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The Founders Fellowship

 The 2024-2025 application deadline is Sunday September 15, 2024.

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Impact 100 NYC, a collective giving non-profit organization, sponsors a Founders Fellowship program to encourage young women to learn about philanthropy, the power of collective giving, and critical issues that affect all 5 boroughs of New York City.  The Founders Fellowship is available to women under the age of 35 who are interested in addressing the vital needs of our community through the collective giving grantmaking movement and who will bring a diverse perspective to Impact 100 NYC’s process. Preference is given to women who do not have a familial connection with Impact 100 NYC members and who demonstrate a need for financial support which will enable them to join. The Fellowship application process begins in July of each year with the Fellows participating in the work of Impact 100 NYC from September through May of the following year. 

About Impact 100 NYC:  Impact 100’s mission is to engage women in philanthropy and collectively fund grants to nonprofit organizations in the New York City region. The goal is to provide high-impact grants of $100,000 to organizations that reach underserved populations, raise the profile of lesser-known organizations, and highlight unmet needs in the region. Impact 100 members are women, 18 years of age or older, who each contribute a minimum of $1,000.00 annually. The annual membership contribution will be waived for Founders Fellow in the first year. To learn more about Impact 100 NYC, visit our website at, Instagram, or LinkedIN. For questions about the Founders Fellowship, you can email

Founders Fellows …

  • Enjoy full membership benefits, including the opportunity to learn how to evaluate grant proposals and award grants. 
  • Dedicated support from a member through the Grant Review process
  • Learn about the work of New York City area nonprofits and the challenges they face. 
  • Become part of the global collective giving grantmaking movement. 
  • Network with and be mentored by a diverse group of women, including Impact 100 NYC adult and nextgen members, young professionals, and previous Founders Fellows.

Criteria for Founders Fellows 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 a copy of their resume.
  • Must be available for an interview with Impact 100 Founders Fellowship Committee members. 
  • Must reside in one of the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island.

Responsibilities of Founders Fellows 

      • Attend Membership Kick-off: Date TBD (2 hrs, Midtown)
      • Schedule Monthly check-ins: to be scheduled at a time/date that is convenient for both Committee chair and Fellow (September - May)
      • Participate in the grantmaking process by serving on a Grant Review  Committee (“GRC”). Tentative schedule (from February – May)
      • Grant Review Orientation: February 2025, Zoom (1.5 hrs.)
      • On your own, read 10 – 12 grant proposals (4-5 hrs.)
      • First Grant Review Team meeting: February/ March 2025, Zoom ( 2 -3 hrs. evening and day time options available)
      • Second Grant Review Team meeting : April/ May 2025 (2 -3 hrs. evening and day time options available)
      • Attend or ReviewVirtual Site Visits: (3 hrs.)
      • Vote and Attend “Big Give” Event: May 2025 (1.5 - 2 hrs. evening)
      • Attend Fellowship Year End Lunch : June 2025

            Approximate Time Commitment during Fellowship Year: 20 – 25 hours 

            The 2024-2025 application deadline is Sunday September 15, 2025.

            The Fellow will be selected by October 7, 2024 and will be required to participate in the grant review and selection process, the core initiative of Impact 100 NYC, beginning in January, 2025. Fellows should also plan on attending our Fall kickoff event.

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            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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