Impact 100 Jersey Coast Tops $2,000,000 In Transformational Grants Awarded

Six years of collective women’s giving allow 18 organizations to address local unmet needs

Impact 100 Jersey Coast announced that its members have awarded four $107,500 transformational grants, totaling $430,000, to area nonprofit organizations. Despite a challenging year, the 430 members of the philanthropic women’s volunteer organization were able to honor organizations that are making a difference in Monmouth County, NJ. These nonprofits now have a remarkable opportunity to sustain and strengthen their programs, broaden their reach and increase their impact.

Although this year’s Impact Annual Meeting was virtual due to COVID, the excitement was palpable. The event was the eagerly-awaited culmination of Impact 100’s months of efforts to direct substantial support to local non-profit organizations. After a comprehensive evaluation by more than 80 grant review committee members, five finalists representing the categories of Arts & Culture, Children & Families, Education, Sustainability & Environment, and Health & Wellness were selected  from a pool of 61 grant applicants. 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 project presentations by the finalists.  

Thanks to the generosity of 430 Impact 100 members who each contributed $1,000 towards the 2021 grant fund, four inspiring and high-impact projects were awarded $107,500 each. The grant recipients include: 

Monmouth Arts

Monmouth Arts

Arts and Culture

MISSION STATEMENT:

Monmouth Arts provides programs and services that support the practice, presence, and influence of the arts and of artists throughout Monmouth County.

THE PROJECT: 

In partnership with teaching artists and mental health professionals, the Creative Expressions Arts & Wellness Program will apply art forms such as painting, music, and dance to address the rise in mental health issues in Monmouth County youth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARC

Community Affairs & Resource Center (CARC)

Children & Families

MISSION STATEMENT:
Community Affairs and Resource Center’s mission is to empower the community and strengthen youth and families by promoting self-sufficiency through education, advocacy and collaboration.

THE PROJECT:
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious condition that affects about one in seven mothers, and one in three low-income mothers. PPD has well-established consequences on infant development, including delayed cognitive development, behavioral issues, and the risk of developing depression or anxiety. Community Affairs and Resource Center’s (CARC) proposed project, ROSES, is an evidence-based preventative program that has been proven to reduce PPD in women by 50%. ROSES consists of a five-session bilingual education program using our university-developed curriculum, and nurse home visits before and after the baby is born. We are able to further support these new mothers with additional services provided by CARC and our network of community partners to address issues including food insecurity, domestic violence, and job training

VNACJ

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey

Education

MISSION STATEMENT:
Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve their best level of well-being by providing compassionate, coordinated, and innovative care in their homes and communities.

THE PROJECT:
To address the alarming health outcomes data regarding the difference in the mortality rate of white women and babies, and women and babies of color, New Jersey is investing in culturally sensitive health services, including Doulas or nonclinical pregnancy/birth coaches, to improve birth outcomes. This grant would help fund a collaboration between VNA of Central Jersey, Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Booker Family Health Center, and VNACJ Community Health Center to establish the first-ever Doula Learning Collaborative in Monmouth County. Key components include recruiting 10 prospective multi-cultural doulas from at-risk communities; subsidizing their training in a state-approved program and creating a learning community to support each doula’s development and to teach additional skills – in particular, the business skills to form a cooperative, successfully bill Medicaid for services rendered and provide excellent patient experience.

Parker Family Health Center

Parker Family Health Center

Health & Wellness

MISSION STATEMENT:
The mission of the Parker Family Health Center is to operate a free health care facility where Monmouth County residents without health insurance or the ability to pay for medical care can be treated with dignity and compassion. With the support of the medical community and the community at large, Parker Family Health Center will assist those who are making a sincere effort to help themselves and their families realize optimum health.

THE PROJECT:
To respond to the urgent need created by the pandemic and the continued demand for free medical care, Parker is requesting support for a much-needed expansion. This expansion will increase the number of patients cared for by adding a new examination room, telehealth and social service spaces, and a large, multipurpose room to be utilized for educational purposes benefitting staff, board, volunteers, patients, and the community at large.

A special grant from our community partner OceanFirst Foundation!

In the true “Impact Strong” spirit of collaborative grantmaking, our generous community partner, OceanFirst Foundation, was inspired to provide a grant of $2,500 to our 2021 runner-up, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary (Sustainability & Environment), and Impact Jersey Coast would like to offer our deepest thanks!

“Impact 100 Jersey Coast has once again proved we are truly stronger together!” said Deirdre Spiropoulos, Impact 100 Jersey Coast President and co-founder. “This time of year encapsulates what can happen when women unite together to pool our individual resources to help our community.”

