Our Impact100 SA family is growing! We are delighted to welcome and introduce several new members from diverse backgrounds and interests: Carla Grace, Valerie Sim, Rose de Palma, Richard Jones, Greg Mackie, and Sef Van Den Niewelaar.
Valerie, a pharmacist born in Malaysia says she joined Impact after attending last year’s Grants Award Night: “(I was) blown away by the generosity and compassion of the members of Impact100 SA.” She says she is attracted to the Impact model because it provides “opportunities for members to learn about the great work and charities in South Australia, whilst providing safe, rigorous and appropriate pathways for the distribution of wealth and resources. It strives to give BIG to achieve BIG goals that create BIG and sustainable impact for the society.”
Talented artist Carla Grace, originally from South Africa and now living in Adelaide, says she and her husband Ryan Ollwitz were motivated to join Impact100 after hearing about the organisation through Operation Flinders where Ryan is a volunteer. Carla is grateful for all that she has in her life and says she is keen to give back to society and believes that being a member of a collective giving group in Adelaide is a good place to start.
New member, entrepreneur, History Trust SA CEO and City of Adelaide Councillor Greg Mackie OAM says he was attracted by the philosophy of Impact100 SA as a philanthropic social enterprise providing widespread benefits to our whole our community. Greg is no stranger to innovation and social enterprises having founded the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and establishing the Australian Centre for Social Innovation many years ago.
Sef Van Den Niewelaar is an IT professional and owner of Galileo Business Solutions. Sef says he first heard about Impact100 SA when he was undertaking the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program last year with our chairperson Kathryn House and fellow member Alexandra Dimos. He says: “I was attracted to Impact100 SA as soon as Kath House told me about the organisation and what they stand for. The collective power of combining 100 smaller donations into one grant that can make a real difference to a deserving charity is immense. Also knowing that 100% of all funds is used for the cause is very reassuring.”