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Impact100 Celebrates IWD by Launching Impactships

7 Mar 2024

Impact100 Wakatipu is celebrating International Women's Day by announcing the launch of Impactships

Impact100 Wakatipu Launches "Impactship" Programme to Celebrate International Women's Day

Impact100 is celebrating International Women's Day by announcing the launch of Impactships; a scholarship programme which aims to diversify the voice of women, foster community engagement, and grow philanthropy. 

Impact100 Wakatipu provides transformational grants of at least $100,000 to local charities by pooling individual donations of at least 100 women. Previous recipients of major grants are Living Options, Pivotal Point, Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust, The Order of St John Wakatipu, The Lakes District Museum and KiwiHarvest.

“We have always had women sponsored by friends, family members and employers,” said Impact100 Chairperson Clare Irons. “Impactships are a new scholarship programme designed to help us reach more deeply into the community, recognising women who are stepping up to meet needs in the Whakatipu. We are now inviting these women to apply or be nominated for an Impactship.”

We are grateful to our corporate sponsors, like The Mountain Club, who helped us launch this project, who love the idea of supporting women in the community who are doing positive work.”

“Currently there are 4 Impactships available, but we would love to hear from anyone who is interested in growing the number of scholarships on offer by donating specifically for this programme. Women wanting to join Impact100 themselves have until 30th April to make their donation.”

Impactships are designed to ensure diverse voices within the Whakatipu are represented during each annual grant cycle. The programme invites women to apply, or be nominated for an Impactship, providing them with an opportunity to join Impact100 for the year, bringing their insights to help the group make informed decisions about the annual $100,000 grant(s).

Successful applicants for the Impactship programme will have their Impact100 donation covered for the year. The $1,000 is then pooled with other supporters' donations to directly fund the annual $100,000 grant(s), ensuring a significant impact on the winning charity (ies). 

Women in the Whakatipu Basin with a history of community involvement, a commitment to learning, and want to contribute based on their experience and connections are eligible for the Impactship programme. Applications can be submitted from 8 March until March 29th at 5 pm.

The Impact100 Governance Committee will be the selection committee for this year. Selections will be based on the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to community contribution and involvement.

Application forms and additional details are available on the Impact100 website.

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