Impact Informer

a quarterly communique of Impact100 Wichita Falls

April 2021

THE BIG GIVE - June 10, 2021

Join Impact100 members on Thursday, June 10th to hear from 2021 Finalists and to cast your vote for which organization will be awarded this year's $81,000 grant.

Save-the-date cards and invitations will be arriving in your mailboxes soon!

And be watching for your event preparatory packet and program the week of May 31st - June 4th. Your Zones Leader will be reaching out to you between Wednesday, June 2nd and Monday, June 7th to discuss any questions you may have to ensure your engagement in this process.


Thank You and Well Done!

We applaud our Grant Leadership Team & Focus Area Committee Members who have been hard at work over the past two months. These 44 women have:

  • Reviewed applications;
  • Conducted preliminary discussions on the submitted applications;
  • Conducted site visits for every applicant; and
  • Are currently in process of strategic decision making to render their finalist.

For more information on the grants process, please visit the Grants Tab on our website.

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2021 Applicants


The five 2021 Finalists will be announced on Thursday, May 20 through email notification to members and press release and social media outlets to the community.

We will then highlight each of the five 2021 Finalists, one each day, beginning Monday, May 24 and ending Friday, May 28. You'll have an opportunity to learn about the organization, its Mission, and its current efforts in the community. You'll learn specifically about their projects through the summaries in your event preparatory packet and program and then their presentations at The Big Give on June 10th. It's an exciting time, and we can't wait to share it with you.


Education Events

We're digging deeper in 2021 to build member understanding of our organization and nonprofit community, women's leadership, and philanthropy trends. Here's a list of second quarter opportunities:

April through May - Focus Area Committee Work with nonprofits

April 29th - Personal Investing & Estate Planning in celebration of Financial Literacy Month

May 24th through May 28th - Meet the Finalists

June 10th - 2020 Project Update & Dialogue with Anthony Watkins, Executive Director of The Arc of Wichita County

July - Moment of Lift (Melinda Gates) book study (SIGN UP HERE)


Interested in learning more about engaging in the work of Impact100 and meeting some of our remarkable members? We've planned some community events for you to do just that. We hope to see you somewhere soon.

May 4th, 6:00 PM - Sikes Lake Walk

May 6th, 5:30 PM - Art Walk at The Burn Shop

May 15th, 2:00 PM - Downtown Street Yoga

May 19th, Details Forthcoming - Wine Wednesday!

June 3rd, 5:30 PM - Art Walk at The Burn Shop

June 10th - The Big Give

For more information, contact Rachel Reitan (940.782.1439).

Start Your 2022 payment plan NOW!

Many women have voiced interest in joining Impact100, but have simultaneously voiced concern of paying $1,000 in lump sum, especially at year-end when our recruitment campaign closes. We've also heard women say repeatedly that monthly or quarterly payments over a year's time is much more feasible for financial purposes.

In efforts to be responsive, we've created payment plans specific to your needs. Our website has been updated with this feature. Click on the Become a Member tab and select Member Payment Plans. Should you have further questions, contact our Treasurer, Jessica Traw for next steps.

First Annual Global DAY OF GIVING!

Thursday, November 4th will be the first annual GLOBAL DAY OF IMPACT! Mark your calendars now as Impact100 not only celebrates its 20th Anniversary but also shines the light on the powerful difference each Impact100 makes in its local community and collectively as the Impact100 movement. Sisters (and brothers) from around the globe will gather this day to announce amounts of their annual grants, honor grantees' successes, and to commemorate National Philanthropy Month - reflecting on the meaning of giving and all that it has made and continues to make possible locally and collectively around the world. STAY TUNED! More details are to come!



It's not too late to sign up for the We Give Summit: A Celebration of Collective Giving.

Learn, grow, and think big with hundreds of everyday givers May! With more than 2,000 giving circles around the world, We Give Summit is the place for giving circle members, philanthropy experts, community leaders, and social impact newcomers to come together, forge new bonds, strengthen our work towards community change, and celebrate!

The We Give Summit kicks off on Tuesday, May 4 with subsequent sessions being held on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the month. It is 100% virtual, and you can tune into sessions at any time. All sessions are free during Week 1!

Trust-Based Philanthropy

The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project is a peer-to-peer learning and advocacy initiative to make trust-based practices the norm in philanthropy. Recognizing the inherent power imbalance between funders and nonprofits, we believe philanthropy will be more successful, rewarding, and effective if funders approach their grantee relationships from a place of trust, humility and transparency. Take some time to further explore the guiding principles.

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!

It may also be helpful to learn how other collective groups are moving their grantmaking deeper within the space of trust-based philanthropy. Check out the Philanos blog as to how Seattle and Portland are doing just that!


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

You can also follow us on Facebook & Instagram! (@Impact100WF)

Impact100 Global

Impact100 is a collective force for good; uniting and empowering women to give together, creating transformational impact, locally and globally. Click here to check out Impact100 latest news, success stories, and the April 2021 newsletter from founder, Wendy Steele.

In Case You Missed It

Browse the archives of previous Impact Informer editions.

January 2021

October 2020

April 2020

January 2020

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.