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Imagine Our Impact

Newsletter ~ March 2019

Left to Right: Dianna Manoogian; Eileen Rosenzweig; Heather Rippy; Jodie Zerega; Joanna Benante; Tilly McFadden; Amy Tupper; Jane Watt; Melissa Tomasso; Brigitte Suttmiller; Andrea McHenry; Toni Schemmel; Jamie Black; Cheryl Ballinger; Sannie Brander; Traci Douberly; Tonya Getzen-Gowan.  Not pictured: Sarah Lodge
"Impact 100 SRQ” Raises $228,000
Announces it will Award Two $114,000 Transformational Grants in the Fall

(Sarasota – March 8, 2019) Impact 100 SRQ, a dynamic group of local philanthropists committed to high impact strategic grant making, recently announced it will award two transformational grants of $114,000 to Sarasota and Manatee non-profits in the Fall.   

Sarasota and Manatee County women have banded together under a growing philanthropic movement that will deliver meaningful change in the area. The group finalized its 2019 membership recently of 228 committed women and announced its total grant giving amount at its Big Reveal event hosted at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. 

“The grants are designed to have a major impact on the Sarasota and Manatee county area, the selected non-profits, and the communities served,” said Jane Watt, president of Impact 100 SRQ. “Through collective giving, Impact 100 SRQ members demonstrate leadership and camaraderie as they cultivate transformation together.”

The window for grant application is April 1 – June 18, 2019. The two $114,000 grants, which are open to non-profits in Sarasota and Manatee counties, will be awarded at the organization’s Annual Awards Celebration on November 3, 2019. Grant applications may be submitted online for projects in any of the following areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment & Recreation; Family; Health & Wellness.  Applications should have a focus on serving residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Impact 100 SRQ will use Community Force as its grant application platform, an established and respected on-line grant application service known in the non-profit arena.

The idea behind Impact 100 SRQ is simple:  Encourage at least 100 women to donate $1,000 each, then pool those resources into one big grant of $100,000 for a qualifying non-profit in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.    Impact 100 SRQ has no paid employees or staff, so 100% of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 is awarded to non-profit organizations in grants of $100,000 or more. Operational costs are kept to a minimum and funded voluntarily by members and corporate supporters.

For 2020 membership, ongoing sponsorship or community partnership details visit

Non-Profit Workshop - Tuesday, April 9th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Member Flamingle - Thursday, April 11th - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Focus Area Committee Training - Saturday, April 13th - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM



2019 Timeline for Impact 100 SRQ
A Message from Impact 100 SRQ President, Jane Watt:
Dear Founding Members,
Our “Big Reveal” clearly illustrated your commitment to our community and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your contagious enthusiasm.  Our excitement is rippling through out Sarasota & Manatee counties, as we pave the way to changing how women approach philanthropy.  Non-profits across our community can dream of new programs and program expansions to fulfilling their mission in a BIG way!  With over 50 Impact 100 Chapters across the United States & Australia, we are launching our chapter with over 200 Founding Members.  WE now join 2 other Impact 100 chapters as the largest chapter in its founding year!  Our success is because of each of you and I am humbled to be leading this emerging organization that is like no other.

As we transition from our Membership Phase to our Grant Review Phase, our focus shifts to receiving quality grant requests from our community non-profits.  Our online grant application will be available on April 1, 2019.  We encourage you to spread the word that our grant application will be available soon and that we will be awarding 2 $114,000 transformational grants in November of 2019 at our Annual Celebration.  We will be using the Community Force grant platform that provides our organization & non-profits with a concise application/review process.  Please continue to share our story describing the Impact 100 SRQ model and your reasons for participating.  The future success of our chapter depends on what we do each day.  When we speak from the heart our authenticity shines through.  As you share your passion, please encourage women who are interested to visit our website and begin planning for our next Membership Recruitment Phase.  Women that have missed becoming a member for the 2018/2019 giving year are welcome to join at any time prior to February 28, 2020 for the 2020 Grant Giving Cycle. 

With shared enthusiasm and a desire to empower women for a greater good, I look forward to getting to know each of you as we continue our grassroots journey of making an Impact in our community.


Member Spotlight

Sunny Barnes

Sunny Barnes(left) with her sister and fellow
Impact 100 SRQ Founding Member, Raffie Hamilton(right)

About Me: Sunny Barnes

I was born and raised in Fairmont, West Virginia.  After attending West Virginia University and missing my sister Raffie Hamilton, I relocated to Sarasota Florida to be close to her.   I instantly fell in love with the opportunity and beauty of Sarasota.  Having a passion for design and architecture, I have been lucky to work in the construction and design industry for the past 20 years.  I currently am  a Design and Architecture Sales Rep for Porcelanosa USA.  


Why did you become involved with Impact 100 SRQ?


I became involved with Impact 100 after my sister invited me to meet Jane Watt and some other ladies out for a drink.  After listening to the passion Jane expressed and the opportunity I saw, how could I even not think of joining?!  Impact 100 is so much different than any other charity organization I have joined or heard about.  The fact that every dollar raised is 100% donated is not only rare to see but it’s a major impact for a non-profit. 


How are you involved in Impact 100 SRQ? 


The best part of Impact is you can be involved more some months than others.  Due to a busy work schedule sometimes I can’t be a part of everything but I try to help with any events that I can possibly help with.  This is what is great no matter how busy or not busy you are, YOU choose how involved you can or want to be. 


How do you envision yourself making an impact? 


The fact that I am part of an organization that is giving away 2 $114,000.00 grants this year is so impactful to our community.  I never would have been able to make this much of an impact with any other organization in Sarasota.  It is going to be priceless to see

which non-profit organizations we get to transform and change this year and many other years in the future.


Are you serving on a Focus Area Committee?  Which one and why?


I have not decided on a particular focus committee yet, but I am leaning strongly on the Family and Arts and Culture  Committees.  Family values has been instilled in me since I was a child and it seems to be an area of need in every community.  Arts and Culture is what a lot of Sarasota’s history comes from, so I think there are many groups that could benefit from this grant that may otherwise be overlooked.

The mission of Impact 100 Council is to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practices among Impact 100 chapters to allow for continued growth and sustainability of Impact 100 around the world.  We will create world-class, strategic philanthropy and transform communities with significant grants while we equip individuals to become effective philanthropists and guide them to amplify their success for positive change.



They blew it away!

Impact 100 Chapter News Around the World!
This is the IMPACT just a few other chapters made their inaugural year....

Impact100 Essex, New Jersey gave $112,000 its inaugural year 2018 to Covenant House New Jersey, to launch their Dove Learning Center, and create a model for educating homeless, at-risk youth aiming to build resilience and hope. The program uses a blended learning approach focusing on basic cognitive skills, employment, financial literacy, social navigation and wellness:

Impact 100 Sydney, Australia's inaugural year was 2017 and they gave away one $100.000 grant to Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre, whose project was "Empowering Girls to Grow" - Career Mentoring Program:   

Impact 100 Martin County, Florida's inaugural year was 2018.  They gave away one $100,000 grant to Project L.I.F.T.,Life Initiatives for Teens) for its launch of Pathway Academy of Innovation, which will provide at-risk teens with an alternative way to obtain a high school diploma:

Impact 100 Jersey Coast, New Jersey gave its inaugural grant in 2016 for $145,000 to 180 Turning Lives Around.  With the grant they established a Family Justice Center (FJC). FJCs are a national model that have been proven to work and save lives. A Family Justice Center is a collaboration with law enforcement, lawyers, counselors, and child abuse specialists, all under one roof. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking can go to a Family Justice Center and obtain most of the services they need, the same day:
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