Impact 100 Nonprofit Voting Categories

September 11, 2023

Impact 100, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a group of over one hundred local women who commit to giving $1,100 each for the purpose of making a single transformative grant of $100,000 to a local nonprofit.

Recipient nonprofits use the grant to deepen their impact and grow their network of supporters. Since its inaugural year, Impact 100, sponsored by Villere & Co., has granted more than $1 million to nonprofits across our region.

In 2022, Impact 100 awarded its $100,000 grant to TrainingGrounds, Inc. Meet the TrainingGrounds team here. This organization creates supportive learning environments to enable caregivers and educators to provide children with quality experiences that promote healthy brain development, appropriate adult-child interactions and positive social-emotional skills.

This year, the deadline to register for Impact 100 is on Friday, September 29, 2023. If you’re interested in joining Impact 100, click here to register. 

Process

Upon joining Impact 100, members have the opportunity to choose which mission area they’d like to choose the winning nonprofit from. Review the nonprofit categories in the chart below.

Once the top categories are narrowed down by the members, the Greater New Orleans Foundation slates four nonprofits within each category for members to vote on in their second vote of the year. Members are invited to choose one nonprofit in each of the categories selected by the membership. With this vote, members select the finalist nonprofits who will develop a pitch to present to the membership. After reviewing the organizations’ pitches, the membership will engage in a final vote to choose the winning nonprofit of this year’s Impact 100!

Nonprofit Categories

Arts and Culture

Arts and culture organizations play a special role of anchoring the cultural life of a community. They embody the unique character of who we are as well as educate and enlighten us.  Artists and culture bearers are producers, presenters, and preservers of visual and performing arts.  Arts and culture inspires us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty.

Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform organizations work to reduce the disproportionate number of children, people of color, the mentally ill, and low income individuals entering the criminal justice system; ensure, at a minimum, constitutional treatment for all persons throughout the criminal justice system; and provide a pathway that prepares individuals returning from incarceration to re-enter a community ready for their return.

Community Improvement

Community improvement organizations support and revitalize communities, especially those that are impoverished or struggling. They can offer a wide range of community services that meet local needs such as education, job training, healthcare, commercial development, and other social programs.

Education

Everyone deserves a high-quality education and the opportunity to succeed. Creating lasting change in education is labor-intensive and requires the sustained efforts of many including parents, teachers, and administrators. Nonprofit organizations in the field of education address issues such as literacy, school readiness, education reform, the achievement gap, in- school programming, research, training, policy, and research.

Environment

To maintain our way of life, we must inspire transformational and equitable climate resilience projects and environmental programs. Nonprofits working on environmental issues range from those that restore, protect, and enhance our vulnerable coastline and coastal communities to organizations that focus on advocacy, education, or direct services regarding urban water management, reforestation, clean transportation, and more. The actions we take today will ensure a thriving and sustainable region for the next 100 years.

Health

The well-being of our society is dependent on the well-being of all our residents. Health organizations work to ensure that everyone has access to comprehensive, quality, evidence-based, culturally competent medical care and health education.

Human Rights

Human rights belong to everyone — whatever your religion, race, class, gender, sexuality, where you live, the language you speak or any other factor. Nonprofits working to promote human rights empower individuals, communities, and institutions to promote the protection and enjoyment of rights for all. These organizations work to ensure that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, wellbeing, justice, privileges, and opportunity regardless of their legal, political, economic, or other circumstances.

Social Justice

Social justice organizations address structures or human actions within society that result in people being treated unfairly or unjustly. These organizations work to ensure that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, well-being, justice, privileges, and opportunity regardless of their legal, political, economic, or other circumstances.

Social Services

Social service organizations help individuals and families cope with the overwhelming challenges of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, poor health, abuse or neglect, and others. These organizations use comprehensive, wrap around services to work with families and individuals to help them heal and move toward self-sufficiency.

Women and Girls

Women and girls have unique needs that require strategic and culturally specific attention. Nonprofits that work with women and girls focus on addressing their developmental needs and gender specific challenges by using strategies that empower them to become thriving members of our region.

Workforce Development

A thriving region is one that works. Workforce development addresses the barriers to employment that prevent individuals from attaining jobs that offer living wages and career pathways.  Nonprofits contribute to workforce development by providing work readiness training, foundational skills, specialized training, and job placement opportunities.

Youth Development

Youth development programs guide youth in their journey toward independence by teaching them the skills and knowledge necessary to function in the world. Youth development programs work with youth during out-of-school time to develop their unique talents and potential in order to develop the resiliency, self-reliance, and the self-confidence required to succeed in adulthood.

Want to Know More?

For more information or assistance, please contact Melissa Duplantier, Donor Relations Officer, at (504) 620-5275 or melissa@gnof.org.