STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO –
Each year members of our local community join together at IMPACT100 social events and pool their gifts while learning about the needs of local nonprofits. Collective giving allows each individual’s impact on the community to be magnified. The idea is simple. 100 people donate $100 and collectively make an impact with a grant of $10,000. Since 2006, IMPACT100 has granted $142,150 to 43 local nonprofit organizations with the largest grants awarded of $10,000.
IMPACT100 social events are held in various beautiful and comfortable locations and include a delicious catered meal by Big Air Catering. The Season 12 locations were generously sponsored by Moving Mountain/Neal Neumiller, Steamboat Sotheby’s – Pam Vanatta, the Steamboat Art Museum, and Pioneer Ridge. At the events, IMPACT100 members hear grant proposals from nonprofits selected by the IMPACT100 steering committee and input from IMPACT100 attendees. At the final social event of the season, members vote to determine the recipients of the IMPACT100 grants. Thanks to generous sponsorship, each individual’s $100 annual contribution gets one vote and 100% of each member’s tax-deductible donation goes directly to support the local community.
The season final voting party was a close race between the four nonprofit finalists. With 108 members, the program was able to grant $11,000 (some people donated over the $100) this season. On Thursday, April 5th at the beautiful Over the Edge House, the recipients of the grants were announced. Integrated Community was granted $5,000, Young Bloods Collective and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) were both granted $1,950, and the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund (TMEF) was awarded $1,100. In addition to the recent grants, each of the presenting organizations received a $250 grant at the time of their presentation.
The grant awarded to Integrated Community will support their 24/7 on-call emergency interpretation services for 911, local law enforcement, Mind Springs Health, REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide), Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and other crisis response resources. Sheila Henderson, Executive Director of Integrated Community explained, “This funding will provide Spanish speaking families and community members the ability to access local resources.”
The grant award to the Yampa Valley Sustainably Council will help YVSC assist low-income families to save money by making homes more energy efficient. Young Bloods Collective will use the grant towards obtaining their own working space. The TMEF will direct 100% of the funding into the TMEF endowment to be used to maintain local trails in perpetuity.
Yampa Valley Community Foundation spokesperson Emily Beyer also commented: “By coming together to pool our donations, we can see firsthand the tremendous impact we can have on issues that make our community a better place. Along the way, we are mobilizing the next generation to become informed philanthropists.”
IMPACT 100 is a program of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
For more information, visit yvcf.org/donors/impact100/, call 879-8632, or email email@example.com.