Announcing Our 2024 Change Maker

91 Place will not forget June 11, 2024, where they were named the Impact 100 2024 Change Maker!

91 Place was the Health & Wellness Focus Area Committee Finalist. The organization serves homeless youth, ages 16-24, by providing transitional housing for up to 2 years using a comprehensive wellness strategy. The Change Maker Grant will fund The Creating Permanency in Transitional Housing project. This project is an urgent response to the pending sale of their flagship home, which houses 4 youth and 2 house mentors. The home’s owners are offering the property to 91 Place at a price far below its appraised value. This opportunity creates equity, avoids a costly and disruptive move and eliminates the necessity of finding another suitable house when few are on the market.

Four other local nonprofits received unrestricted Community Support Grants of $11,000 each:

To find out more about each finalist organization, click on their name to go to their website. To learn more about their proposed project, go to our blog here.

Interested in supporting one of these projects? Contact us at and we will be happy to make the introductions.

Updates on the 2023 Grants

The 2023 Change Maker, Unconditional, has posted their June reasons to celebrate. Read about them on our blog.

To see how the 2023 Grants are impacting our community, read our 2023 Grant Update blog posting.

2025 Letter of Intent

Letters of Intent (LOIs) are the first step in the Impact 100 granting process and allow a nonprofit to submit an overview of how they would use our $100,000 grant if selected as our Change Maker Grant Recipient. Applicants should review our granting process and meet our eligibility requirements before applying.

The 2025 LOI will not be available until October 2024.

The Impact 100 Leaders of the Future Program has been an important pipeline for developing new members and future leaders for Impact 100. We are proud to announce the 13 women receiving this year’s Leaders of the Future memberships:

  • Leili Abdi, Master Student, IU School of Philanthropy, Research Asst. Global Philanthropy Environment Indices 
  • Paradise Bradford, Free Leading and Pretty Passionate Hands 
  • Roxanne Diggs, USPost Office and Grad Student 
  • Danielle Drake, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce 
  • Caroline Durava, We Bloom
  • Oriana Fuenmayor, IUPUI Student, Intern at Domestic Violence Network 
  • Erica Henry, Master student IU School of Philanthropy 
  • Twanda Jones, MPA Student, Defense Finance/Acctg, The Comfort Home Place 
  • Mary Lechner, Teenworks 
  • Natalie Matthews, Cathedral High School
  • Sally Root, Indianapolis Art Center 
  • Madeline Sersic, IU McKinney School of Law 
  • Priti Tailor, Enrolled in 2024 Leadership United Program w/ United Way of Central Indiana

Click here to read about their dream projects.

Click here to learn more about the Leaders of the Future program,

2023 Giving Report Released

Each year Impact 100 creates our version of an Annual Report to provide an overview of the organization’s financial, membership, and granting history. This year’s report can be accessed by clicking here.

Board of Director Recruitment

We are currently looking for women interested in serving on our Board of Directors and board committees (membership, marketing, fundraising, Focus Area Committees, etc.). Learn more here.

It’s time to start recurring payments towards a 2025 Membership! 

Click here to learn more and to sign up for recurring payments. If you have questions about setting up recurring payments, please contact us.

Indy Star: Scott Newman and Rock Steady Boxing

The Indy Star has a great article on former Marion County prosecutor Scott Newman and his founding of Rock Steady Boxing. Rock Steady Boxing was the Impact 100 Change Maker in 2010, and the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Impact 100 members.

You can read the article here.

Meet Our 2023 Change Maker!

Meet our 2023 Change Maker Unconditional Indy. Our $100,000 grant will fund “Expanding Bridges” – a holistic housing assistance program for women who have transitioned out of sex work and the adult entertainment industries. We can’t wait to see al of the amazing ways Unconditional Indy will continue to grow and impact so many women in our community over the next year.

These four nonprofits each received an unrestricted Impact 100 Community Support Grant of $13,000:

Go to our blog posting with more information on these projects!

Donna Oklak, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Co-Founder, featured in Nonprofit News Podcast on Innovation in Nonprofits

Listen to the podcast here.

Impact 100 Member Olanike Olaniyi (Nike)
in Documentary Welcome Home

Olanike Olaniyi shared with Impact 100 that she and her husband are featured in a short documentary, Welcome Home. It tells the story of Nike and other recent immigrants who settled in Indianapolis after leaving their home countries and who now help others adapt to life here through the Immigrant Welcome Center.

The short film debuted at the Central Library on December 13, and you can watch it here:
Welcome Home

NeuroHope, 2022 Change Maker, Receives $1,000,000 Expansion Grant From
OrthoIndy Foundation

NeuroHope, a nonprofit rehabilitation and wellness center for people recovering from neurologic injuries, has received a $1 million grant from the OrthoIndy Foundation to expand its continued care programs for spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke. As part of the expansion, NeuroHope has added staff, operating space, and opened an adaptive fitness center so people living with neurologic conditions can have affordable access to long-term rehabilitation programs when they leave the hospital. You can read the full press release on the grant here.

NeuroHope also provided an update on the Impact 100 Wellness Center: “Just want to share with you – signage is up, all equipment in place, and the “Impact 100 Wellness Center” is Open at NeuroHope!

We already have 30+ of our 95 patients enrolled in the wellness program, which now features open gym and supervised gym access to the “Impact 100 Wellness Center”, and daily group strength and cardio classes! This is such a difference maker for our patients, and for our overall model of providing continued care programs for people living with and recovering from paralysis.

You Yes You! 2021 and 2022 Finalist Receives $206,000 Grant

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You Yes You! a 2022 Change Maker Finalist and Community Impact grant recipient has been awarded a $206,000 Community Catalyst Grant from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The grant will fund a seven-week, family therapist-run program focused on self-awareness, coping skills, and perseverance during incarceration, as well as the anxiety and depression related to reentry and reuniting with family post-release.

Please join us in congratulating them on this wonderful news. Learn more about their transformational work here.

Giving Circles Podcast

The High Cost of Evictions

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On November 10, 2021, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis presented The High Cost of Evictions, an online panel of experts to educate our members on the eviction crisis in Indiana and on the impact of homelessness on families and children. Click here to learn more!

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis
Receives A 2nd National Spotlight Award
for Innovative Grant Making!

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Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis was recognized for their 2018 Change Maker Grant to Trinity Haven to provide safe, affirming housing for LGBTQ youth experiencing housing instability. In April of 2021, during the pandemic, Trinity Haven celebrated the grand opening of the home. The grant was transformational for the giving circle and the community because it was their first grant focused on the needs of the LGBTQ community and Trinity Haven is Indiana’s first residential and host homes program addressing the needs of LGBTQ young people who are at risk for homelessness. 

Read more about our Spotlight Award here.

Trinity Haven update on the impact of the 2018 Change Maker Grant.