The Snowball Effect

Awarding an impactful grant is a tremendous thing for a nonprofit hero.  The project that results will transform lives.  But it doesn’t end there.  Long after the women of Impact100 Metro Detroit have voted, our impact continues to bolster our nonprofit heroes in many ways.  It begins with growing community awareness, which brings volunteers and donations from other individuals and groups.  And from there, many of our nonprofits go on to be “noticed” on a national scale.  Three past recipients went on to become CNN Heroes; and all of our grantees have been awarded other large grants after receiving ours.  Watch the videos below from 2020 winners Micah 6 and The Lawn Academy (video coming soon!) to hear how the “snowball effect” brings about event greater change.


Micah 6 Community

Meet the 2020 Impact100 Metro Detroit Grant Winners!

Congratulations to The Lawn Academy and Micah 6 Community!  Both received $100,000 grants this year based on the voting of our members.  We hope you’ll take the time to read about their projects and to see the great work that they will be doing with the grants.  Click on their name to read their winning proposals.


The Lawn Academy

Micah 6 Community


We had two amazing runners-up this year.  Please take a look at their projects, as well.  We will continue to engage with them and bring our members opportunities to support them in any way they need.  


Deaf Professional Arts Network

Dutton Farm

2019 Impact100 Metro Detroit Grant Awardee

Congratulations Zaman International!

Impact100 Metro Detroit is proud to announce that the winner of the 2019 grant award, in the amount of $135,000, is Zaman International.  Their project includes the addition of a commercial kitchen to their facility, enabling them to begin a culinary skills program to provide job training for the women they serve.  Read their full grant proposal HERE.  In addition, please see the terrific STORY in the Detroit Free Press on the grant and the award winner.

2018 Impact100 Metro Detroit Grant Awardees

Congratulations Wigs 4 Kids!



Local Women’s Group Grants $122,000 to Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids for “Building the Future” Renovation Project

Birmingham, MI
The women’s philanthropy group Impact100 Metro Detroit yesterday awarded a $122,000 grant to Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids. The funds will support renovations to a building recently donated by a retiring physician. The new space will better meet their expanding programming needs and the renovations will ensure it is safe for the health of their often immune-compromised young clients and their families.

Each year Impact 100 Metro Detroit, a nonprofit organization, awards a high-impact grant to a local charity that serves Wayne, Oakland and/or Macomb County. Members donate $1,000 each toward a collective grant of at least $100,000, which then goes to one of the nonprofit finalists chosen by the group at the annual event. Other finalists this year included Alternatives For Girls (Expanding college pathways for girls in Detroit high schools), and Soulidarity (We LIT: Brighter Days in the Hood – installing solar-powered streetlights in Avalon Village). This year’s third annual event, held at San Marino Club in Troy, was the largest yet. The group is on track to grow to 500 members in the next five years enabling them to give five $100,000 high-impact grants to deserving organizations.

Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids, says this gift “will help us have a forever home so we’ll always have a place to provide support and love for families as they heal.” In addition to wigs, they offer classes and counseling for families, and a place children can be with other kids like themselves. “There’s nothing more heartwarming than giving to a cause when you know the person (Maggie) is giving so much of themselves,” says Amy Anger, President of Impact 100 Metro Detroit.

Across the country, Impact 100 groups empower women through philanthropy. Impact100 Metro Detroit, the first such group in Michigan, unites women from all backgrounds who want to support nonprofits headquartered in and serving the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb). Their mission is to cultivate transformation together in their community by uniting women in collective giving.

Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids (l) is overwhelmed by the grant presented by Amy Anger, President, Impact100 Metro Detroit.

2017 Impact100 Metro Detroit Grant Awardees

Congratulations Downtown Boxing Gym!

Detroit Boxing Gym-Impact100MD 2017 Award Winner

Downtown Boxing Gym: Impact100 Metro Detroit 2017 $100,000 Grant Winner
“Books Before Boxing”
From left: Amy Bouque, Kathryn Bentley, Kristin Lusk of DBG, Khali Sweeneyof DBG, Emily Eichenhorn

Downtown Boxing Gym logo

Founder,  Khali Sweeneyof, and Kristin Lusk of the Downtown Boxing Gym shared the story and the vision at the event.

Downtown Boxing Gym’s Mission: Through education, athletics, mentorship, and intervention, the Downtown Boxing Gym empowers Detroit students to be positive and productive members of society.

The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program currently serves more than 130 students between the ages of 7 and 18, with an ever-growing waiting list. More than 75% of the enrolled students live within a 3-mile radius of the gym. Many are residents of the nearby public housing units. Their families benefit by witnessing and participating in our hands-on coaching methodology.

Click on their logo to visit their site to learn how you can support this dynamic mission.

2016 Impact100 Metro Detroit Grant Awardees

Impact100 Metro Detroit, a newly formed 501(c)(3) organization, has announced they awarded their first $50,000 grant to the The Empowerment Plan at their inaugural luncheon on May 19, 2016.

This year’s awardee, The Empowerment Plan, founded by Veronika Scott and based in Detroit, hires homeless women to sew sleeping bag coats for the homeless. The Empowerment Plant is known not only for helping to warm the homeless, but for also helping their employees to become self-sustaining, thus breaking the poverty cycle for generations to come.

cb8a07_a484d7bcd8de40f48df379c2e3acf3bd-mv1“The women of Impact100 Metro Detroit demonstrated genuine enthusiasm for our mission. Each member has an affinity for giving back to the Metro Detroit community through their efforts to engage with and impact a multitude of organizations. We are so grateful for the support, and honored to be part of the Impact100 Metro Detroit family.” – Veronika Scott, founder, The Empowerment Plan

The Empowerment Plan was one of three worthy organizations that presented their grant projects at the luncheon. The other two finalists were Haven of Oakland County and Cass Community Social Services of Detroit, and each received a $1,000 grant.

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