Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

Member Newsletter

July 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

Last month we celebrated our 2016 grant winners, and this month we focus on the start of serious recruitment for the 2017 grant pool. Because we give away 100% of our membership contributions each year, we start at zero for the next year.

The good news is that we already have a great start for the 2017 grant pool. We already have 36 women who have either joined or committed to joining. This is our best start since our first year!

The membership committee has several events planned for the fall to give our members and guests the opportunity to learn more about Impact 100 and our grant recipients. Please join us, and bring a friend (or two).

Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me your thoughts and ideas at [email protected]

Beth Thomas


Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

An Inspiring Evening with Our Finalists

On July 11th, thirty members and guests had a wonderful opportunity to talk one-on-one with our 2016 finalists: Ascent 121/Lutheran Child & Family Services, Indy Fringe/BSU Prism Project, Art with a Heart, and Dove Recovery House. We learned how our grants are impacting their programs. We're inspired to keep growing Impact 100 so that we can support those organizations that address the challenges facing our community.

Thanks to Bev Middaugh and
Bright Ideas for hosting this event and to Andi Cohen and Eat Your Heart Out for the catering.
Impact 100 Global Conference   
In our mail this month was the announcement of the First Impact 100 Global Conference in Delray Beach, Florida, October 23-25, 2016. The conference will be hosted by Impact 100 Founder Wendy Steele and the members of the five Florida Impact 100 organizations.

Wendy Steele
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis sees this conference as an opportunity to meet and share experiences with members of Impact 100 organizations from all over the country and abroad-those that are well-established and those that are just getting started. The session we're most looking forward to is the one led by Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area on the secrets of their success. Pensacola Bay is the world's largest Impact 100, growing to over 1000 members in 2015 and 2016. Yes, that means they awarded over a million dollars in both 2015 and 2016.
Go to for more information on the conference. This conference is open to all Impact 100 members. If you are interested in going, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected]. We'd love to get all Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis members together for dinner.
Membership Options  

Online Donations!
How many times have you asked yourself, "Why can't it be easier to make my Impact 100 donation?" Probably at least as many times as the women responsible for managing member and donor information asked themselves, "Why can't it be easier to manage donor information?"

Hopefully, our new online donation form helps make things easier. While we always accept paper membership forms, you can now use our secure online donation form to make a donation to Impact 100, including your annual membership donation.
Donating online is easy and quick. You don't need to write a check, put anything in the mail, or follow up to make sure we received your donation. Going to takes you to a secure location on our website where you can join or make a donation to help support us without ever having to pick up a pen or send us an email or letter.

Shared Memberships
After our Annual Dinner we had several inquiries regarding shared memberships from women who are looking for other women with whom to share a Membership. While we do encourage women to pull together friends, family, or coworkers for a shared membership, it isn't required. We are happy to keep track of women who want to be assigned to a shared membership, and after December 31 we will play "matchmaker" and make sure everyone who wants to be part of a shared membership is in one. Then we'll send introductory emails to each shared membership team, complete with contact information so they can reach out to each other. Women with shared memberships may serve on different committees, and have full membership rights, EXCEPT they must agree on how to cast their shared vote at the Annual Meeting in June.

As a reminder, shared memberships can be made up of two ($500 each), three ($333 each), or four ($250) members.

"Invoice Me"
If you would like to commit to a 2017 Impact 100 membership but don't want to make a full membership contribution now, there are three INVOICE ME Payment options on the  online membership form:
  • INVOICE ME on December 1: If you choose this option, we will send you an invoice for your full membership contribution on December 1.
  • INVOICE ME October 1 and December 1: If you choose this option, please indicate in the Notes field how much you wish to be invoiced on October 1 and on December 1 to fulfill your membership contribution.
  • INVOICE ME now, October 1, and December 1: If you choose this option, please indicate in the Notes field how much you wish to be invoiced now, on October 1, and on December 1 to fulfill your membership contribution.
Get Ready for Brew-Ha-Ha 2.0

Members, friends, and women who are just curious about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis are invited to attend a get-together at the Blind Owl Brewery, 5014 E. 62nd Street, Indianapolis IN 46220, August 24, 2016, 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet the women of Impact and find out about the many membership options that are available.

Scholarship Recipients Add Fresh Voices to Impact 100

Impact 100 is making a difference in shaping the philanthropic perspectives of young women through its scholarship program. Hear from some of our inspiring young women scholars and their thoughts on Impact 100 in this blog post. 

Members in the News

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].

News and Notes

We've been getting great coverage of Impact 100 and the Power of Women Giving as One, thanks largely to the efforts of our public relations firm, Porch Light. Here are a few highlights:

Upcoming Grantee Events

Heartland Film is Partnering with WFYI to Host the Premiere of Attucks: The School That Opened a City with producer Ted Green on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Madame Walker Theatre. The film, a 2015 residual grant winner, will be followed by a brief Q&A with producer Ted Green. For more information and to buy tickets, go to


Rock Steady Boxing
, our 2010 $100,000 Grant winner, will hold their 2nd annual Friday Night Fights event featuring Golden Gloves boxers on August 5 at their Hillsdale Court gym. Tickets include dinner from YATS catering and two drinks. For more information and to get tickets go to:

Upcoming Impact 100 Events
  • August 24: Brew-ha-ha 2016 at the Blind Owl August 24 4:30-7:30 pm.  This is a social event for all members and guests.  
  • September 14: Membership kick-off event at Outside the Box
Watch this calendar for more information on these upcoming events (dates to be announced): 
  • October: Follow the Impact at Herron High School
  • November: Community outreach program
  • December: Holiday Party

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