Impact 100 2014 culminated with awarding its $100,000 grant to the New Orleans Women’s Shelter. Located in Central City, the New Orleans Women’s Shelter is one of the few shelters that accept homeless women with children and pregnant women. Since opening its doors in 2007, the New Orleans Women’s Shelter has provided warm beds and nutritious meals to 700 homeless women and children. It is estimated that the number of homeless women in New Orleans has risen 66 percent since 2012.
Learn more about how the New Orleans Women’s Shelter has used the Impact 100 award.
The kick-off breakfast was held at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at the ReFresh Project. During the breakfast, the members heard from speakers Abigail Disney and Donna Hall and learned the slate of nonprofits in each of the five categories.
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and activist based in New York City. Her first documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is founder and president of the Daphne Foundation and serves on the board of The Roy Disney Family Foundation.
Donna P. Hall is president and CEO of the San Francisco-based Women Donors Network, a group of 200 women from around the country who individually and collectively grant more than $160 million a year on issues of social and environmental justice.
The Impact 100 members gathered at the Patrick F. Taylor Library at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to listen to presentations from the three nonprofits within the winning category – health and social services. The three nonprofits were: Eden House, National Alliance on Mental Illness – New Orleans, and New Orleans Women’s Shelter. Following the presentation, the members were able to vote online for their nonprofit of choice.
On Giving Tuesday, the group came together to present the Impact 100 check to the New Orleans Women’s Shelter – the winning nonprofit – and celebrated their work in our community.