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 make an impact within their communities.
By 2002, Impact100 received nonprofit status and donated its first grant of $123,000. 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.
Impact100 unites women across the globe to fund solutions to the most pressing problems facing humanity.
We believe in the collaboration and empowerment of diverse women to lead transformational change in their communities.
We provide non-profit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:
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 splits her time between Michigan & Florida, where she, her husband, and their five children all serve as active volunteers.