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    Impact 100 East Bay

    Impact 100 East Bay’s mission is to unite women in our community in a common cause.

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    Our Mission

    Impact 100 East Bay’s mission is to unite women in our community to make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. Our goal is to collectively raise funds to support unmet charity needs in Contra Costa and Alameda counties and raise awareness for deserving organizations.

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    Please contact us at info@impact100eastbay.org to learn how you can get involved today!

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    What is Impact 100?

    Impact 100 is about the power of collective decision-making and collective grant-making. As a grant-making organization, Impact 100 East Bay brings together women in our community to do something truly remarkable – award a significant grant to an organization(s) in Alameda County and/or Contra Costa County to support a high impact, transformational, and sustainable project.
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    How does it work?

    1. Members pool their giving by donating $1,000 each year (many give more to support the overhead/operating costs). 100% of the $1,000 goes to the grant.
    2. Non-profit organizations apply for a grant.
    3. Member volunteers rigorously review the applications to determine if they are high impact, transformational, and sustainable.to receive the grant(s).
    4. Finance Team Members review the financial strengths of non-profit organizations.
    5. Member volunteers conduct site visits of the selected semi-finalists.
    6. Finalists are invited to attend and present at an Annual Community Event. Members vote and the grant recipient(s) is awarded.
    7. Grant contract is finalized, funds are released per the contract, progress is reviewed and monitored.
    8. Grant Recipients present updates upon request.

    Our model is straight forward—
    More Members = More Grant Funds = More Impact

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    Please contact us at to learn how you can get involved today!


    Why Should You Get Involved?


    I was a recent retiree when I was pitched the idea of starting Impact 100 East Bay. I loved the concept of knowing exactly where my money was going, the opportunity to join with other women to make a greater impact and the chance to have a broad understanding of the current and emerging issues faced by my community. In the last three years I’ve met amazing women and made some lifetime friendships. I’m proud of what we have accomplished but know all of us dream of doing much, much more.

    Melody Silberstein

    Now more than ever I feel that women need to be involved in making a difference. Impact 100 has been a wonderful way to do not only that but to make incredible friendships. I love that each year I know where my money went and that it is being used wisely.

    Rebecca Walker
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    I retired from IT at a Fortune 10 company and was looking for something to keep me busy and to “give back” to the community. I attended the initial formation meeting of Impact 100 East Bay and was struck by the idea that 100% of my charitable contribution would go directly to aid my community (and not some lesser % going to some other city/state/place). Having a direct line of sight to my donation makes me feel that my charitable giving is making a difference. I have been amazed at the amount of charitable work going on in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, that heretofore I was unaware of. Seeing the charitable work of so many non-profit organizations is inspiring! In addition, I have gotten involved in the Grant Committee of Impact 100 East Bay and have met some dynamic women who will become lifelong friends.

    Denise Coyne
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    Since joining Impact 100 East Bay my universe has expanded exponentially. My awareness of the depth and breadth of the needs, as well as the wide variety of nonprofit organizations striving to meet those needs, has deepened and calls me to action. Both my desire and ability to be part of the solution has increased immeasurably. I hold the members of Impact 100 in the highest regard. TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

    Jo Anne

    From the birth of Impact 100 East Bay three years ago, I have had the opportunity to help lay the groundwork with some talented women from diverse industries and experiences. One of the things I enjoy is being able to do as little as I care to do in some activities, or as much as I want to do in others. I'm a lousy salesperson, but a pretty good bookkeeper, so my role as Treasurer has suited me perfectly. What motivated me to participate financially (beyond a big push from my friend, Diana) was the fact that all our money would be put to great use right here in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to collectively fund transformational community programs. Exposing us to a myriad of local unmet needs, our grant process has opened a huge window of opportunities to assist existing charities trying to meet those needs in a variety of creative and practical ways. I look forward to watching our group grow in number, in skill diversity, and in new-found sisterhood.

    Debbie Vargas