Impact Fairfield County In The News


06.02.2019

KidTalk looks to make impact with $100K grant from Greenwich group

Greenwich Time
GREENWICH — Impact Fairfield County, an all-women’s giving circle founded in Greenwich that provides “transformational grants” to nonprofits, for the first time is giving a grant to a town agency. Kids in Crisis received one of Impact’s two $100,000 grants for 2019, which it will use to form a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. The resulting program, called KidTalk, will place a clinician on site at the club for 25 hours a week to help with mental health issues.
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04.19.2019

Greenwich youth groups gets serious about giving

Greenwich Time
GREENWICH — When a team of young women united together to make an impact, they weren’t just offering up words. Generation Impact, a group of high school students, last week awarded a $10,000 grant to the Building One Community, The Center for Immigrant Opportunity where it will be used for an after-school program that helps students learn STEM skills. The gift represented the level of support that the Greenwich-based group hoped to to make since forming in 2017.
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09.25.2018

Impact Fairfield County recruiting new members

Greenwich Time
GREENWICH — Since it was founded in 2016, the Greenwich-based Impact Fairfield County has given invaluable grant money to organizations serving homeless youth, sending kids to preschool and assisting victims of sexual assault. And the push is on to bring more women into this effort.
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07.25.2018

Stamford’s Summer preschool program expands in second year

Stamford Advocate
STAMFORD — A self-portrait drawn in crayon by a five-year-old during a recent visit to the city’s Summer preschool program showed a shaky black circle as a head, blue ovals for eyes and a red semi-circle made to represent a smiling mouth.

The portrait, one of several, actually represented more than the simple efforts of a budding artist: they’re part of a curriculum that gives underserved students their first classroom experience.
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05.08.2018

Greenwich-based Impact grants target homelessness, early education

Greenwich Time
GREENWICH — A Greenwich-based philanthropic organization has thrown its support behind new initiatives to provide education and fight homelessness in the region. At its meeting last week, the 190-member Impact Fairfield County voted to give $100,000 “Impact Grants” to Bridgeport-based Supportive Housing Works and the Stamford Public Education Foundation.
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05.03.2018

Impact Fairfield County awards $220K to area nonprofits

Westfair Online
Impact Fairfield County has awarded $100,000 grants to both Supportive Housing Works and the Stamford Public Education Foundation. Two of its other 57 nonprofit applicants, Carver Foundation of Norwalk and Open Doors, also in Norwalk, were each awarded $10,000 general operating grants.
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04.30.2018

Greenwich giving group gets ready to make a double Impact

Greenwich Time
GREENWICH — Impact Fairfield County, the women-run philanthropy organization that aims to make game-changing gifts to non profit service agencies, will determine its next recipients this week. The group’s 190-member governing body will vote on the recipients of two $100,000 grants from a slate of four area finalists Wednesday morning. This is the third year of operation for the Greenwich-founded giving circle, and the first time it will award two large Impact Grants. All four of the finalists will walk away with something after an application and evaluation process that began last fall.
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12.02.2017

Group is looking for philanthropists seeking to make areal ‘impact’

Greenwich Time
GREENWICH — Greenwich is the kind of community where philanthropy runs deep, but a group in town is looking to both broaden its collective giving circle and find local women who really want to make an “impact.” Impact Fairfield County is looking for new members to become a part of its growing area presence. Each woman who joins pledges $1,000, and every year, members consider applications from non-profits, conduct site visits, hear presentations and ultimately vote on awarding grants.
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08.08.2017

Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling names exec director

Westfair Online
The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education has named Quentin Ball as its executive director. Most recently the chief strategy officer at New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport, Ball is replacing Ivonne Zucco, who said she was taking a career break. “I am thrilled to take over from Ivonne Zucco, under whose leadership The Center was recently awarded the Impact Fairfield County grant,” Ball said. “This grant, coupled with a robust counseling program and a far-reaching preventative education program, positions The Center for a successful 2017-18 fiscal year.”
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08.01.2017

