Impact 100 Change-Maker Finalist
We are so honored to be among the finalists for the Impact 100 Change-Maker grant! Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, a charitable women’s giving circle, announced during their “Big Reveal” virtual event on May 12, 2021 that NeighborLink Indianapolis Foundation is one of five Central Indiana nonprofit organizations that will compete for a $100,000 high-impact grant on June 29, 2021.
In lieu of the traditional awards celebration, the Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis 2021 Change-Maker winner will be named during a virtual event in which current members will preserve one of the essential features of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis by enabling members to cast their votes electronically following a seven-minute video presentation from each of the finalists. One nonprofit will be awarded the 2021 Impact 100 Change-Maker $100,000 high-impact grant with the other four finalists receiving residual grants of $16,788 each. Following the virtual celebration, the women of Impact 100 will have surpassed $2.7 million in grants awarded to Central Indiana nonprofit organizations during its 16-year history.
NeighborLink represents the Health and Wellness focus with our Senior Home Repair program. With us in the finalists focuses are:
Arts, Culture & Preservation: Hip Hop Shakespeare, Indy Shakes (Indianapolis Shakespeare Company)
Education: Education Expansion, Westminster Neighborhood Services
Environment & Animal Welfare: Foster Pet Program and Sanctuary, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
Family: You Yes You! Project, You Yes You!
“Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis not only has the privilege of making transformational gifts available in the community where we live, but empowers women to get to know nonprofits on a deeper-level and determine collectively which need to fund,” said Karen Holly, board president of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis. “We are ecstatic to have these five nonprofits as 2021 Change-Maker finalists and hope members of the community will join us for our virtual celebration to learn how a giving circle works and to share in the celebration of awarding transformative grants to organizations with innovative ideas for solving social problems.”
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is committed to helping Change-Maker finalists fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems and to create a more civil and respectful climate in our community. Our proposal focused on our sustainability and expansion. Up until recently, we were 100% volunteer run—including our Executive Director, Dave Withey. We are now at a point where the opportunities lie in front of us to establish long term sustainability in the community and our own infrastructure to allow our capacity to increase the number of homeowners served from today's 250 to 2500.
We are excited to be at this point and to be among a wonderful collective of organizations doing great things in our central Indiana community. Cheer us on and wish us luck for the event on June 29, 2021.