Philanthropy Built for the Busy Woman

Shrewsbury, NJ – February 27, 2023 – Impact 100 Jersey Coast was founded to empower women to pool their funds and give collectively.  This revolutionary model makes large-scale philanthropy accessible to a wide range of women and profoundly changes the communities they live in.

“Our mission is to raise awareness of our community’s most pressing needs and fund transformational grants for high impact projects addressing those needs,” Lori Missig, Co-President. 

The concept is simple. Any woman is eligible to become a member. Each members makes an annual tax-deductible donation of $1,100. One thousand is applied directly to the Impact grant fund and pooled together to award six-figure grants to local nonprofits. 

The more members we get, the more grants we give and the more lives we will impact. 

Local nonprofits then submit applications for a proposed project or program. “We want to empower local nonprofits to dream big and imagine how a large-scale grant can transform the work they do and the communities they serve,” said Rowena Crawford-Phillips, Co-President.

Member-led committees review these proposals and nominate finalists for the consideration of the entire membership at Impact Jersey Coast’s Annual Meeting. Each woman has an equal vote for her finalist(s) of choice and grants are awarded that magical evening.

As an all-volunteer women-led organization, Impact 100 Jersey Coast remains steadfast in its mission to recruit as many members as possible before the approaching March 15th membership deadline. We encourage any and all women to just take that first step and learn about us. You can check out our website here or come to an event, see here. “I always encourage women to just call or email me to hear first hand what it’s like. Impact has enriched my life tremendously. I’m really making a difference in my community while making lifelong friendships in the process. It’s a win- win for all.” says member Casey DeStefano.

Want to Make a Difference You Can be Proud of? Impact 100 Jersey Coast is here with open arms. Help us reach our goal to unite and engage women in philanthropic giving to help create an equitable, thriving community for all.

About Impact 100 Jersey Coast

Impact 100 Jersey Coast is made up of women of different ages and backgrounds who combine charitable dollars, experience, and energy to make a tangible difference in our area. Impact 100 Jersey Coast’s mission is to award membership-funded transformational funding to local nonprofit organizations while empowering women to improve lives through philanthropy.

Since its founding in 2015, the organization has awarded more than $2.4 million in funding to 28 local nonprofits.

Learn more about Impact 100 Jersey Coast, its members, the grants process along with its mission and values at 

Impact 100 Jersey Coast Announces Recipients of Four 2020 Grants

By Joanne Colella


This has undoubtedly been a challenging year in countless ways. But for proud members of the philanthropic women’s volunteer organization Impact 100 Jersey Coast, 2020 also brought with it a welcome bright spot on November 17th and a remarkable opportunity for several nonprofits in Monmouth County, NJ.

At the Impact Jersey Coast Annual Meeting, sponsored by The Center for Women and Wealth at Brown Brothers Harriman, New Jersey Natural Gas, Grunin Foundation, Stillwell-Hansen, and Bayshore Recycling, Impact 100 members gathered virtually for their opportunity to vote on the recipients of this year’s transformative grants.

And thanks to a record-breaking total of 456 Impact 100 members who each contributed $1,000 towards the 2020 grant fund, four inspiring and high-impact projects were awarded $114,000 each. The grant recipients include: 

Arts & Culture – Monmouth Museum is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1963 that presents changing art, history, and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and lifelong learning to the diverse community it serves.

Children & Families – HABcore is an organization that provides permanent housing and individualized support and helps homeless families, veterans, and individuals with special needs move through crisis to stability, giving them the opportunity to improve their lives.

Education – Aslan Youth Ministries mission is to effect permanent change in the hearts and minds of at-risk youth residing in Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park, and Neptune, New Jersey. By participating in afterschool and summer programs that incorporate supportive relationships and positive expectations for achievement and are targeted towards specific needs, students see improvement in their social skills, emotional development, and academics.

Health & Wellness – Fulfill of Monmouth & Ocean Counties is an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and building food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Its vision is a food secure community where all people always have access to enough food to lead active and healthy lives.

As the runner-up finalist, American Littoral Society was also awarded $2,500 from OceanFirst Foundation, who was inspired by the impact of the night.

The group gathered via Zoom this year due to COVID, but even though the setting was virtual, the excitement was palpable among all who participated. The event is the eagerly-awaited culmination of Impact 100’s months of efforts to direct substantial support to local non-profit organizations. From a total of 61 grant applicants, five finalists representing the categories of Arts & Culture, Children & Families, Education, Environment, Parks, & Recreation, and Health & Wellness were selected in October after comprehensive evaluations by more than 100 grant review committee members. Finalist information packets were sent to the entire Impact 100 membership in advance of the Annual Meeting to allow members to prepare, and absentee ballots were included in the final vote count on the night following pre-recorded presentations by the finalists.  

“Although we see an uncertain future, we know that as a collective we are stronger together. This evening encapsulates what can happen when women unite together to pool our individual donations to help our community. We are truly Impact Strong!” commented Deirdre Spiropoulos, Impact 100 Jersey Coast President and co-founder.

Impact 100’s mission is to award membership-funded transformational grants to local nonprofit organizations, enabling them to strengthen or expand their services, while empowering women to improve lives through philanthropy. Since its founding in 2015, the organization has awarded more than $1.6 million to 14 Monmouth County nonprofits to help them address unmet needs and reach underserved populations. Updates are given throughout the year about the progress of the recipients’ programs made possible through the grant funding.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast membership for the 2021 Class is open now and upcoming recruitment events can be found online. Members pledge $1,100 each, with funds pooled to award significant annual grants. Women throughout the area who would like to make an important and memorable impact in their community are invited to join this amazing organization. Together we are Impact Strong and we are only just beginning, but we need you! For more information, please click here or email


Impact 100 Jersey Cost Held Annual Meeting: ‘Make Your Impact’

The Two River Times featured pictures from the Impact 100 Jersey Coast 2019 Annual Meeting, where 440 Impact members gathered to listen to the five finalist presentations then voted on the four 2019 grantees. The grants in the amount of $110,000 each were awarded to COA, CASA, APMF and St. Mark’s.

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