Impact 100 awards local nonprofits
“Being tied for first was such an honor, and we appreciate the opportunity this event provided to spread the word about what we do,” said Ian Engle, of the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence. “The money will help us provide support so someone can stay here and live well and reach their goals whatever those may be, rather than having to move to the Front Range.”
Impact 100 is a philanthropic program originally started by young professionals. At the four Impact 100 social events held in September, November, February and April, Yampa Valley Community Foundation members pool their donations and learn more about the presenting nonprofit organizations and issues those nonprofits are currently tackling.
The $100 tax deductible donations from each members goes entirely to the organizations and represents one vote to help decide the allocation of the funding. Local sponsors make the events possible and allow for the total amount of donations to be directed to the nonprofit groups.
Now in its ninth season, Impact 100 has totaled $100,000 in donations and has granted that money to 34 local nonprofits.
“This program shows the power of collective giving,” said Tarsha Ebbern, spokesperson for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. “Every individual who is part of the group is making a difference in the community with their $100 donation, because it’s the total from everyone together that makes the large impact.”
Ebbern said that members look for the nonprofit organization that not only has a significant community impact, but also has an immediate need for more funding. Northwest Colorado Center for Independence was selected based on its high needs and low recognition within the community. The Routt County Humane Society, Routt to Work and Routt County 4H nonprofits were selected based on categories that included educating the community and current issues.
“The idea is to try and make the most impactful grant,” Ebbern said. “It’s really a neat thing how the community determines how they want to support the rest of the community.”
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