our history

our history

This will be the second year for Impact Grants Chicago; 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 accepted grant applications from all eight counties in the Chicagoland area. Over the next five years, the City Chapter grew from 123 to 436 members and awarded a total of over $1.5 million.

In June of 2017, with the start of the 2017/18 season, the entire 2017 leadership of the City Chapter 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 year as Impact Grants Chicago, our Founding Membership reached 470 and we awarded FOUR $100,000 Impact Grants along with $70,000 in Merit Grants for a total of $470,000. Our goal for 2019 is to reach 500 members, allowing us to award $500,000 in grants to Chicago nonprofits.

We are excited to continue our journey and hope you will join us in 2019 and help us award $500,000 to Chicago nonprofits!
Impact Grants Chicago Founding Board of Directors
Impact Grants Chicago 2017-18 Founding Board of Directors

Impact Grants Chicago is a proud member of the following organizations dedicated to women’s collective giving.
Impact 100 Council  Women's Collective Giving Grants Network