Philanthropy Built for the Busy Mom: Impact 100 Jersey Coast | The Monmouth Moms

Philanthropy Built for the Busy Mom



Women Uniting to Raise Funds to Transform Our Community


Philanthropy Built for the Busy Mom

Women Uniting to Raise Funds to Transform Our Community


The idea is simple and spreading–namely, the power that can be unlocked when women pool their funds and give collectively. Impact 100 Jersey Coast was founded on this principle and brings women of diverse backgrounds together throughout Monmouth County to improve their communities by funding high-impact grants to nonprofit organizations.


In 2016, Monmouth County moms Deirdre Spiropoulos and Heather Burke launched Impact 100 Jersey Coast, built on a simple yet revolutionary model that makes large-scale philanthropy accessible to a wide range of women who, together, can profoundly change the communities they live in. Moreover, our members choose their level of engagement, so Impact was built for the busy mom.


The concept is simple. Any woman is eligible to become a member. Each member makes an annual tax-deductible donation of $1,100. $1,000 is applied directly to the Impact grant fund and pooled together to award six-figure grants to local nonprofits. Local nonprofits then submit applications for a proposed project or program. “We want to empower local nonprofits to imagine how a large-scale grant can transform the work they do and the communities they serve,” said CoPresident and Cofounder, Heather Burke.


Member-led committees review these proposals and nominate finalists for the consideration of the entire membership at Impact Jersey Coast’s  Annual Meeting. Each woman votes for her finalist(s) of choice and grants are awarded that evening. All members are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the grant review and award process.


Since its inception, Impact Jersey Coast has awarded more than $2.0 million, all of which has come from local women, and funded projects from 18 nonprofit groups serving Monmouth County. “Our mission is to raise awareness of our community’s most pressing needs and fund transformational grants for high impact projects addressing those needs,” said Membership Co-Chair and incoming Co-President, Lori Missig.


The more members we have, the more grants we can award and the more lives we will impact,”  adds Karen Waltz, Membership Co-Chair.  Our mission is to recruit as many members as possible before the March 15th membership deadline. We encourage any and all women to attend our events to learn more about Impact and how their individual donation can make a tremendous impact to  our nonprofit community..


To make an Impact membership more accessible to prospective or renewing members, each year we offer a limited number of full or partial scholarships. We are pleased to announce that the 2022 scholarship application period is now open. Applications for the 2022 membership cycle must be received by February 18, 2022, to be eligible to participate in the 2022 grant cycle. All applicants will be notified of their status by mid-March 2022.


Want to learn more? Join us virtually on February 17th, in-person for coffee at Bell Works on February 25th, or in-person for wine and cheese on March 10th in Fair Haven. For details of all events and to register visit https://impact 100 jersey


For more information about the group and the impact they are making click here. For membership inquiries contact [email protected].










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