By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Impact 100 Palm Beach County, a local, high-impact women’s philanthropy group, has narrowed to 25 its list of semi-finalists for its 2019 financial grants.
The goal of the charitable organization continues to be the awarding of at least one high-impact, $100,000 grant in each of five focus areas: Arts & culture, education, environment, family and health & wellness.
Each organization will complete a full grant application and receive a site visit by the Impact 100 Palm Beach County Grants Committee, which will select two finalists in each focus area.
Those chosen for the final round will present their proposals to the entire Impact 100 PBC membership April 17 at the organization’s Eighth Annual Meeting and Grand Awards event, to be held at the Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton. During that event, members will vote and $100,000 grant recipients will be announced.
The 25 semi-finalists selected from 59 organizations that submitted proposals are:
Arts and culture: Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts, Digital Vibez, Inc., Milagro Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach Dramaworks and Stem HQ.
Education: Best Foot Forward, Delray Beach Public Library, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Palm Beach School for Autism, (PROPEL People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership), Inc. and StreetWaves Corporation
Environment: Fishing for Families in Need, the Institute for Regional Conservation, JARC (Jewish Association for Residential Care) Florida and Wise Tribe.
Family: Autism After 21, Children’s Bereavement Center, Delray Beach Youth Tennis, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and Kindness Matters 365.
Health and wellness: Families First of Palm Beach County, Center for Child Counseling, Community Child Care Center of Delray Beach, Inc., HOW Foundation of South Florida and Faulk Center for Counseling
Impact 100 Palm Beach County was founded in 2011 by Tandy Robinson, Lisa Mulhall and Cindy Krebsbach, who collaboratively wanted to improve their community through the “power of women giving as one.”
The organization advances high impact philanthropy in the South Palm Beach County area by pooling smaller donations of individual women to create a large grant that will have a high impact in the community.
In April 2012, Impact 100 Palm Beach County held the first “Grand Award” meeting of its 148 initial members. One $100,000 grant was awarded to the Parent-Child Center for a model program to provide an on-site advocate for children being removed from their homes for abuse, abandonment or neglect. Four other finalist nonprofits each received $12,000.