Wendy Steele understands the impact of generosity and has been encouraging philanthropy for most of her adult life. In 2001 she launched and led an innovative pass-through foundation called Impact 100 which brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. Today, her concept has been replicated in 38 cities around the globe and continues to expand. By the end of 2016, Impact 100 organizations in the United States alone will have given away more than $42 million to worthy non-profits.
Wendy’s work has been recognized in a number of local, regional and national media outlets including Fortune Small Business Magazine, People Magazine, USA Today, the CBS Evening News, Women’s Enterprise and others. Her work in philanthropy is also noted in the 2006 book entitled, The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy; Margaret May Damen’s 2009 book, Women, Wealth and Giving, and in the 2009 release of Sondra Shaw Hardy’s book on Women’s Giving Circles. She is also featured in a book by Julia Rhodes entitled, The Right Sisters – Modern Women Inventors.
In February of 2015, PBS Television nationally aired their documentary entitled, Impact 100: Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities, which documents the growth and effectiveness of the Impact 100 model. This hour-long documentary highlights the work of Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area, the world’s largest Impact 100 organization.
Wendy has been humbled by the many awards and recognition she has received throughout her career. However, in 2014, Wendy was honored to receive the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work with Impact 100. Compared to the Nobel Peace Prize, this recognition holds a special place for Wendy, as other Jefferson Award recipients include well-known names like Barbara Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill & Melinda Gates, Bob Hope, Elie Wiesel and many others.
Beyond Impact 100, Wendy is the founder/Chief Executive of Generosity Matters (www.Generosity-Matters.com) where she serves as a guide to introduce the power of generosity to organizations and families who are ready for the journey.