IMPACT 100 PALM BEACH COUNTY KICKS OFF SEASON WITH NATIONAL FOUNDER WENDY STEELE

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Join Impact 100 PBC members for a presentation from Wendy Steele and reception on October 30th

(Palm Beach, Fla.) – Kick off Fall in an “impactful” way! Impact 100 Palm Beach County is hosting a Fall Kick-Off event featuring keynote speaker and Impact 100 national founder, Wendy Steele on October 20th starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Mizner Park Arts & Cultural Center in Boca Raton. Guests will enjoy a reception to celebrate the next grant giving year for Impact 100 PBC.

Steele founded the global organization in 2001 in response to feeling as though women’s roles in philanthropy needed a new way to be expanded and encouraged. She launched the organization with the goal of empowering women to see themselves as activists through utilizing large grants to make an impact within their communities.

By 2002, Impact 100 received nonprofit status and donated its first grant of $123,000. In 2003, People magazine published a story about Impact 100, and Steele’s idea quickly began to spread. Today, her model has been replicated in cities all over the world and only continues to grow.

“Through the joint efforts of philanthropic women, Impact 100 Palm Beach County gives so many smaller nonprofits a chance to launch new programming or initiatives that they may not have otherwise been able to develop without the grant,” said Holly Schuttler, current president of Impact 100 PBC. “We hope women will come to our kickoff to learn more Impact 100 PBC and all of the great things we do to help other organizations in our community get a jump start to aid our neighbors in need. The more members we have, the greater impact we can make with our donations.”

With 652 members in 2020-21, the Impact 100 PBC chapter is the second largest in the world and is entering its 11th year in Palm Beach County.

“Impact 100 Palm Beach County is completely volunteer-based,” continued Schuttler. “Our members can invest as much time as they have into Impact 100 PBC, but no time commitment is required.”

Impact 100 Palm Beach County is a women’s 501c3 nonprofit organization funding local nonprofit initiatives in southern Palm Beach County – between Boca Raton and Lake Worth. It is comprised of a growing number of women who donate $1,000 annually, pool all funds and vote to award multiple $100,000 grants to nonprofits serving southern Palm Beach County in five focus areas: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation; Education; Environment and Animal Welfare; Family; and Health and Wellness.

Space is limited at this free event and reservations are required. For more information, please call 561.336.4623 or visit www.impact100pbc.org