Impact Fairfield County conducts fall meeting

Impact Fairfield County will hold its fall meeting to kick-off their inaugural year of grant making Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 7-9 p.m., at Innis Arden Club in Old Greenwich.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the original Impact 100 founder, Wendy Steele. Wendy’s idea for promoting philanthropy took root in Cincinnati in 2001 and became Impact 100 Cincinnati. We will also hear from Juanita T. James, the President and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Juanita will share her perspective on the needs in Fairfield County. We hope you can attend and share firsthand in making an impact in our county. In addition, attendees will hear more about the Impact model and be provided with a chance to join as a member.

Impact Fairfield County’s mission is to unite women in our community in a common cause. We collectively raise $1,000 membership funds to allow organizations to “dream big” and annually award $100,000 grants to local non-profits. Total funding is determined by the amount of members who contribute towards the grants. Excess funds will be divided among the nonwinning finalists of the grants process for general operating support. Grant finalists are determined through a detailed process of proposal review and evaluation by members, and the grant recipients are chosen by a vote of the membership at the Impact Fairfield County annual Meeting in May.

Impact Fairfield County’s goal for its membership is to provide members with the opportunity to engage in local philanthropy on a broader and deeper level than they could as individuals. The organization is unique in the various levels of involvement available to its members. Members can serve as a board member or committee chair, join a committee, attend membership education programs or simply vote for a grant finalist at the Annual Meeting in May. Members can participate as much or as little as they choose, however, despite the level of involvement each member has one vote for the grant finalist. It is this mix of different levels of involvement that makes Impact Fairfield County a success. Every membership dollar raised will go directly to the grants awarded in May.

Membership contributions are due by December 1 and are a one-year commitment. Continuing as a member is an annual decision, however, multi-year membership is an option. Impact Fairfield County’s modest administrative expenses are funded by operating donations from members and Friends of Impact Fairfield County. Many members provide contributions in excess of $1,000, in addition to other individuals, businesses and foundations who help to support these operating costs which include accounting and legal costs, insurance, technology, communications, and educational and grant making programs.

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