Highlights from The 2024 Grant Year Launch:
Impacting the Future with Inclusive and Trust-Based Giving

February 28, 2024
By Deb Brackney, Vice President Impact100 Metro Denver

On an evening that hinted at spring and was filled with joyful energy, over 80 Impact100 Metro Denver members, guests, friends, and our Nonprofit Partners gathered to Impact our Future. Our annual February Launch event included time to celebrate our collective giving, the nonprofits we give to and each other.

Board Chair, Yolanda Webb opened the evening with a call to “Imagine our Impact” through the heart of what Impact100 Metro Denver does – grantmaking and serving the community. Alisia Robbins then introduced us to our 2023 grantees and the “amazingness” of what they are doing.

Our $100,000 awardees, Nina Roumell, Director of Development for The Grow Haus and Donna Zimmerman, Southwest Improvement Council (SWIC) Executive Director, enthusiastically described how Impact100 Metro Denver’s grant made a difference to their organizations. In addition, Alison Palmer, Grant Development Manager of Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI), a 2023 grant awardee, spoke of the hundreds of entrepreneurs they have supported and helped launch businesses.

Capping the evening were updates from our two 2023 Accelerator Grantees. Crystal Munoz, Executive Director of Roots Family Center, and Marianna Lucero, Executive Director of In Lak’ech Denver Arts described the power of the Impact100 grant.

What a thrill to witness the future of these five organizations. To end the evening, we celebrated that Roots Family Center received a million-dollar grant to purchase its building, ensuring its future. Attendees left knowing our Impact creates ripples in the lives of our nonprofit partners and excited for what is next. Thank you for creating those ripples and in great gratitude to the members who made this evening possible.