IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local women’s philanthropy group, is making a final push for its annual membership drive for 2014. The organization has set a goal of reaching the 1,000-member milestone this year. That would allow them to give away $1 million to non-profits in the community. Such an accomplishment would be a great way to mark the local chapter’s tenth year of giving.
The organization already is the largest IMPACT 100 organization in the country, with a total membership of 836 following the 2013 recruitment campaign. “I did a little research before our annual meeting last October, and they’ve developed two IMPACT 100 organizations in Australia. So I think I can safely say we’re the larges IMPACT organization in the world,” says Holly Jurnovoy, President of the Board of Directors of the Pensacola Bay Area chapter. However, Jurnovoy believes there is still room for growth.
Since its inception in 2003, IMPACT 100 has, through the $1,000 annual membership donations, raised and awarded over $5.15 million to local non-profit organizations. Grants are awarded in five focus areas: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family; and Health and Wellness.
The annual membership drive launched in November of last year and will conclude on March 1. There are a few more IMPACT Events on the calendar.
Monday, February 10, a Valentine event will be held at the Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. PMA was one of eight non-profits in 2013 to be awarded grants of $104,500, with plans to use the money to replace the building’s 100-year-old floors with new floors.
Tuesday, February 11, a recruitment event will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Imogene Theater, 6866 Caroline St., Milton. The Santa Rosa Historical Society received a 2013 IMPACT grant to replace lighting at the Imogene.
Monday, February 17, IMPACT 100 will host an event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pathways for Change Family Center, 2050 West Blount St., Pensacola.
The final membership event of the year is set for 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 S. Palafox St., Pensacola.
When the membership drive concludes on March 1, the local chapter will announce the new membership total, as well as the amount and number of grants to be awarded this year.
Non-profits seeking a grant must submit Letters of intent by April 30. The goal is to receive 100 applications, topping last year’s total about 80.
Looking ahead, a tenth-year celebration is set for April 11 at the Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place, Pensacola. The event will feature Wendy Steele, who founded the IMPACT 100 concept. Also, Patricia Barnes, a noted philanthropist and creator of Sister Schubert Rolls, will make an appearance.
For more information, visit www.impact100pensacola.org.