Impact100 SA is a giving circle established in April 2014 by a passionate group of philanthropists focused on pooling financial resources to provide high impact grants to charitable organisations across South Australia. Their vision is to provide opportunities for individuals to learn about and link to small organisations with DGR status and increase involvement in philanthropy.
"To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter." Aristotle, 384-233 BC
Impact100 SA brings together at least one hundred members who each donate $1,000 annually.
The contributions are pooled to make large impact grants to pre-dominantly South Australian-based projects, collectively chosen by the members at an annual Grants Awards event held in May each year.
Donations are fully tax-deductible, and the entire $1,000 donation goes directly towards the grants. Donations are paid directly to the Australian Communities Foundation, of which Impact100 SA is sub-fund.
The organisation operates on a voluntary basis, which is being met via individual donors and sponsors.
In the past five years, Impact100 SA has provided grants totalling over $1 million to a range of organisations including KickStart for Kids, Zahra Foundation and Backpacks 4 SA Kids.
Every successful organisation received $100,000 for a specific project which had been assessed by members and was based around a theme.
Impact100 SA will make at least one major grant of $100,000 each year following a theme identified by members.
The reason the grant is $100,000 is to ensure that the impact is transformational and funds projects to improve the quality of life and strengthen communities.
Impact100 SA has over 200 members, and in the past three years has been able to award two high impact grants and two smaller grant each year to the final four organisations. All four finalists not only receive valuable funds but also receive the invaluable opportunity to receive mentoring and the opportunity to raise the profile their organisation to members and the community more broadly.
Chairperson – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Secretary – email@example.com
Grants enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Funders: Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Community Foundation
For-purpose: Kids Thrive
Award partners: Australian Communities Foundation, Australian Community Philanthropy, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal & Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.