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Founder's Corner

Pat Wynne and Cathy Murphy
Pat Wynne and Cathy Murphy attended the first Impact100 Global Conference last October.  It was held in Delray Beach, FL and was hosted collaboratively by the Impact100 chapters located in Florida.  The conference brought together over 100 bright, enthusiastic, committed women from chapters around the country and the presenters shared a wealth of information!
Wendy Steele, founder of Impact100, was the keynote speaker, and break-out sessions followed with leaders from the Florida chapters providing insights about their successes.  The breakout sessions focused on:
  • Engaging Different Generations for Maximum Impact
  • Gaining, Keeping and Building Membership
  • The Beginning of the Grant Cycle
  • Finalist Decisions
  • Reviewing Grant Submissions
  • Grant Recipients Follow Up
  • Developing Leadership Database Management
  • Funding Administration Costs/Sponsorship
  • Record Retention/Tech Tips
  • Communication and Public Relations
Both Cathy and Pat felt the conference was well worth their time as they learned interesting facts and some great tips to bring back to Denver for consideration, including:
  • The largest Impact100 chapter is in Pensacola with 1,000 members! This chapter awarded ten $100,000 grants in 2016!
  • Many Impact100 chapters have standardized on five funding areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. Chapters who have adopted this model seek grant applications in the same areas each year rather than our current process of defining funding categories for each new grant cycle.
  • One chapter is seeing recruitment/membership success by standardizing recruitment events.  They hold 10 events annually at a consistent late afternoon time, but in different locations to ensure women from throughout their metro area have a convenient meeting to attend.  
The national conference will be held every other year.  For those who are interested in additional news from chapters around the country, please visit the Impact100 Council's website at for stories, questions and best practices.

2017 Grant Update
Joan Brennan

A big thank you to each of our new and renewing members for helping Impact100 Metro Denver to grow to 131 members as of March, 2017!  As a result, this June Impact will not only provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit in one of our four focus areas, but will also award $25,000 in additional grant funds to the nonprofit finalists.  Grant applications were due at the end of February and the Grant Committee is busy reading and reviewing the 34 applications that were submitted.  The Committee will use established criteria and site visits to narrow the list to a group of finalists who will present at the June Awards Luncheon at the Wellshire Events Center.  Each member who has paid their $1,000 contribution by February 28, 2017 will then cast her vote and our 2017 Impact100 Metro Denver Grantee will be announced!

If you have questions on the grant process, please feel free to reach out to the Grants Chair, Joan Brennan at

Annual Meeting Recap
February 1, Sie Film Center
Impact100 Metro Denver members gathered to meet Impact100 founder, Wendy Steele, receive updates from the local chapter and socialize with new and continuing members.

Latest developments:  
  • Due to the success of our membership committee and the recruitment activities of so many members, we have $125,000 in our 2017 Grant Fund to be awarded on June 14 at the Wellshire Event Center!
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation, and specifically Carrie Morgridge, has provided every Impact100 chapter with matching funds for Membership Scholarships. Our chapter received two scholarships which we plan to award this spring.
Guest Speakers:
  • Wendy Steele, founder of Impact100, shared her story about starting the first Impact100 chapter in Cincinnati and inspired members with her dedication to women's philanthropic giving and the power of giving as one organization to deliver transformative change in the community.  
  • The Denver Foundation staff, Sarah Harrison and Christiano Sosa, presented information about philanthropy in Colorado and the role of the Foundation with Impact100 Metro Denver. They praised the efforts of our chapter and reaffirmed their ongoing support.
Committee updates:  
  • Joan Brennan announced that the RFP (request for proposal) for the 2017 grant award was distributed widely to the nonprofit community in Metro Denver.  In addition, a webinar was held to answer questions from interested nonprofits.  Proposals were due on February 28th.
  • Michelle Myers spoke for the membership committee and announced that membership is strong and growing!  The membership committee invites current Impact100 members with an interest in membership to contact her or Megan Hebert if they would like to get involved. Michelle’s email is  Megan’s email is If every member would refer just one friend for membership, we could give two $100,000 grants next year!
  • Liz Barclay spoke about the upcoming Education event on April 5th.  Community leaders will address critical needs in our community in the areas of mental health, prisoner reintegration, early childhood development and training and education. Read below for information about the speakers.

