Impact 100 Garden State, an all-women group that pools annual member donations to give grants that have a significant impact, has announced that it will award $354,000 to local nonprofits in 2021.  To date, the group has awarded more than $2 million to northern New Jersey nonprofits in five counties: Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union.

Impact 100 Garden State has 354 members for 2021, the highest number since it was founded in 2013. “The fact that we’ve been able to increase our membership during a pandemic year shows that Impact 100’s model of collective giving continues to resonate,” says Debby Seme of Bridgewater, President of Impact 100 Garden State. “We exceeded our expectations with our largest numbers of members ever, a renewal rate of 82 percent and 73 brand-new members.” 

"As we spoke to renewing and new members, we heard loud and clear that women want to have a say in how their donations make an impact in their communities," says France Delle Donne of Harding Township, Chair of the Membership Enrollment and Renewal Committee. "They are attracted to Impact 100 Garden State because of its mission and because they can use their talents and voices to create measurable results."

At the February 23 virtual “I Love Impact” event at which the grant money and membership numbers were announced, attendees had the opportunity to meet and talk to leaders of several of the nonprofits who have received $100,000 Impact 100 Garden State grants. The speakers and the projects the grants supported included:

  • Pamela Marcenaro of County College of Morris Foundation for “Dover College Promise” 
  • Patrice Picard, Chief Executive Office, and Pamela DeMassi, Director of Grants and Program Development, of Cornerstone Family Programs, for “Teen Pathways to a Brighter Future”
  • Mark Dinglasan, Executive Director of CUMAC, for its “Beyond Hunger” program
  • Dawn Metzger, Executive Director of Samaritan Inn, for its “Emergency Shelter” program
  • Erich Peter, Executive Director of UCEDC, for its “Entrepreneurship as a Second Chance” program
  • Eva Turbiner, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jennifer Salt, Program Director, of Zufall Health Center, for “Mobile Meals for Dover Families in Need”

Says Seme, “Along with my sister Impact 100 Garden State members, I am delighted that we can turn our concern and energy into positive action that helps transform the lives of those in need.”  

To learn more about Impact 100 Garden state, write to info@impact100gardenstate.org or visit www.impact100gardenstate.org.