How We Operate


Our Annual Cycle

Our objective is to grow a network of at least 100 women to collectively fund at least one grant of $100,000 or more each year for an eligible nonprofit organization.

The Impact 100 Jersey Coast annual cycle operates in two phases:

Phase I. Membership Drive (November to April)

We recruit members for our giving circle to fund our grant. Any woman is eligible to become a member of Impact 100 Jersey Coast.

  • $100% member = $1,000 ($1,000 directly funds our grant)
  • $110% member = $1,100 ($1,000 directly funds our grant and $100 is allocated to operational expenses)

Phase II. Grant Process (April to November)

We announce the total grant amount in early April and issue a community-wide request for applications from nonprofit organizations serving the Monmouth Country area in five focus areas:

  1. Arts and Culture
  2. Children and Families
  3. Education
  4. Environment, Parks, and Recreation
  5. Health and Wellness

Member-staffed Focus Area Committees review applications. After a thorough analysis, semifinalists and then finalists are selected.

At the Annual Membership Meeting in mid-November, finalists present, each member casts a single and equal vote for a nonprofit of her choice (in person or by proxy), an independent auditor tallies the votes, and we announce the grant recipient.


Our Members

Becoming a member of Impact 100 Jersey Coast provides:

  • A beautifully simple, hands-on approach to giving that is unique to our area
  • A way to learn about the many needs that exist within our community
  • An opportunity to connect and collaborate with other socially-conscious women to make a positive impact locally
  • The flexibility to determine the level of involvement that best suits your schedule, abilities, and interests
  • An avenue for leveraging your time and talents by participating in the grant selection process, membership recruitment, or other volunteer opportunities

Our Friends

Becoming a friend of Impact 100 Jersey Coast provides:

  • An avenue for giving back in our region
  • A way to support a beautifully simple, hands-on approach to giving that is unique to our area
  • A chance to bring awareness to the many unmet needs that exist within our community
  • An opportunity to help socially-conscious women to make a positive impact locally

Our Grant Applicants

We look for nonprofit organizations with projects or programs that:

  • Target underserved populations
  • Highlight unmet needs in our area
  • Have a high impact on the beneficiaries

Learn about our eligibility requirements.

Our Partner

Impact 100 Jersey Coast is fortunate to partner with the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) and operate as a fund under the auspices of CFNJ, a 501(c)3  public charity. This partnership ensures that all gifts to Impact 100 Jersey Coast are fully tax-deductible and allows us to rely on their administrative and accounting infrastructure. All grant designations are made solely by the membership of Impact 100 Jersey Coast.