Without a doubt, when Hazel Bales and a group of Southern Indiana women founded the Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana (WFSI) back in 2007, they had a vision. A vision that recognized the philanthropic potential of women in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties. While the women of WFSI made an impact in the lives of women and children in our community for years, they wanted to accomplish more.
In 2016, WFSI heard Wendy Steele talk about expanding and encouraging women’s role in philanthropy. Her vision of empowering women to see themselves as activists funding large grants to make an impact within their communities was exactly what the women of WFSI were hoping to achieve. In 2017, WFSI evolved into Impact100 Southern Indiana and awarded their first grant. Continuing into the present, a diverse group of women of all ages, stages in life, income levels, and backgrounds have come together to fund transformational grants in our community each year. After the first grant of $50,000 in 2017, Impact100 Southern Indiana has now awarded over a quarter million dollars to local nonprofits and we are still going strong!
For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.
Together, we will make a sustainable impact in our community, one transformational grant at a time.
The Impact100 Model
The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.
The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Southern Indiana members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations in our community. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year. Grants can be awarded in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Family, Health & Wellness, and Environment. Grants are awarded based on a vote of the Impact100 Southern Indiana membership at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote.