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.
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We provide non-profit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:
Arts & Culture
Health & Wellness
Environment, Preservation & Recreation
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.
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.
Deborah is a passionate believer in people, purpose and the power of philanthropy. She has dedicated her career to serving non-profit organizations, or as she likes to say, “for-purpose” organization, and found a place to create new impact at Impact100 Global Council as the Chief Advancement & Strategic Partnerships Officer. Deborah is also the co-founder of Impact100 the Palm Beaches.
She brings 23+ years of experience in non-profit leadership, fundraising and communications. She has raised in excess of $100 million for mission driven organizations like the Everglades Foundation, Oxbridge Academy, Canterbury, The Pine School and the YMCA.
Deborah graduated cum laude from Barry University and is accredited through CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executives) International, where she is one of only 6,800 professional fund raisers worldwide that hold the designation. She has been recognized with numerous awards for leadership, fund development and communications projects, including two “Golden Image” statewide awards from the Florida Public Relations Association.
She has served on several boards including the American Heart Association, the Florida Public Relations Association, the Big Heart Brigade, Association of Fund-Raising Professionals, Rotary International Foundation and the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council. She also worked on several political campaigns both at the local and state level.
She is married to her amazing husband Gary and together they have a son Jordan, who is an Eagle Scout and student at Palm Beach State College.
As part of Impact100 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 with her husband Mark live in Florida and has three grown children.