Impact 100’s mission is to award member-funded transformational grants to local nonprofit organizations, enabling them to strengthen or expand their services, while empowering women of different ages and backgrounds to improve lives through philanthropy. Since its founding in 2015, the organization has awarded more than $2 million to 18 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 2022 Class is open now and upcoming recruitment events can be found online at Impact100JerseyCoast.org. Members donate $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 our unique giving circle. The 2022 membership drive is underway if you’d like to join or want more information, please click here or email membership@impact100jerseycoast.org.

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’s mission is to award membership-funded transformational grants to local nonprofit organizations while empowering women to improve lives through philanthropy.

Since its founding in 2015, the organization has awarded more than $2 million to 18 local nonprofits. Learn more about Impact 100 Jersey Coast, its members and mission at Impact100JerseyCoast.org.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast Announces Recipients of Four 2020 Grants

By Joanne Colella

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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 membership@impact100jerseycoast.org.

 

Impact 100 Jersey Coast Announces 2020 Grant Finalists

Impact 100 Jersey Coast, a philanthropic volunteer organization of women whose mission is to provide transformational grants to projects proposed by local nonprofits, is delighted to announce the names of the five finalists for this year’s grants. 

Since 2015, Impact 100 Jersey Coast has provided grants of more than $1.1 million to nonprofits that apply and are selected by its members. Grants are funded by members’ pooled annual membership donations and, for 2020, the 456 members are excited to be awarding a further four grants of $114,000 each to projects across four of five designated focus areas.

The five Impact 100 Jersey Coast 2020 Grant Finalists, all of which are applauded for the tremendous work they do and the services they offer in Monmouth County,  are:

 

Arts & Culture:  Monmouth Museum

The Monmouth Museum, an independent, non-profit organization established in 1963, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.

 

Children & Families:  HABcore
HABcore, by providing permanent housing and individualized support, 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
Aslan’s 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 our after-school and summer programs targeted towards specific needs, students see improvement in their social skills, emotional development, and academics. All programs incorporate supportive relationships and positive expectations for achievement.

 

Environment, Parks & Recreation:  American Littoral Society
American Littoral Society’s mission is to promote the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protect the coast from harm, and empower others to do the same.

 

 

Health & Wellness: Fulfill of Monmouth & Ocean Counties
Fulfill’s mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Our vision is a food secure community where all people at all times have access to enough food to lead an active and healthy life.

The four grant recipients will be determined by the votes cast by the entire membership at Impact 100 Jersey Coast’s annual meeting on November 17, which will be held virtually this year. At the meeting, the five finalists will have the opportunity to make compelling four-minute presentations to the Impact 100 members. Packets with detailed information about each finalist’s proposed project will be sent to all members in early November, and absentee ballots are available to those who cannot attend the virtual meeting. Each member has a single and equal vote and grants will be announced that evening immediately following the vote.

“We are humbled and inspired by all our applicants and thank them for their continued dedication to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community,” stated Rowena Crawford-Phillips, Impact 100 Grants Chair.

There were 61 grant applicants in 2020. Each underwent a comprehensive screening process to determine their eligibility, review their financials, and assess the impact of their proposed projects. The rigorous evaluation was conducted by a committee of dedicated Impact 100 volunteers.  

After the grants are awarded in November, each recipient group will work with an assigned Impact 100 liaison to provide updates on the progress of their proposed programs over the course of the grant period which extends up to a maximum of two years.

Despite the challenges of COVID, which made an impact of its own on the organization’s traditional in-person events and activities, the membership has grown from an initial group of 11 at its founding in 2015 to a total of 456 women this year, with each member contributing $1,000 to the grants fund. The giving collective is currently welcoming women to join the 2021 class and all upcoming recruitment events can be found on the Events page of their website.

For more information about Impact 100 Jersey Coast, visit https://www.impact100jerseycoast.org/

Hot Off The Press: Asbury Park Music Foundation Grantee Update

Asbury Park Music Foundation Beat Bus

We are so excited to share this update from the 2019 Grant Recipient Asbury Park Music Foundation with you all! It is incredible how much they’ve accomplished so far with their Impact grant despite the very challenging circumstances.

The APMF #BeatBus is our mobile classroom; since schools have been closed and classes have become virtual, our students are learning differently, but they’re still ‘on board,’ even if we can’t be there with them in person.

While the program launched a month behind schedule due to more logistical requirements than anticipated and slower hiring of additional staff due to delayed background checks due to COVID, it quickly accelerated once launched and they even completed one creative project planned for 6 weeks in less than two weeks!

As Program Director Ryan Gaumond shared, “while we initially planned on rolling out remote learning in the later development of the program, COVID-19 has since pushed us to quickly start integrating blended learning practices immediately. This challenge has turned into a huge advantage for our program. Engaging students in remote collaborative projects is helping to minimize feelings of isolation and alleviate the stress caused by COVID.”

