Impact 100: Southwest Grants

OVERVIEW: Impact 100 has local chapters in Austin, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Funding areas generally include culture, community, education, environment, family, and health and wellness.

FUNDING AREAS: Culture, education, environment, family, health and wellness.

IP TAKE: Make sure that your nonprofit serves the specific counties that a local Impact 100 group funds. New chapters of these groups are popping up all the time, so keep an eye out for emerging chapters that cover your service area if you're outside the Austin, San Antonio and Oklahoma City metro regions.

PROFILE: Impact 100 is an organization that has many local chapters across America (and even a couple in Australia), with a few based in the Southwest. In this profile, we will focus on three southwest chapters in the Texas cities of Austin and San Antonio, as well as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In each chapter, local women donate $1,000, and each time a chapter adds 100 members, it gives a $100,000 grant to a local nonprofit.

Impact Austin

The Austin chapter began in 2003, and requires members to give an additional $250 each year for membership development and operations on top of the $1,000 for local grants. It considers grant applications each winter, and areas of giving are culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness. More than 500 women are members of the Impact Austin chapter.

Starting in 2015, Impact Austin adopted a new grants management system, and the funding cycle runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. To be eligible for an Impact Austin grant, your organization must provide services in the Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Bastrop or Williamson. Review the grants application process and FAQ online or reach out to Executive Director Donna Benson-Chan by email or phone at 512-335-5540.

Impact San Antonio

Impact San Antonio was founded in 2004 as a women’s giving circle by Kelly Hutchinson and began awarding grants in 2005. In its first decade, it awarded more than $1,722,000 to nonprofits in the San Antonio area. Unlike the Austin chapter, all administrative work is covered by donations outside the members’ $1,000 donations. As in Austin, areas of giving are culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness.

Grant applications are accepted between June 1 and June 30, and the funder provides training sessions for potential grantees. The application process is online, and you can see a list of recent recipients on the Grants Awarded page. The FAQ page is also helpful for grantseekers, and questions should be directed to President Beverly McClure at 210-617-3280.

Impact Oklahoma City

Impact Oklahoma City has a central Oklahoma focus and supports causes in the areas of family, health and wellness, community, education, and culture. This chapter was started in 2003 by a group of friends who wanted to bring the Impact 100 idea to their community. Members donate $1,000 per year, and administration and the board are managed on a volunteer basis, with administrative costs funded by other sources.

See the Grants page for the current year’s calendar with deadlines for letters of inquiry, site visits, and required grant workshops. The funding cycle runs from mid-April of one year to mid-April of the following year, and grants are awarded at the annual meeting in April. To be eligible for a grant, your organization must provide services in the Oklahoma counties of Canadian, Logan, Cleveland or Oklahoma. Questions can be directed to President Sue Zubik at President@impactok.org or 405-842-4542.   

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