The vision to start a Mobile Chapter of Impact100 began in Fall of 2019, when Founding Vice-President Rená Davis attended the Annual Grant Award event of Impact100 Baldwin County chapter.
Rená shared her dream of starting a chapter in Mobile County with two of her friends, Stacy Cummings and Lyndsey Dixon. After the pandemic, Danlee Budney joined them in February of 2021 and reignited their passion to form a chapter. Together, these four women built the infrastructure while enlisting the assistance of other amazing women in their community, and creating an all-volunteer committed Board of Directors that enabled the Impact100 Mobile dream to become a reality. The Impact100 Mobile chapter is beginning to empower a local and diverse group of women of all ages, stages of life, income levels and backgrounds to join together to fund transformational grants to eligible nonprofits in Mobile County. We awarded our first $102,000 grant in Spring of 2023 and continue to award impactful grants to local nonprofits each year.
For more information about how Impact100 started, see our Global story.
Together, we will make a sustainable impact in our community, one transformational grant at a time.
The Impact100 Model
The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.
Impact100 Mobile seeks to benefit the communities of Mobile County by annually awarding at least one high-impact grant to fund innovative, meaningful projects. The concept is simple:
The annual donation from Impact100 Mobile members fund the grants. The number and size of grants given is dependent on the number of members. The goal is to give incremental grants of at least $100,000 each year to nonprofit organizations serving Mobile County.
Membership is open to all women age 18 and over and is renewable annually.
Nonprofits complete an eligibility form and then may receive an invitation to apply for a grant in one of five focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment & Recreation, Family, and Health & Wellness. The proposed initiative must predominantly serve the Mobile County communities.
Members of Impact100 Mobile may choose to volunteer to serve on committees that evaluate the grant applications and select a finalist or finalists in each area.
Finalists are chosen and a representative of each of the finalists gives a brief presentation of their organization’s initiative proposal at the annual meeting of Impact100 Mobile. The entire membership of Impact100 Mobile votes to select the grant recipient(s).
Recipient organizations are given 24 months to complete their projects. Funds are disbursed as programs are implemented.