Finalists for the 2020 Giving Year

Impact100 SRQ Announces Five Grant Finalists:

Will Award Three $114,000 Grants in November


(Sarasota – October 14, 2020) – Impact100 SRQ, a group of local women who have collectively committed to high impact strategic grant-making, announced the five finalists that will compete for three $114,000 grants at the 2020 Impact100 SRQ “virtual” annual meeting and awards celebration on Nov. 1.


On October 14, at 10 a.m., more than 342 members, friends, corporate supporters, nonprofits, and community leaders were invited and watched the live stream announcement of the five nonprofit finalists vying for the $342,000 in transformational grants.

The 2020 finalists are:


Arts & Culture: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Project: Stage of Discovery: New Growth. 

Education: SKY Family YMCA. Project: Nurturing the Potential of Every Child. 

Environment & Recreation: Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage. Project: FISH Preserve Bridge and Trail Initiative. 

Family: Children’s Cancer Center. Project Sarasota/Manatee Program expansion for Children Battling Cancer. 

Health & Wellness: Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program. 

After a stringent, member-driven review of all grant applications, members selected a finalist in each category. Prior to the 2020 Annual Meeting and Grant Award Ceremony on Nov. 1, members will have the opportunity to view the five-minute presentations of the five finalists and cast their electronic ballot. Then, on Nov. 1, the presentations will be broadcast live and the three $114,000 grant recipients will be announced immediately.

“The grant review process is the heart and soul of our organization”, said Jane Watt, founder and president of Impact100 SRQ. “This year we are humbled by the need in our community and the ability to help during such a difficult time. Through collective giving, we realize there is no limit to the impact we can achieve and welcome others to join us on our journey.”

About Impact100 SRQ: The Impact100 SRQ model is simple and impactful. 1. At least 100 women; 2. Each donates $1,000; 3. Grants are dispersed in increments of at least $100,000; 4. Committees review nonprofit grant applications, perform site visits, finalist(s) are chosen; 5. Finalists present grant application projects, members vote; 6. $100,000 Impact100 SRQ grant(s) are awarded; 7. 100% of the $1,000 member donations are awarded directly to the local charity.

Impact100 SRQ has no paid employees or staff, so 100% of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 is awarded to non-profit organizations in grants of $100,000 or more. Operational costs are kept to a minimum and funded voluntarily by members and corporate supporters. Membership recruiting is a year-round process. For 2021 membership, ongoing sponsorship, or community partnership details visit


Impact100 SRQ is a 501(C) 3 not for profit charitable organization whose mission is to empower women to collectively fund transformational grants to nonprofits in Sarasota and Manatee counties.


This is link to video announcing the finalists: