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  • 01/18/2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    How long have you lived in Richmond? 6 ½ years

    Do you work outside of the home?  If so, what do you do?  If not, what did you do? Yes. I’m a CPA in the assurance department at Keiter.

    Other service you are involved in? I love to volunteer for Junior Achievement – an organization that helps promote the importance of financial literacy in young students.  I also served as the Community Service committee chairman in 2015 and 2016 for CREW Richmond and helped organize various drives and events to benefit St. Joseph’s Villa.

    What was your path to Impact? I was hooked after my first event! As a non-native Richmonder, I loved learning some history and experiencing some hidden gems in the City.

    When did you first hear about Impact? Fall 2013

    From whom? Through Keiter (Thanks, Lauren Soles!)

    What was the first Impact 100 event you attended? Big Learn 2013! A walking tour of the Arts district and presentation at the Virginia Repertory Theater

    Richmond has so many great causes and opportunities to become involved.  Why did you choose Impact 100 and collective giving?   
    I find it so motivating to attend the events and be in a room with such strong, powerful women!  I believe life is all about connections, and you never know who you may meet that could change your path for the better. Also, a lot of my work at Keiter focuses on non-profit organizations and I am overwhelmed with the generosity of Richmonders! Although I can’t single-handedly give a contribution of $100,000, I love the concept that I can still be a part of transformational gift-giving.

    Reviewing our winners past and present, which speaks to you the most? 
    Like for most people, the YWCA presentation captured my heart.

    Have you done any volunteer work or donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners? 
    I volunteered at the grand opening of the ARC Park and it was amazing to see the direct impact of our gift. Also, after the voting debacle of 2015, I vowed to personally donate to whomever I ranked in the top 2 spots despite the results.

    Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?
    Absolutely! I try to meet at least 1 new person at every event. I am continually amazed to learn what else members are doing in the community to make a huge impact.

    What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
    I really want to learn to be a better photographer. I got a fancy camera and a couple of books but need to prioritize the time for practice.

    What’s your favorite book or movie? Anything written by Liane Moriarty

    Thanks for sharing with us, Elizabeth!

  • 12/18/2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    How long have you lived in Richmond?
    Since 1993

    Do you work outside of the home?  If so, what do you do?  If not, what did you do?
    I am a commercial real estate attorney at a small firm, FutureLaw, L.L.C.

    Other service you are involved in?
    Over the years I have volunteered in many different ways at my children’s schools, and currently sit on the School Advisory Council for the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. I also volunteer at our church- St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

    What was your path to Impact?
    Several of my friends have been involved for several years, and I had been wanting to learn more. I therefore invited my friends Talley Baratka and Cheryl Woodward to come speak to our church’s women group, and I made the decision to join that night.  They were both very inspiring!

    What was the first Impact 100 event you attended?
    The Open Join at Art 180 last year. 
    Richmond has so many great causes and opportunities to become involved.  Why did you choose Impact 100 and collective giving?
    I liked the whole idea of collective giving, and the ability to make an impactful contribution to a local organization, and to know how exactly that money would spent, as well as the opportunity to participate in a hands-on way in the grant decision-making process.

    Reviewing our winners past and present, which speaks to you the most?
    Well I have a particular fondness for Groundwork RVA- I was on the Environment Committee last year, and we were all so inspired by the work they are doing and the 6PIC facility overall. We initially were so disappointed when they did not receive one of the 2 grants last year (so technically they may not be a winner for this question!), and then just so happy when they received a separate grant as an outgrowth of the Impact 100 process just a short time later.

    Have you done any volunteer work or donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners?
    Not yet, but I hope to do so!

    Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?
    I met lots of new people on the Environment Committee last year, and we all formed a nice connection. I’m looking forward to seeing the group again this year when the grant process begins again.

    What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
    Making homemade paella!  I was in Spain this past summer and took a paella class, bought all the necessary ingredients and a paella pan, but have not yet made it at home!

    What’s your favorite book or movie?

    Little Miss Sunshine, only because I laughed so hard it hurt!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us, Barrie!

  • 11/16/2017 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    Meet Impact 100 member, Linda Rigsby. She and her daughter, Elisabeth, were drawn to the mission of Impact 100 in 2010 when they first joined as a circle of two. Linda shares about her experience as a member and the high impact grant that stands out most in her mind. 

    How long have you lived in Richmond? 

    Since I was a toddler, which has been a number of years now! 

    Do you work outside of the home? If so, what do you do? If not, what did you do? 

