Every woman I know has too much to do.
With not enough hours in the day, how can we make a real difference in the Richmond, Va., community?
For me, part of the answer lies in Impact 100.
Through Impact 100, one hundred women each donate a $1,000 toward a $100,000 grant for a mutually decided upon non-profit. The grant is awarded at the annual “Big Give” where each woman has a single live vote.
A minimum donation of $1,000 is required per woman; however, you can join an impact circle with two other people and share a vote. Getting involved is easy and it is a great opportunity to meet with other local women wanting to help make a change. Simple acts, when made collectively, can transform lives.
The Art 180 team poses with their $100,000 check.
The Big Give 2012
This year’s Big Give followed a rigorous grants review process where dozens of proposals were considered. The volunteer grants committees narrowed the choices to four finalists: Art180, Positive Vibe/Positive Vibe Café, Boaz & Ruth, and William Byrd Community House. Each non-profit presented how they would put the grant to use and, following their presentations, Impact 100 members chose the grant winner on May 8, 2012.
And the winner is …
The recipient of the 2012 Impact100 grant is Art180. The money will make it possible to open a youth-run art center located in the downtown Broad Street Arts District. The center will showcase youth talent in all forms of artistic and performance expression and provide employment skills training opportunities for youth.
The Big Give is an amazingly fun, energetic, and emotional event to attend. I love seeing generous, caring and passionate women join together to help our community and truly make an impact.
Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch said about Impact 100's recent big give.
Watch this WRIC-TV clip higlighting Impact 100's founder and Capital One executive Talley Baratka.
Michele Rhudy is proud to be a board member of Impact 100 and donate her agency's time to spread the word about the group through media outreach.