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Our Mission

We are a dynamic leader of women’s philanthropy: bringing new resources to the community and making philanthropy accessible.
Through strategic high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to create change in our community.

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Efficient and highly effective local philanthropy

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Improving the community through annual $100,000 impact grants

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Innovative solutions that drive social change

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Becoming a catalyst for social change, innovation and investment in their community

About Impact 100 of the Palm Beaches

One Woman, One Meeting, One Vote –  for the past several years this message has been a growing part of the philanthropic landscape in southern Palm Beach County.  Deborah Johnson and Bridget Baratta decided one year ago it was time to launch an Impact 100 group that would benefit the rest of Palm Beach County.  The venture philanthropy effect, making a big impact with a targeted investment, appealed to Baratta and Johnson, each of whom has spent over ten years in the development and foundation worlds.

For them, Impact The Palm Beaches is not just a matter of facilitating generosity, it is a matter of leveraging the power of one hundred founding women each of whom will commit $1,000, to effect social change in our community.

Our Mission

We are a dynamic leader of women’s philanthropy: bringing new resources to the community and making philanthropy accessible. Through strategic high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to create change in our community.

We Believe In:

• Efficient and highly effective local philanthropy
• Improving the community through annual $100,000 impact grants
• Innovative solutions that drive social change
• Becoming a catalyst for social change, innovation and investment in their community

Wendy Steele, Founder Impact 100

In 2001, with the idea that philanthropy should be a party with an open invitation for all to attend, Wendy Steele brought her idea for an innovative pass-through foundation to some key women in her community. With their support, she launched and led Impact 100 which brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. This was in Cincinnati, Ohio. By 2003, the national media had learned about this innovative approach and People Magazine featured the organization and its founder in their widely read publication. From there, the news spread and the Impact 100 model began to be replicated around the country. By the end of 2014, Impact 100 organizations around the country have given away more than $29 MILLION to people in need – and it is still growing.

Impact 100 was designed to remove the traditional barriers to giving and provide a unique experience to the donor. An experience so compelling, it would forever change lives. A significant grant (of at least $100,000) means transformation for the grant recipient as well.

Any group or organization is able to adopt the Impact 100 model without paying a fee or “registering” the non-profit with a parent organization in any way.

Impact 100 Groups around the Globe

Leadership Team Members

Deborah Johnson - Founder

Deborah Johnson
Co-Founder

Bridget Baratta
Co-Founder

Tish Carlo

Emily Clifford

Christine DelVecchio

Lisa Johnson

PJ Layng

Patricia Lebow, Esq

Lisa McDermott

Michele Gurto

Judie Rappaport

Lisa Schneider

Beth Walton

Upcoming Events

september

28sep6:30 am- 8:00 pmA Night of Impact- Informational Event6:30 am - 8:00 pm 119 Satinwood Lane, Palm Beach Gardens

november

6nov5:30 pm- 8:00 pm2017 Impact Awards Celebration5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST 201 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Palm Beach Dramaworks

Are you ready to join us?