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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
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November 2014

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A Message from the President 


Karen Holly

Dear Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Members and Friends,


As we enter the time of year generally thought of as the season of giving, I am asking you to consider Impact 100. Impact 100 membership is the gift that keeps giving. While we ask you annually to recommit to our organization, it is the eleven projects that Impact 100 has funded that have developed and affect not only the clients of the winning organizations but also the community and members of Impact 100. It is my hope that we can give away two grants in June - our 10th anniversary - to continue the impact in our community. We are making progress, as you can see from the chart below, showing our current member count for 2015. But Impact 100 can only reach our ambitious goal with more members and generous donations from women like you. Beth Thomas, the incoming President and Membership chair, spoke last month about the simple adage of Each One Bring One. We believe that seeing what our past recipients are accomplishing not only encourages potential members to join but also reminds current and former Impact members how this funding can touch and improve lives in our community. Please consider helping Impact reach its goal by signing up here to become a member in 2015, as well as encouraging at least one friend to join our organization, too.
2015 Members to date

Karen Holly

President, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

Celebrate with Us at Our Holiday Party!


Please join the women of Impact 100 and Kristin Okeley of Kitchens by Design as we celebrate the holiday season. During the evening Kristin and her staff provide delicious appetizers prepared in the demonstration kitchens, along with delectable desserts and fine wine. We hope you'll join us as we celebrate smart women and philanthropy.


When: Thursday, December 11, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Kitchens by Design, 1530 E. 86th St., Indianapolis


Please RSVP by December 8 to [email protected] or 317-319-9170. There is ample parking at the store on the northwest corner of 86th and Westfield.


This is the second year that Kristin and her KBD staff have hosted our holiday party. Kitchens by Design is a full service design company with services ranging from space planning to general contracting to decorating.  

2015 Focus Area Committee Meeting Dates and Locations


If you have joined Impact 100 for 2015, we really hope you will choose to be on a Focus Area Committee!  Most members say that participating on a committee is one of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of being an Impact 100 member. Below are the meeting dates, times, and locations for the five committees. If you are interested in signing up, please send an email to [email protected] .


Arts and Culture

Chair: Amy Micon
Location: Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
6501 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays
January 28, 2015
February 18, 2015
April 15, 2015


Health and Wellness

Chair: Sue Welch
Location: Meridian Street Methodist Church
5500 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays
January 27, 2015
February 17, 2015
April 14, 2015



Chair: Nicole Conrad
Location: Krieg DeVault, LLP
12800 N. Meridian Street, #300
Carmel, IN 46032
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Dates: Mondays
January 26, 2015
February 16, 2015
April 13, 2015



Chair: Roberta Jaggers
Location: Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Library Service Center
2450 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays
January 27, 2015
February17, 2015
April 14, 2015



Chair: Kathy Jenkins
Location: The Stratford Conference Room
2460 Glebe Street
Carmel, IN 46031
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Dates: Thursdays
January 29, 2015
February 19, 2015
April 16, 2015


Impact 100 Offers Scholarships for Our 10th Anniversary


In honor of Impact 100's 10th anniversary in 2015, the board and donors of our collective giving circle will sponsor five young women to receive scholarships, allowing them to participate in the grant making process that distributes Impact's collective funds. There is no cost to participate. Candidates should be about 35 years of age or younger and have an interest in philanthropy. To be considered, contact Donna Oklak

for an application form. Deadline is December 10.  


Following the Impact at Craine House

By Beth Thomas


More than 20 women visited Craine House on November 13 for an Impact 100 Follow the Impact event. These events give us the opportunity to see first-hand the impact our grants have made.


Craine House is a court-ordered work release facility providing a secure and structured environment in which women serve their sentences for non-violent felonies. Preschool children may live with their mothers. Craine offers educational opportunities, help for substance abuse, and anger management support. They save tax payers nearly one million dollars a year in incarceration and child protective services costs.


Craine was granted $102,500 in 2007 to fund a pilot program addressing the root cause of substance abuse to be implemented by Craine House in a partnership with Fairbanks Hospital. This was a transformational grant, with the pilot program growing into a permanent offering at Craine House and Craine hiring full-time the Fairbanks counselor responsible for the program's creation. Suzy Pierce, the Craine House CEO, also told the women present that receiving the Impact 100 grant paved the way for them to receive additional grant money because other grantors consider the Impact 100 granting process to be very thorough (this is something we hear from all our grantees).


You can learn more about Craine House and their current programs at: 


Impact 100 requested Craine House provide a list of items on their Wish List so that members could bring donations to the event, and several women did just that. Craine House would welcome the contribution of items such as diapers, bus passes, or hand sanitizer. You can see a complete list of needs here.  
Outside the Box Wins Makeover Contest
by Donna Oklak   

Outside the Box is the winner of the $25,000 Design for a Difference 2014 charity give away and was showcased on Channel 13 and HGTV in November. Leading the project was Outside the Box (OTB) board member and former Impact 100 president Barb Fleming. This design makeover renovated areas that were not upgraded in 2011 when OTB won Impact 100's $100,000 grant. OTB serves adults with disabilities by providing custom-created services based on individual needs.


The "reveal" of the new facilities was November 12. Barb would like to credit Blakley's for donating and installing all flooring and carpet. Other vendors donating materials are Ted Geers of YB Normal Custom Woodworking, Delta Faucet, and Bob Koehne of Kentwood Office Furniture. The makeover included paint, flooring, custom built-in-cabinetry, sinks and cabinets, furniture, sound panels, lighting, window treatments and a few decorative touches.


The scope of the project included two corridors and three group rooms for the participants of Hummingbirds, Rainmakers and Grasshoppers. As the participant names suggest, the needs of each group room are individual and specific. Group leaders and the participants provided critical information that impacted the design of each group room.


More importantly, the products and materials used in this makeover will become the standard for OTB as there are more than 14 more areas and leftover furniture from the remnants of a nursing home to be upgraded to a fully functional and maintainable space designed to meet specific needs of OTB clients.


The "Hummingbird Room" makeover at Outside the Box, as seen on WTHR.
News and Notes
  • Pack the Pantries, a city-wide effort that raises awareness about issues of hunger in our community and encourages residents to help their neighbors during the holiday season, is underway! You can participate by donating to Gleaners and/or Midwest Food Banks, hosting a food drive, or promoting a virtual food drive. Visit for more details. 
  • Impact 100 Indianapolis will host an information session about the next year's grant process on Dec. 2 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at Insights Consulting (7830 Johnson Road). Please RSVP to [email protected]
Upcoming Impact 100 Events 

December 11: Kitchens by Design holiday party

January 9: Focus Area Committee preferences due to Andi Cohen

January 16: Members are notified of Focus Area Committee assignments

Mid-January: 2015 grant announcement event

Late January: Focus Area Committee initial meetings