In 2001, with the idea that philanthropy should be a party with an open invitation for all to attend, Wendy Steele brought her idea for an innovative pass-through foundation to some key women in her community. With their support, she launched and led Impact 100 which brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five focus areas:
Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness.

This was in Cincinnati, Ohio. By 2003, the national media had learned about this innovative approach and People Magazine featured the organization and its founder in their widely read publication. From there, the news spread and the Impact 100 model began to be replicated around the country. By the end of 2015, Impact 100 organizations in the United States have given away more than $33 MILLION to people in need.  And it is still growing.

Impact 100 was designed to remove the traditional barriers to giving and provide a unique experience to the donor. An experience so compelling, it would forever change lives. A significant grant (of at least $100,000) means transformation for the grant recipient as well.

Want to know how to start Impact 100 in your community?

Join us on October 23, 24 and 25 to hear from Impact 100 organizations across the country as they share what works and what doesn't. Discussion sessions will cover everything you need to know to establish a successful Impact 100 organization in your community—from membership campaigns to grant applications to board structure.