FAQs

Impact100 Fannin is a nonprofit organization qualified for tax exempt status with the IRS as a 501(c)(3). We were incorporated under Georgia law in 2022.

Membership in Impact100 Fannin is open to all women age18 and older who desire to act as philanthropists and collaborators in supporting their community. No invitation is required.  Women do not need any specific skills or experience to join Impact100 Fannin or to serve on one of the committees.  The annual membership fee is $1,000, all of which goes to member-funded grants awarded to nonprofit organizations within Fannin County.

By paying your membership dues you are entitled to vote on which nonprofit(s) are awarded a Grant.  You are also entitled to attend Member-only events throughout the year.  These include the Big Reveal meeting where the number and amount of grants is announced, the Annual meeting where voting occurs and the Evening of Impact where Grant recipients are announced.  You will have the opportunity to get to know other women in our community and to learn more about local nonprofit organizations

Impact100 Fannin has an administrative budget funded by Member contributions over the $1000 membership fee.  Also, our Friends of Fannin Committee raises funds from sponsors, local businesses, and philanthropists in the community.  There is a modest budget amount that covers the cost of events. Local businesses have been generous in donating the use of space at no cost for our use.  All alcoholic beverage costs are incurred by members who choose to purchase.

We have Members who generously contribute financially, but do not have time to participate in meetings or serve on a committee.  Some are only part time residents of Fannin County. You can be as involved as you want to be and do as little or as much as you choose.  You are encouraged to vote to determine which nonprofit(s) receive a Grant.  However, if you cannot attend the Annual Meeting where voting takes place in person, we provide a means to do this electronically.

Any money donated over the $1000 membership fee funds our operating expenses.  Examples of operating expenses include annual registration fees paid to the GA Secretary of State, annual insurance premiums, accounting fees to assist with filing tax returns, an annual subscription for QuickBooks, fees paid for our Impact100Fannin.org website, fees for technical support for our on-line Grant Application process (as needed), and all other expenses incurred in support of our mission.

Yes, you can double your impact!  We gratefully accept employer matching gifts.  Donations matching your membership contribution play an important role, as they are applied toward operating costs.  Please submit a matching request for your donation to your or your spouse’s employer.  Some employers will also provide matching donations for retirees.

A cutoff date is required to determine the amount of money available to support Grant(s) for that cycle.

First you need to serve on one of our committees for a year.  These include Membership, Events, Grants, Friends of Impact100 Fannin, and Governance.  After that time, you are eligible to become a Board member.  Please reach out to any current Board member to discuss your interest.  The Board actively engages in succession planning to ensure ongoing leadership for a successful organization.

After membership closes in May (this money funds Grants), we know the amount of Grant funds for the year’s cycle. The Board discusses and votes on the final amount and number of Grants to award.  Feedback from Member surveys is taken into consideration.   Our goal, when possible, is to award a $100,000 Grant. 

All nonprofits receiving a Grant must sign a formal Grant Agreement.  Disbursement of funds is a very rigorous process requiring detailed documentation.  The Grant Committee has a subcommittee for oversight of the process.  This committee monitors requests and disbursement of money, progress of the project, and ensures all expenditures of grant funds align with the Grant Agreement.

The following is from our Eligibility Requirements, which can also be found on our website.

  • Fraternal, sectarian, religious and other organizations where the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities or organizations that promote a specific religious doctrine are NOT

NOTE:  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with a religious organization may be eligible to apply only if the nonprofit possesses its own separate 501(c)(3) designation with a mission that serves any/all Fannin County residents without requirements for participants’ adherence to particular religious doctrines. Benefits of the project must not be dependent on a requirement to participate in any religious activity, ceremony, or service.

Yes – we hope to receive Grant Applications that cover any of the Focus areas listed below.  We believe all these endeavors support a healthy, thriving community and its residents.

  • Arts & Culture: Initiatives that cultivate, develop, and enhance the cultural, artistic, and historic climate of the Fannin County area.
  • Education: Initiatives that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults in the Fannin County area.
  • Environment, Recreation, & Preservation: Initiatives that will restore, preserve, revitalize, or enhance the facilities, surroundings, and/or recreational opportunities in the Fannin County area.
  • Family:  Initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in the Fannin County area.
  • Health & Wellness: Initiatives that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people living in the Fannin County area.