BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 15, 2014) --- It was an evening of big impact on April 10 when 320 women gathered at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center to award $320,000 to five nonprofit groups in southern Palm Beach County. The event was Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s Grand Awards Celebration, and guests included women who had made a $1,000 donation to become an annual member. Those funds are pooled every year to make $100,000 grants to deserving charities in the categories of education, environment, arts and culture, family and health and wellness. Each of the finalist nonprofits had the opportunity to describe their project, their vision and what the high-impact grant would mean for their organization and the community. After the presentations, Impact members voted and the three with the most votes received a grant of $100,000 each.
Achievement Centers for Children and Families of Delray Beach received the first $100,000 grant for their Pine Grove Afterschool and Summer program. This new program will serve 150 elementary school students at Pine Grove Elementary, a school with a high concentration of low-achieving students living in poverty. The program will provide them with affordable aftercare and summer programs combining academic, cultural, recreational, social and leadership activities.
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers received the next $100,000 grant for their Family Preservation Program, designed to counteract the cycle of poverty by providing an integrated, comprehensive system of care for 500 family members on-site at their two centers in Boca Raton. The program includes family crisis intervention; case management, information and referral; parenting skills development; group and individual counseling for parents and children; job training; a mentoring program; financial and nutrition education classes; and healthy take-home family meals five days a week.
The final $100,000 grant recipient was The Creative City Collaborative (CCC), also known as the Arts Garage, for their Music and Theatre Education Program. This program will have two components – Drumline and Theatre Education - and will provide quality, no cost, sustained arts education for 1,000 disadvantaged children and youth in south Palm Beach County.
The other two finalist organizations, the Coastal Conservation Association and the United Cerebral Palsy of Palm Beach and Mid Coastal Counties each received a $10,000 grant.
“Our mission is to make an impact in our community and the best way to do that is to grow our membership and also retain our current members,” said Sue Diener, co- President of Impact 100 Palm Beach County. “We hope that when you join, you enjoy the experience and return next year. We also encourage even more nonprofits to apply for our grants program. We would like to see every nonprofit in southern Palm Beach County supply their plan and have the opportunity to receive a grant.”
Impact 100 Palm Beach County is a charitable women’s organization celebrating "The Power of Women Giving as One." Their goal is to make it possible for a visionary idea to become a reality in a way that impacts the local community. The group met their target of 300 members this year, allowing them to give away three $100,000 grants. In their three-year-history, Impact 100 has awarded a total of $688,000 to organizations serving south Palm Beach County. Next year, their goal is 400 members and $400,000 in transformational grants.
Impact 100 is operated as a charitable fund at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Foundation also helps with the annual grant-making process.
All women who would like to be a part of this powerful "giving circle" are warmly welcomed! To join, or to learn more about Impact 100 Palm Beach County visit http://www.impact100pbc.com/ or call 561-336-4623.