collective giving as part of a panel. Both electronic and mail invitations will be sent to Impact 100 members.  


Upcoming Impact 100 Events 

August 26 - Party on the River at the White River Yacht Club, 5:30 p.m.


September 17 - Wine and Cheese Tasting at City Market, 5:30 p.m.

October 9 - Trends in Women's Philanthropy at Woodstock Country Club, 8:30 a.m. 

October 15 - Follow the Impact Social at Outreach Inc., 5:30 p.m.

November 13 - Follow the Impact Social at Craine House, 5:30 p.m.

December 11 - Holiday Party Hosted by Kitchens by Design, 5:30 p.m.