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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.
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.
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?
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 email@example.com.
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
Storefront for Community Design
Saving Our Youth
Boaz & Ruth
RVA Rapid Transit
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens/ Beautiful RVA
Storefront for Community Design
Saving Our Youth
Boaz & Ruth
RVA Rapid Transit
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens/ Beautiful RVA
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.
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!
“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 BuyRVAart.com 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.”
What do friendship and Impact 100 Richmond have in common? Pretty silly question, we know. Most of us have developed some wonderful friendships since joining and participating in Impact 100. But, in addition…a number of friendships have brought new members to Impact 100. One of our founders, Susan Meyers, invited her whole book club group to join. And she didn’t stop there, she has invited lots of other friends as well. One of those friends was Fran Framme. Previously a banker, and now working with her husband, Larry, at Framme Law, Fran has enjoyed participating in a circle membership. A member since the second year of Impact 100 Richmond, Fran has thoroughly enjoyed the friendships she has made as a result of her membership.
And what does Fran enjoy most? As a member, she loves the time with her friends at the Impact events, as well as getting together to discuss the grant proposals with her circle before the Big Give. She is constantly amazed by the things Impact 100 can accomplish through the power of transformational giving.
Fran feels she’s off the demographics as an older member, but likes seeing all these dynamic young women engaging in philanthropy. (We do strive to represent all age groups in Impact 100 Richmond!)
The first three years her grant choice didn’t win, but that’s okay. She loves considering the needs of our community in a non-political environment.
Fran reiterated that this year's kickoff event at Peter Paul was excellent--great exposure for the center and all they the community is trying to accomplish in the East End. She looks forward to catching up with everyone in January at The Big Learn!
Yep, that is how I felt going out on stage to talk at TEDx Women back in December – that, and extremely excited! As a self-professed “lover of the microphone,” I typically don’t get too nervous talking to any size group. I think the combination of the lights, cameras and telling some of my own personal story created a mix of emotions that was unique to the TEDx experience. I really wanted to share a part of me and what motivates me.
I love people – all kinds of people. And I have found bonding with others in an authentic friendship aimed at a common goal to be the “special sauce” in getting community work done. In this talk, I share how risk-taking, passion and the power of connection with others can drive tremendously positive community results.
See Talley’s TEDxRVA video below, along with other inspiring RVA women!
Go! Our organization is approaching the time of year that I, as Grants Committee chair for our fifth year, fondly think of as the nitty-gritty, meat-and-potatoes stretch of our campaign! Even though we select our finalists in a mind-numbingly short period, I wanted to give you a glimpse into our rigorous selection process and how we strive to make your financial commitment to Impact 100 a solid one.
Currently, The Community Foundation is receiving applications for Impact 100’s 2014 $100,000 grant from various nonprofits across the Richmond region. After an initial vetting by TCF, the proposals will be forwarded to our five Focus Area Committees (FACs): Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health and Wellness – as well as posted to Impact 100’s website so that all members can review. Each grant application must meet strict guidelines to be eligible for review, and you can learn more on ourwebsite.
Each Focus Area Committee is comprised of one or two chairpersons, named each fall, and a small group of Impact 100 members. Any member is free to join, and we have shared the meeting dates so you can choose the focus committee that best meets your schedule and interest
As the FAC meeting times near, I meet with all of the chairs to discuss the process within the committees to make sure we are all on the same page. We discuss confidentiality agreements and conflict-of-interest procedures. Each committee is told how many grant proposals it will be reviewing, which has ranged from none up to 16 proposals per group. We discuss timelines and answer questions to make sure the process runs smoothly.
During the initial FAC meetings in mid-March, committees review and select up to three for site visits. Site visit captains contact those applicants and set up times for committee members to visit each nonprofit organization to ask additional questions and clarify any information that initial proposal reviews did not address. In late April, each FAC meets again to select its finalist – and each can choose not to recommend a finalist if the proposals didn’t hold up to our scrutiny. When finalists are determined, each committee chair writes an executive summary, which is posted to the website for the general membership, and finalists are notified. We also meet with the finalists to help them prepare for the Big Give.
