The original idea for a collective giving group in WA was conceived in 2011 over a glass of wine (or two) shared by our Chair, Simon Bedbrook, and a couple of other committee members. Soon afterwards, the Impact100 model was was introduced by James Boyd following a research sabbatical to the US. Our slightly adapted version, Impact100 WA, was launched in May 2012. It was the first international chapter of the American concept which is active in over 14 US cities.
In just under 6 years, Impact100 WA has been proud to reach some amazing milestones as well as inspire others to setup new Impact100s in Australia and other giving circles. Below is a quick overview of what we have achieved since our inception.
Milestones Since Launch in May 2012
- Launched at Government House in May 2012 with GivingWest and the Governor of Western Australia
- Impact100 WA has granted $1,058,000 since May 2012
- There are now 7 active Impact100 groups in Australia: WA, Freo, Melbourne, South Australia, Sydney North, Sydney as well as Tasmania and other new collaborative giving circles (modelled on Impact100 but called something else) that have to date distributed close to $1.5 million
- By the end of 2016 these new collective giving groups have distributed nearly $3 million in public donations as grant money
- In 2015 Impact100 WA gave their first multiple $100,000 grants with $230,000 being given away
- Local charities Manna Inc, edventures, Homeless Healthcare (formerly known as Mobile GP) EON Foundation, Kalparrin, Sensorium Theatre, Huntingtons WA, CARAD and Dress for Success have been the first 9 recipients of the Impact100 WA Primary Grant
- Over 100 charities have been provided the opportunity to pitch their projects to new potential donors
- The extended benefits of connecting donors to charities include additional donations made by Impact100 members after being introduced to a charity, offers of pro-bono support and volunteer hours
- Six community education events have been hosted:
- An Evening with Andrew Forrest at UWA in June 2013,
- Colleen Willoughby from the Women’s Washington Foundation in collaboration with BankWest in August 2013 with ‘The Power of Collaborative Giving’ tour
- Janet Holmes à Court in August 2014
- Tonya & Malcolm McCusker (ex Governor of WA) in May 2015
- Kerry Harmanis in August 2016
- Nicola Forrest in August 2017
- In April 2014 Impact100 WA launched YoungImpact100 for children of donors aged 6-18
- In August 2014 YoungImpact100 granted $3225 to the Foyer on Oxford who provide accommodation for young homeless people from 12-25
- In August 2015 YoungImpact100 granted $3402 to CanTeen Australia who work with young people living with cancer
- In October 2016 the YoungImpact100 group gathered again and were able to grant over $3400 to TADWA (Technology Assisting Disability WA) whose Freedom Wheels program modifies standard pushbikes to enable those with disabilities to ride a bike.
We think there’s plenty to celebrate here and if you’d like to join us in continuing to reach our grant giving goals continue then click here to donate.
Impact Review 2012 – 2016
We’re proud to introduce our first publication!
Find out all about what the first 4 years have been like for us, our members and our Primary Grant winners – it makes for inspiring reading.