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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
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November 2015

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A Message from the President 
Dear women of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis and our loyal supporters,
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis president Beth Thomas
In June, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis celebrated our tenth year of giving impactful grants to Indianapolis-area nonprofit organizations. In those ten years we have given away $1,602,000 and touched 40 local nonprofits.

To document the work we have done over our ten year history we recently released our 2006-2015 Giving Report. Similar to a corporate Annual Report, this document sums up what we have done, provides background information on who we are, and gives an overview of the grants we have given. The Giving Report was produced at no charge by one of our members and designed for electronic distribution, saving us money in design and printing.

The Giving Report also includes a list of our members over the years. In our ten years, 571 Indianapolis-area women have been a member for at least one year. That's a lot of women working together to collectively give and make an impact on our community.

Now's the time to step up and declare your 2016 membership intentions. You can access a membership form on our website. You don't have to pay your membership donation at the time you submit the form, but please let us know if you want us to invoice you or charge your credit card in December.

And when you fill out your membership form, please consider giving to our administrative funds. Even though we are thrifty (creating our Giving Report for electronic distribution instead of printing hundreds of copies, for example), we still have to pay credit card fees (it costs us to accept credit cards), United Way fees (when you donate $1000 to us through United Way, they keep a percentage to cover their administrative costs and we pull the difference out of the administrative funds so your donation to the grant pool is $1000), website fees, software fees, marketing, events, etc. Could you help by adding an extra 10% or 25% to help cover these costs?

Thanks so much for all you do for our community.
Beth Thomas 
President, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Impact 100 Receives WCGN Spotlight Award  

We are thrilled to announce that Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is the recipient of a Spotlight Award from The Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN), which recognizes the impact of our $100,000 grant to  Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) in 2010.

WCGN created the Spotlight Award to recognize women's giving organizations who practice impactful, transformational grantmaking. The criteria for the award is that a grant must be transformational to the grantmaking organization, the recipient's organization, and/or the community.

We were asked to submit information on one of our grants meeting that criteria, and we selected RSB because their grant energized our members and transformed the nonprofit, allowing them to make a direct and long-lasting impact on the communities they reach.

The $100,000 grant enabled RSB to open a boxing gym in 2011 to serve a growing population of clients fighting Parkinson's disease. With the introduction of Training Camps in 2012, RSB began teaching other fitness organizations their training methods. There are now more than 51 facilities using RSB training methods in 20 states, Australia, and Italy.

The application for the award contains a great summary of the importance of RSB: "Parkinson's remains undefeated, but RSB clients attest, and academic institutions such as Cleveland Clinic, University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting and documenting the improved quality of life. RSB boxers may not win titles or trophies, but they are all champions in the Rock Steady Boxing ring. And Rock Steady Boxing is a champion among nonprofits."

Winning the Spotlight Award is a great honor and a great story to share with our community. We are delighted and humbled to know that our grants continue to make an impact.

Terry Mumford (2nd from left) Karen Holly (3rd from left) and Beth Thomas (4th from left) posing with the WCGN Spolight Award. Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis was one of three non-profits to receive the award, along with Impact 100 Cincinnati and the Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County.
Join Us at Dove Recovery House to Follow the Impact
You and your guests are invited to Dove Recovery House on Wednesday, November 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, to learn more about the progress Dove Recovery House has made since receiving a $10,000 residual grant in 2012. This event provides an opportunity for Impact 100 members and their guests to learn what's been going on at Dove House since that grant award as well as get up-to-date on the exciting things that are in store for the program. We plan on having a resident share her story, and we will also have a tour.

You are encouraged to bring items on the Dove House wishlist, including notebooks (for journals), pens, printer paper, dayplanners, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, and paper towels.

Guests are welcome! Attire is casual and snacks will be served. The address is 14 N. Highland Ave., Indianapolis IN 46202. To RSVP, email Terry Mumford at [email protected].
POW!  Follow the Impact at Rock Steady Boxing  
by Terry Mumford

The Pow(er) of Women Giving as One was evident October 7, 2015, when 25 Impact 100 members and guests followed the impact of our $100,000 grant to Rock Steady Boxing (RSB).

RSB is a physical therapy program that uses boxing-inspired routines to help patients with Parkinson's Disease fight the symptoms of the disease. The 2010 Impact grant allowed RSB to build out its original facilities and search for an executive director. The popularity of RSB's programs meant that RSB had to move into new facilities two years ago. These larger facilities were furnished entirely by donated equipment and furniture. RSB has now expanded its programs to more than 50 facilities and more than 20 states and two foreign countries.

Impact 100 president Beth Thomas talks about the great work Impact and RSB are doing, standing in front of an impressive wall of RSB affiliates!

At RSB's new facility, attendees were very fortunate to be able to watch a class in action and also saw two videos about the RSB program. All were moved by the incredible work that RSB is doing for the Parkinson's population. For those who wish to see the videos and learn more about RSB, please go to the RSB website at

Snacks for the event were provided by Eat Your Heart Out.
Impact 100 to be Honored at HeArt for a Cause   
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis will be honored along with eight other local nonprofits at Studio OTB's annual giving focused art fundraiser, HeArt for a Cause! OTB groups along with local partner artists have been hard at work creating a unique piece inspired by the spirit and mission of each organization, as well as some additional products to sell at their show.
The all ages event is free to the public with free food and drinks provided. It will be held this year at the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful building on Fletcher Ave on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 6-10. We hope that you can drop by to visit with other local organizations and to check out some of the art!
Impact 100 News and Notes  
  • A grant information seminar for non-profits will be held on Wednesday, December 9 from 2:30-4:30 at Insights Consulting, 7830 Johnson Road 46250. Interested non-profits should register by contacting Kathy Jenkins at [email protected]
  • Brooke's Place, a 2011 residual grant winner, will hold their Legacy of Hope Breakfast on Thursday, November 19 from 7:30-9:30 am at the Willows on Westfield. The featured speaker will be Michael Hainey, a New York Times best selling author and GQ Magazine's Editor-At-Large. Hainey's memoir, "After Visiting Friends," was written about his family and their lives after the death of his father. The book is currently being adapted into a Hollywood movie. Learn more at Brooke's Place.
  • Congratulations to Impact 100 member Angela Braly, one of four women being honored on November 10 by the Girl Scouts of America at the Indiana Lt. Governor's Leadership Luncheon. Angela has been an advocate of United Way's integrated community support systems for over two decades, and is a co-founder of The Policy Circle™, a grassroots network for women to learn about and engage in public policy.
Do you have great news about an Impact 100 member or grant recipient, or an interesting article to share on philanthropy? Please send your news to Jennifer Bortel so she can share it in the next newsletter.
Impact 100 Upcoming Events   
  • November 4: Dove Recovery House Follow the Impact
  • November 13: Sign up period begins for members to select a Focus Area Committee
  • December 10: Holiday Party at Kitchens by Design
  • December 31: Last day to become a member for 2016