Our Membership

Our Membership consists of women who agree to contribute $1,050 ($1,000 grant making and $50 membership fee) each year and cast their vote annually for grant recipient(s). 

Through strategic high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to create positive changes in our community. 

Meet Our Members

Our members are our greatest strength.  Members can then participate in the grant selection process and in many other ways.  If you have a talent and a desire to get involved, we have a place for you! 

Membership FAQ

Why does Impact 100 Palm Beach Country give a $100,000 lump sum to a single organization?

We want to pool our member’s resources to make an extraordinary impact. By funding a large grant, we make a big impact in a selected area. In addition, when a nonprofit pieces together $100,000 from several grants, the nonprofit incurs reporting and administrative requirements for each of those grants. By giving one large grant, we can have more impact and keep costs low for the grant recipient.

How is it possible that 100 percent of my contribution goes to the grant recipient? How are administrative and membership recruitment expenses covered?

To cover our administrative costs each member pays a $50 admistrative fee annually. We seek sponsorships, donations from friends of Impact 100 Palm Beach County (employers that match employee donations, men and others donating less than $1,000) and grants from private foundations. In addition, we seek donations of professional services.

Why is the required donation set at $1,000?

We believe this amount ensures member commitment. It also keeps the cost of raising money for our grants low. To raise $100,000 through miscellaneous donations of $100 each would mean recruiting many more members at a greater cost. These higher costs would mean less money for the people who need it most — the grant recipients and the people they serve.

Is my donation to Impact 100 Palm Beach County tax-deductible?

Yes. Impact 100 Palm Beach County is an independent 501c3 nonprofit oragnization. Therefore, all contributions are fully tax-deductible.

How do you decide who gets the grants?

Each year, we send out a call for grant applications from five areas: arts, culture and historic preservation; education; environment and animal welfare; family, and; health and wellness. We form five committees, one for each area. An Impact 100 Palm Beach County member who has been trained in facilitating the grant review process chairs each committee that is made up of our members. The committee accepts and evaluates grant applications – by researching and visiting applicants – to arrive at the finalists. We deliver information on the finalists to each Impact 100 Palm Beach County member for review. Then, we hold a member meeting where the finalists give a short presentation. At that meeting, members deliver a final decision by vote with each woman having an equal voice of one vote.

What are my obligations if I join?

While we encourage members to spend time together serving on a committee or at an Impact 100 social event, our only requirement is a $1,050 donation ($1,000 and $50 membership fee). This minimal requirement is designed to make philanthropy accessible and accommodate for busy schedules. That being said, it does take a little time to responsibly award funds, and we hope you’ll take the time to thoroughly read all provided materials in order to make an informed decision when you vote for a grant recipient. For those who have time and wish to make an even larger impact, we invite you to join one of our active committees. Though encouraged, it is not a requirement.

How long is my membership valid?

Impact 100's Membership Calendar Year begins and ends March 15. All memberships are annual, and members are required to renew their membership after that year's Grand Awards Celebration. While your membership lasts a full calendar year, Impact 100 Palm Beach County is most active during our Grant Cycle, which extends from September of the first year through April of the following year. This is also the duration of time that passes from when our Letters of Intent open and our Grand Awards Celebration is held.

Do I have to live in Palm Beach County, Florida to join?

No. Members can live anywhere.

What role is there for me if I can’t make the $1,000 contribution?

You can become a friend of Impact 100 Palm Beach County and play a very important role in our organization. We use donations of less than $1,000 to cover our administrative costs. If we receive more money than we need to cover our administrative costs, our board of directors has the discretionary power to add that money to the grant funds.

I have a male friend who is interested in Impact 100 Palm Beach County. Can he participate?

Men can participate directly as a friend of Impact Palm Beach County, or they can encourage the women in their lives to participate as members.

I want to give more than $1,000. Do I get more than one vote?

No. Every member gets one vote even if they give more than $1,000. Any amount given over $1,000 goes first to offset administrative costs. If we receive more money than we need to cover our administrative costs, our board of directors has the discretionary power to add that money to the grant funds.

Can I make an in-kind donation of services or products to cover my $1,000 donation?

No, however we do accept in-kind donations to offset our administrative costs.

If I’m unable to attend and vote at the annual meeting, can I still cast my vote?

Yes. Although we strongly encourage attendance at the meeting, you can vote by absentee ballot. Prior to the annual meeting, every member receives information on each finalist in the five focus areas. Included in this information is an absentee ballot and instructions on how to cast your vote before the meeting if you’re unable to attend.

My company matches funds for charitable donations. Can I give $525 and have my company match it to make my total $1,050 donation?

Yes. However, membership becomes effective and voting rights accrue when the entire $1,050 is received by Impact 100 Palm Beach County. Additionally, membership will accrue only to the individual. Companies will not receive any voting or other membership rights.

Will you accept memberships or gifts charged on a credit card?

Yes! We accept online and credit card contributions, however an additional administrative fee of $25 will be charged for the service.

Who is on the Board of Directors, and what is their role?

The women on the Impact 100 Palm Beach County Board have diverse backgrounds, but are all focused on the mission of Impact 100. The Board is described as a “working board” since there are no paid employees, and the mission of the organization is carried out via the Board and the Impact 100 members.

Are there any added benefits from Impact 100's work?

Other communities have seen tremendous “unexpected” benefits from the efforts of their Impact 100 organization. Nonprofits have received donations outside of the grant process as a result of increased awareness of the nonprofits’ good work. Impact members have become actively engaged with nonprofit boards, taking on the responsibility of serving on a board or assisting with special needs/projects, such as fundraising or special events beyond the actual grants we award on an annual basis.

How is Impact 100 PBC affiliated with other national Impact 100 groups?

Impact 100 Palm Beach County is the fifteenth Impact 100 program in the US, and the 3rd in the State of Florida. Currently, we are the second-largest Impact 100 chapter in the country! The original organization was in Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of the other Impact 100 programs formed prior to ours are: Pensacola, Vero Beach, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Baldwin County, Alabama, Oklahoma, Sonoma and Austin, Texas. We do not pay fees or have official ties or obligations to any other Impact 100 program.

What is a Merit Grant?

Impact 100 Palm Beach County awards grants of $100,000 to affect positive change in southern Palm Beach County. However, we do not always achieve an even number of members. Consider: if we have 630 ladies who contribute $1,000 toward grant-making, and we pool those funds into grants of $100,000, there would be an excess of $30,000. Impact 100 Palm Beach County does not keep these excess funds; we distribute them in smaller Merit Grants to our other nonprofit finalists who are not awarded $100,000. Merit Grants are unrestricted funds, which are then spent in whichever way the nonprofit recipients deem most useful for their organization.


History of Impact

In 2001, Wendy Steele formed an organization called Impact 100 in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was designed to bring together philanthropic women and pool individual $1,000 gifts to generate larger $100,000 grants to affect local change. Today, there are almost 50 chapters of Impact 100 operating worldwide.


Our local chapter (southern Palm Beach County) was formed in 2011 by three ladies: Tandy Robinson, Lisa Mulhall, and Cindy Krebsbach. Originally established as a component fund of the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, our chapter has grown to over 500 members in under 10 years. In the spring of 2019, we achieved our 501c3 status and now operate as our own independent nonprofit organization.