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May 15, 2017
Children's Bureau, Inc. Selected as an Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis Finalist


INDIANAPOLIS - May 15, 2017 - Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, a charitable women's giving circle, has announced Children's Bureau is a 2017 finalist and will compete for the $100,000 high-impact grant at the 12th annual Impact 100 dinner on June 13, 2017 at The Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel. Each finalist will deliver a seven minute presentation to the Impact 100 membership. Following the presentation phase, Impact 100 members will cast their live vote and the $100,000 grant winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

The 2017 finalists are:
Arts and Culture: Artist and Public Life Residency, BigCar Collaborative
Education: Workplace Simulation Project Plus, DirectEmployers Institute
Environment: Environmental Learning Center, Marian University
Family: Fresh Start Recovery, Volunteers of America
Health and Wellness: License to Drive and Yearn to Earn, Children's Bureau

The 221 women who are 2017 members of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis have collectively given $160,000 to this year's grant pool. One hundred percent of these funds will be granted during the annual dinner. In addition to the $100,000 the winner of the high-impact grant will receive, each remaining finalist will receive a $15,000 residual grant.

"It is incredible to think what has been achieved by the nonprofits who have received our grants over the past 12 years, and that nearly 700 women have made it possible for Impact 100 to give over $1.9 million to our community, " said Beth Thomas, president of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis. "Our annual dinner is a wonderful opportunity to experience the power of women giving as one while learning about the needs of central Indiana and organizations such as Children's Bureau working hard to make it a better place."

To date, 13 local nonprofits have received $100,000 and 31 have received residual grants as a result of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis' collective giving. Previous high-impact grantees include: The IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls/Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child and Family Services (2016), Indianapolis Parks Foundation for Indy Urban Acres Flower Farm (2015); Social Health Association of Indiana (2014); Tindley Collegiate (2013); Jameson Camp, Inc. (2012); Outside the Box, Inc. (2011); Rock Steady Boxing (2010); Outreach, Inc. (2009); Herron High School and Horizon House (2008); Indy Reads and Craine House/Fairbanks (2007) and Eskenazi Health Center Pecar (2006).

Membership in Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is secured through an individual donation of $1,000. Shared memberships in which two to four women can pool their money to share one vote are also available. Membership funds are used exclusively for the purpose of grant making.

Only current Impact 100 members are eligible to vote for the selection of the $100,000 grant winner, but the organization encourages non-members to attend the annual dinner and experience first-hand the impact they are making together. Tickets to the dinner are available for $50 per person and can be purchased by nonmembers until May 31, 2017 on the Impact 100 website at

About Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis:
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is a 501(C)(3) charitable women's giving circle dedicated to awarding high impact grants totaling $100,000 or more to at least one nonprofit in the greater Indianapolis community in the areas of arts & culture, education, environment, family and health & wellness. The organization seeks to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems and to create a more civil and respectful climate in our community. Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has a minimum of 100 members, each donating $1,000 per year to fund the grants. For more information about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, visit or follow us on Twitter @Impact100Indy or on Facebook at

About Children's Bureau:
Children's Bureau services focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, preservation of families and placement for children who lack safe and healthy homes. A private nonprofit founded as the Widows and Orphans Friends' Society in pre-Civil War Indianapolis, the agency has continuously adapted to meet the changing needs of society and now offers an array of human services to Indiana children and families. In 2016, Children's Bureau served more than 47,000 children in 22,000 unique families.

For more information about Children's Bureau, visit


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