2020/21 event highlights

Fall Kickoff – September 2020

Our Fall Kickoff featured our favorite Emoji, Kristen Pettit Grube, President of Impact Grants Chicago, who welcomed everyone to our 2020/21 Grant Cycle. To view the video, please click below:


Impactful Conversation – Connections for Abused Women and their Children

On September 30, Impact members and guests tuned in for our first ever Zoom Impactful Conversation with Stephanie Love-Patterson, the Executive Director of Connections for Abused Women and their Children. Stephanie shared the challenges CAWC has faced during the pandemic and how our Impact Grant has been critical in helping them address some of those challenges.

Impactful Conversation – I Grow Chicago - October 2020

On Tuesday, October 20, Impact members and guests participated in our Impactful Conversation Live Webinar with 2020 $100,000 Impact Grantee I Grow Chicago. Sol Anderson, I Grow Chicago’s Executive Director, discussed their mission to grow the Englewood community from surviving to thriving through community connection. Sol also shared how important our Impact Grant was in enabling them to provide critical services and supplies to the community during COVID-19. To view the Impactful Conversation with I Grow Chicago on video, click below:


Lunch and Learn – “Rising to the Challenge: Nonprofits during COVID-19” - November 2020

The panelists discussed the importance of leadership and communication; and identified best practices for their organizations, which they intend to continue post-pandemic. They also stressed how the Impact Grants Chicago $100,000 Impact Grant has been crucial in their ability to address the immediate needs caused by COVID-19. To watch the Lunch and Learn webinar on video, please click below:

2021 Virtual Grant Awards Celebration - May 25, 2021

This year's Grant Awards Celebration was held virtually and broadcast on YouTube Premiere. Our president, Kristen Pettit Grube presented an overview of our grant year and process and introduced our eight finalists, each of whom made short presentations. At the conclusion of the event, members were invited to cast their votes, which were added to previously received absentee votes. The Grantees were revealed in a celebratory video on May 26, which you can see below. To view the event, please click below:


2021 Grant Awards Grantee Reveal - May 26, 2021

This year's Grant Awards were revealed in a celebratory video on May 26 . Watch as our President, Kristen Pettit Grube, announces each of the 2021 Grantees. Please click below:


Kickoff Event – September 21, 2021

We were delighted to return in person and masked to the Jackson Junge Gallery to celebrate the Kickoff of our 2021/22 Grant Cycle. President Caryn Gallop welcomed close to 50 attendees to the start of our fifth year as Impact Grants Chicago, and gave an overview of the upcoming year. Impact Grantees Oji Eggleston of Chicago Survivors and Melody Brooks of Chicago Youth Programs joined us as we savored wine and hors d’oeuvres, and enjoyed chatting with old friends and new and appreciating the wonderful installations on the walls of the Gallery.


Lunch and Learn – November 17, 2021

Representatives from three of our 2021 Impact Grantees: Chicago Survivors, Chicago Youth Programs and Resilience were our panelists for this year’s very impactful Lunch and Learn. “Helping Our Children Thrive” explored a number of issues and opportunities facing Chicago’s youth. Erin Walton (Resilience), JaShawn Hill (Chicago Survivors), and Melody Brooks (Chicago Youth Programs) stressed the importance of being present and consistent, that children need structure, engagement, nurturing and challenge, and that it’s okay not to be okay – whether you are a small child, a teen or an adult.


Mingle and Jingle Holiday Party – November 30, 2021

We kicked off the season with a festive gathering to celebrate our members and their generous contributions to Impact Grants Chicago. The Floating World Gallery was the backdrop for members to catch up with one another and meet some of the many new members who joined us this year. Members donated gift cards for some of our recent Grantees to pass on to those they serve.

Christmas Wrapping Party – December 2021

Impact Grants Chicago members also had the chance to help children from Impact Grantee Chicago Youth Programs feel the joy of Christmas and the delight of receiving gifts. We wrapped mounds of presents and stuffed gift bags which were distributed at their holiday party. Take a look at the video below to feel the excitement and gratitude that the children felt during their holiday celebration.