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Impact100 Philadelphia Announces 2012 Grant Finalists

Tuesday, May 15, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Anne Rouse Sudduth
Board Member & PR Chair- Impact100 Philadelphia
Cell: (917) 533-6206


Five Philadelphia-area nonprofits competing for $242,000 in grants

Philadelphia, PA -- Impact100 Philadelphia, a collective giving organization, announces the five finalists for its 2012 grant awards totaling $242,000. For the first time, Impact100 Philadelphia will award two project grants of $100,000 each.

"We're thrilled to provide two nonprofit organizations with an infusion of much needed, high-impact funding this year,” said Co-President Charlotte Schutzman. "It's also gratifying that all five finalists will receive Impact funds this year.”

Co-president Ellan Bernstein continued, "Through our project and operating grants we aim to raise the profile of nonprofits in the Philadelphia region and to support critical issues facing our community.”

The finalists and projects chosen for 2012 are:

  • Arts & Culture: The Village of Arts and Humanities, CRED Youth Arts Magazine
  • Education: After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP), Debate and Chess: Philly's Next Generation of Strategic Thinkers
  • Environment: Urban Tree Connection, Environmental Youth Leadership Program
  • Family: The Women's Center of Montgomery County (WCMC), Medical Advocacy for Child Witness/Victim of Domestic Violence
  • Health & Wellness: Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP), Urban Garden Program

(Additional information about each proposed project is provided below)

Impact100 Philadelphia members will vote to select the two $100,000 project grant recipients from among these five finalists at the group's annual meeting on June 4 at World Café Live. The remaining $42,000 will be awarded as operating grants to the other finalists based on the outcome of the voting.

Representing the combined giving of 242 women, the $242,000 total grant funding in 2012 is a nearly 50% increase over 2011. Since its founding in 2008, Impact100 Philadelphia will have awarded a total of $656,000 to Philly nonprofits.

This year, an initial pool of 203 applicants submitted letters of inquiry and 39 of these were invited to submit full project proposals. Following a detailed review of the proposals, including site visits to 18 organizations, committee volunteers selected a finalist for each focus area.

Last year, Impact100 Philadelphia members selected five area nonprofits to receive $164,000 in funding: a $100,000 project grant to the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) and general operating grants to the Community Arts Center (CAC); Concern for Health Options: Information, Care and Education (CHOICE); Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN); and Urban Tree Connection.


Impact100 Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) public charity made possible by women seeking to transform lives through the power of giving as one. Impact100 Philadelphia's mission is to engage and educate women in philanthropy and collectively fund grants to charitable initiatives in the Philadelphia region. For more information, please visit or email the organization at


Arts and Culture

The Village of Arts and Humanities, located in North Philadelphia, inspires people to be agents of positive change through free programming that encompasses arts and culture, engages youth, revitalizes community, preserves heritage and fosters respect for the environment. With the Impact100 grant, CRED Youth Arts Magazine will be written, edited, designed and produced by a team of 20-30 young adults that attend Village programs. This new magazine will feature 400-600 works submitted by artists and writers in the region under the age of 25. More than 800 youth will further be empowered through educational and mentorship opportunities that focus on developing appreciation and skills in the arts, journalism, entrepreneurship and policy-making. With 10,000 copies distributed three times a year,CRED Youth Arts Magazine is a high quality publication that lends legitimacy to contributors' works, teaches young artists about responsibly using their voices, andprovides youth across the region with a publication that represents their world.



After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) provides safe, stimulating after school enrichment activities in chess, debate and Scrabble for students in the Philadelphia school district from kindergarten through 12th grade. It is estimated that at least 40,000 students living below the poverty level spend 15-20 hours a week unsupervised between 3-6 p.m. ASAP's programs are designed to keep children academically stimulated, challenged, respectful, safely off the streets, and part of a community. ASAP's student teams have competed statewide and have taken home numerous trophies. Some students have gone on to earn college scholarships. With the Impact100 grant, ASAP proposes to expand its Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge and the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League programs by 375 students through the following: creating 10 new chess teams to participate in the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League; adding an additional Saturday chess tournament; and creating 15 new debate teams to participate in the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League.



Urban Tree Connection uses a community-based model to transform vacant lots from polluted and blighted sites into clean and safe neighborhood spaces. With the Impact100 grant, Urban Tree Connection proposes to empower 25 at risk youth, ages 14-18, in West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood, with environmental education and hands-on experience. The proposed Youth Environmental Leadership Program is a new project. The project will occur over a nine-month period (three seasons) and include training in the following areas: farm management and production, preparation of farm produce for sale, set up for markets and handling of cash flow. Additional training will teach collaborative behaviors, leadership skills and the development of entrepreneurial, personal and financial skills. Through this project, the teens will explore Urban Tree Connection's six different program areas: land control, land reclamation, gardening/landscaping, farming, business development and community/leadership.



The Women's Center of Montgomery County (WCMC) is dedicated to freedom from domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Each year, WCMC supports more than 4,000 domestic violence victims throughout Montgomery County with counseling, legal advocacy, information, and referral. With the Impact100 grant, the proposed project, Medical Advocacy for Child Victims/Witnesses to Domestic Violence, will identify and assist 100 children who are exposed to domestic violence and in many cases experience abuse and neglect themselves. Reflecting WCMC's similar program at Abington Hospital, this project will train 250 pediatric healthcare providers at Holy Redeemer Hospital to identify and refer victims to an on-site medical advocate for supportive intervention. By helping child victims of domestic violence, WCMC also hopes to help their abused mothers, who may be more likely to seek care for their children than for themselves. The project's ultimate goal is safety for mother and child and prevention of further violence, especially child abuse.

Health & Wellness

Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) is a community-based Latino organization in the West Kensington section of North Philadelphia which conducts arts, cultural, educational and garden programs geared toward youth and families. NSNP has been publicly recognized as one of the highest quality youth programs in the city. With the Impact100 grant, NSNP proposes to expand its Urban Garden Program to address the "food desert” in its local community and to provide healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate local food. More than 4,000 people will benefit from the expansion that will include a tripling of its garden plots (to 75 in total), as well as enhanced programs and events for families about gardening, nutrition and cooking. The Garden Program expansion seeks to address key areas of need that have been identified in a strategic plan, including the lack of access to healthy fresh foods; the need for strong community involvement to transform a neighborhood successfully; and the need to develop earned income streams to sustain community improvements in the long term.