    As 2017 closes, I will retire from Williams Mullen LLP. I have been an attorney for 36 years—15 in private practice and 21 with SunTrust Bank. Traveling more and playing mahjong, bridge and golf will be on my radar for 2018. 

    Other service you are involved in? 

    I serve on the boards of the following organizations: 

    Bon Secours Richmond Health System
    Bon Secours Richmond Foundation
    Little Sisters of the Poor -- Virginia Advisory
    I also chair the Bon Secours Richmond Audit Committee and I’m a member of the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club 

    What was your path to Impact? 

    My daughter, Elisabeth, and I joined the first year as a circle of two, known as 2 Rigsbys 4 Richmond, and we’ve been involved every year since. Elisabeth served on the Leadership Committee for several years. Both of us were attracted to the organization as a way to learn more about the needs of our community and provide some financial support for worthy causes in the region. 

    When did you first hear about Impact? 

    In 2008 from Darcy Oman. 

    Richmond has so many great causes and opportunities to become involved in. Why did you choose Impact 100 and collective giving? 

    I am involved in a few other charities in Richmond that are linked to health care. My husband and I have been able to support them in a modest way annually, but I felt I needed to know more about charities that give members of our community major assistance in meeting the challenges of everyday life. Impact 100 provided that knowledge base but, more importantly, it gave me an opportunity to work each year alongside other community-minded women to research, visit and financially support an organization with a mission-critical gift. I am very proud of the fact that I’ve been a part of giving over $1 million to twelve excellent, community minded organizations in the past nine years. I couldn’t have done this on my own, but I can do it in conjunction with the 100 other women who join Impact 100 annually. 

    Reviewing our winners past and present, which speaks to you the most? 

    The $100,000 grant awarded in 2016 to Peter Paul Development Center was especially meaningful to me. The grant was earmarked to finish construction of a 5,000 square foot expansion that permitted the Center to enroll twice as many children from Richmond’s East End in academic, social and sports programs. These programs provide an opportunity for the children to thrive, not just survive, and to work with strong role models they would not otherwise have in their lives. My hope is that the Center will give many of these children the skills and desire to break the cycle of poverty that surrounds them for most of their formative years. 

    Have you done any volunteer work or donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners? 

    I was thrilled to work with Chimborazo Elementary School a few years ago in making art boards for its classrooms and distributing food to stock its student’s home kitchens. 

    Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining? 

    In the inaugural year for Impact 100, my law firm, Williams Mullen, sponsored the first “Big Learn”, and has been privileged to do so each subsequent year. As the firm’s attorney sponsor for this event, I have annually met and enjoyed the company of over 100 inspiring women of all ages who are reaching beyond their families and careers to become involved in causes they care about. It is inspiring. 

    What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it? 

    I think zip-lining would be awesome, but haven’t gotten the courage to do so yet. Maybe in 2018! 

    What’s your favorite book or movie? 

    I’ve read John Gray’s Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus more than once and each time I learn something that helps me be a better communicator and a better person, in the company of my husband, my son, our friends or my business associates. 

    Thanks so much for sharing with us, Linda!

  • 10/16/2017 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    Yet another successful Impact 100 kick-off event has been logged in the books thanks to member Jenni Kirby, our guest speaker Linda Nash, and all of our member volunteers. 

    Many familiar and new faces mingled with each other all while surveying the wall-to-wall work of so many talented, local artists—and that was just in the first hour. Our packed program was kicked off by our Chair, Jill Lemon, who provided members with an interpretive view on Impact 100’s current operating model, outlining the reasons for undergoing an strategic planning process.  The strategic planning research cemented our need to maintain membership accessibility with tiered giving levels, provide more opportunities for membership involvement, and deepen our nonprofit community outreach.  

    While none of the committee’s recommendations were revealed at this event, Jill noted that the committee is in the process of developing a comprehensive communication plan that will spell out these exciting changes for our members throughout the 2017-2018 season. This portion of the evening’s program gave way to our guest speaker, Linda Nash, who shared her own experiences with handling change and organizational pivots in her professional endeavors. Linda explained that every successful organization—for-profit or otherwise—necessitates new approaches to remain viable and sustainable and relevant in this ever-changing society. We couldn’t agree more, Linda!

    Interested in attending other Impact 100 events? Check out our events page for more info.

  • 10/12/2017 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Meet our fellow Impact member, Martha Shickle! She's been involved in our giving network since 2016 and looks forward to sharing more about her experience with Impact 100 Richmond. Welcome to the blog, Martha!

