Impact Giving, a women’s collective giving organization based in Orange County, Calif., granted $131,000 to local and global charities at their 5th annual awards event, “Making THE Impact – Mapping YOUR Giving Over 5 Years.” The event took place May 14, 2014 at The Center Club in Costa Mesa, Calif.
In its first five years, Impact Giving has awarded $606,000 to 33 nonprofit organizations, locally and globally. Impact Giving considers grants in eight categories: education; hunger and shelter; women and children; human rights; human services; health and wellness; the environment; and arts and culture.
“It is a thrill to witness the tangible impact a group of motivated, charitable women can make,” said Ann Duncan Levy, Board Chair and Co-Founder of Impact Giving. “The more Partners we have, the more we can collectively give to deserving organizations. Our goal is to bring together 1,000 Partners, enabling us to donate $1 million annually.”
Out of 51 total grant applicants this year, 18 made it to the final round and seven were awarded grants. They included:
• Lotus Outreach received the largest grant of the evening, accepting $30,000 to support The Blossom Bus, a girls-only bus that transports 300 girls to receive secondary education in rural India.
• Voices For Children’s $25,000 grant will provide Court Appointed Special Advocates for 150 emancipated foster youth as they transition into independence in San Diego.
• OC Child Abuse Prevention Center was awarded $20,000 to provide individual casework for 20 at-risk mothers of toddlers in Orange County.
• Family Promise of Orange County received $15,000 to purchase and maintain a van that will support family rescue, food delivery and school transportation for 120 at-risk families in Orange County.
• Women Helping Women were granted $15,000 to provide job training and support services for 4,000 disadvantaged men, women and teens in Orange County.
• Action Kivu was awarded $13,000 to establish a sewing center in the Congo that will provide 60 at-risk women with full-time employment.
• Chhahari’s $13,000 grant will provide school tuition and supplies to 22 orphaned children in Nepal.
About Impact Giving: Impact Giving is a women’s collective giving organization that engages, educates and empowers women to transform lives and create positive social change in our communities, our nation and around the world. Impact Giving Partners individually donate $1,000 annually and then collectively award the dollars to deserving nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.impactgivingnow.org.