Member Spotlight:  Amy Leis

Member Spotlight: Amy Leis

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When the year 2020 gives you lemons, you turn them in to lemon-colored dance shoes!?! Well, you do if you are Amy Leis, Phd, CFP(R), Leadership Council Member, Charter Member and grant review chair of Impact100SJ. Since the pandemic started, Amy took up competitive pro-am ballroom dancing (complete with mask and face shield) and has waltzed her way to being ranked 10th in the country. No surprise, since Amy puts that same focus and determination into whatever she does, whether it is keeping up with a rambunctious 9-year-old daughter, supporting the non-profits of South Jersey or maximizing the profits of her financial clients. Back in 2017, Amy mentioned to her friend Patti Withington that she wanted to be more involved in South Jersey philanthropy.  Patti shared that she was involved…
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Member Spotlight:  Bev Volpe

Member Spotlight: Bev Volpe

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Women’s friendships can be life changing. For Bev Volpe, her friendship with Karin Phillips, community affairs reporter at KYW Newsradio, was a reassuring constant during a tumultuous time. Karin’s untimely passing in 2011 left an emptiness, which Bev filled with volunteer work.  Fast forward to 2019 and an information session hosted by Kyle Ruffin, a name Bev had heard often from Karin, who was HER best friend. Right then and there, Bev knew that something, or better yet someone, had guided her to Impact 100 South Jersey.  Wanting to continue Karin’s legacy of telling nonprofit stories, the first-year member joined Impact 100 SJ’s marketing and communications committee, as well as the Education Grant Review Committee for the education focus area. “As a Philadelphia-based PR person, I had the honor to…
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Member Spotlight:  Tina Kemps

Member Spotlight: Tina Kemps

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Thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts regarding my reason for becoming a member of Impact100 SJ. First, may I say what an honor it is to be a member of this group of women involved in this engagement of collective giving. I have always wanted to give back to society as a thanksgiving — not only for what I have been blessed with, but also for the joy it gives me in giving to others. I believe it is not just important to give to those in need, but to open our hearts to all people who surround us each and every day.  I joined Impact100 to focus on specific non-profits in our community and the collective giving aspect of its operating model. It’s a great way…
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Member Spotlight:  Nancy Weber

Member Spotlight: Nancy Weber

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Nancy Weber is one of six founding members of Impact100 SJ, as well as a Leadership Council member, and she takes great pride in what the organization has been able to accomplish in three short years.  Here’s how it all started... In 2016 the Community Foundation of Southern New Jersey (CFSJ) facilitated a series of events to understand philanthropy from a woman’s point of view, specifically why and how they give.  Those events included a panel discussion of women philanthropists, a follow up survey to attendees, and focus group discussions to identify the type of women’s philanthropic efforts the CFSJ might want to sponsor.   Out of this process, women’s “collective giving” emerged as the model of greatest interest.  Subsequent research of existing women’s collective giving organizations by Nancy and fellow founding members Lee Albright, Theresa DiVietro, Kim…
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Member Spotlight: Valerie Schlitt

Member Spotlight: Valerie Schlitt

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Valerie has been a member of Impact100 South Jersey since the first year.  She heard about it from charter member Mary Lynne Reynolds.  But when she investigated further, she was intrigued by the opportunity to make a $1,000 donation go so much further. “I also like that it’s a women’s giving group.” Valerie says.  “It’s given me the chance to reconnect with so many South Jersey women who I’ve known throughout my career.”  When she attended one of the Big Reveal events, Valerie was surprised to learn that so many women she knew were part of this empowering initiative. “You feel so connected to so many people who, like me, love South Jersey.” Valerie is the Owner & Founder of VSA Prospecting, a lead generation company.  She started her business in her family room with two…
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Member Spotlight:  Jackie Egan Cometz

Member Spotlight: Jackie Egan Cometz

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An Impact100 SJ member since 2018, Jackie Egan Cometz joined when her friend Emily Orel invited her.  Jackie and her husband own General Floor Inc., and as business owners they have always felt committed to giving back to their community. The company supports many community organizations and Jackie has been personally involved in supporting civic groups, local sports teams, school groups, and nonprofits in her 30 plus years as a South Jersey resident. Jackie came to South Jersey from her home state of Connecticut after meeting her husband in college and marrying the South Jersey native.  They raised 3 daughters in Mt. Laurel while building their flooring business.  Along the way, Jackie joined the Alice Paul Chapter of NOW, became involved with the Alice Paul Institute, in PTO, Girl Scouts, and various sports…
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Member Spotlight: Mary Lynne Reynolds

Member Spotlight: Mary Lynne Reynolds

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When Mary Lynne Reynolds heard about Impact100 South Jersey from her long-time friends Nancy Weber and Kyle Ruffin, she knew she wanted to join. While attending Simmons University, a women’s college, Mary Lynne learned to appreciate the limitless energy and possibilities of female collaboration. “I was naturally drawn to Impact100 SJ as it offered the prospect of being part of a diversified group of women coming together to share their time, talents and resources to address critical needs in our community.”  Mary Lynne has a long history of community service, from spearheading fundraising events as a teenager, to working on the Ivory Coast in West Africa as a member of the Peace Corps, and going on to have a successful career in the non-profit world of serving those in need. “Throughout my life,…
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Member Spotlight:  Pam Brant

Member Spotlight: Pam Brant

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For Pam Brant, it’s not only the grant funding, it’s the opportunity to think strategically that provides impact. As President of the arts nonprofit Symphony in C, Pam’s passion is mentoring small and emerging arts organizations.  Impact100 SJ aligned perfectly with her personal goals, so when Kyle Ruffin asked her to join in year one, she enthusiastically said yes and has been a member since!   “Not only are small and emerging arts organizations looking for the type of financial resources a grant from Impact100 SJ provides, but the core mission grant application itself offers a perfect opportunity for organizations to work very strategically with their staff and board to plan the next logical step toward their organization’s sustainability. Small nonprofits feel they need to apply for every grant that comes their…
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Member Spotlight:  Toni Farmer

Member Spotlight: Toni Farmer

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Toni Farmer joined Impact100 in our second year after having coffee with a founding member who introduced her to the power of women’s collective giving. As the Director of Development and Marketing at Urban Promise in Camden, she had written grants to Impact100 Philly. But it wasn’t until she learned about and joined the South Jersey chapter that she realized the importance of camaraderie among fellow members. “There’s a lot of excitement in meeting other women doing good things together. Doing good is contagious.  It’s thrilling.”  She helped us grow our 2020 membership by sharing the thrill of women’s collective giving with her book club. We're grateful that Toni enjoyed the experience enough to bring Impact100 South Jersey to the attention of other local women who want to be part of the meaningful philanthropic…
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Member Spotlight:  Patti Withington

Member Spotlight: Patti Withington

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With her background in non-profit management, Patti Withington has a soft spot for organizations that do good work in the world. It’s exactly why she became a founding member of Impact100 South Jersey and served on the leadership council for two years. It’s also why she is ecstatic to see the organization grow from an initial eight founding members to 14 on the leadership council and a membership of 186. Bringing in more powerful minds and the innovation that comes with diverse viewpoints is exciting for everyone she says.  So too is the growth of our capacity to give, especially at a time when nonprofit organizations need it more than ever. “COVID-19 has hurt all New Jersey nonprofits in different ways,” she explains. “In South Jersey, it’s always been challenging…
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