Membership Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Impact 100 Garden State is an all-volunteer organization for women that collaboratively makes large grants to local nonprofits within our five-county area of Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union. Each year, members’ donations of $1,000 each are pooled to award a high-impact transformational grant of at least $100,000 to nonprofit(s) that are selected through a rigorous grant review process and ultimately, a one member/one vote process. 100% of members’ donations are used to fund grants.

We seek to fund extraordinary programs in five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Children & Family; Health & Wellness and Environment, Recreation & Preservation. Thanks to our collective giving, since our initial grant year in 2013 and through our 2020 Annual Awards, Impact 100 Garden State has awarded over $2.0 million for nonprofits in our service area. 

What is the cost of membership?

We offer two membership levels; both levels earn you a vote at the Annual Awards Meeting in June. 100% Membership = $1,000 or 110% Membership = $1,100. The extra $100 is applied to our operating expenses such as printing, software, website, and account management fees. We are an all-volunteer organization and are grateful to the women who choose the 110% option.

When can I join?

Anytime. However, the deadline to participate in the grantmaking cycle and to vote at the Annual Awards Meeting is January 31. Women joining after January 31 may participate in Impact 100 Garden State events but will not have voting rights until the following grant year. The grantmaking process starts in February, with the grant recipients being selected at our annual meeting in June.  The membership year runs from February 1 to January 31.

How can I become a member?

To join or renew your membership, visit our Join or Renew page and complete the online application form. There are three ways to pay: 

By check: Complete the online application form or click here for a PDF.  MAIL it with a check payable to the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Write Impact 100 Garden State in the memo section. Mail checks to: Impact 100 Garden State, PO Box 2114, Morristown, NJ 07962-2114

Online: Complete the online application form and pay online with a credit card or bank account (direct debit) through the secure online CFNJ donation tool. 

Impact 100 Garden State is charged a processing fee of approximately 3% for credit card payments. The processing fee for payment by bank account (direct debit) is only $0.75. Please pay by bank account (direct debit) if you are comfortable doing so. If you pay by credit card, Impact 100 Garden State would much appreciate you adding in the Other Amount field $33 for a $1,100 membership or $30 for a $1,000 membership.

Other Payments Options: Complete the online application form.  Cash fund transfers, including from donor advised funds, IRAs or other funds; or donation of securities, please contact Carolyn Lange at clange@cfnj.org or 973.267.5210 (direct) or Patty Heath at PHeath@cfnj.org or 973.267.5533 x3007 for instructions.

If you plan to pay via your donor advised or other charitable fund, you may need to provide the following regarding Community Foundation of New Jersey:

        EIN:           22-2281783
Address:    PO Box 338, 35 Knox Hill Road, Morristown NJ, 07960-0338
Contact:    Madeline Rivera
Phone:      973.828.2954 | ext. 3014

When designating your gift with your fund holder, please specify that this is a charitable “contribution” in the memo line to avoid any confusion. Please contact the Membership Team to confirm the name of this fund so that we may accurately match this donation to your pledge. 

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes. Impact 100 Garden State is a special project fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ), which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  CFNJ serves as our fiduciary agent and we are covered by their non-profit tax-exempt status.  This means 100% of your membership contribution is tax-deductible.  

Can I purchase multiple memberships and receive more votes?

 No! Although, additional gifts are most welcome, our founding principle is “one woman, one vote.”  Every member gets one vote regardless of the size of her donation. Feeling generous? You can sponsor others to join Impact 100 Garden State. Please visit our Sponsor a Member page.

What role is there for me if I don’t become a member?

You can become a Friend of Impact 100 Garden State. You can make a tax-deductible donation, in any amount, to support our efforts. Donations are accepted via check, credit card, bank ACH transfer, or stock transfer. Although they do not provide voting rights, these donations help cover program and operating expenses that are essential to accomplishing our mission, growing our membership, awarding grants, and assuring our sustainability. Simply follow the instructions on our Support Us page to donate.

Can my company pay for my membership?

Yes, your company can pay for your membership. Your donation may also be available for a corporate match.  Please visit our Sponsor a Member page for more information.

 If my/my spouse’s employer has a matching program, will you accept this donation?

Yes, you can double your impact! We gratefully accept employer matching gifts. Donations matching your membership contribution play an important role as they are applied toward program and operating costs. Please submit a matching request for your donation to your or your spouse’s employer. Some employers will also provide matching donations for retirees.

 What are my obligations once I join?

Once you become a member, you are under no obligation to take on any other responsibilities. However, as a volunteer-driven organization we rely on member expertise to keep us moving forward. We encourage all members to volunteer on one of our Teams or consider joining the Leadership Team. For more information, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page or email us at member@impact100gardenstate.org to get more involved.

 What are the benefits of Membership?

Connect & collaborate with a diverse and amazing group of women; learn about the nonprofit community; leverage your donation into something big, meaningful, and sustainable and have fun while giving back. Often, members become actively involved with local organizations, serving as board members and volunteers. In addition, members learn more about ways they can increase their own individual philanthropic efforts.

 Join us to become part of the fastest growing movement in philanthropy! There are now over 53 Impact 100 chapters in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, and by the end of 2019, we will have collectively awarded $80 million in grants to nonprofits!

For more information about membership, contact the Membership Team or attend one of our upcoming Meet & Mingle events (in-person or virtual). View our event schedule.