Since its inception in 2009, Impact 100–made up entirely of women donors–has distributed more than $1 million to worthy organizations. 2016 is the third year that they’ve donated two of these $100,000 grants.
“We are so excited to award our ninth and tenth grants to organizations that are having a tremendous impact in our community,” Impact 100 chair Leah Fremouw said. “Both Shalom Farms and Peter Paul Development Center are expanding their spaces and therefore their reach. For Peter Paul it means more students and families will receive the support they need to break the cycle of poverty. The grant to Shalom Farms will allow more people living in food deserts to have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Impact 100’s criteria aren’t the easiest to hit: Your organization has to have a long-term impact, be programmatic in nature, be new or an extension of an existing project that changes the way the community or organization operates, and demonstrate measurable outcomes.
Peter Paul plans to use the money to help fund its new expansion, which will give the organization 5,000 more square feet to work with. The organization’s focus is on serving the families of Church Hill, giving neighborhood children a “safe, consistent, structured, and loving environment in which to thrive.” Youth programs go beyond academic help to include enrichment activities and healthy meals. Peter Paul also heads up Richmond Promise Neighborhood and a flourishing Senior Citizen Program. Learn more about their programs here.