Our Beginning

Impact100 began in 2001 with a simple but effective concept: to engage women in the power of collective giving to fund transformative grants to local nonprofits seeking to broaden or deepen their programs.

  • Forty affiliates, already at work in the United States and abroad, have given away more than $45 million since 2001.
  • In New Jersey, Impact100 Garden State, which serves Morris, Sussex, Somerset and Passaic counties, this year will have distributed ten grants totally over $1 million since they began in 2013.
  • Impact100 Jersey Coast met its goal for 100 members in 11 months, distributed a high-impact grant of $144,000 in 2016, and has just announced 244 members for its 2017 grant making cycle.
  • Both New Jersey Impact groups partner with the Community Foundation of New Jersey for technical and administrative support.

Impact100 founder Wendy Steele discusses the impact of generosity