Five local charities learned they would get $100,000 each at the finale of a women’s fundraising group’s annual awards. More than 500 Impact 100 members gathered at the Wold Performing Arts Center Wednesday night to hear requests from 10 finalists.
Each finalist asked for the maximum grant to fund a program run by the nonprofit they represent. The balance of $543,000 would be split among charities not chosen. After hearing them out on stage, members filled out a ballot. They had to choose between two charities in five categories.
At the end of the night, the announcement revealed their votes were split between established and new charities. Winners were announced by Impact 100 president Kirsten Stanley and incoming president Kathy Adkins.
Here’s the winners:
· Family: Autism After 21 summer program to promote job readiness and independence
· Arts & Culture: Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 7th Grade Human Trafficking Project
· Education: Streetwaves Corp. for Maritime Education After-School Program at the Village Academy
· Health & Wellness: Center for Child Counseling’s School-based Mental Health
· Environment: The Institute for Regional Conservation’s Restoring the Gold Coast
Other finalists were: Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County; Florence Fuller Child Development Centers; WiseTribe, Digital Vibez Inc. and Help Our Wounded Foundation.
The growing nonprofit has given out more than $3 million since Impact 100 was formed eight years ago. The application process begins again in the fall.
By Marci Shatzman