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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
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January 2015

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A Message from the President 


Karen Holly

Dear Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Members and Friends,


We are pleased to announce that we will present high impact grants totaling $184,000 in 2015, our tenth year! At our annual meeting in June, the members will select an overall winning grantee to receive $100,000, and the remaining four will each receive $21,000.


Here are the numbers for 2015:

  • Total Funds to be awarded: $184,000
  • Major grant award amount: $100,000 (awarded to the finalist receiving the most votes at the annual dinner on June 9th)
  • Residual grant award amount: $21,000 (four of the finalists will receive an unrestricted grant in this amount)
  • Number of actual members (this includes syndicate members individually): 186
  • Number of syndicates: 13 (consisting of 35 members)
  • Amount raised in the 10th Year Anniversary Fund: $30,000 (10 Scholarship Participants)
  • Number of brand new members: 39
Since our inception in 2006, we have granted a collective $1,417,000 to a combination of 35 local not-for-profit organizations in the Indianapolis community. Ten grantees have received $100,000 grants as Impact winners and continue to empower our community as a result. In 2015, our tenth year of giving, we will have given more than $1,600,000 to the central Indiana community. Thank you to all of our current and former members for helping make a difference!

Karen Holly

President, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

Last Call for Committee Participation!


If you are still interested in participating in a Focus Area Committee, please contact Andi Cohen at [email protected].

Congratulations to Our 2015 Scholarship Recipients!


Congratulations to the young women philanthropists that will be part of Impact's grant process in 2015--our 10th anniversary year--as scholarship recipients. We welcome Calvalyn Day, Jessica Fithen, Jill Harms, Rebecca James, Paula Katz, Chelsea Martin, Alyssa Starr Newerth, Caitlyn Potter, Vicki Rubio, and Caitlin Withers.

Here is a bit of background about some of the recipients:

  • Calvalyn Day works at last year's Impact 100 grantee, Social Health Association
  • Jessica Fifthen works at another Impact 100 grantee, Rock Steady Boxing, and would like to see the "other side" of grantmaking
  • Jill Harms also works at one of our grantees, Tindley Accelerated Schools
  • Rebecca James works at the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis and has been employed  in the nonprofit field for eleven years
  • Paula Katz comes to us with experience from Giving Sum
  • Chelsea Martin is new to Indianapolis and is an AmeriCorps VISTA employee
  • Alyssa Star Newerth is a former Giving Sum member and is employed at Impact 100's 2007 grantee, Indy Reads
  • Caitlyn Potter is an AmeriCorps employee working at TeenWorks, where she manages program evaluation
  • Vicki Rubio is employed at College Mentors for Kids and wants to expand her philanthropic knowledge and learn about collective giving
  • Caitlin Withers works for the Indianapolis Public Library

We are so pleased to have them be a part of our nonprofit selection process this year! 

Impact 100 Selected as a Milestone Partner by Social Health Association


Impact 100 has been selected as a Milestone Partner by the Social Health Association of Indiana (SHA), who won the $100,000 grant in 2014 for their anti-bullying campaign, Step Up for Kindness!


SHA has invited the women of Impact 100 to their Anniversary Party on February 4, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Indiana Landmarks Center to receive the award. Please RSVP to Tonya Eagan at [email protected] or (317) 667-0341.


Step Up for Kindness was a new initiative and a major milestone in SHA's 72 year history and will enable 35,000 students ages 5-14 to receive critical evidence-based bullying prevention programming. Over 10,000 kids received this new program between August-December! In total, 45,800 boys and girls will receive SHA's programs this school year. 

An Update from Impact 2014 Finalist Big Car Collaborative


Big Car Collaborative, the recipient of a residual grant of $4,250 in 2014, recently gave us an update on what impact our grant had on their organization.


Fun Fleet reached 300 kids on the Far Eastside and International Marketplace last summer! They traveled with the Indianapolis Public Library's Bookmobile to 10 apartment complexes for 8 weeks and made new friends at every stop.


Fun Fleet participants are from diverse backgrounds-69% African-American, 29% Latino, 1% white, and 1% other race-and most come from low-income households, with varying levels of exposure to art. They loved collaborating with them to learn about their neighborhood and to support their creativity.


Jim Walker of Big Car Collaborative commented that Fun Fleet was only possible through the support of Impact 100.


For more information on Big Car Collaborative, visit

Impact 100 Member Profile:  Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers  

Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers is Vice President of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, which supports and enhances programs, services and facilities of The Indianapolis Public Library and its partnerships in lifelong learning initiatives that benefit a diverse community.


Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers

Impact 100: When did you first hear about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis? What were your first impressions?


Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers: I heard about Impact 100 when the organization publicized its first round of grants. It was a bold, innovative venture that presented a great opportunity for area not-for-profit organizations.


Impact 100: What do you think people would find to be the most interesting thing about Impact 100?


Roberta: The women in Impact 100, particularly those who serve on Focus Area Committees, are REALLY INVESTED in their finalist organization. They dedicate their hearts and minds to the grant making process and helping their finalist succeed.


Impact 100: What first got you interested in pursuing a career in philanthropy?


Roberta: That's an interesting question, because it doesn't seem children aspire to be fundraisers when they grow up - the way they want to be teachers or doctors or firefighters. For the longest time, I thought I was destined to be a reading specialist and had planned to go to graduate school for teaching right after college. But, for some reason, it didn't seem right to plan for a lifetime in the classroom without experiencing the outside. So, I delayed my plans and took a job at a small not-for-profit organization in Poughkeepsie, NY called Dutchess Outreach. We served the poorest of the poor with emergency assistance for food, prescription medicines, and utility and rent payments. It was the most eye-opening year of my life, and it was there I discovered the profession of fundraising. One day, there was a fire drill and while everyone was outside, I approached a development officer from another agency in our building for advice. He encouraged me to attend what is now the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. So, that's the story of how I ended up in philanthropy and in Indiana.


Impact 100: What should people know about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis?


Roberta: Because the concept of philanthropy can seem rather "high brow," it is important for potential members to know how welcoming and inclusive Impact 100 actually is. While the women of Impact share a commitment to making Indianapolis a better place through collective philanthropy, we are diverse in age, professional background, family life, experience in philanthropy and even financial capacity. While the membership fee of $1,000 is a lot for some of us, Impact is really committed to offering members a variety of options - ranging from paying the membership in installments, to joining a syndicate where a group of women split the membership fee and share a vote. In the past, the organization has also provided scholarships to seed young philanthropists. While the organization needs to raise enough to give away $100,000 each year, members are valued above all for their talent, time and enthusiasm.


This is a condensed version of the interview. See the complete interview on our blog.

Upcoming Impact 100 Events 

February 16, 2015 Education Committee Meeting 5:30 pm, Krieg DeVault, LLP, 12800 N. Meridian Street, #300, Carmel, IN 46032


February 17, 2015 Environment Committee Meeting 12:00 pm, Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Library Service Center, 2450 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208


February 17, 2015 Health and Wellness Committee Meeting 5:30 pm, Meridian Street Methodist Church, 5500 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208


February 18, 2015 Arts and Culture Committee Meeting 12:00 pm, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220


February 19 2015 Family Committee Meeting 5:30 pm, The Stratford Conference Room, 2460 Glebe Street, Carmel, IN 46031


June 9, 2015  10th Annual Celebration, The Willows on Westfield