Impact100 Atlanta is a diverse group of women committed to improving our community by collectively funding transformational grants to make a high impact and sustainable difference in Metro Atlanta. Although Impact100 is new to the Atlanta community, Impact100 Atlanta joins more than 70 sister chapters worldwide embracing the local collective giving model of Impact100.
Together, we will make a sustainable impact in our community, one transformational grant at a time.
The Impact100 Model
The Impact100 model was created by Wendy Steele in 2001 in Cincinnati in response to feeling as though women’s roles in philanthropy needed a new way to be expanded and encouraged. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The Impact100 model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000. The concept is simple, but profound.
- At Least 100 Women Come Together
- Each Woman Donates $1,000
- $100,000 is donated to a Local Charity
How it Works
The annual $1,000 donation of each Impact100 Atlanta member is pooled together with the donations of other members to create a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations serving the Metro Atlanta area. Impact100 Atlanta has no paid staff, so 100% of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 goes directly into the grant pool with no deductions for overhead or administrative costs.
The number and size of grants awarded each year are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 annually. Grant amounts are announced in the Spring at The Big Reveal event, commencing our grants cycle. Nonprofit finalists are chosen by grant committees through a competitive application process, and grants are awarded based on a membership vote at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote.Timeline
We provide nonprofit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:
- Arts & Culture
- Health & Wellness
- Environment, Preservation & Recreation
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The vision to start Impact100 Atlanta began in January 2021, when Founding President Sarah Levitt was inspired by her mother and grandmother’s long-standing involvement in their Impact100 chapter. On the official launch day in February 2022, Laurie (Snowden) Sheehan (also 3rd generation Impact100) serendipitously reached out and quickly joined as Founding Membership Chair. Together, they built the infrastructure and enlisted the assistance of other amazing women in the community to create a supportive Board of Directors. This enabled the Impact100 Atlanta dream to become a reality. Impact100 Atlanta strives to empower a diverse local group of women of all ages, stages in life, income levels, and backgrounds to come together and fund transformational grants of $100,000 in the greater Metro Atlanta area.
For more information about how Impact100 started, see our Global story.Join Impact
- Sherrhonda RoachPresident
- Sarah LevittImmediate Past President
- Laurie SheehanVice President / Membership Recruitment Chair
- Michelle Kale GilfillanTreasurer
- Emily KallosSecretary
- Sarah GreenwellMembership Engagement Chair
- Jill HenryGrants Chair (Nonprofit Liaison)
- OPENGrants Chair (Focus Areas)
- Allison AndersonGrant Finance Chair
- Kris NiedringhausGrant Focus Area Chair - Arts & Culture
- Megan SirnaGrant Focus Area Chair - Education
- Lauren DikeGrant Focus Area Chair - Family
- Alpa PatelGrant Focus Area Chair - Health and Wellness
- Jennifer TardelliGrant Focus Area Chair - Environment, Preservation and Recreation
- Cathy TilmanEvents Chair
- Lisa LemkeCorporate Sponsorship Chair
- Meg BenderGovernance Chair
- Calandra TiptonFinancial Oversight Chair
- Tammi RyleyStrategic Communications Chair
- Vanessa BenzNewsletter Chair
- Mandi OelandSocial Media Chair
- OPENPublic Relations Chair
- Connie CulbreathTechnology Chair