In 2003, a group of local women met in Pensacola, Florida, with the idea of giving life to effective philanthropy in our community. They wanted to make a significant difference. They had the idea to transform their collective efforts and resources into a viable plan of action. On September 28th, we will gather to celebrate 20 years of fulfilling our mission – to know and serve our community; to collectively fund significant grants to charitable initiatives; and to set an example of effective philanthropy.
IMPACT 100 is an organization of over 1000 women, who each contribute $1,000 annually to make a transformative difference in the Pensacola Bay Area. Every dollar contributed goes directly to local nonprofits. We award grants of at least $100,000 to local nonprofits in the areas of Arts, Culture & History, Education, Environment & Recreation, Family, and Health & Wellness. Over the last 20 years, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has awarded 142 grants to 96 different nonprofits in the Escambia-Santa Rosa community. In that time, a total of $15,092,020 has been invested to revitalize our community.
Every woman is welcome and invited to join IMPACT 100. Our 2024 Membership will close on March 1st, 2024. We provide educational opportunities for local nonprofits in April and grant applications are due in June. Each summer, focus area committees comprised of IMPACT 100 members review grant applications and make site visits to all applicants. We announce our grant finalists in September. In October, all members of IMPACT 100 are invited to gather and hear presentations and vote for their favorites. The recipients are announced at the end of the meeting.
I was privileged to serve as the president of IMPACT 100 for 2013 and 2014. It was an amazing experience! My confidence grew as I managed our board, worked with local nonprofits, and represented IMPACT 100 in our community. I worked with and became friends with the dynamic women that served on our board, and I witnessed the transformative difference that an IMPACT 100 grant can make for a local nonprofit. I also saw the “impact of IMPACT.” Many women that learned about a nonprofit that touched their heart chose to give money directly to that nonprofit or volunteer with them. Women from different parts of our community made new friends they otherwise never would have met. Women were empowered to see the IMPACT their donation could have in our community.
In 2023, 1,192 women joined IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area and in October, we will award 11 grants of $108,364 to nonprofits in our area. Please encourage nonprofits that you volunteer with, donate to, or that touch your heart to apply for an IMPACT 100 grant in 2024.
On Thursday, September 28th, we will gather at the Brownsville Community Center for our 20th anniversary celebration. There will be inspirational speakers, entertainment from past IMPACT 100 grant recipients and refreshments. Please join us!
To learn more about IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, you can visit https://impact100pensacola.org/.
Holly V. Jurnovoy, Attorney, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon
*Note from Local Pulse Editor: Holly Jurnovoy is a part of our Community Voices series. Community Voices is a group of Pensacola dwellers that are making a difference in our city by sharing best practices, experiences, their perspective on impactful subjects, and contributing expertise that leads to movement forward for a stronger community.