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Our Mission

Impact100 is a collective force for good; uniting and empowering women to give together, creating transformational impact, locally and globally.

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 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.

Vision Statement

Impact100 unites women across the globe to fund solutions to the most pressing problems facing humanity.

Value Statement

We believe in the collaboration and empowerment of diverse women to lead transformational change in their communities.

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 at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:

Arts & Culture

Education

Family

Health & Wellness

Environment, Preservation & Recreation

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Since its inception, Impact100 has donated almost $80 million to worthy causes and has mentored dozens of chapters from start-up through maturity.

Our Impact

By coming together collectively and collaboratively, women can definitively transform the communities in which they live. With enough women working together in enough communities, there is no limit to the impact that we can achieve. We can, indeed, change the world.

With a solid history, a well-developed organization and an inspired vision for the future, Impact100 offers women a unique opportunity to come together to do the work that they know is most critical in their communities. We offer support and assistance where needed, but firmly believe that the women who establish, join and run the local Impact100 chapters are our best asset and brightest hope.

Impact100 is dedicated to offering these dedicated women a framework to help take their philanthropic work to the next level, making a transformational difference in their communities. This is a place for women who care deeply, who dream wildly, and who believe that, together, they are an unstoppable force for good. Join us and see just how big the impact of Impact100 can be.

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“This is a place for women who care deeply, who dream wildly, and who believe that, together, they are an unstoppable force for good.”

Wendy Steele, Founder and CEO
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 splits her time between Michigan & Florida, where she, her husband, and their five children all serve as active volunteers.

Violeta Huesman, Chief Operating Officer

As part of the Impact100 Global Council management team, Violeta is a critical partner to the Founder | CEO in supporting Impact100 with its goals and overall operational plans. She joined the Impact100 Council in January 2020. Violeta comes with over 30 years of professional experience in sales, marketing, and business development. She is no stranger to Impact100, as she was a founding member of the original Impact100 in Cincinnati and a current member of Impact100 SRQ.

Violeta also brings extensive community involvement to her new role in philanthropy. She has served on numerous nonprofits boards in her community, such as Tidewell Hospice, Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, founder and host for the LunchwithLeaders Group, Vice-Chair with the American Cancer Society –Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Sarasota Chamber, and most recently as a board member of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

Violeta is married to her amazing husband Mark and together they have three grown children.

 

Maggie Jackson, Morgridge Family Foundation, Volunteer MAP Fellow

Maggie brings over a decade of experience working in nonprofit management and a passion for the transformative value of philanthropy in communities. Maggie provides strong leadership and problem-solving skills to assist with the daily operations of an organization. Through collaboration with senior leadership, she helps prioritize organization-wide strategies and initiatives.

With expertise in strategic communication, Maggie recognizes the importance and implications of streamlined, effective, and transparent communications across various stakeholders. In her work with Impact100 Global, Maggie aims to widen the reach of Impact100 Global’s message of women empowerment and promote avenues of sustainable revenue for the organization.

Maggie holds an MBA in sustainable management from DePaul University and a BA in strategic communications from Miami University (Ohio). Maggie lives in the River West neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and golden retriever Bud. She enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, and being in nature.

Nick Cianci, Volunteer Fellow

Nick assists Impact100 with philanthropic research and strategy. He feels honored to support what he believes is one of the most powerful movements in global philanthropy.

As the development officer of Hamot Health Foundation (Erie, PA), Nick advances the strategic priorities of UPMC Hamot hospital, including critical care medicine, women’s health research, and community health initiatives. His background includes fundraising to support community development, K-12 education, and higher education.

Nick holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) and a master’s degree in education from Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA).  He resides in Erie with his wife Hannah, their son Nicholas, and their Labrador Retriever, Cash.