Richmond Women to Give Two $100,000 Grants to #RVA Nonprofits

Rhudy & Co. is proud to have supported Impact 100 over the past five years. It's the Big Give x2 for Impact 100 Richmond.

The end-of-the-year celebration for Impact 100 on May 13, the Big Give, is like Christmas for the RVA nonprofit community. This year, the Big Give is twice as exciting — like Christmas and a birthday all wrapped in one.

About Impact 100

Impact 100, in case you haven’t heard, brings together hundreds of women with huge hearts who each give $1,000 to form $100,000 grants that are given to deserving local nonprofits. Donating money to any nonprofit is appreciated. But bringing together hundreds of women and combining those funds can be transformative.

So, what’s so different about this year? 2014 marks the fifth year of Impact 100 and the first time the event will feature TWO $100,000 transformative grants. That’s right: two! More than 200 RVA women joined Impact 100 this year; each pledging their money to change lives in our community.

How it works

RVA nonprofits submit a grant proposal for one of five focus areas. Then Impact 100 grants committee members select nonprofits to visit and then choose finalists. This year’s finalists include:

YWCA of Richmond received a $100,000 Impact 100 RVA grant in 2013.Finalists will present their nonprofit tonight and explain how the grant money could make a difference. Then, Impact 100 members cast a live vote and decide who will receive the funds. This year, the top two nonprofits will go home with $100,000.

It’s exhilarating to think that in just five years Impact 100 has given more than a half a million dollars and can offer TWO $100,000 grants in its fifth year!

I am honored to have served as the chairperson these last five years.

When I kicked off the idea that became Impact 100, I wanted to create a special kind of organization that was open to anyone who was interested in a smart community investment. I am gratified to see so many smart, generous RVA women come together to make this vision a reality.

When she's not inspiring Richmond women give to give, Talley Baratka is busy helping Rhudy & Co. clients communicate in bold and creative ways.

Learn ‘The Power of Connection’ in this TEDxRVA Talk by Talley Baratka

“To create authentic relationships – real relationship with people – you have to be in the heart space to be molded and shaped by somebody else.”

Impact 100 Founder & RVA Community Advocate Talley Baratka These were a few of the words by my friend Talley Baratka at the TEDxRVA Women conference in Richmond last December. I was fortunate to watch Talley speak in person. Her inspiring remarks were straight from her giant heart. Just ask any of my colleagues, friends and clients who were there.

Take 10 minutes to watch Talley’s TED talk and find out why says she was “put here on here on Earth to be a connector of people and to activate a passion for community.”

About Impact 100 RVA

Over the past five years since starting Impact 100 Richmond, I’ve seen area nonprofits benefit from Talley’s leadership and passion to motivate women to give. The premise of Impact 100 – partnering with The Community Foundation – is simple: 100 women each give $1,000 to help one nonprofit with a transformative grant.

But here’s the big news – we are incredibly close to awarding two $100,000 grants this year at our Big Give in May. We need just a few more Richmond women to join us.

The world is watching

And here's some bigger news – Talley’s visionary work is getting noticed.

On March 6, 2014, the National Association of Women Business Owners' Richmond Foundation presented Talley with its prestigious Community Leader recognition as part of its Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards.

The program honors outstanding women in various categories from the Greater Richmond metropolitan area. Learn more.

Talley led Capital One’s philanthropic initiatives for years before joining us to help Rhudy & Co. clients. We are fortunate to have her talents, energy and passion on our team.

Michele Rhudy finds inspiration serving on the leadership team of Impact 100 with Talley and others.  Michele says, "Talley’s a busy mother of three like me trying to keep everything in balance. Somehow, she makes it look easier than it really is.”