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 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 and profoundly changes the communities they live in.
Since its inception, Impact Jersey Coast has raised over $1.6 million dollars, all of which has come from local women, and funded projects from 14 nonprofit groups in 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 President and Cofounder Deirdre Spiropoulos.
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 dream big and imagine how a large-scale grant can transform the work they do and the communities they serve” said Vice President 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.
As an all-volunteer and women-led organization, Impact Jersey Coast continues to face challenges amidst the pandemic but remains steadfast in its mission to recruit as many members as possible before the approaching March 15th membership deadline. “We encourage any and all women to attend our virtual events to learn more about Impact and how their individual donation can make a tremendous impact in the year ahead. Now more than ever our nonprofit community will need the support of our grants. The more members we have, the more grants we can award and the more lives we will impact.” said Lori Missig, Membership Chair.
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