Impact100 DC Announces Five Finalists for Founding Year Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Contact: Sharon Dennis //

Washington, DC – June 25, 2021

The new women’s philanthropic organization Impact100 DC – which is dedicated to improving lives in the Greater DC area by collectively funding transformational grants to local nonprofit organizations – announced yesterday the five finalist organizations for its founding year $105,000 grant. 

Those organizations are: Generation Hope, Access Youth, The Urban Studio in partnership with the Audubon Naturalist Society, Bridges to Independence, and Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop. 

“We were overwhelmed with the quality of the proposals we received and are grateful to all those who applied. Our committee members spent many, many hours reviewing proposals and in the process became strong supporters of numerous area organizations that were new to them,” said Sharon Dennis, Impact DC Grants Chair.

The full Impact100 DC founding membership will vote at its Annual Meeting in September to award their first transformational grant. 

The Impact100 model was created by Wendy Steele in 2001. Impact100 DC is part of a network of more than 60 chapters in the US which, to date, have donated nearly $80 million to worthy local causes. 


Impact100 DC is an all-volunteer women’s philanthropic community with a mission of improving lives in the Greater Washington, DC area by collectively funding transformational grants to local nonprofit organizations. 

Impact100 DC’s vision is 

  • To address unmet needs in our community, prioritizing those that result from systemic racism and structural inequity; 
  • To create and sustain a diverse community of dynamic women committed to building bridges across the wide demographic divides in the Washington DC area; and 
  • To empower women as philanthropists and leaders.