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Impact Fairfield County

is a collective giving circle that engages women of Fairfield County, Connecticut in local philanthropy on a deeper level. We unite women by together providing large, transformational grants to local non-profits.   We strive to reach the underserved and improve the lives of those in our community.

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2016 Impact Grant Awards

$100,000

We awarded our first Impact Grant to Inspirica
for its Early Childhood and Parenting Program

“It is a great honor to have Impact Fairfield County recognize the valuable impact our Early Childhood and Parenting Program makes on the lives of the homeless children and parents in our care” said Jason Shaplen, CEO of Inspirica. “Our goal is to make sure that homeless children do not grow up to become adults who are homeless. We are especially pleased to be the inaugural winners of this prestigious award.”

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The statistics surrounding homeless children are staggering. By age three, they have heard 30 million fewer words than their peers. They are sick four times more often than children who are not homeless, have four times the rate of developmental problems, three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems, and two times the rate of learning disabilities. The impact on future learning and success is profound.

Inspirica’s Early Childhood and Parenting Program (ECPP) combines crucial early childhood learning, development, and a pre-literacy program for homeless children ages zero to five to ensure that children residing in the organization’s shelters develop in line with, if not ahead of, their peers. The children participate in verbal and written activities, exploration, music, art, science, stories and songs, all designed to promote school readiness and development. The program also offers essential parenting skills classes whose curricula covers areas such as socialization, communication, child development, and advocating for children.

In collaboration with Childcare Learning Centers (CLC) and Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC), the program draws on the expertise of two leaders in the fields of early childhood education and parenting. “It’s a new model of collaboration that is extremely powerful and which we hope will be duplicated further afield” said Shaplen, adding that “this grant will quite literally change lives of children ages zero to five, allowing them to permanently break the cycle of homelessness.”

Jason Shaplen, Inspirica CEO: “Impact approached the evaluation process in such a meaningful way — this is the prestige award to get this year.”

“We are humbled not only by receiving the grant, but it also means a lot to us that we will always be Impact’s first award.”

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Neighbors Link Stamford

$30,000

We awarded a grant to Neighbors Link Stamford for general operating support.

Soundwaters

$30,000

We awarded a grant to SoundWaters for general operating support.

Save the dates

11.15.16

Open House

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
8:30am – 10:30am
Green & Tonic – Learn About Impact FFC!
7 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT

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100% of your membership

contribution of $1,000 will go to fund the transformational grants to local non-profits that will be awarded in May of the grant year. Impact Fairfield County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity.

Impact 100 National Movement

We are part of a national movement of women who collectively give to make significant change.

Since the founding of Impact 100 in 2001, over

$33 Million

Has been contributed by Impact groups across the country to fund local needs.