Member Profile
Pat Andreatta
Chair of the Events Committee
This month we are pleased to announce a new section to our newsletter, the Member Profile.  Pat Andreatta, Chair of the Events Committee and a founding member of Impact100 Metro Denver graciously agreed to provide information for our first installment, but we need others to volunteer or nominate an Impact member for upcoming editions.  If you would like to share a bit of your story with our membership - or have a suggestion for another member you would like to learn more about, please email the Communications Chair, Annie Davies at and we will start a list for future newsletters.  

Impact100 Metro Denver is very fortunate to have Pat Andreatta guiding our events for both current and prospective members.  Her energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail make her a great addition to the Impact Steering Committee and ambassador for community philanthropy.  Pat grew up in Kansas where she attended Wichita State University and Wesley School of Nursing. She moved to Denver in 1972 and says she can not imagine living anywhere else - we're certainly glad for that!

Q&A with Pat:  
1. How did you learn about Impact100 and what attracted you to the organization?
I met our founder, Cathy, very early in my Sales Career.  She shared the Impact story and I was very interested.  I had always donated to various causes but the idea of 100 women giving a $100,000 grant intrigued me.

2.  What do you do in your free time?
I love to travel, read, workout and cook.

3.  Tell us a little about your background:
I was an operating room nurse for 10 years and decided to make a career change to furniture sales where I worked for another 35 years. I just recently retired from OfficeScapes as Executive Director of Healthcare Sales. I enjoyed my career - orchestrating large projects for customers in an environment I was already familiar with through my medical career.  My clients included the University of Colorado Hospital, Platte Valley Medical Center, Medical Center of the Rockies, Memorial Hospital, Exempla Health, St. Anthony Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Colorado. I'm proud that I was a top producer for many years at OfficeScapes - and also happy to have more time to devote to my hobbies and volunteer work now!

4.  What is your role on the steering committee and what are your goals for the organization over the next year?
I chair the Events Committee.  My goal is to create consistent venues that many of the members find easy to get to and create an environment for our members and guests that is conducive to creating community among our members and providing a top-notch experience for all who attend.

5. What have you learned about the metro community of women through Impact100?
There is great energy in our group of members.  I am looking forward to continuing telling the Impact Story and hopefully others will feel the synergy.

6.  What is one interesting fact about your that you'd like to share with the Impact membership?
I am very dedicated to my family members personally and professionally.

Upcoming Events
The Denver Foundation
Conversations that Matter: Connection, Philanthropy, and Community Across Faiths, a panel presentation and discussion led by the Abrahamic Initiative.
Wednesday, March 29, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
The Denver Foundation's Community Room, 55 Madison Street, Suite 745, Denver, CO

Join us for a timely dialogue led by the Abrahamic Initiative with a focus on the philanthropy and community engagement that flows from traditions of faith.
Lunch will be provided and guests are welcome; please let us know how many guests you plan to bring.
RSVP by Friday, March 24th, 2017

Community Experts Panel
When: Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-8:00 pm
            6:15-7:15- panel discussion
            7:15-8:00- social
Where: Plymouth Congregational Church

             3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80113
The church is located on the SW corner of Colorado Blvd and Hampden Ave.
Parking and entrance is on the south side of the church.

Who: Subject Matter Experts, Moderator, Impact100 Members and Friends

The applications for our 2017 grants are in!  Please join us for our annual education event to learn more about the four issue areas selected by our members from community experts this April!
  • Training and Education focused toward self-sufficiency for women and girls or disabled or youths at risk: Slavica Park, Director of Economic and Workforce Development
  • Early Childhood: Jennifer Stedron, Executive of Early Milestones Colorado
  • Prison Reintegration: Adrienne Russman, Senior Policy Advisor; Colorado Department of Corrections
  • Mental Health: Roberta Payne, Ph. D, Teacher; Creative Writing and Drawing at Emerson St.- Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Panel Moderator: Cody Belzley, President & CEO of Common Good Consulting
Light refreshments will be served as well as wine and water.
For information contact: Pat Andreatta 303-902-0043
We hope to see all of you on April 5th  - check your email for evite sent March 7!

Annual All Member Luncheon & Grantee Selection
June 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wellshire Event Center 3333 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80222
Our premier members-only event to vote and determine the recipient of our second $100,000 grant award.  Save the date now for an exciting event you won't want to miss!
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