Impact Connection

October, 2023

Welcome to this month's Impact Connection filled with upcoming events, grant information, nonprofit news and leaders making a difference in our community!

Upcoming Events, News and More!

As summer draws to a close, I100 MD is gearing up for a busy fall and a rapidly approaching grant application and review season! In this issue you'll find a full event schedule. We hope you'll join us, and our local nonprofits, at as many events as you can!

RSVP by Oct 13!

5th Annual -

Women With Impact Breakfast

The San Marino Club, Troy

Wednesday, October 18

8 - 9:30 am

Bring a friend and prepare to be inspired by the work of our amazing guest speakers:

Jenny Brown – Founder and CEO of Dutton Farm, an organization dedicated to empowering and supporting adults with disabilities to live a life of purpose, inclusion and dignity. Dutton Farm is one of our 2023 $100,000 Grant recipients.

Mary Zatina – General Manager of WDET Public Radio and longtime Impact100 Metro Detroit member and volunteer. She is an inspiring and accomplished leader who has served on numerous nonprofit boards and held executive positions in several Detroit-based organizations.

Nonprofit News and Events

Support Our Grantees

Attend an Event

Zaman International Run Walk Picnic

  • September 23, 9:30 am
  • Ford Field Park, Dearborn

Downtown Boxing Gym Ungala

  • September 23, 7 pm
  • DBG, 6445 E. Vernor, Detroit

Freedom House Voices of Freedom

  • October 6, 6:30 pm
  • Kiosco Banquet Hall, 7271 Dix, Detroit

Hannan Center 70 Over 70 Awards

  • October 7, 11:30 am
  • Fellowship Chapel Banquet Center, 7707 W. Outer Dr, Detroit

Micah 6 Community Death by Chocolate

  • October 19, 7 pm
  • Goldner Walsh Nursery, 559 Orchard Lake Rd, Pontiac

Accent Pontiac Green Bucket Run

  • November 4, 8:30 am
  • Kirk in the Hills, Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills

Lighthouse Jingle Ball

  • November 18, 6:30 pm
  • The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham

Click on the nonprofit name above for more information and to register!

News from Our

Grantees and Finalists

Midnight Golf Impact Report

Click this link to see what this organization has been doing since they received our grant in 2022.

Lifebuiders Summer 2023 Update

Read the report here on what this grant finalist is doing to create transformation in their community.

Accent Pontiac is Hiring

This two-time finalist continues to grow. They are looking for music teachers and a program assistant. Follow this link for more information.

Developing K.I.D.S. Challenge

Help our 2021 grantee as they participate in the Rocket Companies Community Challenge. A donation via this link will provide necessary funding as they work to move into their new, larger facility and serve hundreds of children who are now on their waiting list for services.

The Lawn Academy

See what they've been up to since our grant in 2021. Check out this video on their website.

Living Arts

Visit their website to learn about the Kresge Back to School series of free concerts and workshops.

2023 Grantee Visits

Impact100 MD Visits Dutton Farm

On September 7, Dutton Farm invited I100 MD members for a visit. We met some amazing people, bonded with some really cute animals, checked out their product line of natural soaps and other goodies, and heard all about the timeline for the greenhouse they will be building with our grant dollars. They will be able to grow fresh produce that will help provide healthy options for those who really need them. Watch a cool video of the visit HERE.

Grants In Action

The Wave Project

There's still time to get in on our second grantee visit for this year. We have been invited to attend a mobile shower event with The Wave Project on September 30th from 9 - 11 am at the First United Methodist Church on S. Gratiot in Mt. Clemens. See how this nonprofit is really making an impact for those without access to a shower. Click HERE to register for this special event.

Zaman International Founder Najah Bazzy

Named USA Today Women of the Year Michigan Honoree

Many of our grantees have gone on to receive national honors for their work. Downtown Boxing Gym Founder and CNN Hero awardee Kahli Sweeney, and the Empowerment Plan Founder and John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award recipient Veronika Scott were the first two. Najah Bazzy, Founder and CEO of Zaman International, has several awards to her name. The latest came from the USA Today back in March. Click the photo at left to read the article. Congratulations, Najah!

Najah is also a huge supporter of Impact100, and especially Impact100 Metro Detroit. Here's what she had to say in a recent blog post: "When Zaman made its first significant efforts toward securing major grant funding in 2017, Impact100 Metro Detroit and Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan were two of the first organizations to invest in the growth of our mission. Their support has been critical to building out our vocational training and workforce development programming and putting our clients on successful career pathways." Najah is pictured at right with Impact100 Global Founder Wendy Steele.

Join Us Today!

Our goal for 2024 - $300,000 in major grants and at least $50,000 in finalist awards. With your help, we can get there. Join us today, and spread the word to your circle.

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