Over a $1 million was awarded among ten area non-profit organizations this weekend as Impact 100 for the Pensacola area made their annual gifts.
David Bear is on the board of directors of the Pensacola MESS Hall, "What we do is we really make an impact in our community with education on Math, Engineering, Science, and Stuff, that is what the MESS Hall stands for and to be able to take our show on the road will reach a lot more people."
Impact 100 of Northwest Florida is a local organization focused on raising funds from women in Okaloosa and Walton Counties to provide large grants of no less than $100,000 to local non-profit groups in the community
The organization is modeled after the in Pensacola Bay Area group that recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and has the organization’s largest membership; this year surpassing the 1,000 mark.
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.
Over half a dozen nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties have been awarded grants of over 100 thousand dollars. Impact 100 is made up entirely of women aged 18 or older who each donate 1000 dollars to be given away as grants to non-profits.
The number of grants is determined by the number of members. This year marked the tenth year this group has awarded grants. Cindy Warren is the current Vice President and President-Elect of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100. She says the membership in the Pensacola Bay area group continues to grow.