Impact 100 Palm Beach County To Award Grants

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Staff report

Find out what local nonprofits will receive $100,000 on April 6.

About 500 Impact 100 Palm Beach County members and guests will head to Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center for the sixth annual Impact 100 Palm Beach County Grand Awards Ceremony.

Helen Ballerano and Karen Sweetapple, co-presidents of Impact 100 Palm Beach County, will present $100,000 grants to several nonprofit groups serving southern Palm Beach County.

Each year the group pools members’ gifts of $1,000 each in order to make $100,000 grants to deserving charities in the categories of education, environment, arts and culture, family and health and wellness.

During the Grand Awards Ceremony, 10 nonprofits finalists will have the opportunity to describe their project, their vision and what the high-impact grant would mean for their organization and the community. After the presentations, Impact 100 members will vote and the grants are awarded.

This year, the organization hopes to reach at least 500 members so that a $100,000 grant can be awarded in each of the five focus areas.  The remaining finalists are to be awarded any additional funds.

“We are committed to strengthening our community through the collective resources of our members,” said Sweetapple. “We are aiming to reach our target of 500 members again this year, allowing us to give away five $100,000 grants.  As our membership expands, so does our impact of helping more in our community by awarding more of these transformational grants.”

Impact 100 Palm Beach County is a charitable women’s organization celebrating “The Power of Women Giving as One.” Its goal is to make it possible for a visionary idea to become a reality in a way that impacts the local community. Since the first Grand Awards Ceremony in 2012, Impact 100 Palm Beach County members have donated $1,656,000 to make positive changes in Southern Palm Beach County.

Impact 100 is operated as a charitable fund at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Foundation also helps with the annual grant-making process.

To join, or to learn more about Impact 100 Palm Beach County visit http://www.impact100pbc.com/ or call 561-336-4623.