ImpImpact Connection

July 2021

Welcome to our first Impact Connection! This monthly email will share stories about our our high impact grants, and will offer information that will keep women informed about and connected to the important issues surrounding the nonprofit organizations and leaders making a difference in our community.

In Case You Missed It

Coffee & Conversation with Deb Drennan

CEO of 2021 Grant Recipient Freedom House Detroit

The impact of a community space for Freedom House Detroit

Impact100 Metro Detroit members connected with Deb Drennan, CEO of Freedom House Detroit, for this month's Coffee and Conversation. Deb shared insight into the journeys of asylum seekers in the United States, as well as the unique work being done by Freedom House Detroit. As one of only a small handful of organizations in the country that provide comprehensive services to individuals and families who would be harmed if they returned to their home country, Freedom House Detroit is vital in helping start asylum seekers on the path to a new and safe life.

In the clip above, Deb shares her vision for the "sacred space" Freedom House will create in their front yard using our $100,000 impact grant. The natural area with room to gather for work and play will provide a safe and welcoming environment for their clients as they heal from the trauma of their past and experience joy in their new life.

View the full Coffee & Conversation HERE. This is one you won't want to miss.

The Lawn Academy Hosts

Ribbon Cutting Celebration


$100,000 Impact Grant Makes Dream A Reality

Impact100 Metro Detroit board members Amy Bouque, Carla Chennault and Kelly Walsh attended the ribbon cutting ceremony as Lawn Academy CEO, Eric Miller, community leaders, students and supporters gathered to celebrate their newest location, an East Detroit Youth Development Hub, which was purchased with our 2021 grant. Watch the brief video of this exciting event to hear how Lawn Academy is committed to helping students succeed.

Watch the Video

New Podcast Episode

Share Detroit with Karly Moore

SHARE Detroit believes that doing GOOD should be easy and fun! Karly tells us about her goad to to make investing in our community something everyone and anyone can do. Listen as I100 MD member Nicole Lewis talks with Karly, Director of Community Impact for SHARE Detroit.

Listen HERE

Upcoming I100 MD Events

Share with your network! Members & guests are welcome.

  • August 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Webster Elementary Tour with Micah 6 Community (Pontiac). Join us for a special in person tour of the future site of Webster Community Center. Learn about how this historic school is coming back to life as a neighborhood hub for multiple nonprofits, with programming for the entire community. REGISTER HERE
  • August 19, 5:00 - 7:30 pm - Happy Hour at Rebel Nell (Detroit) Connect in person at Rebel Nell's downtown store. We'll have the opportunity to see incredible jewelry (including our own I100 MD pieces created from our Big Give mural) as well as talk with Amy Peterson, CEO & Co-founder. She'll share her journey in establishing Rebel Nell, whose mission is to employ women facing barriers to employment in Detroit. REGISTER HERE
  • August 26, 9:00 - 10:00 am - Coffee & Conversation via Zoom. Join virtually with Accent Pontiac, Brilliant Detroit and Life Builders. These organizations each received $17,333 in finalist awards from The Big Give. We'll learn more about each organization and how our grants will support their missions. REGISTER HERE

Grantee Events

Check out these upcoming events from our 2021 awardees.

Developing KIDS is hosting a Summer Showcase! Click the flyer to visit their website.


Join Freedom House on October 15, 2021 for an evening filled with rich, cultural dishes, spirited, global musical performances, and an intimate conversation with alumni. If you tuned in to our Voices of Freedom 2020 Festival, you know that hearing the alumni in their own voices is a show stopping force. Click the link to mark your calendars and sign up for our email list today! https://buff.ly/2U67oQm You don't miss out on this truly extraordinary experience.

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