Impact100 SRQ, a group of Sarasota-Manatee women philanthropists committed to high-impact, strategic grant-making, announced that it raised $342,000 at its “Big Reveal” event on March 5. Jane Watt, president of Impact100 SRQ, said that the group will award transformational grants of $114,000 to three Sarasota-Manatee nonprofits this November. Local groups can apply for grants for projects in arts and culture, education, environment and recreation, family, and health and wellness. All grant applications must be submitted online by May 15, 2020, at impact100srq.org. “The grants we award are designed to have a major impact on the Sarasota and Manatee county area, the selected nonprofits, and the communities served,” said Watt. “Through collective giving, Impact100 SRQ members demonstrate leadership and comradery as they cultivate transformation together.” She adds that the chapter grew from 228 members and a total grant amount of $228,000 in 2019 to 342 members this year and grants to be awarded totaling $342,000. A new branding initiative for Impact100 SRQ was also introduced at the Big Reveal event. JDA Worldwide was selected to create a new logo, signature colors, and website. Watt explains that Impact100 SRQ was selected by Impact100 Council as a beta chapter for the branding launch.
“The new branding will help Impact100 SRQ become more identifiable as part of the global organization of Impact100,” said Watt. Impact100 SRQ remains its own autonomous entity and operates independently of any parent affiliation, but it receives support, resources, and shared best practices from Impact100 Council. The Impact100 SRQ model is simple: Encourage 100 women to donate $1,000 each, and then pool those resources into one large grant of $100,000 to be awarded to qualifying nonprofits in Sarasota and Manatee counties.