    How long have you lived in Richmond?
    I moved to Richmond in December, 2015.  
    Do you work outside of the home? If so, what do you do? If not, what did you do?
    I’m the Executive Director of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission- it’s a partnership of the 9 local governments in the Richmond metro area and 1 of 21 throughout the state. We work to promote cooperation among government in core regional priority areas.  
    Other service you are involved in?
    Locally, I serve on the Board of Directors for Homeward, which serves as the backbone/planning organization for coordination of homeless services and needs in the region and with the YWCA’s Young Women’s Leadership Alliance.  
    I also participate in the Top 40 Housing Network of Virginia Steering Committee, the Southeast Regional Directors’ Institute Council of Peers and the National Association of Development Organizations’ Board of Directors.  
    What was your path to Impact?
    I learned about Impact from my friend, Kemper Thornton. She shared with me the overview of Impact and I loved the idea of getting involved in raising funds for impactful/transformative projects in the region. The timing was right to get involved in the grants review process and I joined the environment committee.  
    What was the first Impact 100 event you attended?  
    Grants Committee Training.

    Richmond has so many great causes and opportunities to become involved. Why did you choose Impact 100 and collective giving?  
    I love the idea of collective giving- everyone involved can say they are contributing to “big work” in the region. I also really liked the priority areas that Impact supports. They are topics I think are important and involvement in Impact is a great way to learn more about issues our community faces and the organizations that work to improve things every day.  
    Reviewing our winners past and present, which speaks to you the most?
    I was really thrilled about one of the 2016 grants being awarded to Sacred Heart. It’s a phenomenal program and doing a lot of great, necessary work in the community. I also really loved the fact that the Big Give raised awareness of other opportunities. The fact that Groundwork RVA was recommended by the committee I served on and later received an award of funds from another funder was really exciting to celebrate. I like to think Impact played a part in lifting up the work GroundworkRVA is doing.  
    Have you done any volunteer work or donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners?
    Not yet, but I’m still new and learning. I think it’s a great way to become educated on the issues and who’s doing great work!
    Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?
    I’m really looking forward to Impact giving me an opportunity to meet other women who are excited about contributing in their community.  I am a huge believer in the power that we as women can wield when we come together.  
    What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
    Oh, gosh. The list is too long to share! I’d love to take a cooking class- my recipe book is getting a little stale! I also want to learn how to take and print photos from my phone.  
    What’s your favorite book or movie?
    I’m not sure about favorite but I’ve read Jane Eyre most frequently. I enjoy listening to books these days. I am on the go a lot! 

    Thanks so much for sharing, Martha!

  • 09/21/2017 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    Meet our fellow Impact member, Sheryl Bellew. She has been a member of Impact since 2015 and is looking forward to sharing more about her experience with Impact 100 Richmond. 

    How long have you lived in Richmond?

    My Family and I relocated from Fort Worth, TX 7 years ago.

    Do you work outside of the home? If so, what do you do? If not, what did you do?

    I am currently a full time mom of 2 amazing kiddos. Prior to that I worked primarily in the nonprofit space. Most of my career was spent with an organization called the ARC, working with people with developmental disabilities. 

    Other service you are involved in?

    I spent a lot of time working with the youth community through our church. I am also very active in volunteering at our local elementary school. One of the reasons I became involved with Impact 100 was to learn about other ways my family I could become involved. 

    What was your path to Impact?

    I initially learned about Impact 100 from my good friend, Jill Lemon. She has always been very vocal about how great it is. As I began meeting more of the great women in our community, Impact 100 seemed to keep coming up in conversation and I was always so impressed by how empowering it sounded and how members are able to make such a huge “impact” by working together.

    When did you first hear about Impact? From whom? What was the first Impact 100 event you attended? 

    The first event I attended was a new member event hosted by Karen Berson. I believe giving back to our community should be a priority, and I was excited to meet so many like-minded women. So much has a been written about taking a seat at the table and leaning in; it was impressive to meet so many women actually leading the way.

    Organizations that help children are always a favorite, but I will always have a special place in my heart for organizations that help the developmentally disabled. 

    Have you done any volunteer work or given a donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners?

    Shalom Farms comes to mind. Also indirectly we began volunteering at the Chesterfield Food bank, because my involvement with Impact 100 inspired me to look for opportunities to also get my family more involved.

    Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?

    Prior to this year, free time was at a premium. I'm looking forward to serving on a grant committee and spending more time with these amazing women.

    What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?

    I really want to learn to play guitar so I can become a campfire hero!

    What’s your favorite book or movie?

