(BOCA RATON, Fla.)— It was an evening of grand impact on April 16 when 300 Impact 100 Palm Beach County members and guests gathered at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center* for the fifth annual Impact 100 Palm Beach County Grand Awards Ceremony. Sue Diener and Susan Duane, co-presidents of Impact 100 Palm Beach County, presented checks totaling $436,000 to six nonprofit groups in southern Palm Beach County.
This year, 436 women made a $1,000** donation to become an annual member of the grant-making organization. Each year the group pools members’ gifts in order to make $100,000 grants to deserving charities in the categories of education, environment, arts and culture, family and health and wellness. During the Grand Awards Ceremony, 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 100 members voted and the four presenting organizations with the most votes received a grant of $100,000 each. The remaining two nonprofit organizations were awarded $18,000 each.
Best Foot Forward of Boca Raton received the first $100,000 grant for their Grounded for Life program. This program was designed to support foster care youth’s aspirations to graduate from high school and transition into post-secondary education. The program “grounds students for life” by connecting them to caring adults and boosting their belief in themselves.
The Soup Kitchen, Inc. of Boynton Beach received the second $100,000 grant for their Homebound Meal Delivery Program. With its new funding, the program will deliver meals to individuals in the Greater Boynton Beach area and surrounding areas who are homebound due to medical or health-related mobility issues, transportation limitations or age. These people often struggle to manage shopping for themselves and prepare nutritious meals, and as a result, their health declines, they become isolated from their community and their overall quality of life deteriorates.
Boca Helping Hands of Boca Raton received the third $100,000 grant for the launch of their new medical and dental clinic. Surveys and assessments have determined that access to medical and dental care for the indigent population of South Palm Beach County is a critical need. When compared with the general population at large, the indigent and working poor residents of South Palm Beach County have higher rates of Type -2 Diabetes, Coronary Disease, Hypertension and obesity. These are major contributing factors to the ongoing cycle of dependence which Boca Helping Hands seeks to break.
Pathways to Prosperity of Boynton Beach received the final $100,000 grant for their Circles Palm Beach County program. Circles is based on the premise that in order to escape poverty, people must learn to help themselves and must come to understand the barriers within themselves that keep them from succeeding. The program is designed to educate and inform parents so that they are able to transition to higher social, emotional and economic standard of living.
The other two finalist organizations, Florida Fishing Academy of Lake Worth and Flamingo Clay Studio of Lake Worth each received an $18,000 grant to further their missions.
“We are committed to strengthening our community through the collective resources of our members,” stated Diener. “We met our target of 400 members this year, allowing us to give away four $100,000 grants. Next year, our goal is 500 members and $500,000 in transformational grants.”
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. Since the first Grand Awards Ceremony in 2011, Impact 100 Palm Beach County members have donated $1,124,000 to make positive changes in Southern Palm Beach County.
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 "Efficient Philanthropy" 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.
*This event was not hosted, co-sponsored or endorsed by Lynn University.
***Impact 100 Palm Beach County members contribute $1,050 annually; of which $50 goes toward administrative fees and $1,000 is awarded as a donation to selected nonprofit organizations.