Impact 100 Jersey Coast Kicks Off 2020 Grant Process with $456,000 available for Eligible Nonprofits in Monmouth County

In its 5th year of grant-making, the powerful women’s philanthropy group will contribute 4 grants of $114,000 each to transformational programs in Monmouth County.


Media Contact: Rachel Haviland,
Marketing Director, Impact 100 Jersey Coast


MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ April 17, 2020

Despite the global pandemic and New Jersey’s state of emergency, which forced them to cancel the final events of their recruitment season, Impact 100 Jersey Coast–a women’s grantmaking collective–recently closed its fifth annual membership drive with a record 456 members — and $456,000 in available grant funding for Monmouth County nonprofits. This year will bring total funding by Impact Jersey Coast to over $1.6 million in just 5 years.  

The all-volunteer group, which provides grants of at least $100,000 to fund high-impact projects, will collectively select four nonprofit organizations to receive a transformational grant of $114,000 each this fall.

“This is a moment when our community needs us more than ever. Thanks to the support of our members, our collective dollars now represent a lifeline to our local nonprofit community,” said Heather Burke, Vice President and Co-founder of Impact 100 Jersey Coast.

The Impact 100 Jersey Coast 2020 grant process is now open. As a first step, interested nonprofit organizations serving Monmouth County should visit to review the guidelines and submit an Eligibility Form by May 15th. Once eligibility is confirmed, applicants will receive a link to complete the application, which is due on or before June 1st.

“We are committed to being responsive in this current crisis by leveraging our philanthropic group of women and adapting our grants process to best serve our nonprofit community. We’re providing our members, and community at large, with practical and meaningful ways to help by updating nonprofit wish lists on our website with urgent COVID-19 items. Most importantly, in addition to our traditional approach of funding new or expanded projects, we are welcoming proposals to strengthen or sustain projects” said Grants Chair Rowena Crawford-Phillips. 

Impact Jersey Coast members have also stepped up to join the statewide effort to tackle COVID-19. “We are pleased to announce that, in addition to awarding 4 high-impact grants this fall, we will also be making a donation to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund this month. We are proud to team up with other funders in this collective effort that will address the acute needs of numerous nonprofit organizations across our great Garden State,” commented Deirdre Spiropoulos, President and Co-founder of Impact 100 Jersey Coast.

Upon completion of Impact’s member-run grant review process, finalists will present their proposals for the final vote by the wider Impact membership this November. The group’s hands-on approach to giving emphasizes its maxim: one woman, one donation, one vote. 

Spiropulos added, “At a moment when we are acutely aware that we are all in this together, Impact is a reminder of just how much we can accomplish together. When we combine our donations, time, and talent in the service of those most in need we can help transform and heal our community.” 

About Impact 100 Jersey Coast

Impact 100’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 nearly $1.2 million to 10 Monmouth County nonprofits. Learn more about Impact 100 Jersey Coast, its members and mission at




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