Giving Back Matters

Greenwich Magazine
Impact Fairfield County recently held its second annual meeting at UCONN Stamford and awarded $180,000 to five Fairfield County nonprofit organizations. The group received fifty-one proposals from nonprofits seeking support for new projects and programs. After an extensive, months-long review process, the $100,000 Impact Grant recipient was chosen by a vote of 173 Impact Fairfield County members. The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education was the deserving winner. Four finalists, Building One Community, The Center for Family Justice, International Institute of Connecticut and SoundWaters, were each awarded $20,000
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05.11.2017

Impact Fairfield County Awards $180,000 to Fairfield County Non-Profits

NorwalkPlus.com
Stamford, CT - IMPACT FAIRFIELD COUNTY is a collective giving circle that engages women of Fairfield County, Connecticut in local philanthropy on a deeper level. Now in its second year as a philanthropic force in the community, Impact Fairfield County received 51 proposals from non-profits located throughout the county to support new projects or the significant expansion of existing programs. Currently there are 173 members of Impact Fairfield County’s giving circle.
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05.03.2017

Stamford nonprofit wins $100,000 grant to help sexual assault victims

Greenwich Time
Women from across Fairfield County celebrated the power of collective giving Wednesday morning and chose Stamford-based nonprofit Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center to receive a $100,000 grant to launch a new program for sexual assault victims. “We’re hoping this creates a big change in how survivors are served,” said Ivonne Zucco, executive director of the Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, following the announcement of its award.
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04.17.2017

Greenwich-based Impact Fairfield County poised to announce grants

Greenwich TIme
GREENWICH — The Greenwich-based Impact Fairfield County is poised to issue its second year of grants to local non-profits at its May 3 annual meeting.

Co-created by Greenwich residents Vicki Craver and Wendy Block in 2015, the nonprofit Impact Fairfield County sought women members who would sign on for $1,000 each. Those contributions would be pooled to award high-impact grants to local non-profits.
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02.17.2017

Fairfield County giving group helps nonprofits ‘dream big’

Greenwich Time
A young Fairfield County collaborative wants nonprofits to dream big.

“We want them to reframe their thinking with the possibility of $100,000 to fund a new program or initiative,” said Sara Allard, Greenwich business owner and Impact Fairfield County member.

“That kind of contribution allows them to dream really big,” emphasized the group’s co-founder and Greenwich resident Wendy Block. With Impact Fairfield’s inaugural grant-funding round complete, its members saw that hope take form in several local charities doing big things to help underserved populations.
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09.18.2016

Greenwich group seeks a bigger ‘Impact’ in its second year of grants

Greenwich Time
GREENWICH — When Impact Fairfield County was launched last year, its organizers had big goals and a different kind of model to help award grants to organizations in need of support.

Co-created by Greenwich residents Vicki Craver and Wendy Block, the organization sought 100 women who would sign on with a $1,000 contribution each. The money would be pooled and a $100,000 impact grant would go to a local non-profit.
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08.01.2016

Women Who Give

New Canaan Darien magazine

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05.14.2016

Impact Fairfield County Provides $160,000 to its First Year Grant Winners

Greenwich Free Press
Impact Fairfield County completed its inaugural year and awarded three grants last night at its Annual Meeting, held at the Milbrook Club in Greenwich. The organization’s first $100,000 Impact Grant was awarded to Inspirica for its Early Childhood and Parenting Program. The two other finalists, Neighbors Link Stamford and Soundwaters, received $30,000 each in general operating support.

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09.14.2015

Wendy Block and Vicki Craver, Impact Fairfield County

Greenwich Look

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09.13.2015

Collective Effort

Greenwich Magazine
Imagine if 100 women formed a partnership where each contributed $1,000 with one goal: making a difference. That pot could grow exponentially. And so, too, could its potential impact on smaller projects that may not be receiving the support needed. Greenwich residents Vicki Craver and Wendy Block not only imagined creating such a giving circle in Fairfield County, they linked their shared passion for philanthropy to start one.

Drawing on their diverse backgrounds in philanthropy management (Wendy) and Wall Street (Vicki), the women joined forces this year to found Impact Fairfield County. The nonprofit is modeled on similar female-driven giving circles around the country that began when Cincinnati’s Impact 100 launched in 2001. Each independent “impact” circle is focused on empowering women to use their financial clout and collaborative instincts to support community projects.
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