How Impact 100 is Helping Nonprofits in the Southwest

Impact 100 has emerged a major force in women’s philanthropy in cities and towns across the U.S., as reflected in our reviews of other chapters of this grass-roots network of women's collectives. 

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For nonprofits in Texas and Oklahoma, there are three local Impact 100 chapters to pay attention to. Here are a few key details to keep in mind if you’d like to get involved with one of the local women’s giving collectives in Austin, San Antonio or Oklahoma City. Each city runs its Impact chapter a little bit differently, but there are some commonalities worth pointing out. 

Funding Areas

As a general rule, there are five focus areas that local Impact chapters have in common: education, environment (preservation and recreation), family, culture, and health and wellness. However, chapters can choose to devote more resources to some programs over others. For example, in 2016 Impact Austin will not award program grants for health and wellness, favoring the other four categories this year.

Coverage Areas

Although Impact 100 members can essentially live anywhere and still support local giving through its grantmaking, nonprofits must serve specific regions to be considered for Impact grants. To be eligible for an Impact Austin grant, your organization must provide services in the Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Bastrop or Williamson.

For Impact San Antonio, nonprofits located in and serving Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties are eligible to apply for funding. And to be eligible for an Impact Oklahoma grant, your organization must provide services in the Oklahoma counties of Canadian, Logan, Cleveland or Oklahoma.

Grant Numbers and Amounts

The number of grants awarded by each chapter depends on how many members kicked in $1,000 that year. For example, in 2015, the San Antonio chapter planned to award at least three $100,000 project grants based on its membership numbers. There is one constant: The grant amounts are always $100,000, regardless of location or project.

Keep in mind that each chapter makes its own rules, too. For instance, the Oklahoma City chapter requires grantseekers to attend a workshop to be considered for a grant. Different chapters’ grant cycles and deadlines fall on different days, too, so it’s a good idea to sign up for your local chapter’s newsletter or follow it on social media.

To learn more about Impact 100 chapters in the Austin, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City, check out IP’s full profile, Impact 100: Southwest Grants.