Check out this impressive list of accomplishments made possible thanks to Impact funding you all awarded!

  • Students received a standing ovation at the Paramount Theater for their “We Are Rising” Video/Live Production, which reached +1500 audience members. The collaboration project with the AP schools for Black History Month featured:
    –  Historical Lesson of Asbury Riots
    –  Collaborative, student-created musical composition across schools
    –  Field trip recording session at Lakehouse Recording Studio
    –  Hands-on music video shoots, including an on-location field trip to Asbury Lanes
  • Tribute to Class of 2020: Students completed a graduation video and are in the development of APMF’s first virtual music production. This video is one example of a student project that evolved due to COVID. Asbury Park High School was planning a virtual graduation and wanted to present a tribute to its students through media. Following is the URL of the student-produced video created for the community.

Watch the tribute here!

 

  • Project-Based Curriculum has been developed. Accelerated the expansion of the program’s curriculum to include more topics such as Virtual Reality, 3.D. modeling, Augmented Reality, and Interactive Design. This expansion into new technologies was originally anticipated for year 2 but was accelerated into the program given the challenge of teaching audio tech, which is hard to do virtually and was originally intended to support live music performances.
  • Audio, Video, Technology & Classroom equipment has been purchased. COVID has put a halt on some aspects of the intended programming, however, students are back in the classroom and are also being encouraged to work on project deliverables outside of class time, while offered remote support by their instructors.
  • The Asbury Park Music Foundation space has been redesigned including room painted and modular workstations installed. Both APMF and Boys and Girls Club are ready to host classes when social distancing rules are scaled back.
  • Professional volunteers have been identified at key businesses in Asbury Park to integrate into project-based lessons. In response to restrictions due to COVID, local musicians are being integrated into online collaboration projects.
  • Student recruitment goals have already been surpassed! A collaboration with the AP schools attracted a large base of 20 students who were onboarded into projects prior to COVID and further outreach is now underway thanks to the transition to online learning (an additional 10 students to date).
  • Wonderful World Project: With the reopening of the APMF space last month, their Music Business & Technology program is now being offered both virtually and in-person! They’re able to offer the program thanks to the grant that they received from Impact 100 Jersey Coast earlier this year! WATCH NOW!

Community Impact Magazine NJ: Impact 100 Jersey Coast Offers Generous Donation to COVID-19 Response Initiative

On April 21, Impact 100 Jersey Coast announced its donation of $17,650 to the non-profit New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) that was launched in March to address critical needs and fight the medical, economic, and social impact of COVID-19 in the Garden State. Every dollar raised by NJPRF goes to existing organizations with a demonstrated record of offering essential services to vulnerable communities and to assist those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include food banks and pantries, healthcare programs, transportation, housing, mental health services, and more.

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Media Contact: Rachel Haviland,
Marketing Director, Impact 100 Jersey Coast
813.767.9290 marketingi100jc@gmail.com

The Monmouth Journal: Impact Jersey Coast Makes $17,000 Plus Donation to NJ Pandemic Relief Fund

SHREWSBURY – Since its founding in 2015, Impact 100 Jersey Coast has made tremendous strides in empowering women to improve the lives of others through philanthropy. Thus far, the all-volunteer organization has awarded nearly $1.2 million in substantial grants to ten Monmouth County nonprofits, with new recipients selected each November. This month, the women of Impact 100 Jersey Coast joined forces to provide additional assistance in the face of the extraordinary COVID-19 crisis.

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Media Contact: Rachel Haviland,
Marketing Director, Impact 100 Jersey Coast
813.767.9290 marketingi100jc@gmail.com

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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Powerful Women’s Group Provides Transformational Change, IMPACT 100 JERSEY COAST AWARDS FOUR $110,000 GRANTS

Impact 100 Jersey Coast held its Annual Meeting on November 19th where the organization’s 440 members selected the four grant finalists to receive $110,000 each. The four selected were Asbury Park Music Foundation (Arts and Culture), Clean Ocean Action (Environment, Parks and Recreation), Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monmouth County (“CASA”) (Children and Families) and St. Mark’s Center for Community Renewal (Health and Wellness).

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News: Impact 100 Jersey Coast Announces 5 Finalists for 4 Grants of $110,000

Community Magazine features Impact 100 Jersey Coast and its five 2019 grant finalists: Asbury Park Music Foundation (Arts and Culture), Clean Ocean Action (Environment, Parks and Recreation), Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monmouth County (“CASA”) (Children and Families), St. Mark’s Center for Community Renewal (Health and Wellness), and Senior Citizens Activities Network Inc. (“SCAN”) (Education).

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