I hope you can see how seriously we undertake this commitment. We want our collective financial resources to go to the best possible candidate and for our entire membership to trust the decision-making process involved so that the Big Give is a huge success. I encourage everyone to engage in the FAC committee process at least once. It has been a rewarding journey for me personally and has helped shape and inform my community involvement.
Chairperson of the Grants Committee, Cheryl Woodward has been an Impact 100 member since our beginning, and she served on the Education Focus Area Committee for her first two years before chairing it for the next two years. With more than 20 years experience in the graphics arts business, Cheryl has supported other community initiatives, including the ASK gala committee and the Science Museum of Virginia’s Liaison and Branding committees.
Where do you find the inner strength and perseverance to keep heading toward your goal?
Impact 100 Richmond is a young effort, but, as a group, we have set out some pretty big goals. And, as a volunteer-led organization, we have worked hard to accomplish them.
I believe in the power of connecting with others to create opportunities that support women and their families. It is a passion of mine because I have seen the power of connection work for good. I know it can work! It feels “doable,” and that motivates me.
But, if I am being totally honest with you, it is a passion of mine because I know far too many dark corners of despair exist in the world I live in – the same world my children live in. As a mother, I imagine what it would be like not having what I needed to care for my children. I know parts of our community live in extreme need. At the core of what drives me, you’ll find my three children. I want to be able to look in their eyes and tell them mommy did everything I could to make it better for everyone.
I know that is simple, but I do feel accountable to them. It drives me to use my gifts each day to make community progress and serve others.
What makes me feel so good is that we (you and me, really … all of us here with Impact 100) have been catalysts for some grand “snowballs” of smart community investments over the last five years. We have seen the results of our work pay off year after year. Our model works, and we have met with more membership success this year than ever before.
So, I sit here typing, thinking “what if” – and that’s usually a powerful question for me. In fact, it’s the very question that kicked this work into action.
What if we could reach out to more women who shared our vision for connecting women and changing lives in the next four months?
What if we could create a second significant grant opportunity at the Big Give in May?
What if we could ensure more of the results-oriented, strategic programmatic work that needs to be done in Richmond is done?
I have met so many women within our Impact 100 community doing such great work throughout Richmond. I know you share my dreams to meet the needs of those who live, work and play in our community for a brighter life. I hope you will join me in the answering the call to “what if.” Help us connect with more women who care about the community the way you and I do. If we all touched one more person willing to join us in our vision, we could serve so many more needs. And I know all the little people in our lives would have a better place to call home: Richmond.
Talley Baratka is founder and chair of Impact 100 Richmond.
By Laura Lee Chandler
Impact 100 Richmond is an opportunity for women to invest more than just money in the nonprofit community. Our mission is to educate the women members about real issues facing our region. The programs we create allow our members to hear firsthand from experts on critical topics affecting our community. The result is that we get unparalleled insights that allow us to deploy our pooled resources in ways that deliver effective and sustainable change.
On Nov. 14, we will present our first learning program of the year, a program by women, for women. “America’s Promise: Women and Higher Education in the United States” will be presented by Juliette Landphair, Ph.D., dean of Westhampton College at the University of Richmond. She will share data about women of today attending America colleges and universities. The Sirens, an all women’s UR a cappella group, will perform as part of our program.
Join us, and invite a friend to this week’s program to find out firsthand what makes Impact 100 unique in our community. This organization is about connecting women to other women, allowing us to pool our resources to make our giving powerful and transformational.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Guided tour, the Westhampton Center 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Reception and program, 5:45-7:30 p.m.
To RSVP and for more information go to: http://www.tcfrichmond.org/learn/events/
Laura Lee Chandler, a Leadership Committee member, is Co-chair of Events for Impact 100 Richmond. She has been involved in Impact 100 since its inception in 2009.
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Impact 100 Richmond is a partner of The Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
All tax deductible donations should be made as gifts to The Impact 100 Richmond Fund at The Community Foundation.