June 4, 2018, felt like a magical evening for Impact100 Philadelphia members, guests, this year’s grant award finalists and our partners throughout the nonprofit community. Our Annual Meeting and Engagement Fair was the capstone of a decade of giving, and a resounding success. Impact100 Philadelphia has awarded more than $2,700,000 and helped to change the landscape of local philanthropy.
In 2018 we received more letters of interest from nonprofits than ever in our history. Our grant cycle began in earnest in January, when 220 organizations submitting documents for review. Through careful consideration, evaluation and visitation, our Focus Area Committees nominated five finalists: Taller Puertorriqueño, Hopeworks ‘N Camden, Philadelphia Orchard Project, Nationalities Service Center, and Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE). The excellent work and compelling needs we learned about during the finalists’ presentations made for difficult decisions. When the member votes were tallied, Impact100 Philadelphia awarded three $100,000 core mission grants to Hopeworks ‘N Camden (Education), Nationalities Service Center (Family) and CARIE (Health and Wellness). Taller Puertorriqueno (Arts and Culture) and Philadelphia Orchard Project (Environment) received $43,500 in operating grants.
A special highlight of our tenth anniversary celebration was Impact100 Philadelphia’s first ever Engagement Fair. We invited all of our previous grant beneficiaries to commemorate our decade of giving by reconnecting with our members. Over 30 nonprofits set up displays throughout the Crystal Tea Room, provided updates of their recent activities and explained new opportunities for service. Each organization described the way Impact100 Philadelphia funding changed their trajectory: some leveraged grants as seed money to expand services across the state, some provided additional resources to existing constituents and some were able to access new sources of revenue due to awards from our organization. All have grown and were delighted to tell us their stories. Members were excited to learn first hand about the impact of their contributions.
Impact100 Philadelphia is open to all women who are interested in making a difference in our community. As a group, we are a mosaic of age, geography and culture. We are business owners, community leaders, professionals, tech-savvy grads and retirees. We are part of a growing national movement of women’s philanthropy. The Annual Meeting and Engagement Fair welcomed more guests than ever before: now we hope to welcome all of them to our philanthropic family.