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Congrats to the Center’s 2021 Honoree; Impact 100 is Very Honored to be Recognized

by | Apr 2, 2021 | The Center’s Words

Impact 100, now 20 years old, empowers women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact in our community. Their vision enables women to realize the power and reward of collective giving. Impact’s membership, avid volunteers, and supporters consist of tri-state women who care deeply about the needs of our community. They serve nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Eastern Indiana.

“We currently have 474 members. When we award our (annual) four grants, we will have awarded 6 million dollars to the community in 55 projects at the end of 2021,” Sharon Mitchell, President of Impact 100 said.

The Center for Respite Care was an Impact 100 2016 awardee.

Sharon added;

“The Center was one of our 2016 grant recipients. They did a wonderful grant collaboration with St Francis Ministries. They put together a kitchen and kitchenette. It was a very powerful proposal. The Center was organizing classes for the individuals that were under their care and going to be released. They wanted to ensure that those individuals had the opportunity to do some cooking.”

“Impact has been generous to the Center. They have taken the time to learn about us and, in turn, have donated their time and resources. We are thrilled to honor Impact 100 as a 2021 Transformation Award’s honoree,” Laurel Nelson, CEO for the Center said.

Sharon Mitchell a member for 15 years. The members range in from ages 20-93, with the oldest being Sharon’s mother.

I am one of the two co-presidents. Anne Marie Henkel is the other president. I was on the board from 2011-2018. I was President then for three- and one-half years,” Sharon said.

Impact 100’s values:

  • Empowering women to be philanthropic decision makers.
  • Providing avenues to members to learn about nonprofits in our communities.
  • Awarding transformational grants to nonprofits in our communities.
  • Collaborating within their membership and community.
  • Ensuring that 100% of membership dollars go directly into grants.

To date, Impact 100 has awarded more than $5.12 million dollars to local nonprofit organizations, funding 47 breakthrough nonprofit initiatives. Focus areas are: Culture, Education, Environment Preservation, & Recreation, Family, and Health & Wellness.

What began in 2001 as an idea in the mind of its founder, Wendy Steele, has become a viable, sustainable, valuable and effective organization. They continue live their mission by promoting human welfare through the caring actions of people and working together toward a common goal.

Impact 100 is a solid and critical force in Southwest Ohio. They have been widely noticed and have received other awards.

“One of the big ones for us (2019) we received for the BBB Torch Award for marketplace ethics. You have to go through the review process.

We are very honored to be selected, to be one of the Center for Respite Care 2021 awardees.”

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The Center for Respite Care is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. View our 2022 IRS Form 990 – Public Disclosure.








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