To empower women to collectively fund transformational grants to nonprofits in Sarasota & Manatee Counties.
The vision to start a Sarasota Chapter of Impact100 SRQ began in February, 2017, when Founding President Jane Watt was inspired by her mother and sister’s involvement in their Impact100 Pensacola Bay Area chapter. Jane shared her dream of founding a chapter in Sarasota and Manatee chapter with two of her close friends, Jodie Zerega and Tilly McFadden. Together, the three of them built the infrastructure enlisting the assistance of the other amazing women in our community and creating an impactful Board of Directors that enabled the Impact100 SRQ dream to become a reality. The Impact100 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 & Manatee counties.
In 2019, Impact100 SRQ kicked off its inaugural year with 228 founding members and two grants awarded of $114,000 each. With over 50 chapters across the US and Australia, Impact100 SRQ debuted as the 3rd largest start-up chapter ever!
In record time, they have ignited the passions of women in our community to unite to effect change. Together, they discover how nonprofits are working to meet the unmet needs of the community. In two short years they have awarded nearly $600k in transformational grants.
Our 2020 Grant Recipients were:
Children’s Cancer Center, Mayor’s Feed the Hungry, and Sky Family YMCA
In September 2001, in Cincinnati, Ohio, an idea to promote philanthropy formed in the mind of Wendy Steele.
With the help of Wendy’s close friends and business associates, that idea became the non-profit organization operating as Impact100 Cincinnati. The original notion: Impact100 would consist of at least 100 women members, each contributing $1,000. These funds would be pooled and fully donated as transformation grants of no less than $100,000 to non-profit organizations serving Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Indiana. By early 2002, Impact100, Inc. had acquired their non-profit status. They made their first grant of $123,000 in the Fall of that year. In January 2003, People Magazine published a story about Impact100. After the article was featured, Wendy’s model began to flourish across the country and into Australia.
The Impact100 Council encourages collaboration and sharing of best practices among Impact100 chapters to allow for continued growth and sustainability of Impact100 around the world. Impact100 SRQ has been a member of Council since 2018.
Together we will make a sustainable impact in our community…one transformational grant at a time.
The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.
Impact100 SRQ seeks to benefit communities of Sarasota & Manatee counties by annually awarding at least one high-impact grant to fund innovative, meaningful projects. The concept is simple:
The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 SRQ members fund the grants. The number and size of grants given is dependent on the number of members. The goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year to a non-profit organization serving Sarasota & Manatee county communities.
Membership is open to all women over the age of 18 and renewable annually.
Nonprofits are eligible to apply for a grant in one of our five focus areas. The project must predominantly serve Sarasota & Manatee county communities.
Members of Impact100 SRQ may choose to volunteer to serve on committees that evaluate the grants and select a finalist in each area.
Finalists are chosen and a representative of each of the finalists gives a brief presentation of the agency’s proposal at the annual meeting of Impact100 SRQ. The entire membership of Impact100 SRQ votes to select the grant recipient(s).
Recipient agencies are given 24 months to complete their projects. Funds are disbursed as programs are implemented.