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Our Mission

Impact100 Greater Milwaukee is an organization of women who collectively award transformative grants that make a lasting impact on the community.

It is a simple idea: one woman, one vote. Women make a fully tax deductible donation of $1,100 annually, $1,000 of which goes directly to our grants. The remaining $100 supports Impact100 Greater Milwaukee’s operational expenses.

Following a rigorous evaluation process by our members, finalists present to the full membership at the Annual Awards Celebration. Following the presentations that night, members vote and the grant recipients are announced. For every 100 members, we award one $100,000 grant and divide the balance of funds among the remaining finalists. The more members we have, the more we can award.

Impact100 Greater Milwaukee is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization relying on the skills and talents of its members. We strive to be an inclusive, diverse organization of women growing as knowledgeable philanthropists in supporting our local nonprofits in the Greater Milwaukee community.

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Our Core Values

Empower women to be philanthropic decision makers.

Raise our members’ awareness of nonprofit organizations in our community.

Every member receives an equal vote in the awarding of grants.

Ensure that $1,000 of each member’s donation goes directly to grant awards.

We strive for transparency, accountability, innovation and continuous improvement.

 
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Who would have thought one Facebook post could have such a huge impact?

a note from our founders

Anne Trunzo, one of our co-founders, discovered Impact100 when her college classmate posted about Impact100 Palm Beach County, a nonprofit organization she had founded with some of her friends. To Anne, its concept of collective philanthropy seemed simple and efficient: 100 or more women collectively pool $1,000 donations in order to award high-impact, transformative grants to community nonprofit organizations. She thought the process of selecting grant recipients would provide a unique opportunity for member engagement while gaining insight into the critical work of these groups. Anne felt this idea should be shared with the women of Greater Milwaukee. 

Anne reached out to some very capable friends, Mary Therese Breger, Cynthia Harris, Sue Connor and Jamy Malatesta, who all loved the idea. After countless hours around their kitchen tables, Impact100 Greater Milwaukee became a reality in 2015. Our five original members are now more than 350 women collectively pooling resources to fund important work in our shared communities.

Impact100 Greater Milwaukee is the 28th Impact100 organization in the world built on the model that was started in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2001.

 
Back row: Peggy Niemer, Norma Herbers, Kathy Morris, Tracy Gobis, Julie Sellars, Julie Lucey, Carolyn MacIver, Amalia Schoone  Front row: Kelly Turenne, Robin Martin, Ann Homstad, Jamy Malatesta, Joy Hertlein  Not pictured: Nancy Kuhlman, Georgia Mavrinac and Stacy Scheffer

Back row: Peggy Niemer, Norma Herbers, Kathy Morris, Tracy Gobis, Julie Sellars, Julie Lucey, Carolyn MacIver, Amalia Schoone

Front row: Kelly Turenne, Robin Martin, Ann Homstad, Jamy Malatesta, Joy Hertlein

Not pictured: Nancy Kuhlman, Georgia Mavrinac and Stacy Scheffer

 

Our Leadership

We are an all-volunteer, working board, and we welcome your leadership. Sharing your time and talents will make a lasting impact on our community.

 

Board of Directors

President
Ann Homstad

President Elect
Robin Martin

Past President
Jamy Malatesta

Secretary
Kelly Turenne

Treasurer
Joy Hertlein

Governance
Norma Herbers

Grants Review Directors
Peggy Niemer & Kathy Morris

Systems Director
Nancy Kuhlman

Communication Directors
Georgia Mavrinac & Amalia Schoone

Programming & Outreach Director
Carolyn MacIver

Events Director
Julie Lucey

Membership Recruitment Director
Tracy Gobis

Membership Retention Director
Stacy Scheffer

Friends of Impact Director
Julie Sellars

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Committees

Assistant Secretary
 Sue Benes

Assistant Treasurer
Kate Hauser

Controller
Barb Maloney 

Grant Chairs
Carol Geenen, Beth Healy, Maureen Kenfield, Margaret Krei & Lisa Mauer 

Financial Review Chair
Patti Hoerig

Foundant Chair
Lori Murphy

Grants Management Chair
Sue Connor

Communications Chair
Ginny Kannenberg 

External Communications Chair
Julie Jensen

Programming Chair
Maureen Goldblatt

Beyond the Headlines Chair
Laura Parsons

Outreach Chair
Renee Manion

Annual Awards Celebration Chair
Carla Cummings

Kickoff/Helping Hands Chair
Kerry Doyle

Event Logistics Chair
Dana Vaughan

Recruiting Events Chair
Kaleen Morkin

Recruitment Process Chair
Cynthia Harris

Engagement Chair
Pam Klein

Member Networking Chair
Karin Gale

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