Minderoo Foundation partner Impact100 WA believes it shouldn’t only be the super-wealthy who explore meaningful philanthropic ventures.
Impact100 WA is changing the landscape of global philanthropy by helping a broader range of people experience the satisfaction of giving back to their community.
Impact100 is a collective giving model that brings together at least 100 people to donate a minimum of $1,000. In groups, the donors collectively choose a charitable project from a raft of applications and their contributions are then pooled to deliver a large-impact grant to this cause. For example, in 2018 two $100,000 primary grants and three minor grants of $10,000 were awarded by Impact100 WA.
Applications are now open for not-for-profit organisations to register to be considered as recipients for the grants. Applications are considered from a range of sectors, including arts and culture, education, environment, health and wellness and family and community. Priority is given to projects that will make a significant and measurable difference to an under-served cause or population, target a specific need and deliver widespread benefit.
Impact100 WA members can achieve far more collectively than they could with a single donation. Members assess the proposals and attend charity site visits to develop a greater knowledge of their community and its needs, as well as how to make an effective difference.
One of last year’s $100,000 primary grant winners was Dandjoo Darbalung, which provides survival starter kits to 100 first-year Indigenous university students. The kit includes the essentials needed for a successful transition to university, including a laptop, computer software, headphones, toiletries, linen, course books and stationery. These essentials improve students’ confidence and help them cope with the challenges of entering a new environment.
Impact100 WA launched in 2012 and was the first international chapter of the American concept. It has already distributed more than $1 million in grants to West Australian organisations. There are now eight groups around Australia and more than 50 globally. Donations to Impact100 WA are fully tax-deductible and the entire $1,000 donation goes directly toward grant recipients.