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Member Spotlight: Dawn Hunter

Member Spotlight: Dawn Hunter

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Dawn Hunter was introduced to Impact100 SJ in 2019 as part of the team that applied for the $100,000 grant awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties. Her meeting with grant review committee members left a first great impression.  A few weeks later, she was introduced to leadership council member Angela Venti at a meeting of the Vineland Chamber of Commerce where Dawn is Executive Director. “I was feeling so grateful that Big Brothers Big Sisters was the grant recipient and then I met Angela. It just seemed like more than a coincidence, so I decided to join and give back.”  The $100,000 grant supports Big Brothers Big Sisters’ new program, Mentor 2.0, which pairs ‘Bigs’ with high school students so they can receive guidance about…
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Member Spotlight:  Emma Kimenhour

Member Spotlight: Emma Kimenhour

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Emma Kimenhour has been a proud member of Impact100 SJ for more than a year. Born and raised in South Jersey, Emma is grateful for the opportunities her involvement with this unique philanthropic group has afforded her.   “Philanthropy is the heart of Impact100 SJ,” Emma explains. “There is something empowering about connecting with a group of such dynamic, creative women – all with the common goals of transforming communities and fostering change. These goals align perfectly with the work we are doing every day at Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.” As Director of Philanthropic Gifts at Camden-based Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV), Emma knows firsthand how one gift or donation, no matter the size, can profoundly impact a person’s life. “Being part of an organization whose mission is to…
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2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

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Register For Our 2020 Annual Meeting The Show Must Go On-Line...  Join Impact100 South Jersey for Our 2020 ZOOM Annual Meeting On June 10th at 6 PM, we invite you to pour a glass of your favorite beverage, settle in front of your preferred digital viewing device and watch along with some of South Jersey's most generous and engaged women as we unveil which organization our members voted to award a $100,000 transformative, core mission grant. The night that we've been waiting for is here — with a few tweaks, but no less exciting.  In addition to the $100k grant, two organizations will be awarded $43,000 general operating grants — which are needed now more than ever.   Our 2020 Nonprofit Finalists Continuing the legacy of suffragist Alice Paul's work for gender…
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Member Spotlight: Lois Greco

Member Spotlight: Lois Greco

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Lois Greco has been a member of Impact100 SJ since its inaugural year, 2018.  After initial hesitation, Lois enthusiastically joined for two reasons: Kyle Ruffin asked her and she recognized that women’s collective philanthropy aligned perfectly with her values.  Lois is passionate about inspiring generosity, creating a culture of philanthropy, and building community.  Being a member of Impact100 SJ is one more way she can fulfill her mission of making the world more beautiful.  She has spent more than 2 decades of her professional life building her legacy and continues to do so on a personal level. Being in community with women whom she knew professionally, but now gets to know more personally is an extension of that work.   Lois is very excited by the concept that women’s membership can be sponsored.  This is especially important…
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Member Spotlight:  Valerie Buickerood

Member Spotlight: Valerie Buickerood

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This is Valerie Buickerood’s second year as a member of Impact100 SJ and the nonprofit executive couldn’t be more excited or grateful. Valerie is Director of Engagement and Communications at Hopeworks 'N Camden, where the economic fallout from COVID-19 has been devastating for many families. But Hopeworks is keeping its young people employed through the pandemic. It’s thanks to the organization’s solid financial base, and Hopeworks’ new Camden Capacity Fund which is raising money to provide free professional services to other Camden non-profits that will continue to keep youth employed in their social enterprises.  “It’s this kind of creative thinking that makes Hopeworks such a dynamic organization,” Valerie says “and one of the qualities that won us the admiration of Impact100 SJ.” The Camden non-profit was selected as Impact100 SJ’s…
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Member Spotlight:  Valeria Galarza

Member Spotlight: Valeria Galarza

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Valeria Galarza is a new member to Impact100 SJ, having joined for the 2020 Grant Year. She learned about Impact100 South Jersey from a colleague at a meeting where they were discussing local fundraising efforts and ideas. She was impressed with this local movement of women making a difference towards a common goal and wanted to contribute to further support our communities and nonprofits that do such important work. Val is a Principal Consultant at ALTA Impact Partners. She has been in the nonprofit sector for 20 years, most recently with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden, before founding ALTA. Val feels that the most rewarding aspect of being a member is being able to think strategically about how and where to invest funding where it is most needed. She shared…
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WHY WE GIVE Event Postponed

WHY WE GIVE Event Postponed

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Due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the “WHY WE GIVE” Planning Committee has decided to POSTPONE the event scheduled for Friday, March 20th at Rowan College at Burlington County. The decision to postpone was not taken lightly.  We recognize and acknowledge the inconvenience this postponement may cause. However, this decision was made out of concern for the health and well-being of our attendees, our speakers and the South Jersey community.  The WHY WE GIVE Planning Committee is working to secure a new date. We hope to be able to share new details within the next two to three weeks after we confer with key event participants about their schedules. On behalf of our hard-working Planning Committee, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work…
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Member Spotlight:  Caitlin Miller

Member Spotlight: Caitlin Miller

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Caitlin Miller is the youngest 2020 Impact100 South Jersey member.  She is a fleet management professional at ARI with a passion for giving back. She has been working for Holman Enterprises since 2011 and represented the company as a Loaned Executive with the United Way in 2018.  She was attracted to Impact100 by the fact that all the women give collectively and make the decision about who receives funding. After attending an information session and her first event, she knows it is really is the perfect fit. Caitlin shares her time, talent and treasure with a number or organizations.  She is:  A Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region A member of the Board of Trustees for South Jersey Young Professionals AssociationAn Executive Committee Member for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society A…
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Impact100 South Jersey to Award $186,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

Impact100 South Jersey to Award $186,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

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Photo credit: Andrew Graham Todes Photography Impact100 South Jersey announced that it will award $186,000 in grants to local nonprofits as a result of it’s fall 2019 collective giving membership drive. Members gathered at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Cherry Hill on Wednesday, Jan 8th for the Big Reveal and celebration.  The event was held to share the number of members who joined and the total raised for grantmaking in 2020.  This brings the total funds raised collectively by Impact100 South Jersey members to  $415,000 since 2017. “The goal in our third year was to increase the number of members women over last year when 155 women each contributed $1,000,” said Membership Co-Chair Angela Venti.  “South Jersey women have embraced collective giving and each year, more come together to generate transformative grants for organizations serving our…
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Member Spotlight:  Kyle Ruffin

Member Spotlight: Kyle Ruffin

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So many members have heard how Kyle feels about Impact100. As one of the founders and info session presenters, Kyle shares her feelings about the initiative she helped give birth to and the pride and joy it brings. In her words, Kyle tells us how Impact100 is about living out her purpose. "I come from a long line of people who put others first. My parents and extended family, by example, taught me that a life well-lived is one that makes others smile, suffer less or supports them as they work to achieve their goals. It was a lesson that, until recently, I'm not sure I even realized was being beamed into my head. Through reflective hindsight, I now see that I've always found a way to insert service to…
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