The Power of One
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; INDEED it’s the only thing that ever has.’ Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead’s quote is familiar to many of us and we are constantly reminded of the message as we are bombarded by the media and organizations with requests to help. Daily there are opportunities to lend a hand, offer assistance or create opportunity. Our community needs are as diverse as our membership. The need is overwhelming and the average person’s financial response is limited. Therefore, we seek opportunities to maximize the impact of our dollars.
Since 2006, the women of IMPACT 100 Owensboro have been the catalyst for significant good in our region through donations totaling $1,694,000. Please choose in 2014, to be a committed, thoughtful individual and become a member, shared member or friend of IMPACT 100 Owensboro. Please encourage your friends and family to join with us, as well. If you are timid asking for money just send me their information and I will ask them without using your name.
I am excited to be your president and eager to know you and learn your vision for our community.
Vicki Stogsdill, Chair
While the Polar Vortex has cooled things down across the country, the IMPACT 100 Board has been busy heating up the 2014 membership campaign. The annual campaign begins in January and extends through March and during this time IMPACT 100 members will be hosting small gatherings highlighting the work of the nonprofits impacted by the organizations grants. This is also when former and potential members may be contacted by phone or by mail.
For the first time in 2013, every finalist presented to the membership received either an IMPACT grant ($100,000) or a residual grant. Because of the generosity of the women in this community, both the RiverPark Center and Puzzle Pieces received a $100,000 IMPACT grant. It’s our privilege and joy over this year to watch those two organizations execute their plans.
By participating in focus groups that review the requests for grants or by attending the annual dinner and learning of the work of the grant finalists, each member is rewarded by seeing the difference their donation has made to the lives of community members.
Each member of IMPACT 100 contributes $1,000 annually (or $500 for shared memberships), pooling their dollars with other philanthropists, in order to make a memorable contribution to causes throughout the community. While pledges are received early in the year, the contributor has until September to complete the donation.
Look for your invitation in the mail to continue, renew, or join IMPACT 100. If you have friends or neighbors you think might want to participate, contact Vicki.firstname.lastname@example.org. We couldn’t make a difference without your kindness and generosity.
With warmest regards and thanks,
Helen Mountjoy, Chair
March 4 we will kick off the IMPACT 100 Owensboro grants process for 2014 by hosting our annual grant writing workshop. This session will offer tips on writing successful grants proposals from pros who write grants every day and from those who review them for funding as well as info on the IMPACT 100 Owensboro grants process.
We invite all non-profit organizations serving our region -- whether they plan to apply for our grants this year or not -- to join us from 8:30 -- 11:30 on March 4 at WKU-O for this workshop. Please urge the non-profit organizations with whom you work to join us for this event. We guarantee it will be both fun and informative!
IMPACT 100 Owensboro
represented at the 2014 Owensboro Convention Center Gala
Pictured from left: Karen Callis, Martha Clark, Jean Yewell, Joy Carroll, Pat Jones, Cindy Mulligan