About

Our History

Impact100 Little Traverse Bay is a diverse group of women committed to improving our community by collectively funding transformational grants to make a high-impact and sustainable difference in Emmet & Charlevoix Counties. Although Impact100 is new to the community, Impact100 Little Traverse Bay joins more than 30,000 women and 70 sister chapters worldwide who have collectively granted over $140,000,000 to their respective local communities. We embrace the local collective giving model of Impact100 Global.

The vision to start Impact100 Little Traverse Bay began when founding president Lloyann Curtis
was inspired by her husband’s cousin, Impact100 global founder Wendy H. Steele’s unique giving model and further inspired after meeting the many women of successful chapters who gathered from across the world at the 2023 Impact100 Global Conference.

Recognizing their family's rich multigenerational history of philanthropic and economic impact in the Petoskey area coupled with Lloyann’s heart to help others, she saw a natural fit and opportunity to start a local Impact100 chapter in the community where Wendy credits her philanthropic seeds were sown by her grandparents.

Upon her return from the Impact100 Global Conference, Lloyann reached out to fellow founding board member Sarah (Sunny) Wagner to gauge her interest in starting a local chapter. They then enlisted founding board members Kathleen Macomber and Mara Lowry, and quickly the four formalized the foundation for Impact100 Little Traverse Bay. They began to identify and gather a dynamic group of like-minded women with unique skills and knowledge onto the Board to build a supportive and highly functioning Board of Directors. By involving a diverse group of dedicated women in the leadership roles of their chapter, they have been able to ensure a wide range of perspectives and ideas as they collaborated to build the infrastructure of their local Impact100 chapter. They continue uniting and empowering other amazing women in the community to collectively come together and give, allowing the Impact100 Little Traverse Bay dream to become a reality.

For more information about how Impact100 started, see the Impact100 Global story.

Together, we will make a sustainable impact in our community, one transformational grant at a time.

The Impact100 Model

The Impact100 model was created by Wendy H. Steele in 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio in response to feeling as though women’s roles in philanthropy needed a new way to be expanded and encouraged. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The Impact100 model is simple, yet profound and designed for transformational and sustainable grant making within communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

Impact100 LTB strives to coordinate a diverse group of local women aged 18 and older in varying stages of life, income levels, and backgrounds in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties in the greater Northern Michigan area.

At Least 100 Women Come Together

Each Woman Donates $1,000 annually

Each year, $100,000 is donated to a Local Charity

Focus Areas

Arts & Culture

Initiatives That Develop, Enhance, or Preserve the Arts, Music, Culture and History of Emmet and Charlevoix Counties

Environment

Initiatives That Restore, Revitalize or Enhance the Environment and/or Create or Improve Recreational Opportunities in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties

Health & Wellness

Initiatives That Improve the Mental and/or Physical Well-Being of People Living in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties

Education

Initiatives That Further the Educational Process or Improve Access to Education for Children, Adults and/or Seniors in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties

Family

Initiatives That Strengthen and Enhance the Lives of Children, Families, and Seniors Living in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties

How It Works

The annual $1,000 donation of each Impact100 Little Traverse Bay member is pooled together with the donations of other members made up of a local diverse group of women 18 years of age and older in varying stages of life, income levels and backgrounds who come together and fund transformational grants of $100,000 or more to be given away to nonprofit organizations serving Emmet & Charlevoix Counties.

Impact100 Little Traverse Bay are all volunteers with no paid staff, 100% of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 goes directly into the grant pool with no deductions for overhead or administrative costs. The number and size of grants awarded each year are dependent on our membership. Our goal is to give incremental grants of a minimum of $100,000 annually. Grant amounts are announced in January at The Big Reveal Event, commencing our grants cycle. Nonprofit finalists are chosen by grant committees through a competitive application process. Finalists are announced in July at the Meet the Finalists Presser. In August, the Finalists present to the membership at our Annual Awards Dinner and grants are awarded to the Finalists with the most membership votes. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more for that grant cycle has one vote at this event.

Board Members

Lloyann Curtis

Lloyann Curtis

Founding President
Kathleen Macomber

Kathleen Macomber

Vice President
Jessica M. W. Heston

Jessica M. Wojtowicz Heston

Secretary/Governance Chair

Rosie Amstutz

Assistant Secretary
Mara Lowry

Mara Lowry

Treasurer
Sarah Swarthout Wagner

Sarah (Sunny) Swarthout Wagner

Technology Chair
Chelsea Simms

Chelsea Simms

Marketing Chair
Cordelia Sweetland

Cordelia Sweetland

Membership Chair
Carole Griffin

Carole Griffin

Membership Co-Chair
Hilde Bonesteel, Event Chair

Hilde Bonesteel

Event Chair
Beth Kost

Beth Kost

Sponsorship Chair
Sarah O-Brien

Sarah O’Brien

Member-at-Large
Jan Mancinelli

Jan Mancinelli

Grant Chair & Nonprofit Liaison
Victoria Curtis

Victoria Curtis

Grant Chair Assistant / Grant Focus Area Chair-Health & Wellness

Open Position

Grant Focus Area Chair- Arts & Culture

Open Position

Grant Focus Area Chair - Education

Open Position

Grant Focus Area Chair - Environment

Open Position

Grant Focus Area Chair - Family

Open Position

Grant Financial Review Chair