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On Thursday, September 26th, during an award dinner at the Horseshoe Casino, Impact 100 Southern Indiana awarded a $106,000 grant to Home of the Innocents. With the grant, Home of the Innocents will build the capacity of their Southern Indiana office so they can serve more at-risk families. In making the case for the grant, presenters shared startling statistics about Indiana having the second-highest incidence of child abuse and neglect in the country.

Home of the Innocents responded with awe and gratitude to being named the recipient. A representative said they had tough competition and the grant would have been well deserved by either of the other two organizations, Makers 13 and Hosparus. She also stated that she felt the award validated the need to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

Over 230 people were in attendance to watch as the award was made during an evening that included a presentation by Hope Southern Indiana, who received the Impact 100 Southern Indiana grant in 2018. Hope Southern Indiana used their grant to fund a self esteem bootcamp for 200 local teenage girls. Executive Director Angi Graf described the bootcamp for the audience and believed the camp was successful in showing girls the value they have in this world. She said the weekend was emotional, as girls conquered their fears while zip lining, as girls cried while engaging in art therapy, and as girls laughed and cheered their success with axe throwing.

This year’s three finalists were selected after submitting applications for funding, which were scored according to review criteria published in Impact 100 Southern Indiana’s 2019 Request for Proposals. At the award dinner, each of the three finalists presented a seven minute overview of their proposed project. The members of Impact 100 Southern Indiana then voted for their favorite. The votes were tallied by an independent accounting firm, who then declared the winning project to be the program proposed by Home of the Innocents.

Lori Lewis, Advisory Board President of Impact 100 Southern Indiana, expressed gratitude to the Impact 100 members, who, through their memberships, have raised a quarter million dollars for local charity in the past three years. Lori spoke of Hazel Bales, who was a trailblazer in envisioning women as philanthropists, at a time when not many women were empowered to be such. The praised members for being women who see the power of the collective.

By the end of the evening, Impact 100 received pledges totaling $70,000 toward its 2020 grant. Lori stated, “It’s clear that Impact 100 is a model that works for our community. There’s so many deserving organizations and we look forward to making these grants for many years to come.” She was also sure to note that Impact 100 Southern Indiana would not be possible without its amazing volunteers and corporate sponsors.

This is Impact 100 Southern Indiana’s third year and the group anticipates awarding more $100,000 (or more) grants in the years to come. Impact 100 Southern Indiana’s goal is to empower women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact for women and children in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Southern Indiana.

This year’s $106,000 grant is made possible by the financial contributions of more than 136 women who joined as members of the Impact 100 Southern Indiana program in 2019. Membership is open to any woman who wants to make be a part of transformational change in her community. 2020 membership closes June 1st, 2020.

Read more about the grant at the News and Tribune website here.

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Impact 100 Southern Indiana is excited to announce its 2019 Grant Finalists. Many organizations applied for the $106,000 grant, proposing projects that would meet the Impact 100 mission of creating transformational change in Southern Indiana. The following finalists were determined through a member-led application review process. The finalists and their projects are:

Home of the Innocents. Proposed goal: to train therapists in evidence-based practices that create better outcomes for children and families and to build the capacity of their Southern Indiana office by upgrading IT infrastructure and purchasing family and sensorial-friendly furniture.

Hosparus. Proposed goal: to provide the Heart Connection Program, a successful program already being implemented elsewhere, to Southern Indiana women living with heart disease to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

Maker 13. Proposed goal: to create a new pathway for women-owned businesses and non-profits to train on innovative new technology and equipment and provide education and support to female-led small businesses.

The executive summaries of their grant proposals can be found here.

The recipient will be chosen at the Impact 100 Southern Indiana Annual Award Celebration where the finalists will present their projects and members get to vote for the recipient. The celebration and vote will be held on Thursday, September 26th at Caesars Southern Indiana (formerly Horseshoe Casino). Doors open at 5:15 and the program starts promptly at 6:00. The public is invited to attend and can buy tickets here.

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Impact Members Announcing Grant Amount

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana hosted an Impact Announcement Event on Tuesday, June 4th at Ivy Tech. The group was thrilled to announce that, through member contributions, they will be able to grant $106,000 to a deserving local nonprofit this year.

This is the third year for Impact 100 Southern Indiana. In its first year, the group raised $50,000 and in its second year the group reached its goal of $100,000. The money is raised by women who become “members.” One hundred percent of members’ donations then go to a local nonprofit. This year’s grant is made possible by the contributions of 138 women who joined the effort this year as members.

The group announced that a Request for Proposals for a grant in the amount of $106,000 is now available at the Impact 100 Southern Indiana website www.impact100si.org. Nonprofits serving women and children in Clark, Floyd and/or Harrison counties are eligible, and additional details are contained in the RFP on the website. There will also be three information sessions for nonprofit organizations in the coming week. These sessions will be held on June 10th at 5:30 p.m. at Clarksville Branch, Jeffersonville Township Public Library; June 12th at noon at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana; and June 14th at noon at the Harrison County Community Foundation. There is an RSVP required and details are located at www.impact100si.org/events.

Impact 100 is an international model that empowers women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact in our community. The group is comprised of women who want to make a difference by donating $1,000 individually or as a member of a group. By pooling our resources to create one large grant, we hope to make a transformational impact for a nonprofit in our community. Impact 100 Southern Indiana is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.