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Nov 14, 2019

Impact 100 Announces Finalists for Four $110,000 Grants

By Lori Draz

Impact 100 Jersey Coast Bell Works Summit

It’s that time of year when magic happens. Impact 100 Jersey Coast has announced the finalists for four grants of $110,000 each, which will be awarded Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the annual general meeting. The finalists have been selected following a rigorous year-long screening process which includes board and committee reviews, on-site inspections, interviews and committee selections.

This year, Impact 100 Jersey Coast celebrates a milestone. In just four years, Impact 100 will have given nearly $1.2 million in grants to Monmouth County nonprofits.

The five 2019 finalists are:

•Asbury Park Music Foundation (Arts and Culture), Asbury Park, for their music education programs for underserved youth and unifying live music events.

•Clean Ocean Action (Environment, Parks and Recreation), Long Branch, for its mission to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters of the New Jersey/New York coast.

•Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monmouth County (Children and Families), Freehold, for serving as a child’s voice in court, working through professionally trained and supervised volunteers to promote the welfare of foster children in Monmouth County who have been removed from their homes because of extreme parental abuse, neglect or abandonment.

•St. Mark’s Center for Community Renewal (Health and Wellness), Keansburg, which offers outreach to its neighbors and the Bayshore community. The Community Center serves almost 3,500 meals monthly and 4,000 individuals yearly by its food pantry.

•Senior Citizens Activities Network Inc. (Education), Eatontown, which enhances the quality of life for more than 50 active Monmouth and Ocean County adults through socialization, education, technology and resources.

Impact 100 Grants Chair Rowena Crawford-Phillips shared, “More than 70 Impact members volunteered to evaluate the 61 compelling proposals submitted, conduct site visits and select the finalists. We are in awe of their dedication and are so proud to present these five outstanding finalists for our entire membership’s vote.”

In a most unique process, each of the finalists make a strict 6-minute presentation at the group’s annual general meeting. Then each attending member votes, and all ballots are tallied. The results are announced immediately during the same evening. The drama is real and so are the checks; this year there will be four, each worth $110,000 each.

“Impact 100 Jersey Coast empowers women to dramatically improve Monmouth County by collectively funding grants of $100,000 or more to initiatives that support our local communities,” said Impact 100 Jersey Coast President and Co-founder Deirdre O’Brien Spiropoulos. “Every year, we are grateful to learn from and support nonprofit organizations, and we invite and seek women from all backgrounds to join our giving network.”

Each member makes a single $1,100 donation annually.

The organization’s annual general meeting which includes the grant awarding will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. It is sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation, New Jersey Natural Gas, Stillwell-Hansen and Bayshore Recycling. Previous grant recipients include 180 Turning Lives Around (2016), Covenant House NJ (2017),The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (2017), Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (2018), CFC Loud N Clear (2018) and Family Resource Associates (2018).A growing membership means the organization will be able to make additional grants, the amounts driven by the number of members. To learn more about becoming a member, visit Impact100JerseyCoast.org or email membership@impact100jerseycoast.org.

Previous grant recipients include 180 Turning Lives Around (2016), Covenant House NJ (2017),The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (2017), Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (2018), CFC Loud N Clear (2018) and Family Resource Associates (2018).

A growing membership means the organization will be able to make additional grants, the amounts driven by the number of members. To learn more about becoming a member, visit Impact100JerseyCoast.org or email membership@impact100jerseycoast.org.