Since first getting together in 2012, the members of Impact100 WA have collectively made donations of $1,055,000, supporting nine charities to realise significant projects and make a positive impact in the WA community. They have also supported 14 local organisations with minor grants.
Impact100 WA is a giving group made up of nearly 200 members who each donate $1000 annually and those donations are pooled to create high-impact grants of $100,000. Donors love that their entire $1000 donation is spent on the projects that have been chosen by them and their fellow members.
Voting for the 2017 grants recently took place at a dinner in the State Reception Centre. Choosing between the five high quality applicants is always hard, and this year was definitely no easier!
As one member said on the night, “What a wonderful experience to be part of changing the direction of such worthy organisations. The weight of responsibility of placing my pebbles in the jar felt huge and I could feel the tension among the applicants. The moment the announcement was made was sweet relief!”
One of the $100,000 grant winners, Carad (Centre for Asylum seekers, Refugees And Detainees, based in Perth), will be launching a food truck in order to take their ‘Eat. Share. Connect.’ philosophy into the community. The food will be made by the very people they support, thereby creating connections, understanding and opportunities one delicious mouthful at a time.
Dress For Success were the other lucky recipient and with $100,000 they plan to significantly widen their services for unemployed, under-employed and low-income women. They already make a difference by providing quality work outfits and accessories but will now include career support programs to build confidence, capacity and brighter futures by not only helping women secure jobs but also ensuring they sustain longer-term employment.
Three minor grants of $10,000 went to Barking Gecko Theatre Company who have been rolling out their Children’s Ensembles to regional and isolated communities; to BirdLife Western Australia who want to raise awareness of and involvement in the environment through interaction with birds; and to Cahoots who want to make their kid’s camps for children with disabilities available regionally.
The collective giving model is spreading across Australia with Impact100 groups in Fremantle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Sydney North and soon to be in Tasmania and other giving circles in Melbourne and Brisbane. Giving together has so many advantages – bigger grants enabling greater impact, access to information and like-minded individuals, more effective granting and, ultimately, better communities.
Founder of Impact100 Sydney, Alan Duncan, said it all: “Thank you for the inspiration!”