Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

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August 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

I've been traveling a lot this summer. A week with family in Florida (my 91-year-old mother still presides at our semiannual Beach Olympics), visiting old friends in Montana, and the highlight of my summer (and formerly at the top of my bucket list): a four-day hike on the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu.

Everywhere I go I meet new people and make new friends. We inevitably talk about our passions in life, and I love introducing new people to Impact 100. I feel like an ambassador for giving circles, explaining the idea of putting money into a pot and working together to determine how to return that money to the local community.

Just this past year I've explained giving circles to:
  • A woman from Brazil who felt it was a way to not only give to her community, but also to empower the women she knows who feel powerless in a country with many problems.
  • A church elder who planned to use the concept to introduce philanthropy to teenagers.
  • Two teachers from France who took our web address with plans to review the idea with their school administration.
  • Several women from around the US who have asked if there was an Impact 100 in their area. I always refer them to the growing list at and other WCGN affiliated women's giving circles at
It's easy to be an ambassador for Impact 100. People are always interested in what you're doing to improve our community, and talking about our grant winners is an easy conversation starter.

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

Beth Thomas


Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

We'd Like to Hear From You 

We do our best to listen closely to our members.  As we kick off our fiscal year, we are asking each of you - whether you're a current member, past member, or prospective member - to send us your ideas for how we can make Impact 100 better.  Your idea can relate to process, member events, the board of directors, our communication practices, or anything that you think will help us improve.  We want to make Impact 100 a better organization for members, nonprofits, and the community.  Please send your thoughts to [email protected] with the subject line:  "Improving Impact 100."  If you would like to send your comments anonymously, you can mail them to:

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis

PO Box 40531

Indianapolis, IN  46240

You can also send your feedback directly to one of the board members or committee chairs:

Beth ThomasPresident[email protected] 
Andi CohenGrants Co-Chair (Not-for-Profit Liaison)[email protected] 
Kelly HartmanMarketing and Communications Chair[email protected] 
Terry Mumford*Membership Chair[email protected] 
Donna OklakFundraising chair[email protected] 
Pat RitzAnnual Dinner Co-Chair[email protected] 
Cathy SimmonsAnnual Dinner Co-Chair [email protected] 
Charlitta WinstonGrants Co-Chair (Focus Area Committee Liaison)[email protected] 

*Terry urges all members and friends to send her suggestions or referrals
for new members.

Thank you so much for your help.  We're looking forward to a great year! 
Speakers' Bureau  
Many organizations have a regular meeting where they have someone from the community speak on a topic of interest to their members. Impact 100 has spoken to groups in the past, and we thought it was a good idea to let our members and friends know how to contact us if they have a group that would be interested. It doesn't have to be a big group or even a formal one...churches, businesses, book clubs, neighborhood meetings, or parties are all great opportunities for people to learn more about giving circles and local philanthropy. The purpose is to introduce more people to the idea of giving back to our community, and that you don't have to be rich and have a building with your name on it to be a philanthropist. We promise no hard sells, just information to get conversations started and people thinking about what they can do to make a difference. Send an email to [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to request an Impact 100 speaker.
Will You Consider an Extra Donation to Support Our Scholarship Program?

You may already be aware of our relatively new Scholarship Program, where Impact 100 funds the membership fee for young women interested in philanthropy so that they can fully participate in our process.  The program has had a positive effect on the women who have participated, and these young women have brought a fresh perspective to our organization.  We would like to continue the program this year, with the goal of funding ten young philanthropists.  To do so, we need your help!  Please consider making an additional donation earmarked for the scholarship program.  This money does double duty: just like your regular membership donation, it goes straight to a worthy non-profit, but it has the added benefit of exposing a young woman to the experience of giving circles and the world of philanthropy in Indianapolis.

If you are interested in supporting the scholarship program with a donation, please contact Terry Mumford at [email protected].
Impact 100 Global Conference

The First Impact 100 Global Conference is in Delray Beach, Florida, October 23-25, 2016. The conference is hosted by Impact 100 founder Wendy Steele and the members of the five Florida Impact 100 organizations. 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.

Previous Winner Events

Red Carpet Screening of Impact 100 Residual Grant Winning Film
Attucks: The School That Opened a City premiered on Thursday, August 18 at the Madame Walker Theatre. The film, a 2015 Residual Grant winner produced by Ted Green with WFYI, was screened before an audience of over 1000, including many noted Attucks grads who came from all over the country to attend. The story of this school is an important part of the Indianapolis story, and the pride of the graduates in attendance was palatable. As Madame Walker Theatre became Hollywood for the night, there was a red carpet and photographers capturing the moment. The film will be shown at Indianapolis high schools in the next few weeks, has been submitted to numerous film festivals, and will air on public television (including WFYI) in September. It is also available for purchase from Heartland Films and WFYI for $20.

Representatives of Impact 100 at the premiere included Amy Micon, chair of the 2015 Arts and Culture Focus Area Committee; Donna Oklak, co-founder of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis;  Charlitta Winston, current Board Grants Co-Chair and a member of the 2015 Arts and Culture FAC; Beth Thomas, current Board President; Karen Holly, 2015 Board President; and Anne Nelson, current Board Secretary.
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 20: Membership kick-off event at Outside the Box
  • October 17: Follow the Impact at Herron High School, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Watch this calendar for more information on these upcoming events (dates to be announced):
    • November: Community outreach program
    • December: Holiday Party
Other Upcoming Events
  • W3 is partnering with the Women's Fund of Central Indiana to present a workshop on Creating a Personal Philanthropy Plan, Wednesday, September 14, 5:30-7 pm at 3610 River Crossing Pkwy, Suite 200.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.  You are welcome to bring along friends who may have an interest in the topic.  RSVP to Whitney Schmitt at [email protected].
  • Do you know someone who is interested in increasing their civic involvement at a leadership level? Come to Get on Board, where nearly 100 nonprofit organizations seeking board members and leadership volunteers convene at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis to engage with prospective partners. This year's event is Monday, September 26 from 4 - 6:30 pm at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Impact 100 membership chair Terry Mumford and other membership committee members will have a booth there to share the Impact 100 story. Admission is free.

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