We understand that women transform communities through the power of collective giving with Impact 100. The model is simple:

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Impact 100 Council supports local Impact 100 chapters in a number of ways, including:


Every Impact 100 chapter  wrestles with choosing the right technology to meet their needs. Whether it is for database management, mailing lists for newsletters and other communications, or simply website best practices, Impact 100 Council can help. Please contact us to learn more.

Leadership Development

We work with you to hone your leadership skills and provide best practices for high performing boards and leadership teams. Please contact us to get connected to Leadership Development through Impact 100 Council.


Whether you need specific training, customized to meet the needs of your Impact 100, or just need to learn best practices of Impact 100 groups around the globe, Impact 100 Council is here to help. Please contact us to get started.

Media Outreach

We work with national and local media to help increase your exposure. Share your news and events with us and we will work with you to get the word out. Please contact us to spread the word on your Impact.

Membership Matching Grants

At Impact 100 Council, we work to support your membership efforts through the extension of matching grants. We also have a special Young Philanthropist Program to encourage membership between the ages of 18 and 39 in local Impact 100 chapters. Please contact us to get started.


The mission of Impact 100 Council is to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practices among Impact 100 chapters to allow for continued growth and sustainability of Impact 100 around the world.  We will create world-class, strategic philanthropy and transform communities with significant grants while we equip individuals to become effective philanthropists and guide them to amplify their success for positive change.


Wendy Steele, Founder & Chief Executive, Impact 100 Council

wendy2Wendy Steele is the original Founder and creator of the Impact 100 model which brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. The Impact 100 model has been replicated in communities around the United States and Australia and it is still growing.

This pass-through foundation was designed to remove the traditional barriers to giving and provide a unique experience to the donor. The model democratizes philanthropy and empowers women to see themselves as philanthropists and as a part of the solution in their local community. Impact 100 is designed so that 100% of the donation, when combined with others’ gifts, is granted to local non-profits in increments of $100,000. These grants are meant to be transformational to the grantee and the community.

Wendy designed Impact 100 to be an open source model that is shared freely. The Impact 100 model is available to any community without any fees or licensing. Individual organizations are able to modify the model to suit their particular community. Impact 100 Council supports all Impact 100 influenced organizations. Since its inception in 2001, Wendy has mentored and helped guide Impact 100 groups from start up through maturity.

Since its inception, Impact 100 has given away more than $45 million to worthy nonprofits. Wendy is the winner of the 2014 Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work in philanthropy. Her work is noted in several books including, The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy; Women, Wealth and Giving, Women’s Giving Circles; The Right Sisters – Modern Women Inventors.

Wendy currently resides in Michigan. She, her husband and their 5 children are active volunteers.


Impact 100 Council is grateful for the support of Carrie Morgridge and the Morgridge Family Foundation. The  transformational power of this generosity will pave the way for growth and sustainability of Impact 100 Council and allow more women around the globe to experience Impact 100 and the power of philanthropy.