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Impact Nashville, a local non-profit based on the women’s giving circle model, is currently recruiting new members for 2018. The organization has three basic membership requirements: members must be women, who live in the greater Nashville area, who donate $1000 per year. Donations are pooled into grants which are then awarded to local non-profits.
Though Impact Nashville members are generous, they also mean business. Non-profits that apply to receive Impact Nashville grants have shared that it is a rigorous process. Nonprofits are asked to complete written applications, organize an on-site visit for the Impact Nashville members, and lastly give a pitch to all Impact Nashville members, who then vote democratically on the winner.
In 2017, 50 members of Impact Nashville awarded $50,000 in grants, which was split between 2 deserving non-profits: Tennessee Alliance for Kids and Renewal House.
“We are unbelievably proud of the organizations our women members voted on and chose to win our grants. Both organizations are doing amazing work and are meeting a great need in the community,” said Mollie Lacher, Executive Director of Impact Nashville.
Tennessee Alliance for Kids, which won the Impact Nashville grant for Small and New Non-profits, engages the community to help meet the emergent and ongoing needs of children in foster care.
“The Impact Nashville grant process was very detailed, but we appreciated it because it allowed our organization the opportunity to step back and examine the work we’d done and to better see our impact and even make some key decisions and changes to strengthen our organization,” said Jennifer Gash, Executive Director of Tennessee Alliance for Kids.
Renewal House, which won the grant for a non-profit that is Ending a Cycle, provides specialized addiction treatment for women and their children.
Impact Nashville’s 2018 recruitment goal is 80 members, which in turn would mean the ability to award $80,000 in grants in 2018. Membership recruitment continues through June 1.
To join Impact Nashville, donate directly to its grant program, or review the process for applying for a grant, visit www.womenimpactnashville.com