Impact100 Metro Denver is a women’s giving circle and a community grantmaker. We are part of a national community of 29 other Impact100 organizations in cities across the U.S. It’s a simple concept that can have an extraordinary impact!
How It Works
- Annually, when a member joins, she makes a pledge to give a tax-deductible donation of $1,000.
- The members pool their gifts, review proposals and vote on which nonprofit will be the recipient of the year's $100,000 Impact100 Metro Denver grant.
- It’s One Woman – One Gift – One Vote.
- Every cent of each member’s membership donation – 100% – goes directly to our grant recipients and is guaranteed to stay within the Denver community.
- Impact100 Metro Denver is managed by volunteers and, as a result, has a modest operating budget which is funded through a small membership fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How did Impact100 Metro Denver get started?
- Is my $1,000 donation to Impact100 Metro Denver tax deductible?
- What kind of Grantee organizations will Impact100 Metro Denver fund?
- How does Impact100 Metro Denver decide on its funding areas each year?
- Where do I send my donation?
- Who is the Denver Foundation and what role do they play?
- How Do I Sign Up and Join ?
- How much of my donation will go toward grants versus administrative costs?
- How does Impact100 Metro Denver pay for administrative costs?
- What is the duration of my membership in Impact100 Metro Denver?
- What is the timing for becoming a member and awarding a grant?
- Why does Impact100 Metro Denver plan to give the entire $100,000 to a single organization?
- Can I participate without making the membership donation?
- Can I donate more than $1,000?
- Do I have to pay everything upfront, or can I pay over time?
- How can I learn about the 2020 RFP?
- 501c3 Designation
How did Impact100 Metro Denver get started?
When longtime friends Pat Wynne and Cathy Murphy first heard from friends of the Impact100 chapter in Sonoma, CA, they were impressed by the simplicity of the program, the strength of the process, and the excitement of being part of such a community! That was 2010. The Sonoma chapter has since thrived and made a big impact on their local community. The Sonoma chapter, their active members and the great impact they have made serve as a huge inspiration and contributor to Pat and Cathy's conclusion, "We need to do this in Denver!" Impact100 Metro Denver was founded the summer of 2015. Word is spreading quickly and we seek to reach the milestone of 100 Founding Members by December, 2015.
Is my $1,000 donation to Impact100 Metro Denver tax deductible?
Yes, your $1000 contribution is tax deductible. Tax-deductible status is possible through Impact 100 Metro Denver’s relationship with The Denver Foundation. You will receive a tax receipt from The Denver Foundation for your tax records. Donations received by December 31 are tax-deductible for that calendar year.
What kind of Grantee organizations will Impact100 Metro Denver fund?
Members will select their areas of interest for grant-making on an annual basis. Example focus areas may be Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, Health & Wellness. The Denver Foundation has an extensive network and we will leverage their network to engage and solicit grant requests from a broad community of interested grantee candidates. Impact100 Metro Denver intends to consider grant requests from nonprofit organizations in the Metro Denver area (from Broomfield south to Castle Pines, west from Lakewood to Aurora and Parker).
How does Impact100 Metro Denver decide on its funding areas each year?
Each fall all current members are eligible to advocate for the causes they care about most. Members attend a facilitated meeting where they discuss, and then vote on, issues presented by fellow members. The four areas that receive the most support are selected as the areas of philanthropic concentration for the next grant cycle and eligible nonprofits who work within one of the chosen areas may submit a grant application to be considered for the annual award.
Where do I send my donation?
Membership forms & donation checks (made out to "Impact100 Metro Denver" can be mailed to:
Impact100 Metro Denver
PO Box 3362
Parker, CO 80134
Or, pay online by visiting the Join Us page, or Renew if you're already a member.
Our partnership with The Denver Foundation is key to helping us meet objectives. The Denver Foundation is the oldest & largest community foundation in the Rocky Mountain region. Established in 1925, The Denver Foundation ('TDF') connects donors with causes they care about - and helps them make an impact. The Denver foundation offers Impact100 Metro Denver everything from critical administrative support (ex. fund management services and tax-deduction forms) to greater community access (for increased membership and an outreach platform to future grantees) to even greater credibility, as TDF staff scrutinizes the operations of hundreds of local nonprofit organizations each year, and has a large reservoir of knowledge regarding virtually all aspects of the local nonprofit sector.
From the JOIN US section of the website, you can submit your membership form online or download and fill out the paper membership form. We just need to know more about you and how you would like to participate. Paper forms can be sent by postal mail to the Impact100 Metro Denver, PO Box 3362, Parker, CO 80134, or sent in via EMAIL to email@example.com - or you can hand the membership form in at an upcoming meeting.
How much of my donation will go toward grants versus administrative costs?
100% of the member donations of $1,000 will be allocated to the Impact 100 grant award. Additional membership fees of $150 will be used to support our events and administrative expenses, as determined by the Impact 100 Steering Committee. Renewing members pay a slightly lower cost of $75 to cover administrative fees.
How does Impact100 Metro Denver pay for administrative costs?
Membership fees ($150 each) support Impact100 Metro Denver's administrative costs for recruiting events, printed materials, etc. Members may elect to contribute above the fee. Additionally, individuals & companies may contribute to our program by becoming a “Friend & Sponsor of Impact100 Metro Denver”. These Friends & Sponsors of Impact100 Metro Denver receive special referral/patronage and also separate recognition in our publications.
What is the duration of my membership in Impact100 Metro Denver?
Members are encouraged to maintain their membership in Impact100 Metro Denver each year so we have a sustainable program, and we certainly acknowledge that members will have some years that are more active than other years. Each $1,000 donation provides membership for that year’s grant making cycle.
What is the timing for becoming a member and awarding a grant?
Membership donations must be received by December 31. The grant-making process takes place between February and June of the next year.
Why does Impact100 Metro Denver plan to give the entire $100,000 to a single organization?
One of our goals is high-impact giving. By collectively funding a larger grant, we can have a bigger impact in a selected area. In addition, when a nonprofit pieces together $100,000 from multiple sources, the nonprofit has reporting requirements and related administrative expenses from each grantor, plus fund-raising costs. By giving one large grant, we have more impact - and keep costs lower for the grant recipient.
Can I participate without making the membership donation?
Absolutely! You can be a "Supporter & Friend of Impact100 Metro Denver" and your contribution of time and other resources is valuable to the program’s success and plans. You will be recognized as a "Supporter & Friend" in our publications and be included in our email updates.
Can I donate more than $1,000?
Yes. A gift above $1,000 will be used to help offset use of membership fees, and may lower future membership fees generally. Every member is awarded one vote regardless of the level of your gift.
Do I have to pay everything upfront, or can I pay over time?
You do not have to make all payments right away. Many members are making their donations over time & to meet the milestone of their $1,000 pledge by December 31.
The 2019 period is closed and we are greatly anticipating our awards event in June, when we will choose our fourth grant recipient.
The 2020 grant period will open either late 2019, or early 2020. Please check back at a later date for more information.
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If your question is not answered here please contact us and a member will get back to you.