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Impact 100 Richmond celebrates 10th anniversary by awarding $125,000



MAY 20, 2019 — Impact 100 Richmond celebrated 10 years of collective giving to Richmond nonprofit initiatives by awarding its 15th $100,000 transformational grant and a new $25,000 place-based grant at its Big Give celebration on May 14th. The volunteer-driven, women’s philanthropy group has awarded over $1.525 million in transformational grants to 17 local nonprofits since its inception in 2009.  Impact 100 Richmond is one of three Giving Circles supported by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.

Collective giving models have become very popular in recent years because pooling individual donations creates more impactful grant-making that can move the needle on local issues. Since 2009, Impact 100 Richmond has touched more than 1,000 members of all ages and from all walks of life.

Neighborhood Catalyst Grant

This year, Impact 100 launched a Neighborhood Catalyst Grant, a four-year investment in one local community. Members voted to award Greater Fulton $25,000 each year for four years to support organizations doing positive work within the neighborhood. With a focus on neighborhood-based interventions, these funds are intended to leverage the strong voices of women from the neighborhood to guide the community investment, while giving Impact 100 Richmond members a chance for deeper learning and community engagement. 

Kara Zinchuck, a representative from the Greater Fulton Neighborhood Advisory Committee said, “Selecting recipients for the generous grant from Impact 100 was a reminder of how rewarding it can be to rekindle old dreams and adopt new ideas with our community. As with anything people really care about, there always seems to be elements of complexity, and topics that require us to become learners again, and conversations that need great sensitivity. However, because of this process, we anticipate not only new partnerships but the renewal of old collaborations in Greater Fulton. " This year, $13,500 will go towards trashcans, benches and dogwood trees for the Historic Fulton Memorial Park – a neighborhood park that memorializes the displacement of thousands of residents during the 1970 Fulton Urban Renewal Plan when more than 800 homes, businesses and churches were destroyed. The remaining $11,500 will go towards revitalization of the Greater Fulton commercial corridor to attract investors and new business development and a block party to celebrate new community branding.

Transformational Grant

During the Big Give event, members voted to award $100,000 to Virginia Repertory Theatre to create an innovative and educational theater production to prevent middle schoolers from becoming victims of human trafficking.  

Through this grant, Virginia Repertory Theatre is poised to transform the approach to child trafficking prevention. With a proven track record, community relationships, and reputation in schools across the state, the organization expects to reach over 50,000 children a year with their message. If the program prevents even a few children from being trafficked, the results will be successful and immeasurable. This impact will extend beyond our community to help inform an advocacy and human trafficking prevention movement throughout our nation.

“Our goal from Day 1 has been to connect local women from all walks of life who want to make a profound difference in our community,” said Carol Anne Lajoie, 2018-19 Leadership Chair, Impact 100 Richmond. “We are a group of 191 volunteers — from educators and homemakers to small business owners and young women growing in our careers — who simply love our city and want to help local nonprofits dream big and create a ripple effect throughout Richmond.”

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