The original idea for a collective giving group in WA was conceived in 2011 over a glass of wine (or two) shared by our a couple of our original committee members. Soon afterwards, the Impact100 model was was introduced by James Boyd following his 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 9 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 $1,745,000 since May 2012
- There are now 8 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 with different name)
- By the end of 2020 these new collective giving groups had distributed nearly $4.5 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, Dress for Success, Dandjoo Darbalung, Dismantle, Earbus Foundation of WA, Zonta House Refuge Association, Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services and Midlas have been the recipients of the Impact100 WA Primary Grant to date
- Over 200 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
- Nine 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
- Gerard Neesham in June 2018
- Charlie Bass at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) in August 2018
- George Jones in August 2019
- Annie and Caitlin Fogarty in November 2020
- In April 2014 Impact100 WA launched YoungImpact100 for children of donors aged 6-18
- In 2014 $3225 granted to the Foyer on Oxford who provide accommodation for young homeless people from 12-25
- In 2015 $3402 granted to CanTeen Australia who work with young people living with cancer
- In 2016 over $3400 granted to TADWA (Technology Assisting Disability WA) whose Freedom Wheels program modifies standard pushbikes to enable those with disabilities to ride a bike
- In 2018 they re-branded to YoungImpact and granted $3085 towards the Esther Foundation Catergirls project who also recieved a Runner-Up grant of $10,000 taking their total grant earnings to $13,085 – money that went towards some well needed catering equipment for the girls
- In 2019 the kids of YoungImpact raised a new high of $4900 which was granted to Green World Revolution to create Fields of Flowers in empty lots in the cbd of Perth
- In 2020 yet more fundraising was carried out and a total of $3125 was shared between Darling Range Wildlife Services and Kalparrin.
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
In 2017 we were proud to produce our first publication.
Find out all about what the first 4 years were like for us, our donors and our Primary Grant winners – it makes for inspiring reading.