Impact 100 is a successful global philanthropy model created by Wendy Steele in 2001 in Cincinnati. Her concept is simple and powerful:
Gather a group of dynamic women together to each give $1,000 with the goal of significantly impacting one local non-profit organization.
By early 2002, Impact 100, Inc. made its first grant in the amount of $123,000.
The vision to start a Sarasota Chapter of Impact 100 began in February, 2017 when founding President, Jane Watt, was inspired by her mother and sister's involvement in their Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area chapter. Jane shared her dream of a Sarasota and Manatee County chapter with her close friends, Jodie Zerega and Tilly McFadden. Together, they built the infrastructure enlisting the assistance of other amazing women in our community and creating an impactful Board of Directors that enabled the Impact 100 SRQ dream to become a reality. The Impact 100 SRQ chapter began empowering a local, diverse group of women of all ages, stages in life, income levels and backgrounds to join together to annually fund $100,000 transformational grant(s) in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
In 2019, Impact 100 SRQ kicked off its inaugural year with 228 Founding Members and two grants of $114,000 each were awarded. With over 50 chapters across the U.S. and Australia, Impact 100 SRQ debuted as the 3rd largest start-up chapter ever!