Middletown, NJ: On the evening of a day now referred to as 'Giving Tuesday', a few hundred members and supporters of Impact 100 Jersey Coast, gathered at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown. The evening marked the special occasion to announce the three charities that would be splitting evenly the $336,000 granted by Impact 100. The lucky winners are: Family Resource Associates, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, and CFC Loud 'N' Clear Foundation.
Each of the three charity foundations received a check on behalf of Impact 100 for the amount of $112,000. Performance Coach and Impact 100 Ambassador, Casey DeStefano commented, "It was a magical night that ended in awarding $336,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations. I am so proud of this community of powerful women." Keynote speaker for the evening's event was international Impact 100 Founder Wendy Steele.
Impact 100 Jersey Coast, is a local chapter of a national women's charitable organization. It is unique in that it follows seven steps of success in truly providing a powerful impact for qualified charities, with regard to a special project the applicant charity proposes to be involved with.
The Impact 100 model works like this: 1) Gather a collective group of women 2) Each woman donates $1,100. 3) Local nonprofits submit applications for high impact projects 4) Committees review applications, perform site visits and choose finalists 5) Finalists present projects and members vote 6) Impact 100 grant(s) awarded 7) Grant recipients provide periodic progress updates to members. The $1,100 donation is a tax-deductible donation with only $100. of that going to administrative and necessary expenses for Impact 100. The remaining $1,000 goes directly to the grant money to be donated to a charity project. The $100 fee is new for 2019. In 2018 there were 336 women who joined and donated $1,000 each, that is where the $336,000 number comes from.
Eligible Monmouth County area nonprofits organizations apply under one of the five focus areas: 1) arts and culture 2) Children and Families, 3) Education 4) Environment, Parks and Recreation 5) Health and Wellness. Impact 100 members review the applications, attend the site visits, analyze the applicant and nominate finalists.
This year's three winners were chosen from the following five finalists, one in each eligible category: American Littoral Society (Environment, Parks & Recreation), Support Live Music in Asbury Park (Arts & Culture), Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (Health & Wellness) CFC Lound 'N' Clear Foundation (Children & Families), and Family Resource Associates (Education). Every November there is an annual membership meeting, where the finalists present a 6-minute overview of their project followed by the Impact 100 members voting, and the grant recipients are announced. Nearly 50 charities applied for the grants in 2018. Through the generosity of OceanFirst Foundation the 2 grant finalists that did not make the top three each received a $1,500 grant.
Impact 100 Jersey Coast was founded three years ago with 11 members and today they are 336 and growing. Any woman can join and become part of the team that provides "transformational grants" to eligible charities in Monmouth County. The Jersey Coast chapter is part of a national movement started by Wendy Steele in 2001 in Cincinnati, OH. The model now has over 50 chapters in the U.S. and around the world raising collectively more than $55 million. Founded in 2016, Impact 100 Jersey Coast with 145 members awarded $145,000 to 180 Turning Lives Around and in 2017, grew to 246 members awarding $246,000 split evenly to Covenant House of NJ and The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. To visit the Impact 100 Jersey Coast website click here. Membership fee for 2019 is $1,100 per woman.