A Letter from our Co-Presidents
What’s New in Grants?
Sponsor Profile: Schenck
Member Spotlights – Mardi Kemp, Donna Walsh and Patty Bence
Philanthropic Events October & November
Impact100 News Around the World
Impact100 Visits Tempo Waukesha
Membership Information Sessions
Tuesday, October 17
Message from the Co-Presidents
Dear Members and Friends,
It takes a village! In the world of women’s collective philanthropy, many talented women must come together to bring an efficient and effective model of giving to the community.
July 1, 2017 marked the beginning of the third year that the women of Impact100 Greater Milwaukee will collectively pool their funds to make an impact in the four-county Greater Milwaukee area. We extend a huge thank you to the many women who served in a leadership capacity since Impact’s inception and who helped get our organization to this milestone.
We are especially grateful to the following members who have contributed their time and talent in leadership positions for the last two years and are now passing the baton. We look forward to their continued support of Impact100 Greater Milwaukee.
Amy Barnes Brigid Miller
Christina Berger Grace O’Brien
Meg Boyle Lynn Sheka
Sue Connor Adina Zeppos
Finally, we are excited to work (and have fun) with the new leadership team shown below. Over the next year, our goal is to continue our momentum and expand our membership in order to reach the many needs of our community.
We encourage you to get involved in Impact100 Greater Milwaukee:
- Join us in transforming our community
- Gift a membership to a woman in your life
- Urge your favorite nonprofit to apply for one of our transformative grants
- Support us through event sponsorship
As the African proverb says,” If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Between June 2016 and June 2017, the women of Impact100 Greater Milwaukee contributed over a half million dollars directly to the community. That’s transformational! This year, let’s see if we can go even farther to make an impact in the Greater Milwaukee community.
Anne Trunzo & Jamy Malatesta
Impact100 Greater Milwaukee
What’s New in Grants?
What do a community development center, community-police partnership program, and a nature center have in common? They’re all Impact100 grantees! Over the past two years, Impact100 Greater Milwaukee has awarded five $100,000 Impact grants and five merit grants to ten deserving organizations in the Greater Milwaukee area. Among many things, these grants have funded education programming, vans, a commercial kitchen, and gym equipment. To learn more about our grantees and their projects funded by Impact100 grants, please click here. If you know of an organization that might want to apply for an Impact100 Greater Milwaukee grant, please click here.
Impact100 would like to thank Schenck and shareholder Karin Gale for their sponsorship. Schenck, one of the nation’s top 50 full-service CPA and consulting firms, has generously donated space at its offices in Brown Deer for Impact100 monthly board meetings and volunteer training. Thanks to Karin, the Schenck offices have become Impact100 Greater Milwaukee’s home away from home. When asked to serve on Impact100 Greater Milwaukee’s inaugural Board of Directors, Financial Review Director Karin Gale graciously accepted, and has been wholeheartedly committed to Impact ever since. For the past two years, she has developed and led the Financial Review Committee in reviewing grant applicant financials. We are beyond grateful to Karin and Schenck for their leadership in women’s
Mardi Kemp & Donna Walsh
Among the intangible benefits experienced by nonprofit organizations that apply for an Impact100 Greater Milwaukee grant is the acquisition of new friends and supporters. In spite of living in Waukesha County, members Mardi Kemp (right) and Donna Walsh (left) had never heard of Zachariah’s Acres prior to reviewing its letter of inquiry (LOI) while serving on the Environment focus area committee. Zachariah’s Acres, a Waukesha County nonprofit that provides children with special healthcare needs unique opportunities to experience nature, received a merit grant at Impact100 Greater Milwaukee’s First Annual Awards Celebration in June 2016. Mardi and Donna were so impressed by what they learned about Zachariah’s Acres from the grant review and site visit process, that they and their spouses have become avid supporters. Their involvement over the past two years has included attendance at Dinner Under the Stars, volunteering at the golf outing, participating in the annual 5K walk/roll, making wreaths for the annual Christmas fundraiser and volunteering to help with this summer’s Thursday Fun Days.
Impact100 members frequently report that their participation in the grant review process provides them a unique appreciation of community issues of which they may not have previously been aware. Patty Bence’s first exposure to the widespread prevalence of sex-trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin was through an LOI from the Benedict Center she reviewed while serving on the Health & Wellness focus area committee in 2016. Coincidently, a few days later, she noticed a flier at a business in Hartford for an upcoming meeting pertaining to sex trafficking. Patty, a resident of West Bend, attended that meeting, hosted by the Washington County Anti-Trafficking Advocates (WCATA), and has been actively involved in the organization ever since.
Patty’s participation on the Health & Wellness (H&W) grant review committee also introduced her to Neu-Life Community Development, one of our inaugural year $100,000 Impact grant recipients. Neu-Life provides after-school and summer programs for children and young adults living in the two most distressed zip codes in Milwaukee. A few days after Neu-Life had been named the H&W finalist for 2016, Patty and her family attended its Annual Art Show & Luncheon. They have been dedicated and enthusiastic supporters of Neu-Life ever since! At both the 2016 and 2017 luncheons, they purchased art work created by Neu-Life participants, and were silent auction winners of a luncheon that included a tour of the Neu-Life gardens and a dinner prepared by those involved in the Farmfork youth cooking program. This summer, Patty and her husband participated in a meeting with local business leaders to discuss development ideas for the organization.
Thank you, Mardi, Donna and Patty, for truly making an impact on our community through your support of our nonprofit partners!
Interested in learning more about what’s happening in our community? Check out these upcoming events.
Notes from the Field: Community Perspectives featuring Anna Deavere Smith
2017 Statewide Conference on Philanthropy
Impact100 News Around The World
Did you know?
The Council hopes to create world-class, strategic philanthropy and transform communities with significant grants by equipping individuals to become effective philanthropists for positive change.
Check out the Impact100 Global Council here!
Impact100 Meets Tempo Waukesha
On July 25, Impact100 Greater Milwaukee board members Jamy Malatesta and Ann Homstad carried the message of Impact100 to a luncheon meeting of Tempo® Waukesha. As a non-profit organization for executive and professional women in the Waukesha County area, part of Tempo® Waukesha’s mission is to develop the strengths and talents of female executives and to increase awareness of issues and trends within the community.
Collective giving in its many forms is proving to be one of those trends, especially for women donors. Jamy and Ann told the story of how Impact100 started in Cincinnati and has grown through grassroots efforts including those of our founders here in Milwaukee. As passionate advocates for Impact100 Greater Milwaukee, Jamy and Ann explained our grants eligibility and selection process as well as how women can join the organization and help award transformative community grants.
If you know of a women’s professional association or corporate affinity group that would be interested in hearing about Impact100, please contact Ann Homstad at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for making an impact with us!