IMPACT Awards 2020 Grant to Raphah Institute


Local women’s giving circle facilitating positive social change 

Nashville, Tenn. (December 21, 2020). Impact100 Nashville, a local women’s giving circle, has donated $90,000 to Raphah Institute, a Nashville-area non-profit. 

The Grant Award Celebration took place virtually on December 17, 2020. 

One hundred non-profit organizations from all over Nashville applied for the $90,000 grant awarded in the category of “ending the cycle”. Organizations submitted an application, and after thorough review and scoring by the Impact100 Nashville grants committee, six semi-finalists underwent virtual site visits by Impact100 Nashville members from which two finalists were chosen. On November 12, the two finalists presented to 75 Impact100 Nashville members attending the virtual annual voting event. Raphah Institute was the organization selected by the members. 

“We are proud and excited for Raphah Institute, chosen by our women members to receive our grant after a competitive grant application process”, said Michele Herlein, President of the Board of Impact100 Nashville. “All 100 applicant organizations are doing amazing work and are fulfilling great needs in the community.” 

Impact 100 Nashville is a women’s giving circle that harnesses its members’ collective financial and philanthropic power to accelerate positive social change in the greater Nashville area. Each member contributes $1,000 annually, and 100% of the contribution goes to grants. The organization has given almost $400,000 in grants since 2015 and aims to reach over 1,000 members and $1,000,000 in annual grants. For more information about Impact100 Nashville, visit 

Raphah Institute helps communities heal from social harm by confronting its root causes. Raphah is a Hebrew verb that literally means to mend by stitching, very much like a torn garment would be repaired. Structural and system defects in a community 

can leave many people tattered and torn with few healthy options for coping. Without opportunities for healing or transformation, the result is generational cycles of harm. Raphah believes we can interrupt the complicated layers of damage by working together and focusing on restoration, repair, and healing to help people thrive. Says CEO, Travis Claybrooks, “When people have what they need to thrive, they will. It is our collective responsibility to love each other enough that we all thrive. That is justice.” 

To learn more about Raphah’s work, see