We support women by expanding the impact of their giving.
Across the country and across the globe women are taking their rightful place at the table where decisions are made. Nowhere is their presence more powerfully felt than in philanthropy, where women’s values and visions are reshaping our world. Registration is now open for Impact 100 2024.
What is Impact 100?
Impact 100, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a group of 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.
Why Impact 100?
Because, as Margaret Mead said, it really only takes a small group of committed individuals to change the world. In recent years, as women have stepped into their power—including their earning power—women’s giving circles have become influential change agents in communities across the country.
We believe it’s time for a women’s giving circle to transform some of the pressing issues facing the New Orleans region. By pooling our resources and focusing our efforts, we can be the change agents few of us can afford to be alone. Together, we can demonstrate the power of collaborative giving. $1,100 is your passport to Impact 100.
Women Making an Impact
Since its inaugural year 12 years ago, Impact 100 has granted out more than $1.3 million to nonprofits across our region.
On November 8, 2023, members heard presentations from the 4 nonprofits they selected. The women of Impact 100 voted to hear pitches from the categories of Community Improvement, Education, Environment, and Health. The membership heard pitches from representatives with Coastal Communities Consulting, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Split Second Foundation, and STEM Library Lab. Each of the 3 runners-up received a $5,000 grant as well as pitch training and a profile video created by our nonprofit partner New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC). View the nonprofits’ pitch videos here: Community Improvement: Coastal Communities Consulting, Inc., Education: STEM Library Lab, Environment: Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and Health: Split Second Foundation.
In 2023, Impact 100 awarded its $100,000 grant to Split Second Foundation, a New Orleans-based non profit working to advance treatments for spinal cord injuries and transform hope into action. View the winner notification video here!
To learn more information about Impact 100 please read the Q&A.
For membership questions or to learn more about Impact 100, please contact Heather Nelson, Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.620.5266.
Impact 100 2023 Membership
Marguerite “Peggy” Adams*
Judith B. Andry
Vanessa Brown Claiborne
Maude Brown Lofton
Dr. Katherine Holcomb
Katherine Lauricella Ainsley
F. Gay Le Breton
Halima Leak Francis*
Jean Meaux Ballanco
Regina Castelin Molony
Carole Cukell Neff
Mary Beth Reiling
Jennifer Bach Rosen
Penny Selber Autenreith
Kristin Van Hook Moore
Rita May Ward
* 2023 Advisory Committee Members
Impact 100 2024 Events
Spring Social – March 2024
Additional Events will be announced at a later date.