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Our Mission

Our mission is to empower women to become powerful agents of change within their own communities.

Our Story

Impact100 was founded by Wendy Steele in 2001 in response to feeling as though women’s roles in philanthropy needed a new way to be expanded and encouraged. Wendy launched the organization with the goal of empowering women to see themselves as activists through utilizing large grants to a make an impact within their communities.

By 2002, Impact100 received nonprofit status and donated its first $100k grant. In 2003, People Magazine published a story about Impact100, and Wendy’s idea quickly began to spread.

Today, her model has been replicated in cities all over the world and only continues to grow.

Our Model
At Least 100 Women
Come Together
Each Woman
Donates $1,000
$100,000
is donated to a
Local Charity

We provide non-profit organizations with grants in increments of $100,000 across five main focus areas:

Arts & Culture
Education
Family
Health & Wellness
Environment
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Since its inception, Impact100 has donated more than $45 million to worthy causes and has mentored dozens of chapters from start-up through maturity.

Our Founder
Wendy Steele is the founder and CEO of Impact100 as well as the creator of the Impact100 model. She believes there are two kinds of people in the world: those who see needs and realize they can be part of the solution, and those who still need to be invited to the party.

She won the 2014 Jefferson Award for Public Service for her philanthropy work. She has been featured in several books, including “The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy,” Women, Wealth and Giving,” “Women’s Giving Circles,” and “The Right Sisters – Modern Women Inventors.”

Her favorite aspect of Impact100 is visiting the various chapters and sharing in their triumphs. She gets encouraged seeing how people all over the world are owning the model and witnessing all the ways in which it’s changing so many lives.

Wendy currently resides in Michigan where she, her husband, and their five children all serve as active volunteers.