Our History

Our Mission: Women creating positive, lasting change in our community through collective giving.

Impact100 Martin was founded in 2017 as a local chapter of the national Impact100 Movement. It was founded by Ellyn Stevenson, Board Director of The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie, and Elizabeth Barbella, TCFMSL President & CEO, after they attended the Impact100 Council conference in Boca Raton. Impact100 Martin had 107 founding members and awarded its first $100,000 Impact Grant in April 2018. Membership increased to 151 and 224 respectively in our second and third years.

The concept behind Impact100 Martin is simple: a minimum of 100 women contribute $1,100 each ($1,000 grant monies & $100 administration) and join forces to award a game-changing $100,000 grant to the nonprofit where it will have the most local impact. The Impact Grant will go to a project/program that benefits Martin County and is voted on by all members. All membership contribution dollars except for the $100 administrative fees are given out in grants each year. The number of grants awarded each year is dependent on the number of members. Our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year.

For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.

We welcome your membership in this unique philanthropic movement that is making a real impact in Martin County.

The Impact100 Model

Started in Cincinnati in 2001 by Wendy Steele, Impact100 empowers women to dramatically improve lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact in our local community. There are currently over 60 chapters around the world. The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it.  It is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

At Least 100 Women
Come Together

Each Woman
Donates $1,000

$100,000
is donated to a
Local Charity

*For Impact100 Martin, the membership contribution is $1,100:
$1,000 will go toward the grant, while $100 will help cover administrative expenses.

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Our Organization

L to R: Ann Barwig, Maureen Cotter, Genevieve George, Sheila Leach and Laurie Steiger. Not pictured: Robin Carpentier and Rita May Wright

2021-2022 Executive Committee

Executive Committee Chair: Genevieve George
Membership: Maureen Cotter and Ann Barwig
Grants: Robin Carpentier
Events: Rita May Wright
Communications: Laurie Steiger and Sheila Leach

Impact100 Martin is governed by an Executive Committee composed of volunteers from each year’s members. Policies are consistent with the Impact100 Council and The Community Foundation Martin St-Lucie.  The main responsibilities of the Executive Committee are to: develop annual plans; oversee all committees on coordination, timeliness and completion; and ensure a smooth working relationship with TCFMSL. There are four standing committees: Membership, Grants, Events and Communications.

There is also an Advisory Committee to work on special projects, as needed, with the following members:

Arati Hammond, Elaine Matts, Tracy Sorzano, Linda Weiksnar and Nancy Wong


Impact100 Martin maintains a field of interest fund with The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie, (TCFMSL), a 501(c)(3) organization located in Stuart, Martin County, Florida.

TCFMSL’s invaluable assistance has helped to make our chapter a reality. Their administrative, accounting and grant making assistance has enabled Impact100 Martin’s membership to rapidly mobilize and fully focus on our collective giving mission. We are grateful for the support of Elizabeth Barbella, President/CEO; Robin Cartwright, Director of Operations; and Ellen Gundrania, Program Associate.