MPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local women’s philanthropy group, has awarded 10 grants totaling $107,700 each after a thorough grant review, committee process, and membership vote, the organization announced Sunday.

This is the 14th year that the local IMPACT 100 chapter has awarded grants to local nonprofit organizations. The organization has raised nearly $10 million since its founding in 2004 and has more than 1,000 members.

2017 grant award recipients. (Impact 100/Special to The Pulse)

IMPACT 100 is a women-only nonprofit group founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2001 and has expanded to include more than 30 chapters nationally and in Australia in just 15 years. Each chapter’s goal is to raise cash for its community’s needs. The concept is to recruit local women to donate $1,000, then pool the money to fund local nonprofit organizations. IMPACT members vote to select the grant recipients.

“At the end of today, $9.395 million has been awarded to nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties since 2004 in the form of significant grants that make a lasting impact,” said Meri Asmar, President of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area.

Grant Recipients:


Pensacola Delta Enrichment Center, Inc.
Project: Young, Gifted, and Underprivileged – Warrington Arts Development Project

West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. dba UWF Historic Trust
Project: History and Storytelling Circle


Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, Inc.
Project: Capstone Pet Place

Escambia County School Readiness Coalition, Inc. dba Early Learning Coalition of Escambia
Project: Grow with Me


Horizons of Okaloosa County, Inc. dba The Arc of the Emerald Coast
Project: IMPACT 100 Dream Wheels For New Beginnings

My Father’s Arrows, Inc.
Project: Mama’s House


Humane Society of Pensacola, Inc. dba Pensacola Humane Society
Project: The Humane Express

Pensacola Lighthouse Association, Inc. dba Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum
Project: Fresnel Lens Restoration


Feeding the Gulf Coast, Inc.
Project: Serving the Community During Disasters

Santa Rosa Kids’ House, Inc.
Project: Changing for Children


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