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Pay it Forward: Impact 100 to choose $100,000 grant recipients on April 17

Impact 100 Palm Beach County board members (seated, l-r) Renee Feder, Cindy Krebsbach, Kirsten Stanley, Kathy Adkins, Lisa Mulhall, Marilyn Swillinger, (standing) Allison Davis, Peggy Jones, Mary Donnell, Laura Bull, Sue Diener, Sarah Crane, Suzy Lanigan, Holly Schuttler, Ellen Elam, Kim Beaumont, Karen Sweetapple, Lauren LeBas, JoAnne Greiser, Kathryn Gillespie, Susan Brockway, Karen Rogers, Helen Ballerano, Nancy Dockerty and Kelly Fleming. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

The finalists for Impact 100’s gifts are Autism After 21, Center for Child Counseling, Digital Vibez, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, HOW Foundation of South Florida, Palm Beach Dramaworks, StreetWaves, The Institute for Regional Conservation and WiseTribe.

The 10 nonprofits — all vetted and visited by Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s grants committee — will vie for five $100,000 checks to fund innovative programs that change lives.

“We look at not only the financials of the programs but the financials of the organizations as well,” said Kirsten Stanley, president of the women's charity group whose members donate $1,000 apiece.

“Beyond that, with the nonprofits, we look to see whether they are established and sustainable.”

The winners will be announced April 17 during the eighth annual Grand Awards Celebration at Lynn University in Boca Raton.

Some of the 500-plus women who have pooled their resources will vote for the 2018-19 winners after hearing a five-minute presentation from each finalist.

“The ideas you will hear on April 17 are truly inspiring,” Stanley said. “To me, it’s been surprising just to recognize how many organizations have something very significant to offer.”

When Impact 100 Palm Beach County requested letters of inquiry for the new funding cycle last year, 59 were submitted in the focus areas of arts and culture, education, environment, family, and health and welfare. The list then was cut to 25 semifinalists.

“We want to make sure we give every nonprofit the opportunity,” Stanley said. “That said, we are stewards of $100,000 in each case. We want to make sure we give it to an organization that truly has the capability of managing that.”

The finalists were announced April 1.

“For us, the very nature of it is its high impact,” Stanley said of the program.

“High-impact grants foster effective changes that are long-term, positive and measurable, support programs that change the way an organization or a community operates and have the potential to be sustained into the future.” 

If You Go

What: Eighth annual Grand Awards Celebration

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

April 17

Where: Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

Cost: Free for members

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