our history

Impact Grants Chicago will begin its fourth year with the upcoming 2020/21 grant cycle; however, our story actually began in 2012 when Georgy Ann Peluchiwski and Allison Bacon collaborated to create a women’s collective giving group based on the national Impact model originated in Cincinnati, Ohio. They began that same year by forming a City Chapter within the already existing Impact 100 Chicago that operated out of the northwest suburbs and served Chicago and the suburbs.

In June of 2017, the City Chapter leadership decided to concentrate all of their giving in the city of Chicago and founded Impact Grants Chicago to continue their work of awarding annual $100,000 grants to Chicago nonprofits.

We are proud to say that in our first three years as Impact Grants Chicago, we have awarded a total of $1,520,000! This includes THIRTEEN $100,000 Impact Grants along with $220,000 in Merit Grants. Please see our 2020 Grantees , 2019 Grantees and 2018 Grantees pages for more information about the impressive Chicago nonprofits who have received our grants.

We are excited to continue our journey and hope you will join us in 2020/21.
Impact Grants Chicago Founding Board of Directors
Impact Grants Chicago 2017/18 Founding Board of Directors
from left to right - Elizabeth Chow, Arla Gomberg, Becky Lenington, Caryn Gallop, Kristen Pettit Grube, Shannon Weinberger, Sandy Chapman, Maggie Schell, Allison Bacon, Georgy Ann Peluchiwski, Joyce Greenblatt, Terry Kass, Lisa Aronson, Barbara Melcher, Kathy Rice (not pictured: Lisa Centone Curci and Pauline Taylor)


Impact Grants Chicago is a proud member of the following organizations dedicated to women’s collective giving.

Impact 100 Council  
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