Five Central Indiana nonprofits have been named finalists for an annual $100,000 high impact grant offered by Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, a charitable women’s giving circle.
The winner will be chosen on June 29 in a virtual event in which current members will vote electronically after each finalist presents a seven-minute video. The winning organization will receive $100,000 while the four other finalists will each receive $16,788.
Founded in 2006, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is dedicated to helping nonprofits in the areas of arts, culture and preservation; education; environment and animal welfare; family; and health and wellness.
This year, the five focus areas and finalists are:
- Arts, Culture & Preservation: Hip Hop Shakespeare, Indy Shakes (Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, Inc.)
- Education: Education Expansion, Westminster
- Environment & Animal Welfare: Foster Pet Program and Sanctuary, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
- Family: You Yes You! Project, You Yes You!
- Health & Wellness: Senior Home Repair, NeighborLink
Indianapolis Foundation, Inc.
Counting this year’s awards, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis will have surpassed $2.7 million in grants awarded to Central Indiana nonprofits during its 16-year history.
To date, 18 local nonprofits have received $100,000 high-impact grants and 46 have received unrestricted, residual grants as a result of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis’ collective giving. Previous Change-Makers include: Family Promise of Hendricks County (2020); Kennedy King Memorial Initiative (2019); Brookside Community Development Corporation and Trinity Episcopal Church (2018); Volunteers of America of Ohio & Indiana (2017); The IMPACT Project (a joint project between Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child and Family Services) (2016); Indianapolis Parks Foundation for Indy Urban Acres Flower Farm (2015); LifeSmart Youth (2014); Tindley Collegiate (2013); Jameson Camp, Inc. (2012); Outside the Box, Inc. (2011); Rock Steady Boxing (2010); Outreach, Inc. (2009); Herron High School and Horizon House (2008); Indy Reads and Craine House/Fairbanks (2007); and Wishard/Eskenazi (2006).