    One of my favorite books is The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. It really speaks to how many small things can have a big impact.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us, Sheryl! Know an Impact 100 member who is a mover and a shaker in the Richmond community? We would love to spotlight her! Email our Communications Chair, Lauren Soles at

  • 06/05/2017 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    It gives me great pleasure, and goosebumps, to inform you that the Groundwork RVA proposal to Impact 100 has inspired a local private foundation to fund their project. The Lipman Foundation is awarding $100,000 to Groundwork RVA later this summer as part of their legacy community contributions in honor of Mrs. Lipman who passed away this past January at the age of 102. This is exactly the kind of ripple we hope that Impact 100 instills in our friends and neighbors who participate – and those they touch.  

    Thank you Environmental Committee for your effort at ensuring this important project was brought forward. You created this opportunity through Impact 100 and we should all feel excited and proud! Read the full press release:

    Groundwork RVA is honored to announce the award of a $100,000 grant from The Lipman Foundation of Richmond, Virginia to support the proposal “Modeling Sustainability at Six Points Innovation Center.”  The Lipman Foundation honors the life of Mrs. Jeanette Lipman, a Richmond-born “venture philanthropist.” Mrs. Lipman lived a life devoted to her family and the Richmond community.  She was passionate about education and providing support to innovative solutions and grassroots organizations. 

    Groundwork RVA partnered with Storefront for Community Design on a proposal to Impact 100 Richmond, program of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.  Impact 100 is a “giving circle” where over two hundred women pool their charitable gifts to award $100,000 each year to a community organization whose work will make a positive and lasting transformational impact on Richmond communities.  The competitive process includes a grant proposal, site visit, and presentations.  Groundwork RVA was one of five finalists and although we did not receive the award that evening, the exposure produced the same result; full funding of the proposal.  

    Groundwork RVA and Storefront for Community Design will use The Lipman Foundation grant to expand Groundwork’s Green Workforce career training program, where youth develop a strong work ethic, learn teamwork, gain job experience, and manage projects.  At the Six Points Innovation Center in Highland Park, young people will learn about sustainability and design, and acquire “green collar” job skills through a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum. According to Groundwork RVA’s executive director Giles Harnsberger, “Vocational education meets real-world application when teens use green building skills at Six Points Innovation Center.”  Putting youth in the lead has been a priority for partners from the concept’s beginning. Says Ryan Rinn, executive director of Storefront for Community Design, “Students from Richmond Public High Schools are leading with their vision for the community. A dozen RPS teens put their pencils to work alongside architects and designers to make sure this space is a place teens want to be.”

    The recently renovated program space, owned by Boaz & Ruth, is perched on the historic Six Points intersection at 3001 Meadowbridge Road. Storefront for Community Design brought partners Groundwork RVA, Saving Our Youth, and Art180 together in 2015 to provide a plethora of youth services to engage high school age youth in a safe afterschool setting at the new youth center, known as Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC). The Robins Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supported an award to Storefront in 2016 to support the renovation of the space for after school youth services.  Since the award was granted, a bevvy of partners have come to the table to support innovative, equity driven youth programming.  (6PIC partners are listed below.) The grand opening of the 6PIC facility and celebration of the Lipman Foundation grant award is Tuesday, June 6th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm), and is open to the public. Teens are encouraged to attend.

    Six Points Innovation Center

    Supporting Organizations:

    Storefront for Community Design

    Groundwork RVA

    Saving Our Youth


    Boaz & Ruth

    Virginia LISC

    Open Minds

    Storefront Studio

    Untold RVA

    RVA Rapid Transit

    Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens/ Beautiful RVA

  • 05/17/2017 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    The Big Give never gets old. Last night, the members of Impact 100 Richmond presented two transformative grants of $100,000 each to CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center. With excitement and anticipation, our members attend this annual event to mark the culmination of a year-long giving experience that brings together more than 300 women from across the Richmond region. Since 2009, we have collectively reinvested $1.2 million in community-based organizations that are either filling gaps in service or expanding programs to address the needs of local residents.

    CARITAS is well-known for programs that help the most vulnerable members of our community overcome crisis through overnight shelter, the CARITAS Furniture Bank, the CARITAS Works employment training program and the Healing Place for men. It will use the Impact 100 grant to develop the CARITAS Center, which allows the organization to provide recovery services for women – through a new Healing Place for Women – and consolidate existing programs under one roof.

