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Impact100 Wausau raises $111,000 in grant funds for area non-profits

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Wausau, Wis. (WAOW) -- Impact100 is bringing women from across Marathon County to learn more about and donate to area non-profits.

The organization has over 60 chapters worldwide. Its newest chapter in Wausau is already making a splash, raising $111,000.

"We had no idea, given our population and the pandemic, how many people we would be able to reach," said Margy Stahr, the treasurer at Impact100.

The non-profit is based around the idea of recruiting 100 women to become members and donate $1,000. That money is pooled into a grant and awarded to the non-profit of the members' choosing.

"We are grateful and amazed, but ultimately not as surprised as we might have been," Stahr said.

Impact100's model allows members to be a part of all aspects of the philanthropic process, something that stuck out to member Nicole Lipowski.

"I could give a thousand dollars, or I could be part of $100,000 and really make this impact," she said.

For Lipowski, the impact is greater in a community the size of Wausau.

"You could really make more of an impact to the people that you know and see every day and you're part of their organization," she said.

The next steps in the process will include choosing which non-profits get the grant. One organization will be awarded a $100,000 impact grant, and the remaining $11,000 will be split into merit grants among other organizations.

"Our members will form financial review committees and also subcommittees to review the proposals that are submitted to us," Stahr said.

In the end, the hope is that it will allow women to learn more about where their donations go, and make an impact on the community.

"The money we have raised is really to empower our nonprofits to fulfill their dreams," Stahr said.

For more information on how to apply for a grant, click here.

Natalie Sopyla

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