Giving Back Through Giving Circles

Giving circles – people who band together to pool funds for philanthropic purposes – are a great way to make a difference in your community by investing in non-profit organizations.

Now in its 16th year, Cincinnati based Impact 100 is one such giving circle that recently awarded over $400,000; $101,000 each to four deserving organizations.  More than 100 regional charities applied for a grant from Impact 100 this year.  Recipients were selected for funding with five impact areas in mind: Culture; Education; Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness.
Madison Wealth Management was a proud sponsor at this year’s grant awards ceremony. Madison team members, Julie Albright, wealth advisor and Impact 100 member, and Kati Ori, client services manager, attended the event. Julie has been a member of Impact 100 for four years, currently serving on the Finance and Endowment Committees.

(L-R) Madison’s Kati Ori and Julie Albright

The 2017 grant recipients who received at least $100,000 were:

  • Lighthouse Youth and Family Services– Provides services to families in crisis and homeless youth.  The grant will expand experiential learning opportunities for children in foster care or the juvenile justice system. The organization will also start work on its Lighthouse Charter School Agricultural Learning Center.
  • NKY Community Action Commission– Provides broad community based services and programs for those in need.  The grant will go to the Lincoln Grant Scholar House, where single mothers receive counseling and support while fulfilling academic or vocational training coursework as full-time students.  Quality child care is offered while students attend classes.
  • Ohio Valley Voices – Teaches children with hearing loss to listen and talk through the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants. The grant will help to facilitate a relocation, as well as add a new audiology clinic and new equipment for infant diagnostic testing.
  • First Step Home – Offers addiction treatment services. The center will expand programming for opiate-addicted pregnant women and their newborn babies with this grant.

Impact 100’s membership base is made up of women who contribute $1,000 to the pool, and grants of at least $100,000 are awarded to a select group of nonprofit organizations serving Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Indiana. The significant size of the grants is designed to provide transformative, impactful change.

As the founding chapter, Cincinnati’s Impact 100 has awarded more than $3.6 million to local area charities.  In addition, the organization has grown, expanding to more than 30 chapters across the U.S. and several in Australia, donating more than $33 million worldwide.

To learn more, become a member or start a charter, please visit