Our History

Impact100 Nashville was established in the fall of 2014 when Founding President Jolene Skinner shared her prior experiences in the Impact100 Austin chapter with the women who would become the founding board of Impact100 Nashville: Mollie Lacher (past-president), Michele Herlein (immediate past-president), Meghan Breinig, Trish Holliday, and Leah Willingham. The founding board of Impact100 Nashville built the infrastructure and enlisted the assistance of other amazing women in the community to make the dream of Impact100 Nashville a reality. Since its inception, Impact100 Nashville has empowered a diverse local group of women of all ages, stages in life, income levels, and backgrounds to come together to fund transformational grants of $100,000 in the Greater Nashville region comprised of the 10 counties including and surrounding Nashville (Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson). Through 2021, Impact100 Nashville has given $573,000 in grant funds to deserving non-profits.

Through collaborative philanthropy, our mission is to build a dynamic and diverse membership of generous women who accelerate positive social change in the greater Nashville area.

For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.

 

The Impact100 Model

The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

At Least 100 Women
Come Together

Each Woman
Donates $1,000

$100,000
is donated to a
Local Charity

Focus Area

In 2022, Impact100 Nashville will be recognizing non-profit organizations that seek to end the cycle of any debilitating condition, including but not limited to homelessness, poverty, addiction, hunger, illiteracy, human trafficking, recidivism, etc. We are seeking to award these grants to non-profit organizations that offer creative and innovative services to their populations and are able to show how results of their services end the cycle for the communities they serve.

How it Works

The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Nashville members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Nashville area. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year. Grant categories and amounts are announced in the Spring at “The Big Reveal” event, commencing our grants cycle. Nonprofit finalists are chosen by grant committees through a competitive application process, and grants are awarded based on a membership vote at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote.

Ginger Duncan
President
Ginger Duncan
President

Ginger is a business owner who specializes in developing leaders to gain a competitive advantage and deliver sustainable business results. Ginger joined Impact 100-Nashville in 2017 with a belief in the strength of empowered women coming together to transform their community by pooling resources, developing partnerships, and investing in the future of Nashville.

Susan Levy
Secretary
Susan Levy
Secretary

Susan and her family relocated to the Nashville area from their hometown of Cincinnati in 2003. She retired from Ingram Marine Group in 2015 after a more than 40-year career in information technology. Impact100-Nashville provides Susan the perfect opportunity to both give back and pay forward as part of a group of good women collectively accomplishing great things for our community.

Tina Percy
Treasurer
Tina Percy
Treasurer

Tina is originally from St. George, Utah and has been a Tennessee resident since 2010. Tina works as an Accounts Receivable Manager in the Revenue Cycle department at a local health care company. She got involved with Impact100 Nashville through a friend.  She is excited to be part of a growing organization that both inspires and empowers women who want to make a significant difference in their community.  She is inspired by being involved in a group effort that makes an impact on the Nashville non-profit community.

Joanne Sowell
Non-profit Community Liaison
Joanne Sowell
Non-profit Community Liaison

Joanne is an attorney, community activist and philanthropist in Nashville, and is passionate about making Tennessee a welcoming and inclusive place to live. Besides practicing law, she has worked at social service agencies, owned a social enterprise and been an active volunteer on political campaigns and in numerous community projects.

Angela Vogeli
Membership Chair
Angela Vogeli
Membership Chair

Angela is an investment attorney with extensive experience representing institutional investors.  New to Nashville, Angela was one of the founding Impact100 Nashville members in 2014.  It’s egalitarian, one-person-one-vote foundation appealed to her.  The model was scalable to tap the collective strength of the women of Nashville.  As membership chair, she looks to grow the organization by seeking diverse representation and creating pathways for membership to support each other.  As we make ourselves stronger, more connected and aware, Impact100 Nashville’s collective impact on middle Tennessee will grow.

Susan Groenwald
Marketing Director
Susan Groenwald
Marketing Director

Susan moved to Nashville in 2018 from her hometown of Chicago. She is a nurse, educator, and author who retired her position as president of Chamberlain University in August 2018. Susan joined Impact100-Nashville in February of 2018 to meet generous Nashville women, to learn more about her new city, and to contribute to the great work carried out by so many non-profit organizations in Nashville.

Janet Walls
Corporate Sponsorships
Janet Walls
Corporate Sponsorships

Janet is president and founder of Delta Blvd, a management consulting and executive coaching company she founded in 2007. Prior to starting Delta Blvd, Janet spent 27 years in the corporate world including roles as Chief Financial officer and VP of Operations. She also serves as a board member of OCLC, a global technology company and as adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. Janet joined Impact100-Nashville in 2017.

Tiffany Coursey
Grants Chairperson
Tiffany Coursey
Grants Chairperson

Tiffany Coursey, a Nashville native, joined Impact100 Nashville in 2018, where she immediately became involved with the grants committee. She was drawn to Impact100 Nashville because of both the collective impact the group has on the community and because of the amazing women she had the opportunity to meet. Tiffany leads Human Resources for Holladay Properties, where she is passionate about cultivating a culture that enriches lives inside and outside of the organization.

Liz Miller
Events Chairperson
Liz Miller
Events Chairperson

Liz is a project management and marketing professional who has lived in Nashville for over 20 years.  She joined Impact100 Nashville in 2016 and has greatly enjoyed being a part of such a dynamic group of philanthropic women.  She is excited to watch the organization grow and to continue to learn about the work of so many incredible non-profits in Middle Tennessee.