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Add Some SWAG-ger to Your Step!

Most Impact 100 chapters share one major objective – to raise more money for the mission! While the model for funding Impact 100 grants is simple and direct, your chapter might benefit by creating promotional products. Such products, giveaways, or branded goods can help your Impact 100 chapter accomplish many of its goals – some [...]

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Tips for Starting the Conversation

Picking up the phone as your membership sign-up deadlines approach can be difficult, but it’s an important part of growing your Impact 100 chapter. Try these conversation starters, if you’ve been putting off making those calls: “It occurred to me that I haven’t shared this with you…” “I want to tell you about Impact 100 [...]

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Improving Member Survey Participation

Many Impact 100 chapters find that “finishing well” includes seeking feedback through member surveys. Here are some tips for maximizing response rates. Timing: Capitalize on the excitement and enthusiasm generated by your annual meeting by sending the member survey within a week of this date. Members will be more likely to respond when the event [...]

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Making the Most of Your Annual Meeting

Anyone who has had the privilege of attending an Impact 100 Annual Meeting will tell you that it was the best event in the Impact 100 calendar. Listening to those remarkable Finalists tell their stories of transformation and redemption is so moving. Reconnecting with friends and meeting new engaged, passionate women in the community has [...]

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Welcome Home

In many ways, your Annual Meeting / Awards Celebration is like orchestrating a Homecoming event. As we play out the analogy, the community (Impact 100 members) gathers along with alumni (past members or grant recipients) and our Homecoming Court (nonprofit Finalists) is presented to the crowd while we determine whom to crown our Homecoming Kings [...]

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Employee Matching Gifts

Employee matching gifts are donations a company makes to match employees’ charitable contributions. Essentially, this is free money that often gets overlooked because Impact 100 members are unaware that their employer provides matching gifts, or they lack the know-how to access the program. But matching gifts are goldmines for nonprofits and can be a straightforward [...]

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Board Alignment

Above all, Impact 100 chapters depend on one critical resource to fulfill their mission: good people. Carving out the time to hold annual board retreats is a key step in ensuring that your board is informed and engaged. Effective board retreats take planning, preparation, and commitment, but they are worth the effort. The benefits of [...]

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Launching an Impact 100 Chapter

The growth on Impact 100 chapters is accelerating at a remarkable pace. People often want to know the first step in starting an Impact 100 chapter in their community. The answer is always the same: Success rises and falls on leadership. Assemble a great team and get to work. Be intentional about diversity: It is [...]

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Grant Stewardship: Data Matters as We Measure Impact

The Impact 100 model demands a very thorough analysis and vetting process for nonprofit grant applicants. We take great care to ensure a level playing field for our applicants while each member thoughtfully casts her vote. Once the grant has been selected and the funds distributed, we continue to shepherd these nonprofits as they utilize [...]

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Grant Application Beta Testing New Process has been Successful

Impact 100 Traverse City tested a new variation to the Impact 100 grant application process in their inaugural year. A few other chapters also tested this new procedure with positive results. Current Process: Under the current model, we require our nonprofit grant applicants to specify one of our five Focus Areas, as the area that [...]

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