Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

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May 2016

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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

It's official! The Focus Area Committees have announced the four finalists competing for the $100,000 high-impact grant at our eleventh annual Impact 100 dinner on June 7, 2016 at The Willows on Westfield. Each finalist will deliver a seven-minute presentation to the Impact 100 membership. After the presentations, the 2016 Impact 100 members will cast their live vote and the $100,000 grant winner will be announced. The 2016 finalists are:
  • Arts and Culture: PRISM Project/Indy Fringe
  • Education: Creative Classroom Connections/Art with a Heart
  • Family: The IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls/Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • Health and Wellness: Dove Recovery House for Women at Summerlin Place/Dove Recovery House
Note that while we usually have five finalists, the Environment Focus Area Committee declined to select a finalist because none of this year's proposals met all of the established eligibility requirements.

The 2016 members of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis have collectively given $155,000 to this year's grant pool. One hundred percent of these funds will be granted during the annual dinner. In addition to the $100,000 the winner will receive, each remaining finalist will be given an $18,333 residual grant. 

After this year's dinner, we will have given $1.757 million to nonprofits in the Indianapolis area. Once again, we are proving the Power of Women Giving as One.

Those of you who are members should have already received an invitation to the dinner on June 7. It is important that you RSVP before May 24 so we know if you'll be there to vote that night, or if we need to send you an absentee ballot so it can be returned to us before noon on June 6. We want to make sure everyone's vote gets counted.

If you are not a member and did not receive an invitation, you can still join us. You won't be able to vote, but you can join in the rest of the festivities. Send an email to me at [email protected] and I'll see that you get sent an invitation. Tickets to the dinner are $50 each.

Enjoy Indianapolis in May and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Beth Thomas


Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

Requesting Sponsorships and Auction Items for the Annual Dinner

The Fundraising Committee is looking for businesses and individuals wishing to support this year's Annual Dinner on June 7. Depending on the amount of their sponsorship, sponsors may receive signage at the event, recognition during the ceremony and in the program, and other perks. We are also soliciting for items to include in our silent auction. Past auction items have included gift baskets, spa and catering services, and pontoon excursions.

If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring the dinner or donating an item for the silent auction, drop us a note at [email protected] with the name and email address of the person we should contact.
Sponsorship Recipients Making a Difference 
The ten young women who received scholarships to participate in the Impact 100 grant process for 2016 have been busy with the Focus Area Committees (FAC) and are ready to attend the Annual Dinner as voting members to experience The Power of Women Giving as One.

Our scholarship program covers the cost of membership for young women who are interested in a career or volunteering in philanthropy. They are able to participate in a process that otherwise may not have been accessible to them, and Impact 100 benefits from the diverse views these women offer.  The FAC Chairs all commented on the participation and perspective they brought to the committees. Money for the scholarships is donated by members of Impact 100. Thanks to these women for being an important part of our process:
  • Molly Braden, IU School of Philanthropy and Art with a Heart
  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) Conkle, Herron High School
  • Michelle Ferguson, CELL at University of Indianapolis
  • Nichole Freije, CEO of Dyslexia of Indiana
  • Brittany O'Connor, W3 (Wellness, Wisdom, Wealth)
  • Courtney Perry, Techpoint Foundation
  • Tracie Linn Ricklefs, IU student
  • Emily Schroeder, Horizons at St. Richards and IU SPEA MPA
  • Ashley A. Sowders, Eskenazi Health
  • Mary Margaret Sweeney, Social Health Association
We look forward to seeing these young women in the future, as they go on to make an impact in our community.

These scholarships were funded with donations from the following members:
  • Barb Fleming Cecil
  • Kelly Hartman
  • Barb Maurath
  • Constance Rufenbarger
  • Mary Slenski
  • Jamie Schulte (four scholarships)
  • Anonymous (two scholarships)
Thanks, Donors! 
As most of you know, we have no paid staff at Impact 100, and all our work is done by member volunteers. We pay any administrative costs through our Friends account, where we put the funds gathered from members making additional donations, employer matches, corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations, and members who donate additional funds to cover credit card fees. We are a very scrappy organization, but we still have to pay website hosting fees, board insurance, credit card fees, postage, etc.

While we don't have room to list all the names of those who so kindly gave to the Friends account in the past year, we wanted to take a moment to thank all 50+ of them here. They know who they are, but you will see their names listed in the Annual Dinner program.

A big thank you to these women!
Members in the News

  • Every year The Indianapolis Star surveys employees about the top workplaces in Central Indiana. They also select a top leader from each of their three categories: small, midsize, and large companies. As in 2014 and 2015 (and four years before that), Insights Consulting was named as one of the top workplaces in the midsize category. This year, Kelly Hartman, president and CEO of Insights Consulting, was chosen as the top leader in that category. You can read what Kelly had to say about  being a leader at Kelly also serves on the board of Impact 100, where she is the Marketing/Communications Chair. She is also the co-founder and board member of Outside the Box, Impact 100's 2011 grant recipient.
  • Impact 100 member Mary Bennet was awarded the Kappa Kappa Gamma Honor Key Award April 29 for her outstanding service to the community and to KKG.
We'd love to share more information about our members in the news. Please send information on members who have been recognized (or should be recognized) in the news to [email protected].  
Information on the Crispus Attucks Movie Premiere

One of the finalists at the 2015 Impact 100 Annual Dinner was a partnership between WFYI and Ted Green Films to tell the powerful story of Crispus Attucks High School and the remarkable achievements of its African-American graduates, despite a system that had set it up to fail. The film is now a reality: Heartland Film is partnering with WFYI and Ted Green to host the premiere of Attucks: The School That Opened a City. It will premiere on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Madame Walker Theatre. The film will be followed by a brief Q&A with Ted Green. A red carpet reception with film talent will begin prior to the screening at 5:30 p.m.

To learn more and to buy tickets, go to
Upcoming Impact 100 Events
  • June 7: Annual Meeting and Grant Presentations, Willows on Westfield
  • July 11: Meet the 2016 Grant Winners at Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple. The organizations winning grant money at the June 7 Annual Meeting and Grant Presentations will be available to speak to our members, and members will get the opportunity to learn more about how they will spend the money.
  • September 14: Membership kick-off event at Outside the Box
  • October/November: Follow the Impact event
  • December: Holiday Party
Watch this calendar for more information on these upcoming events.

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