Impact 100 Palm Beach County Awards Five Nonprofits With $100,000 Grants


Staff report

During the sixth annual Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s Annual Grand Awards ceremony last month, the group of philanthropic women awarded a total of $562,000 to several nonprofits.

The event was held at the Wold Performing Arts Center auditorium at Boca Raton’s Lynn University.

Out of an initial 61 applicants vying for a $100,000 grant, 27 semi-finalists were narrowed down to 10 finalists.

As per the board’s rules, in any given year, if the organization has at least 500 members, it would award $100,000 in grant monies to one nonprofit organization in each of the five focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness.

This year, a record-breaking 562 members contributed $1,000 each, collectively raising $562,000.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $2.2 million has been donated to 25 nonprofit organizations throughout southern Palm Beach County by the collective efforts of Impact 100 Palm Beach County members.

Co-presidents Karen Sweetapple and Helen Ballerano introduced the finalists.

“Our members tell us this is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives,” Sweetapple said. “We are proud to be a part of such an extraordinary group of women philanthropists who truly are invested in our community.”

Following is a list of the Grand Award recipients, each received $100,000:

Arts & Culture: Boca Raton Children’s Museum; The Art of Story Telling

Education: KidSafe Foundation; Keeping Students & Educators KidSafe Smart

Environment: Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Center; Pine Jog Orkids Program

Family-Parent Child Center: San Castle Community Center Project

Health & Wellness: Miracle League of Palm Beach County; Boundless Dreams

Additionally, Palm Beach Dramaworks, South Technical Education Center, Institute for Regional Conservation, Urban League, and Elizabeth H. Faulk Foundation, were each awarded $12,400 to further their missions within the community.