a quarterly communique of Impact100 Wichita Falls
THE BIG REVEAL
Making our work possible
THE GRANTS PROCESS IS OPEN!
Charitable 501(c)(3) organizations interested in applying for the 2021 Impact100 Wichita Falls grant will have until Friday, March 5th to complete the online application. Interested nonprofits are encouraged to review the grant criteria and FAQs to determine eligibility before applying.
Eligible applicants are also encouraged to attend the virtual informational workshop scheduled for this Tuesday, January 26th at Noon. For questions specific to this event or the grants process email the Grants Team.
The Five Focus Areas
Impact100 grants are awarded in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness. Applicant organizations are asked to select the one category that best fits their project and/or request for funding.
Focus Area Committee work is driven by members teams and will begin after March 5th when grant applications are due. The five Focus Area Committees will meet for preliminary discussions in March, conduct site visits and engage in strategic decision making in April, and then render a finalist in early May. All five Finalists will be announced on May 19th.
For more information on the grants process, please visit the Grants Tab on our website.
Wait a minute...What's a giving circle?
Collective giving circles are an opportunity for women to join together to pool their financial resources collectively, decide how to distribute them in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations with the goal of strengthening their communities. All you need are members, a financial commitment, and issues in your community that concern you.
In Wichita Falls, we have selected the Impact100 Model to structure and guide our organization. And we are part of a 60+ member chapter collective across the United States beyond with the Impact100 model successfully at work. Our local mission is to empower women to transform our community through collective philanthropic investment.
January 28th - New Member Orientation
February 9th and 11th - Focus Area Committee Training
February 25th - Member Survey Highlights & Next Steps
March 25th - Financial Literacy 101
March through May - Focus Area Committee Work with nonprofits
Projected second quarter events are: Reading & Interpreting Nonprofit Financials, Dialoguing with the 2021 Finalists, and Economic Issues Facing North Texas Women.
How do YOU define impact?
- "As a member of Impact100, I'm a part of something bigger than me. I couldn't give $59,000 to one organization, but as a member, I can be a part of a $59,000 transformational grant to help an organization double their service capacity like we did for The Arc of Wichita County last year."
- "During 2020 I learned more about the nonprofit community. I was able to summarize their projects and share needs on their wish lists. I personally gave to a few organizations that I learned about through my Focus Area Committee work."
- "I've met many dynamic women through online work over the past year. We each have a depth of experience we bring to this organization, and I can't wait to learn more from others in the new year."
Impact100 empowers women through these and many other channels. It is our goal to continue building member capacity for our members to:
- Give strategically, based on solid research and active engagement;
- Serve as leaders, volunteers, and advocates for nonprofits in the community; and
- Learn more about women's leadership and philanthropy.
Each of these components expands our impact ripple by ripple as we work to partner with nonprofit organizations to help facilitate social change in our community.
February 2nd, 6:00 PM - Sikes Lake Walk
February 20th, 2:00 PM - Yoga in the Park
March 4th - Art Walk at The Burn Shop
March 17th - Wine Wednesday at Karat Bar & Bistro
April 1st - Art Walk at The Burn Shop
April 7th - Wine Wednesday, location TBA
April 9th, 2:00 - WF Art Association Gallery Exhibit
For more information, contact Rachel Reitan (940.782.1439).
Be sure you're checking the Impact100 Facebook page for the most current event information, inclusive of potential cancellations due to the pandemic. In all gatherings, we respectfully ask that you follow CDC guidelines for continued precautions to protect the health and safety of our members and community at-large. Thank you in advance.
By popular request...2022 payment plans!
At this time, we're asking those interested in this arrangement to directly contact our Treasurer, Jessica Traw for next steps. Our website will be updated with this capacity very soon!
After this year's spring grant cycle, the Board of Impact100 Wichita Falls is going to initiate strategic discussions, involving the membership and nonprofit community, as to how we can begin embedding more trust-based philanthropy principles in our process. So get familiar with this approach and be ready for those dialogues!
Have You Visited Our NEW Website?
Be sure to visit our new website as your source for all things Impact:
- Grant cycle updates
- Membership information including payment options & plans for 2022
- Easy event navigation
- Follow our timeline and process
- Track our community impact by organizations
Impact100 Global Council News
Also upcoming is the 20th Anniversary Global Conference to be held virtually on March 2-4th. Members will have the opportunity to learn from leaders around the globe with shared insights, best practices, and tools to apply immediately ALL while celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Impact100 movement. Members can click here for more information about the conference, including registration.
Impact100 Wichita Falls
Impact100 Wichita Falls is a 501(c)(3) charitable women’s giving circle dedicated to awarding high impact grants in the greater Wichita Falls area. The organization seeks to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems.