Impact 100 SRQ, a group of local philanthropists committed to high-impact strategic grant making, recently reached its goal of raising $100,000 from 100 committed women.
Women in Sarasota and Manatee counties have banded together in record time under a growing philanthropic movement that will deliver meaningful change in the Suncoast area.
Currently, membership is at 107 women with aspirations to double its membership by Feb. 28.
“We are women from all walks of life, united for a greater good, with a clear understanding of the power of collective giving,” said Jane Watt, president of Impact 100 SRQ. “This is just the beginning of our grassroots journey to give multiple $100,000 grants annually.
“We encourage women in our community to join us as we reach for the next 100 women for a second grant opportunity in 2019.”
The idea behind Impact 100 SRQ is simple: Encourage 100 women to donate $1,000 each, then pool those resources into one big grant of $100,000 for a qualifying nonprofit in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Impact 100 SRQ has no paid employees or staff, so 100 percent of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 is awarded to nonprofit organizations in grants of $100,000 or more.
Operational costs are kept to a minimum and funded voluntarily by members and corporate supporters.
Impact 100 SRQ is hosting several upcoming events for women interested in becoming a founding member and friends who want to support the local chapter’s efforts: RSVP on the website impact100srq.org/events.
Upcoming events include: Feb. 7, meet-and-greet from 6 to 8 p.m. at Salt of the Earth, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota; Feb. 19 meet-and-greet from 6 to 8 p.m., at Beulah, 1766 Main St., Sarasota.