At Impact 100 Seattle we practice trust-based philanthropy with the aim of minimizing the work for non-profits throughout the application process and the grant lifecycle. All of our grants are unrestricted.
Note: While the timeline and dates below apply to the former 2022 grantmaking cycle, they can be used as a guideline for 2023 and beyond.
We are excited to be entering another year of grantmaking! Our plan is to make one large grant of $100,000 and a few smaller grants for finalists, which are dependent upon the size of our member base as of May 1st.
We will select grants for funding on June 6, and grants will be made by the end of June.
Grant funding can be made over three years if desired, but we find that even small organizations are able to absorb funding in the first year. It is our hope to engage our members in multi-year commitments that will translate to multi-year funding in the future.
We follow the Impact 100 model which makes grants across five broad areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. In addition, Impact 100 Seattle is specifically looking for organizations that:
The Puget Sound includes the cities and counties along the I-5 corridor from Olympia to Everett, and west to Bremerton. The majority of organizations we fund are in the greater Seattle area.
No. Impact 100 Seattle has chosen to focus its funding on organizations that are based in and serving communities of Northwestern Washington.
No. While we value community services (e.g. art programs, preschools) that reach all people, we are specifically looking for organizations that focus on increasing equity for under-served populations. This includes, but is not limited to, those who are not provided equal access to services due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, etc.
We prioritize organizations whose work brings under-represented communities to the forefront, and whose leadership, staff and board reflect and/or maintain proximity to the communities they serve. We want to see those directly impacted by injustice have decision-making power over strategy, direction and funding of the organization. This year we specify that at least 50% of staff and board represent communities served.
No. Impact 100 Seattle supports organizations with bold agendas and a commitment to addressing underlying causes and effecting long-term changes.
We recognize the importance of organizations providing direct services like housing and food. These are important for meeting people‘s basic needs and helping them navigate daily life. However, our focus is not on individual change, but people working collaboratively to change policies, institutions and structures that impact a broader group of people. For example, an organization providing STEM education to young students of color would not address root causes, but if that organization also worked to ensure that schools include perspectives of BIPOC students in its curricula, and had instructors that represented these students teaching them, it would.
We have no formal reporting requirements. Our expectation is that organizations align with Impact 100 Seattle vision and values, that they work to collaborate with other organizations, and that there‘s a willingness to engage in a relationship with Impact 100 Seattle and its members.
We embrace risk and encourage any organization that meets our criteria to apply.
New and established organizations under $2 million in revenue and in-kind donations are encouraged to apply.
Applications closed on February 25th at 11:59pm PST. If you missed your chance, please follow our progress and return next year! You may contact us with any questions at: email@example.com.
Impact 100 Seattle is a new organization aiming to address some of the unhealthy power dynamics in traditional philanthropy. One of our first efforts was to streamline the grant application process, respecting the time of all applicants. Once organizations apply:
Any member can serve on the Impact 100 grant review team, only a time commitment and training are required. Our grant leadership team is composed of a small group of Impact 100 Seattle members committed to addressing some of the unhealthy power dynamics in traditional philanthropy. As the organization grows, we expect the size and composition of this group to change as well.
If your organization meets all the 2022 criteria and has not received a $100,000 grant, you may apply again.
Each grant cycle is different as there are different organizations being reviewed and different women reviewing them. The Grant Review Team reads each of the submitted applications to determine how closely the organizations align with our grant criteria. This year, in addition to operational criteria, we will be using the application questions to evaluate how the organization increases equity; how it centers community (and meets the criteria of 50% board, leadership and staff from the community served), and how the organization works to address underlying issues of social causes to achieve long-term change in a community. From there, the organizations that most closely align are discussed and we reach a consensus on which organizations should advance to the next round.
Whoops! An error message is likely due to trouble on our end, but it should not impact the grant application. If you are not sure if your grant submitted properly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to save the answers in a document and send them to us, we will submit for you.
We seek some additional information for those ~10 or so organizations advancing through the process. We will ask for latest 990 forms (if not publicly available), budget, balance sheet, income statements and audited financial statements. Following a short review, we will request a one-hour zoom call to learn a little more about the organization and its leadership. If an organization becomes a finalist, we will set up a one-hour session to develop a video for our annual meeting.