Pensacola area’s women’s philanthropy group to give out more than $1 million

With more than one thousands members, Pensacola Bay area’s IMPACT 100 chapter is set to hand out 10 $100,000 grants to local nonprofits.

The grants will be given during the group’s annual meeting next month. Membership in the women’s philanthropy group requires a $1,000 donation. Those donations are pooled into grants to make a greater difference for the agencies that receive them.

This year’s membership was 1,082 in the Pensacola metro area, a record number for the organization.

The group will select among 15 grant finalists to award 10 nonprofits with a grant of $108,200 at the IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

“With this year’s grants, IMPACT’s members have given $8 million to worthy nonprofit organization projects in the Santa Rosa and Escambia counties since the group was conceived in 2004,” the group said in a statement Wednesday.

“Since inception in 2004, with the 2016 awards, IMPACT 100 will have awarded 77 grants in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and will bring the total awarded in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to $8,318,000.”

The 15 finalists selected are:


Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, Inc.
Project: Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Historical Center

The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc.
Project: Native American Cultural Center

St. John’s Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, Inc.
Project: The OUTDOOR MUSEUM at St. John’s Historic Cemetery


The Arc Gateway, Inc.
Project: Jeff’s Corner Garden at The Arc Gateway

Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Inc. dba IHMC
Project: IHMC High IMPACT Interactive Displays

Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries, Inc.
Project: Building Precious GEMS


Northwest Florida Marine Education and Discovery of Gulf Ecosystems, Inc. (EDGE)
dba Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
Project: Coastal Conservation Corp

The Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association, Inc. dba The First Tee of Northwest Florida
Project: Golf and Life Skills Training Facility

The Pensacola Rowing Club, Inc.
Project: Youth Rowing Program


Goodwill Industries-Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, Inc. dba Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast
Project: YES: Youth Excelling for Success

MANNA Food Bank, Inc. dba Manna Food Pantries/MANNA
Project: Fighting Hunger – Better, Faster, Stronger!

Studer Community Institute, Inc.
Project: IMPACT Brain Bags


PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
Project: Go Reach

The EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
Project: Street Outreach Housing First Accessibility Project

Escambia Search and Rescue, Inc.
Project: Sea, Air and Land Capabilities Improvement Initiative