our history

our history

This is the inaugural 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 this year, 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. The women who make up the leadership of Impact Grants Chicago have countless years of varied experience in the nonprofit community in Chicago. The majority of our founding board have been working together for over five years and are well versed in the Impact Model and process.

We are excited to take this next step in our philanthropic journey and hope you will join us as a Founding Member.
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