Wendy Steele, founder of Impact100 Global, and fellow US philanthropist Carrie Morgridge, of the Morgridge Family Foundation, recently visited Melbourne and Sydney to meet with members of the Impact100 community and to share with everyone the power of collective giving.
Incidentally, Carrie is a member of every Impact100 globally, including Impact100 SA through some seed funding she provided at the time of our inception.
Wendy reported to attendees that there are now 58 chapters of Impact100, including eight here in Australia and one in London. The largest Impact100 chapter is in Pensacola, Florida, with more than 1000 members. Collectively, these 58 chapters of Impact100 bring together diverse groups of people around the world with a passion for giving and have given away more than $80 million in high impact grants to date.
Wendy’s message to Impact100 leaders was that we are “only as strong as the members who join us and as transformational as the charities that apply for our grants” and that it is important for leaders in giving, such as Impact100 SA, to use our voice to be the “truth tellers in times of crisis” and “to give people a road map for giving, inviting others to see how good it feels to be part of the solution”.
To hear more about Wendy Steele’s passion for collective giving, click here for her “Impact of Generosity” TEDX talk.
Pictured is Impact100 founder Wendy Steele with Carrie Morgridge at the Impact100 Sydney event.