FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does Impact 100 Richmond work?
Impact 100 Richmond awards high impact grants to nonprofits in the Greater Richmond region by:
•Engaging at least 100 women to contribute $1,100 each toward a shared grant, with $1,000 going to provide grants for the important work done by our grant recipients and $100 per member going to support our daily operations and membership development.
• Educating members about community issues and the nonprofits that are addressing those issues most effectively.
• Using Focus Area Committees comprised of Impact members who choose to be involved in a grant review process.
• Awarding at least one annual grant of $100,000 to a local nonprofit determined by a vote of the membership.
What is the timing for becoming a member and awarding a grant?
Members’ payments must be received by March 1. The grantmaking process takes place between February and May, with the grant recipient being determined at the annual meeting in May. The number of women who have pledged $1,100 determines the grant amount that will be awarded that year.
Yes. A gift above $1,100 will be used to help offset event and administrative costs for Impact 100 Richmond. Every member is awarded one vote regardless of the level of your gift above $1,100.
Yes, as long as pledges are paid in full by March 1.
Yes. Please contact Lisa Pratt O’Mara at The Community Foundation for instructions: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Impact Circle is a group of no more than three individuals who have pooled personal resources to reach the $1,000 membership plus $100 per member going to support our daily operations and membership development. One voting representative must serve as the central point of contact for Impact 100, and will be the person who casts the final vote on behalf of their Impact Circle members.
Yes, your entire contribution is tax-deductible. Tax-deductible status is possible through Impact 100 Richmond’s relationship with The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. Contributions made by December 31 are tax-deductible for that year.
Submit contribution by mail:
Impact 100 Richmond
c/o The Community Foundation
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23225
Impact 100 Richmond considers grant requests from nonprofit organizations in the Greater Richmond region that fall under one of the five Focus Areas:
• Arts & Culture
• Health & Wellness
Preference will be given to programs and projects that positively impact women and children.
100% of the membership contributions will be used to support the Impact 100 program. Each $100,000 raised will be allocated toward grants. Additional funds will be used to support our events and administrative expenses as determined by the Impact 100 Leadership Committee. A final budget report will be provided annually to the full membership at The Big Give.
Increasing the Annual Membership Contribution from $1,000 to $1,100 beginning in our 2015-2016 grant year, with $1,000 continuing to provide grants for the important work done by the nonprofit in our community, and an additional $100 investment per member in Impact 100 Richmond to support our daily operations and infrastructure allows us to cover administrative and event costs and be sustainable for years to come. In addition to funds raised through memberships, individuals may contribute to our program by becoming a Friend of Impact 100. These contributions are tax-deductible and will help support our events and administrative costs. In addition, members may elect to make a donation above their membership for the same purpose. Friends of Impact 100 receive separate recognition in our publications and at The Big Give. We also seek out in-kind sponsors as much as possible.
Yes, a very important one. You can be a Friend of Impact 100 Richmond and your contribution will support our event and administrative costs. You will be recognized as a Friend in our publications and be included in our email updates.
You can scale your membership to a level that is personally meaningful. Do a little, or do a lot! Members are encouraged, though not required, to participate in Impact 100 Richmond’s educational programs, such as the "Big" events, participate on a Committe, or support out grantees in an additional capacity. You can also join one of the many committees such as Grants, Membership, Communications, and Events as appropriate to your schedule and interests.
Each $1,100 contribution provides membership for the current year’s grantmaking cycle. Members can continue to join Impact 100 Richmond from year-to-year as long as they make an annual membership contribution.