It’s been a decade since our own Talley Baratka began sharing her vision for something truly special for Richmond, Virginia. A believer in the power of connection, Talley brought her experience in community relations, her network of friends and colleagues and her passion for her region together to create Impact 100 Richmond in 2009.
Women from all walks of life, including Michele Rhudy, wanted to be a part of one of Richmond’s first women’s collective giving organizations and were excited about making a meaningful difference in the community.
“Impact 100 started a journey for Richmond, but also my life,” said Michele. “As a founding member, it is how I met one of my dearest, lifelong friends, Talley Baratka. Impact 100 also inspired Girl Power Grants — a giving collective for teenage girls, founded by my daughter Morgan. Through Impact I have seen how goodness can ripple, and how one act of giving often inspires the next. I’m so grateful for the exposure the organization has given me to the concerns in our community, and the countless ways we all can serve in our own backyards.”
Since its founding, Impact 100 has touched more than 1,000 individual members, including educators, business leaders, stay-at-home mothers, small business owners and young women growing in their careers. Together they’ve awarded $1.4 million to 14 nonprofits to ensure local communities remain vital, vibrant and strong.
Impact 100 RVA Member Susan Meyers said, “It’s just been a wonderful journey. I’ve met wonderful women who have enriched my life so much. It’s been an opportunity to get to know people who are enriching Richmond in such varied ways.” Read more in the organization’s 10th anniversary newsletter.
Learn more about Impact 100 Richmond and join the journey this fall, as it moves toward two $100,000 grants and a new community grant for spring 2019. The Big Kick (kickoff) event is Oct. 30 at Crossroads Arts Center. If you can’t make it, check out an Open Join.
Mark your calendar!
Big Kick 10.30.18 | CrossRoads Arts Center
Open Join 11.29.18 | Art 180
Big Learn 1.29.19 | Williams Mullen
Open Join 2.26.19 | The Fahrenheit Group