As I’ve pointed out, in other parts of the country, women’s giving circles are really changing the face of philanthropy. And they’re growing.
Giving circles are unique because the more participation they have, the more money have to give. That’s certainly the case with Impact 100 Philadelphia, which just announced that it will have $380,000 to distribute to regional nonprofits in 2015. There are 380 active members at Impact 100 Philadelphia, which will be kicking off its grant cycle in the upcoming year.
The group plans to award three high-impact grants of $100,000 and two unrestricted operating support grants of $30,000. Since the group first got together in 2009, it has awarded over $2 million to local groups.
According to the funder’s website:
Members live in areas ranging from New Hope to New Jersey, from Center City to the Main Line, and a few participate long-distance from other states and regions in Pennsylvania. Our ages span six decades. Professionally, we are bankers and lawyers, nurses and doctors, artists and educators, nonprofit managers, stay-at-home mothers and business people of all kinds.
The last grant announcement was in June 2015, when five nonprofits received a total of $377,000 in funding. Below are some recent Impact 100 Philadelphia grantees, to give you a sense of where support has been going lately:
- Community Learning Center
- Awbury Arboretum
- The Center for Grieving Children
- Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
- Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance
There are five grantmaking focus areas here: arts and culture, education, environment, family, and health andwellness. So there are opportunities here for an incredibly wide range of nonprofits in the area.
Philadelphia area nonprofits need to submit a letter of inquiry by January 4, 2016 to get in on the next grant cycle. The application process is all online, and applicants are typically notified in late January whether they’ve been invited to submit a full proposal.
To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile of Impact 100 Philadelphia. You can also follow the foundation’s blog to keep up with events and topics of interest. General questions about the guidelines or process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.