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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Member Newsletter

December 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
Happy Holidays from Impact 100!!!!

As 2015 winds down and we look forward to 2016, I'd like to wish all our members and nonprofit partners a happy and peaceful new year!

2015 was a wonderful year for Impact 100. It marked our tenth anniversary, where we celebrated the fact that we've given away over $1.6 million to our community, with our twelfth $100,000 grant going to Indy Urban Acres and residual grants of $21,000 to WFYI and Ted Green Films, Lutheran Church and Family Services, Gennesaret Free Medical Clinic, and OASIS Indianapolis.

Two highlights of 2015 are the recognition we received from local media regarding our Annual Meeting, and the Spotlight Award we received from  The Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN), recognizing the impact of our grant to Rock Steady Boxing.

That brings us to the exciting year ahead. Our recruiting for 2016 has been strong, but we would love to increase our membership even more so we can give more and larger grants, and you can help. If you haven't already sent in your membership donation for 2016, time is running out (a later article in this newsletter provides several links to make this easy). If you have already sent in your membership donation, thank you.

Last year we encouraged members to make additional donations to the grant pool in honor of our tenth anniversary, and $10,000 of those additional donations were used to fund ten scholarship members. This was so successful we agreed to continue the practice. With generous donations from several members, a corporate sponsor, and one anonymous donor, we plan to award at least nine scholarship memberships in 2016. Contact us at [email protected]  if you'd like to know more about making an additional donation or the scholarship program.

We'll announce our final membership numbers and 2016 grant amount in mid-January.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful holiday season!

How to Become a Member    
We're getting close to the December 31 deadline for 2016 membership in Impact 100. Join now before time runs out! Here some important links to help you make your membership or other donation:
Reminder: We are happy to offer convenient payment methods to our members, but want to remind you that when you choose a payment method that charges a transaction fee, it is greatly appreciated if you add to your donation to help pay those fees (additional fees are also 100% deductible). We understand these fees are a cost of doing business in today's world, but if the donor doesn't pay them, we pay them out of our administrative account. Just to let you know, here are the current transaction fees for the following methods:
  • Charge card: 3.75-4%
  • PayPal: 2.75-3%
  • Stock: $75.00
  • United Way: 20% (the actual percentage varies each year based on the number of designated donations UW receives, but this is an average)
If you have any questions about how, where, or why to donate, please email  Beth Thomas
It's Time to Select a Focus Area Committee!     
One of the most rewarding aspects of being an Impact 100 member is participating on a committee that is responsible for choosing a finalist in one of our five Focus Areas. If you'd like to be on a committee, it's important to submit your preferences now, so that committees can be finalized before the first meetings in January.
Please send your committee preferences to Roberta Jaggers at [email protected] by January 8, 2016. Please rank your preference and indicate if there are any committees you absolutely cannot sit on due to schedule or conflict of interest.
Meeting 1
Meeting 2
Meeting 3
Pat Scahill
Community Room, Glendale Branch Library, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue
Thursday, Jan. 21 
4-5 PM
Thursday, Feb. 11
4-6 PM
Thursday, April 7
4-6 PM
Larissa Warne
Meridian Street United Methodist Church
5500 N. Meridian Street
Wednesday, Jan. 20
12-1 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 10
12-2 PM
Wednesday, April 6
12-2 PM
Barb Fleming
health & wellness
Multipurpose Room #370, Community North Professional Building, 7250 Clearvista Parkway
Tuesday, Jan. 19
5-6 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 9
5-7 PM
Tuesday, April 5
5-7 PM
Charlitta Winston
arts & culture
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian Street
Thursday, Jan. 21 12:30-1:30 PM
Thursday, Feb. 11 12:30-2:30 PM
Thursday, April 7 12:30-2:30 PM
Laura Dahlem
Room 226, Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian Street
Tuesday, Jan. 19 12:30-1:30 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 9 
12:15-2:15 PM
Tuesday, April 5 12:30-2:30 PM
Don't Forget About Our Shared Memberships

Terry Mumford, our Vice President and Membership Chair, has had several inquiries regarding Shared Memberships from women who either haven't been able to fill their Shared Membership or are looking for a spot on a Shared Membership.

