Emily Throckmorton learned the value of philanthropy at a young age.
At age 18, she’s the youngest member of Impact 100
, a group of women who work collectively to make a difference in the community by pooling funds to award significant grants to nonprofits.
Last year, the organization was able to provide Crayons to Computers
and Easter Seals TriState | Building Value
with $108,000 grants; and this year, membership has grown, so three nonprofits will receive $109,000 grants.
“You’re basically putting your faith in these organizations and choosing who you want to help and how you want to help them, and the whole experience is amazing,” says Throckmorton, who’s received membership as a gift for the past two years.
Throckmorton just began her freshman year at Purdue University
, so as a college freshman, and certainly as a high school student, contributing to a philanthropic organization isn’t always financially feasible. But in Throckmorton’s case, her membership has been a much better gift than any material possessions could have been.
“This is something I will continue, not just at school, but through the rest of my life,” Throckmorton says. “Seeing the money they had spent the whole year raising going toward these amazing causes—I really want to stay involved and help out doing something like this because I love helping others.”
• Check out this year's five grant finalists, and attend the Annual Awards Celebration
September 16 when this year's recipients will be announced.
• Help Impact 100 continue to grow. The organization is always looking for new members, particularly young professionals, so it can sustain itself and further its community impact for years to come. Consider joining
• If you're a nonprofit, learn about how to apply for next year's grant
, and stay connected with the organization through Facebook
to keep up with the latest news and updates.