Impact 100 Awards $106,000 Grant

On Thursday, September 26th, during an award dinner at the Horseshoe Casino, Impact 100 Southern Indiana awarded a $106,000 grant to Home of the Innocents. With the grant, Home of the Innocents will build the capacity of their Southern Indiana office so they can serve more at-risk families. In making the case for the grant, presenters shared startling statistics about Indiana having the second-highest incidence of child abuse and neglect in the country.

Home of the Innocents responded with awe and gratitude to being named the recipient. A representative said they had tough competition and the grant would have been well deserved by either of the other two organizations, Makers 13 and Hosparus. She also stated that she felt the award validated the need to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

Over 230 people were in attendance to watch as the award was made during an evening that included a presentation by Hope Southern Indiana, who received the Impact 100 Southern Indiana grant in 2018. Hope Southern Indiana used their grant to fund a self esteem bootcamp for 200 local teenage girls. Executive Director Angi Graf described the bootcamp for the audience and believed the camp was successful in showing girls the value they have in this world. She said the weekend was emotional, as girls conquered their fears while zip lining, as girls cried while engaging in art therapy, and as girls laughed and cheered their success with axe throwing.

This year’s three finalists were selected after submitting applications for funding, which were scored according to review criteria published in Impact 100 Southern Indiana’s 2019 Request for Proposals. At the award dinner, each of the three finalists presented a seven minute overview of their proposed project. The members of Impact 100 Southern Indiana then voted for their favorite. The votes were tallied by an independent accounting firm, who then declared the winning project to be the program proposed by Home of the Innocents.

Lori Lewis, Advisory Board President of Impact 100 Southern Indiana, expressed gratitude to the Impact 100 members, who, through their memberships, have raised a quarter million dollars for local charity in the past three years. Lori spoke of Hazel Bales, who was a trailblazer in envisioning women as philanthropists, at a time when not many women were empowered to be such. The praised members for being women who see the power of the collective.

By the end of the evening, Impact 100 received pledges totaling $70,000 toward its 2020 grant. Lori stated, “It’s clear that Impact 100 is a model that works for our community. There’s so many deserving organizations and we look forward to making these grants for many years to come.” She was also sure to note that Impact 100 Southern Indiana would not be possible without its amazing volunteers and corporate sponsors.

This is Impact 100 Southern Indiana’s third year and the group anticipates awarding more $100,000 (or more) grants in the years to come. Impact 100 Southern Indiana’s goal is to empower women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact for women and children in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Southern Indiana.

This year’s $106,000 grant is made possible by the financial contributions of more than 136 women who joined as members of the Impact 100 Southern Indiana program in 2019. Membership is open to any woman who wants to make be a part of transformational change in her community. 2020 membership closes June 1st, 2020.

Read more about the grant at the News and Tribune website here.


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