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The Founders Fellowship

Newly created to encourage and enable young women of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to become involved in philanthropy, Impact 100 NYC has launched The Founders Fellowship to bring vital perspectives to our organization, membership and partners.

Available to women from the five boroughs under the age of 35 interested in addressing the vital needs of our community, each fellowship opens a door to experiencing the power of collective giving and understanding the social issues that affect New York City. 

Preference will be given to women for whom the individual membership donation of $1000 might pose a hardship and provides a three-year path to membership. The Founders Fellowship begins with a one-year commitment, in which the fellow’s membership is covered 100% by Impact 100 NYC. In Year two, fellows make a $250 contribution and in Year Three a $450 contribution, with the balance covered by Impact 100 NYC.

The application deadline for the 2021-22 Grant Cycle has passed.The new application for 2022-23 will be open in the Fall of 2022. The Fellows will be selected by December, 2022 and will participate in the grant review and selection process, the core initiative of Impact 100 NYC, beginning in January, 2023.

 Founders Fellow benefits: 

  • Enjoy full membership benefits, including the opportunity to learn how to evaluate grant proposals, select finalists and award grants. 
  • Learn about the work of a cross-section of New York City area nonprofits, the challenges they face and the impact they make.
  • Become part of the collective giving grantmaking movement. 
  • Network with and be mentored by a diverse group of women with a wide range of backgrounds and areas of professional expertise from across the five boroughs. 

Criteria for Founders Fellowship.  Applicants must: 

  • Be women under the age of 35 who have demonstrated a commitment to improving lives in their communities through work, volunteerism, or study. 
  • Must complete and submit the Founders Fellowship application and include a current resume.
  • Must be available for an interview with Impact 100 NYC Founders Fellowship Committee members. 
  • Must reside in one of NYC’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island.

Responsibilities of 2021-22 Inaugural Founders Fellows 

Total Time Commitment for Year One Fellowship Cycle, approximately 20-25 hours per year

  • Attend orientation meeting, January 26, 2022 (1 hour)
  • Attend Founders Fellowship Committee Meeting(s) (2-3 hours)
  • Participate in the 2022 grantmaking process by serving on a Grant Review Committee (GRC). (Typically,12-16 hours from February – June)
    Tentative schedule: 
  1. Grant Review Orientation via Zoom – Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 7pm-9pm, or Thursday, February 3rd, 9:30am-11:30am (1 hour)
  2. On your own, read 10 – 12 grant proposals (4-5 hours)
  3. First Grant Review Team meeting Week of Friday, February 25, 2022 - Thursday, March 3, 2022 (2-3 hours) Location TBD; evening and daytime options available
  4. Nonprofit Applicant Site Visits (should try to attend one) – varying times and days, sometime between March 7, 2022 - April 14, 2022. (2 – 3 hours)
  5. Second Grant Review Team meeting – Week of April 28, 2022- May 2, 2022. Location TBD evening and daytime options available. (2 -3 hours)
  6. Annual Meeting – Thursday, May 19, 2022 (Approx. 1 hour)
  • Attend Impact 100 NYC Membership Kick-off, Fall 2022 TBD (2 hours)
  • Attend Fellowship Year-End meeting:  Early June 2022 (1-2 hours)
  • Participate in interview process of 2023 Fellows (2 hours)

For additional questions about the Founders Fellowship, please email

Impact 100 NYC, Inc. is incorporated in the state of New York and is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxes under U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible. Impact 100 NYC is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Office to solicit charitable contributions and hold charitable assets in New York State.

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