Impact 100: Destin, Florida Women Making a Difference in NorthWest Florida
The idea is simple: 100 women donate $1,000 each to form a $100,000 grant to fund a community need.
Membership is open to all women over 18 in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Each member of IMPACT 100 determines the level of her involvementâ€”whether she wants to simply write a membership check, or read and evaluate grant applications and visit the grant applicantsâ€™ projects. Most importantly, 100% of each memberâ€™s contribution is awarded to non-profit organizations, with none of that contribution going to administrative costs.
All non-profit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties are eligible for grants. Grant applications are accepted for projects in five areas:
â€˘Arts and Culture
â€˘Environment, Recreation & Preservation
â€˘Health and Wellness
Impact 100 of Northwest Florida believes that collaborative and informed financial giving will make a difference in the lives of others and will enhance the well-being of our region.
After hearing all the presentations from each category at the mandatory annual meeting, members will cast their votes for one of the finalists. The two finalists with the most votes will receive grants of $125,000 each!
The Judge Ben Gordon Jr. Family Visitation Center was the first recipient of a grant from IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida. The grant of $128,000, was presented in 2012.
The 2013 Grant Winners are: The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Destin Harvest.
TheÂ Emerald Coast Wildlife RefugeÂ has served this community as its only wildlife refuge since 1994, and has grown through much iteration as demand for treatment of native wildlife has increased. This expansion will be one of the most important, not only because of the critical nature of a care facility for wildlife and supporting education, but also as a major attraction to local residents and travelers who have become a part of the eco-tourism movement and are searching for a natural and well-planned destination such asÂ a wildlife veterinary clinic where wildlife care and preservation will be the center of attraction and pride.Â It will be “something to do in Destin” while planning your next visit.
The grant for Destin Harvest has allowed them to make some major leaps this year. DH hired a full time driver in January to operate the newly purchased 20â€˛ refrigerated truck designated for the route that services food pick-ups from 10 retail food donors. Compared to last year, food volume is up 172,021 pounds, or 87 percent, and foods are being distributed further to more agencies than ever!
Feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County that Destin Harvest service are now far more efficient. These programs are now reaching out to numerous smaller programs to appropriate foods for their program as DHâ€™s food donations permit. Submissions for 2014 are being accepted now through July 18, 2014 and then the process begins to vote and choose theÂ two 2014 recipients.