Impact100 Louisville 2021 Annual Grant Awards Event

Awarding $315,000 to benefit nonprofit organizations in Jefferson County, KY

Louisville — On November 3, 2021, the Louisville chapter of Impact100 will host its Annual Awards Event virtually and will grant three (3) nonprofit organizations $105,000 each.

The Louisville chapter of Impact100, founded by mother and daughter duo, Dani Kannapell and Carey Goldstein, came to fruition in the Fall of 2019, with the mission of creating A Community of Women Transforming Lives Through Collective Giving. The model is simple – 100 women (more or less), donate $1,000 to create a $100,000 impact grant for their community. “When you give a $1,000 you HOPE it makes an impact, however, when you give a $1,000 through Impact100 Louisville you KNOW it will make a direct impact to our community,” said Deon Stokes, Communication Chair. Carey Goldstein, Co-President states “the ability to see 100% of your donation at work in your community is what makes Impact100’s mission so unique.”

Impact100 Louisville is just one of the 60 chapters of Impact100. This year Impact100 celebrates 20 years of local impact, having given away over $100 million collectively. What started out as one woman’s vision to empower women through philanthropy has evolved into a global movement that is transforming lives and communities. “Today, so much of what we read, see, and hear is distressing, but Impact100 is a place of hope and possibility,” Wendy Steele, Founder of Impact100 said. “My hope is to celebrate and encourage these tremendous women to keep making a difference in their own backyards.”

This year 315 women gave $1,000, to create a $315,000 grant to benefit
nonprofit organizations in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Impact100 awards from the following five (5) Focus Areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Recreation, or Preservation, Family, and Health & Wellness. The top five nonprofits from each focus area selected for voting are:

Muhammad Ali Center⁠
Arts and Culture – Expansion of the Ali Stingrays Swimmer Scholar Program, which is an innovative after-school swimmer scholar program for underserved students of color residing primarily in Louisville’s West End.
The DeCode Project
Education – Start-up funding for the King Elementary Literacy Program, where a majority of students are not reading at grade level, to work towards eliminating educational inequities.
Parks Alliance of Louisville
Environment, Recreation, or Preservation – The Maple Street Park Nature Playground and Outdoor Classroom, which will transform 20 acres of vacant land in the West End into a world-class community greenspace, to address racial, health, and economic equity.
LaCasita Center⁠
Family – Expansion of hospitality services to enlarge their on-site kitchen and food pantry facilities to fight food insecurity and hunger in our Latinx community.
Have a Heart Clinic⁠
Health and Wellness – Expansion of free cardiovascular services, including access to care, psychotherapy, and screening to uninsured and indigent patients in downtown Louisville.

Impact100 Louisville will announce this year’s grant winners at its Annual Awards Event on November 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. et hosted by its Big Impact sponsors GE, Norton Hospital, and Republic Bank. The virtual event will also celebrate Impact100 Global and will detail the impact that the organization has made in its first 20 years. The event will also highlight the more than $500,000 that the Louisville chapter has donated to the local nonprofit community in just two years.

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