Press Release

Almost There!

Almost there!

We are 15 days away from our membership deadline, and 15 members away from our target of 100 members. Are you one of them?

REMINDER: Your pledges are due NOW! Please send them in, or use our website to pay online. We can't start the work of impacting our communities until all the pledges are received.

Why Impact100 Essex?

Here are some exaples of what other Impact100 groups have done:
Impact100 Garden State 2016: Doubling the capacity of an outreach program for aged-out foster youth.
Impact100 Jersey Coast 2017: Supporting a Family Justice Center model to provide enhanced coordinated services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Impact 100 Chicago 2016: funding a Medical Case Manager and updates in services, allowing RefugeeOne to better serve refugee adults and children suffering from complex health conditions.
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis 2016: funding a new IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls, (a collaboration between Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child & Family Services): hiring of additional therapists; re-decoration of housing facilities and funding the Human Trafficking Awareness Summit, bringing together thought leaders and experts to offer keynote addresses and workshops to better understand the issue.

What's coming up?

Come to one the following information sessions. And bring a friend.

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunset on the Terrace
Home of Ellen Greenfield
Apt 21C
377 South Harrison Street
East Orange, NJ
Please park across the Street on Elmwood

Thursday, June 22 at 8:30 a.m.
Coffee and Conversation
Home of Lyn Rosensweig
14 Elm Court Way
Llewelyn Park
West Orange, NJ


Want to help?

Start here.
Become a member,
and add $100 for administrative costs.
If you already pledged your support, send in your payment.
Plan our celebration party!
To get involved, please email

Impact100 ESSEX – Actively Seeking Members

For Immediate Release April 10, 2017
Contact: Margarethe Laurenzi @ 973-267-5533

Impact100 ESSEX – Actively Seeking Members

East Orange, NJ.   With November’s election suggesting reduced funds for rising local needs, thirty Essex County women have joined to fund innovative programs addressing unmet needs of underserved populations in Essex County.  Adopting a national model, Impact100 Essex stirs women to identify, research and collaboratively fund local non-profits seeking to expand or deepen their programing.  Impact 100 programs across the country have raised over $33 million dollars since 2001. 

“The Impact 100 model offers local women a unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on approach to giving,” said Margo Greenfield, organizer of Impact100 Essex.  “Collectively pooling our resources, we can make a significant impact in a way we could not have otherwise as separate individuals.” 

The concept is simple. 100 women each contribute $1,000 to fund a high impact grant to a local non-profit. Members review applications and vote on the final recipient.  Every dollar is used toward the grant. Impact programs in western and coastal New Jersey raised over a million dollars in the last four years while building effective, innovative collaborations among agencies serving veterans, the food insecure and families affected by domestic violence.

“A significant grant can be an immediate, visible vehicle to make lives better, here in our own cities and towns,” said Helen Mazarakis, Grant Committee Chair.  “Essex County is home to hundreds of non-profits who long to strengthen or expand their mission.  A non-profit applying for a $100,000 grant must propose a program that is both transformative and sustainable.”

The Impact100 Steering Committee sponsors informal gatherings to explain the women’s giving circle and enlist support.  “There was a terrific turnout to our initial information session,” said Ellen Greenfield, Marketing Co-Chair.  “By our third gathering we had enlisted a multi-generational membership of thirty women from East Orange to Montclair, from Bloomfield, to Millburn.”
Additional information sessions are scheduled for April 19, 28 and May 4. 

Impact 100 Essex welcomes all who want to know more.  Impact100 Essex will complete its membership drive in June, and solicit applications and review submissions in the fall.  Members will vote on the award at the Impact100 Essex Annual Meeting in early 2018.  Details about membership in Impact 100 are available on