About half of the women in the Impact 100 TC group can say this: They’ve never written a check for $1,000 to a charity before. Perhaps they’ve never even considered it, not yet, not until joining this group of lovely, engaging women. But here they are a part of something bigger, something that’s bigger, even, than that $1,000.

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Because there are 99 other women and 99 other checks. And their donations, together, total an unbelievable sum that most can’t imagine giving. (There are sponsorships for people who want to join but don’t have the full $1,000. See below.)

Welcome to Impact 100 Traverse City. Since their launch three years ago, the group has given more than $800,000 in transformational grants to nonprofits in the five-county region.

The giving culminates in an evening where, after review, non-profit grant finalists present to the membership while the women gather to break bread together and vote.

One of Impact 100 TC’s first success stories was their donation to Peace Ranch to help fund the first experiential equine therapy center north of Grand Rapids that allows clients (foster children, veterans, etc.) to participate in active feedback with horses to heal their trauma.

“It’s truly a no-guilt membership,” says Tonya Wildfong, Impact 100 TC 2019 president. “If you want to support the mission, but don’t have time to serve, no worries! It’s a simple vote at our annual meeting or by absentee ballot. For those who want a more in-depth experience, several options are available to donate your time from reviewing grant applications, to planning events, to serving on the board. Many women, one mission.”

2020 Membership Deadlines + Sponsorships 

If 200 members sign up by Tuesday, December 3, an anonymous donor will donate $20,000 to the 2020 Impact 100 TC sponsorship fund to support women who would like to participate in Impact 100 TC but may otherwise be unable to do so.

Sponsorships are available for interested members who can’t afford the full $1,000 commitment. The deadline to apply for a sponsorship for 2020 is Tuesday, December 3. Apply for a sponsorship here.

Learn more at impacttc.org.