Launched in 2020, New Zealand’s first Impact100 chapter located in the Wakatipu Basin brought together 151 women committed to philanthropy and making a difference in our community. In November 2020, the inaugural $100,000 grant was awarded to Living Options, a non-profit which assists and provides support for people with disabilities.
The four runner-ups, Baby Box, St. John, Turn up the Music and Wanaka Wastebusters each received $5,000.
Impact100 is an all-volunteer organisation where 100 percent of the contributions are invested into the community.
The following year in 2021, our numbers increased which meant the funds available for our local community organisations to apply for reached $200,000.
The $100,000 grant was awarded to Pivotal Point, a charity that aims to support neurodiverse learners, and the other large grant of $85,000 was awarded to The Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust to trap feral cats in the Dart-Rees delta with the aim of re-introducing the New Zealand native bird, the takahe.
The smaller donations of $5,000 went to the other 3 members of the Final Five who were Southern Wellness Trust, Central Lakes Family Services and the KiwiKit Community Trust and Volunteer South Central Lakes Partnership.
In 2022 with 168 supporters, we had $168,000 to donate!
The major grant of $148,000 went to The Order of St John Wakatipu for a new wheelchair accessible Health Shuttle which is also used for friendship drives for the elderly in the weekends. The four other finalists each received $5000 and were Life Education Trust Heartland Otago, Turn up the Music, YSAR (Youth Search and Rescue) and Te Atamira.
Impact100 Wakatipu is an initiative of the Wakatipu Community Foundation.
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