Membership FAQs

Who are Members of Impact100 Westchester?

Impact100 Westchester is open to all women age 18 or older.  Memberships are renewed annually. We pool members’ individual resources to make large collective donations to applicant nonprofit organizations serving Westchester County. The aggregation of member dollars creates a rare opportunity for nonprofit applicants and allows members to have a significant, positive impact in the county.

Is my donation to Impact100 Westchester tax-deductible?
Impact100 Westchester is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible, to the extent of the law, for the year in which the donation was made. 
What is required of a Member?

Members are required to donate $1,100 to join.  $1,000 of this amount goes into the Grant Fund to be awarded to grant recipients. $100 goes into the Operating Fund to help cover essential operating and administrative costs.  Each member is entitled to one vote, in person at the Annual Meeting or by absentee ballot. Members are encouraged, but not required, to serve on one or more committee. Committee activities include: reviewing proposals, reviewing financials of applicant nonprofit organizations, making site visits, serving on the board of directors, planning member and education events, recruiting new members, participating in community service activities, cultivating relationships and communicating with the non-profit organizations, providing technology support, writing press releases and editing the newsletter.

I would like to contribute more than $1,100.  Do I get more than one vote? 

No. Our founding principle is “one woman… one vote.”  Additional donations are welcome; however, your entitlement to vote remains the same.

My company or my spouse’s company matches funds for charitable donations. Can I give $550 and have the company match it to make my total $1,100 donation?

No, matching gifts are most certainly welcome but may not be used to fund your own membership donation. Matching gift funds are generally used to cover operating costs; however, they may be designated to fund a gifted membership.

Can I be a part of Impact100 Westchester without making the full $1,100 contribution? 

You can become a Friend of Impact100 Westchester and play a very important role in our organization. All Friend donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and will be allocated toward our operating expenses. We welcome donations from individuals and local businesses to offset administrative costs. Although they do not provide voting rights to the contributor, these donations help ensure that we have sufficient funding for our operations.

What is covered in the $100 for operating costs?

$100 covers costs such as:  Annual Meeting, nonprofit information sessions, member events and training, technology, payment processing, printing, supplies, insurance, Independent Accounting Review.

Can I join more than one committee?

Absolutely!  Impact100 Westchester is an all volunteer organization, run by its members.  All members are encouraged, but not required, to join one or more committees.

Grant Review Committees

  • Critically evaluates grant applications & selects finalists (requires one training session)
  • Meets three times
  • Attends two site visits

Finance Committee

  • Evaluates the financial viability of each Full Proposal applicant
  • Meets several times
  • Requires understanding of financial statements

Membership Committee

  • Attracts new members & retains existing members
  • Organizes information sessions throughout the county so prospective members can learn about our mission and activities

Hands-On Impact Committee

  • Organizes & coordinates community service activities that support our applicants

Not-for-Profit Outreach Committee

  • Cultivates relationships with nonprofit community
  • Communicates with applicants & prior grant winners

Communications Committee

  • Helps with written communications
  • Develops promotional materials
  • Monitors & updates social media

Events Committee

  • Organizes special social events during the year & the Annual Meeting

Education Committee

  • Plans educational events for members related to philanthropy and the needs of Westchester's underserved community

Technology Committee

  • Implements and maintains software platforms that support Impact100 Westchester
What are the important dates for the 2019 Grant Cycle?
Evening Membership Kickoff Event October 17, 2018
Committee sign up November 2018
Community Service Day
November 4, 2018
Giving Tuesday Member Event
November 27, 2018
2019 Membership Drive Ends
December 15, 2018
Grant Review Training (Morning session) January 10, 2019
Grant Review Training (Evening session)  January 15, 2019
Members' Night Out! January 2019
Finalists Announced May 3, 2019
Site Visits for Finalists
May 6 - May 17, 2019
Annual Meeting: Finalist Presentations & Membership Voting  May 21, 2019
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