Never fear! Terry is tracking Shared Memberships closely. After December 31 and when she has all the 2016 membership donations, she will play "matchmaker" and make sure that everyone who wants to be part of a Shared Membership is in one. Once assigned, she'll send introductory emails to each Shared Membership team, complete with contact information, so they can reach out to each other. Shared Memberships are where 2, 3, or 4 women combined their $500, $333, or $250 donations, respectively, to create one $1000 membership. Women with shared memberships do not have to serve on the same committees, and have full membership rights, EXCEPT they may only cast one vote representing the Shared Membership at the Annual Meeting on June 7.
Celebrating December with a Brew-Ha-Ha and Holiday Party 

Brew Ha-Ha at Blind Owl Brewery
More than 30 people came to the Blind Owl Brewery on December 2, as we hosted what could easily be coined an "Impact Exposure" event.  Veering slightly off course from the regular "follow the impact" event, this was a come as you are, after work, open house opportunity to casually socialize.  It was a nice opportunity for members to catch up, bring a friend, or for anyone to learn more about Impact 100.  We had a great turn out, and even had a few inquiring not-for-profits come to learn more about the process.  It served as a creative approach to promoting our "shared membership" concept with a younger demographic - and it was really fun! Many attendees commented about what an enjoyable time they had. We will definitely plan to do it again next year!
Holiday Party at Kitchens by Design
More than 50 members and guests joined us at Kitchens by Design (KBD) in Nora for our annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 10. The KBD showroom is always full of beautiful and interesting home décor, but was even more beautiful with the holiday additions. Our hostesses offered us a full bar and a great spread provided by Shapiros. It was a lovely evening, with members and guests getting a chance to make new friends and introduce women new to collective giving to the concepts and rewards of an Impact 100 membership.

KBD was very generous to the Impact 100 women this year: they gave away two $100 gift certificates as door prizes, and every woman attending received a cute little upholstery business card holder made by the KBD seamstresses from drapery and upholstery scraps, and a "Swag Bag" with a coupon for 25% off custom draperies inside.
Revelers at our holiday party at Kitchens by Design.
Remarkable Women Give Their All for Our Community 
If we make a life by what we give, then three female philanthropists recently honored during the annual Indiana Philanthropy Awards dinner sponsored by the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) are living life to the fullest. We salute Ginger Merkle, Lisa Sablosky, and Yvonne Shaheen for all that they have given to make our city a better place.

Data from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy says women are motivated when they know other women are with them in supporting the causes they care about. Organized giving networks are growing our city's female philanthropists and have generated tremendous results and exceptional giving locally for the American Red Cross, Women's Fund of Central Indiana, and Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis.
  • Impact 100 member Virginia "Ginger" Merkle has been a volunteer leader and champion fundraiser for the American Red Cross for more than 20 years. Ginger received the AFP's Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser honor. Ginger's recognition honors her foresight to combine two of her passions, the American Red Cross and founding chair of The Tiffany Circle. The Tiffany Circle is a group of generous, highly involved female philanthropists from across the country that invest at least $10,000 each annually to ensure the American Red Cross has the ability to help prevent, prepare for and respond to life's emergencies. Since 2008, Ginger has grown the Indiana Tiffany Circle from two members to 22 members, contributing $220,000 to the American Red Cross.
  • Lisa and Larry Sablosky both volunteer their time, leadership and financial contributions to empower women, care for youth and their families, and improve the future of our city. Lisa and Larry received the Outstanding Philanthropists honor from AFP and were nominated by Eskenazi Health Foundation. Lisa's community contributions have included involvement in the Women's Fund of Central Indiana and Dress for Success. Lisa has also been a member of Impact 100.
  • Yvonne Shaheen received the Lifetime Achievement Award and was nominated by the University of Indianapolis. Yvonne has worked with and helped raise contributions for nonprofits all around Indianapolis. Her list of passions include: The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Teachers' Treasures, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Indiana Sports Corporation, Women's Fund of Central Indiana, WFYI Public Media, the Immigration Center, and the Girl Scouts.
We celebrate and support these women for their impactful and inspirational work. Their contributions both individually and collectively have sent ripples of change through our community.

Our Grant Information Session Was a Hit  
Forty local nonprofits were represented at the Impact 100 Grants information session held at Insights Consulting on December 9. The two-hour program provided an overview of our 2016 grant process. It also gave those in attendance the opportunity to ask questions of previous grant winners Outside the Box's Kelly Hartman ($100,000 grant winner in 2011), and Indy Urban Acres' Tyler Gough ($100,000 grant winner in 2015) to better understand the process from beginning to end and what to expect if the organization wins a grant.

Kelly Hartman offers nonprofits some insights on the grant process.
Impact 100 Upcoming Events   
  • December 31: Last day to become a member for 2016
  • January 8, 2016: Due date for committee preferences - email  Roberta Jaggers 
  • June 7, 2016: Annual Dinner