Frequently Asked Questions

Membership FAQs

What is Impact100 Philadelphia?

Impact100 Philadelphia engages women in philanthropy and collectively funds high-impact grants to nonprofits in the Philadelphia area.

All Impact100 Philadelphia members enjoy:

  • Awarding high-impact grants through voting and participating in the grant evaluation process
  • Free admission to Education Sessions, the Annual Meeting, and Volunteer Experiences
  • Access to free online and in-person training in grant evaluation
  • Networking and social opportunities—including member-organized meetups throughout the city and suburbs
  • Involvement in the region’s largest collective giving grantmaking organization—many opportunities exist but there are no participation requirements

Impact100 Philadelphia membership is open to individuals who identify as women and are at least 21 years of age. An annual membership donation is required to become a member of Impact100 Philadelphia. There are two membership options:

  • General Membership requires an annual donation of $1,150.
  • Young Philanthropist Membership, available to women 21-35 years old, requires a reduced annual donation of $575.

Impact100 Philadelphia is a member of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN), a national network that links over 60 women’s collective grantmaking organizations in 25 states and two countries to amplify the power of giving together. To learn more please visit: https://www.wcgn-network.org/.

How can I become a member of Impact100 Philadelphia?
To join, or for more information about joining, click the JOIN button.

Can I make my membership donation with installment payments?
Yes. Installment payment options are available both when paying online or by check, but payment in full must be received by December 1 in order to participate in the proposal review process and vote on grants awarded the following June. Click the JOIN button and choose Installment Payment at the bottom of the membership form.

Do you accept gifts of stock or allow my membership to be charged on a credit card?
Yes, we accept both stock donations and credit card payments. To make a stock donation, please email us at donate@impact100philly.org. To make a credit card membership donation, click the JOIN button.

When can I join?
Anytime! We welcome new memberships throughout the year, but payment in full is due by December 1 in order to participate in the proposal review process and vote on grants awarded the following June. Women joining after December 1 may participate in Impact100 Philadelphia events but will not have voting rights until the following grant year.

How long is my membership valid?
Each paid-in-full membership donation provides voting membership for the next calendar year.

Do potential members need to be “invited” to join?
Absolutely not. Membership is open and inclusive. JOIN online today.

Is my donation to Impact100 Philadelphia tax-deductible?
Yes. Impact100 Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible for the year in which they were made. Our tax id number is 80-0177821.

How does Impact100 Philadelphia allocate my membership donation?
Under the General Membership option, $1,000 goes directly into the grant pool to fund high-impact grants, and $150 helps to support the essential operating expenses of Impact100 Philadelphia.

Under the Young Philanthropist Membership option, $500 goes directly into the grant pool and $75 helps to support operating expenses.

I want to give more than the required membership donation. Do I get more than one vote?
No.  Although additional gifts are most welcome, our founding principle is “one woman, one vote.” Every member gets one vote regardless of the size of her donation.

Can I designate how my additional membership gift is used?
Yes.  Additional gifts may be applied toward Operating/Program Expenses or the Founders Fellows Program. Click on JOIN to see these two options listed on the membership form.

If me/my spouse’s employer has a matching program, will you accept this donation?
Yes, you can double your impact! We gratefully accept employer matching gifts. Donations matching your membership contribution play an important role as they are applied toward operating costs. Please submit a matching request for your donation to your or your spouse’s employer.

What role is there for me if I can’t make the required membership contribution?
You can become a Supporter of Impact100 Philadelphia. Donations are accepted via check, credit card or stock transfer. Although they do not provide voting rights, these donations help cover operating expenses that are essential to accomplishing our mission, growing our membership, and assuring our sustainability. Please click the DONATE button if you are interested in supporting Impact100 Philadelphia.

You may attend our programs and events, most of which are open to the public.  Please sign up for our NEWSLETTER to receive information about upcoming events.

Where can I get a copy of Impact100 Philadelphia’s IRS Form 990, governing documents, or conflict of interest policy?
To request copies of any of these documents, please email info@impact100philly.org. You can also obtain the official registration and financial information of Impact100 Philadelphia from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling (717) 783-1720 or (800) 732-0999.

Who may apply for the Impact100 Philadelphia grants?
Any Philadelphia-area nonprofit organization that meets our eligibility requirements may apply in one of five Focus Areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness. Click on Apply for a Grant to get detailed eligibility criteria, application procedures, and important dates.

How are grant recipients selected?
There are five Focus Area Committees made up of Impact100 Philadelphia members who choose to participate in the proposal review process. These committees evaluate the applications, conduct site visits, and select finalists. Committee members attend training sessions to learn how to evaluate grant proposals. Each Focus Area Committee has Financial Review Panel representatives who are responsible for assessing the financial stability of each applicant.

After each Focus Area Committee selects its finalist, all Impact100 Philadelphia members receive executive summaries and the full proposals of the finalists. The finalists make presentations at our Annual Meeting in June and members vote on which organizations receive our $100,000 core mission grants and smaller operating grants. The grant awards are announced at the end of the Annual Meeting. Members who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting may vote by absentee ballot.