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100 people collectively make one big impact

100 people collectively make one big impact

Impact100 WA empowers individuals to assist community initiatives at a scale otherwise unimagined through the power of &.

Since its inception in 2012, Impact100 WA has helped 14 charities and donated $700,000 thanks to the generosity of the general public.

Like many good ideas, Impact100 came about through a group of friends coming together and realising as individuals they couldn’t do much, but through the power of collectivism, they could truly make a difference to the community around them. The group wanted to create a giving circle that would significantly contribute to small, not-for-profit local organisations that would benefit greatly from their help.

Impact 100 was first developed by American Wendy Steele, who brought together 100 philanthropic friends and business associates in her hometown of Cincinnati to collectively give to underprivileged members of the community. The WA group recognised the merits of this concept and in 2012, became the 14th Impact100 group and the first in Australia.

Impact100 WA began recruiting 100 like-minded members of the community who wanted to have a larger and more specific impact with a philanthropic donation of $1000. Every cent of the $100,000 raised is directly donated to a small charity voted on by the 100 donors. A grant review committee (again, made up of donors) whittle applications down to a handful of finalists, which are then presented to all 100 donors for review. At the Annual Grant Awards dinner, the 100 donors each have one vote in the form of a pebble, which is placed in the jar of their chosen charity. The charity with the most pebbles receives the primary $100,000 grant.

The first round of donations in 2012 was awarded to Manna Inc, a charity that feeds, clothes and supports disadvantaged Western Australians. The grant went into Manna Inc’s Winter School Uniform Program and saw 1,000 kits including winter tracksuits with school emblem, padded rain jackets, running shoes and pairs of socks distributed to primary school children in need. The behavioural and attendance effects on assisted students were remarkable, simply by allowing the children to feel equal to fellow students in uniform.

Since the inaugural year, a further 13 charities have been assisted via Impact100 WA with one group receiving the primary grant annually and due to numbers of donors exceeding the 100 target, more groups are being assisted on top of this with smaller grants. In 2015, 159 members donated $220,000, which meant two $100,000 grants were awarded.

The 2016 round of Impact100 WA is now open with small charities urged to submit applications by 12pm, May 27th.  

References:

http://www.impact100wa.org.au/

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