Fall Newsletter 2017

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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
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Oconomowoc Lake
(Home of Ann Pierson)
4625 W Beach Rd Oconomowoc Lake

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
West Bend (Home of Kris O’Meara)
652 South 8th Ave West Bend

Wednesday, October 25
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
North Shore Country Club
3100 W County Club Dr Mequon

Holiday Party
Thursday, November 30 | 6:00 p.m.
Helping Hands Party: Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

Sunday, December 31: Last day to join Impact100 Greater Milwaukee

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
Donna Crump

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.


Sponsor Profile:    
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
collective philanthropy!

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.

Patty Bence
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! 

Philanthropic Events

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
Hosted by Wisconsin Philanthropy Network
October 11, 2017
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Milwaukee Theater

2017 Statewide Conference on Philanthropy
Hosted by Wisconsin Philanthropy Network
November 1, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 pm
Italian Community Center

Impact100 News Around The World

Did you know?

  • In 2015, Impact100 Greater Milwaukee became the 28th Impact100 in the world.
  • Today, there are 44 Impact100 organizations operating in the United States and Australia.
  • Currently, there are 16 new Impact100s in development across the United States.
  • Since inception (2001), Impact100s have contributed over $45 million to their local communities!
  • Although every Impact100 is an independent organization, Wendy Steele, the founder of the Impact100 model, has created the Impact100 Global Council. The mission of the Council is “to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practices among Impact100 chapters to allow for continued growth and sustainability of Impact100 around the world.”

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 annhomstad@gmail.com

Jessica Bauer-Phipps (Tempo President), Ann Homstad (Impact100), Nancy Seidl Nelson (Tempo), Jamy Malatesta (Impact100)

Thank you for making an impact with us!




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