    Founded in 1990, Sacred Heart Center revised its mission in 2011 to create a hub for the Latino community that opens opportunities for social and economic integration, family success and community leadership. In that spirit, the organization will use its award to launch the Family Protection Project. The goal of the project is to provide support, referrals and legal defense to immigrant families in Richmond with the goal to prevent the separation of families.  

    At the Big Give, our members heard presentations from five finalists and then conducted a live vote to determine the 2017 grant recipients. The other exceptional organizations considered were Groundwork RVA, Virginia Advanced Studies Strategies and Virginia Capitol Foundation.

    The Big Give reminds us of what we’re all about – to connect and be connected. As a collection of women philanthropists, we connect with our mission to transform lives through giving, with each other, and with our nonprofit partners.

    We are excited to add CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center as our newest partners, and we look forward to showing our support for their respective missions and projects in the year ahead.

  • 02/09/2017 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Cindy Stubbe is a go-getter!  As soon as she joined a giving circle, she signed up for a committee.  Before she knew it, she was reviewing and discussing grant proposals from organizations she’d not even known existed in Richmond.  Like many of us, Cindy was overwhelmed to learn of all the great work people are doing to enrich the Richmond area and Richmond’s citizens.

    Cindy has always valued her friend, Molly Dean Bittner’s judgment.  Molly is the Sr. VP of Philanthropic Services at The Community Foundation and Cindy has always felt that anything Molly endorses is inherently worthwhile.  When she invited Cindy to be part of a giving circle, Cindy said yes, only later fully realizing what wonderful work Impact 100 Richmond was doing.  Committee experience was powerful for Cindy and helped her feel more engaged as an Impact member. 

    Volunteering at her church, working with Caritas each year, and playing a small role in several Habitat for Humanity builds have been a part of Cindy’s life since coming back to Richmond 19 years ago.  Having been raised in Hampton Roads, she enjoyed attending boarding school and college in Richmond.  She went on to live in Baltimore and New Jersey before a family move brought her back to Richmond two decades ago.

    Starting her career in business administration in the healthcare corporate sector, the move to Richmond gave her a chance to re-evaluate work-life balance.  This led to a role in development and alumni relations at University of Richmond.   2016 found Cindy feeling called to return to health and human services.  She had become aware of Greater Richmond ARC when they received one of Impact 100’s grants in 2014 to help build their ARCpark.  Cindy believes that all grant recipients are valuable contributors to the community.  The Impact grant process isn’t easy for the organizations that apply.  The site visits and interviews are thorough and facts come to the surface.  As a result, she knew that ARC was solid and well-run. 

    When she learned of an open position with ARC, she was thrilled. Kim Watson of ARC said at a recent Open Join held at Greater Richmond ARC that while interviewing Cindy the Development & Communications team learned Cindy was an Impact 100 member and that was a big positive in her favor as far as Kim was concerned.  Cindy says her job at ARC is the role of a lifetime—Volunteer Engagement and Events Manager supporting ARC’s mission of serving individuals with disabilities.

    Cindy loves that she seems to run into women all over the place who are members or at least know about Impact 100.  They always have a great story to tell.  We think Cindy’s story is a great one!

  • 12/15/2016 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    “I love being part of Impact 100!  Impact, for me, has been a great bonding experience with women interested in making a difference in other’s lives. Think of the sewing circles of old …on steroids! The ladies I’ve met are dynamic overachievers in their own right. Combined, we are a force for good in RVA!”   This is high praise coming from the 2016 Distinguished Retailer of the Year. 

    2017 marks Jenni Kirby’s 4th year with Impact 100 and her 15th year of co-founder, director and owner of Crossroads Art Center.  Jenni was recently recognized for her personal community impact by being named Distinguished Retailer of the Year by the local Retail Merchants Association.  The award, presented annually since 1966, recognizes outstanding contributions by a retailer known for effective management, stellar industry reputation and community leadership. 

    Crossroads Art Center is not a typical art gallery.  Art is sold at different price points providing great accessibility, and the Center’s commission is significantly lower than typical galleries.  Jenni has also launched to help promote the work of visual and performance artists.  What started as a hobby making mosaics has turned into a career curating and promoting 225 local artists.

    Jenni’s work life is a reflection of her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others; the artists she introduces to RVA and the access she provides for arts lovers of all ages and income. Jenni has served on the Arts and Culture Focus Area Committee, kindly sharing her field knowledge and expertise to better the Impact 100 grants process. Through Impact 100, that value finds expression through collective giving.  “We truly are making a difference in the community through the Impact 100 grants,” says Jenni.  “Our reward is contributing to the success of the nonprofits.”

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