The mission of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Created in 2012, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has awarded $2.2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations including five $102,800 grants in 2018.
IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida is pleased to announce their 2019 Board of Directors.
Leading the organization as president is Amanda Gordon. Ms. Gordon received her law degree from the University of Florida, where she also obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminology. Her legal career has included work as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Networks and Technology Section in Washington, D.C., serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Lacey A. Collier, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Upon moving to Okaloosa County, she pursued her passion for justice with the Office of the State Attorney as a special prosecutor handling violent crimes. Ms. Gordon joined IMPACT 100 NWF in 2012 and has served as a grant liaison and has chaired the Education and Environment Committees, assisting in the preservation of the natural resources of this area.
She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, the Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee, and Safe Connections, which provides supervised visits and exchanges for children.
Other IMPACT 100 NWF Board of Directors include Cindy McCue (vice-president), Pauline Sotiri (secretary), Wendy McAdams Dorr (treasurer), Ginny Barr (founding member), Barbara Britt, Marty Broderick, Valerie Burrelle, Mary Pat Cedarleaf, Dr. Joyce Gillie Gossom, Mary Hemard, Cyndi Hyatt, Carol Merkle, Gayle Powers, Lisa Jo Spencer, Jo Stewart, Kim Sulipeck, Sandy Trammell and Connie Yarbro.
The organization is recruiting members to join IMPACT 100 NWF 2019 membership base. IMPACT 100 welcomes women 18 years or older to come to a membership event, meet the members, and learn how they can become a positive force for good in their local community.
For women between the ages of 21 and 39 who may not have the financial resources to join, IMPACT 100 NWF offers a NextGen Program that gives young women an opportunity to become members and engage with the community while learning the lessons of philanthropy. The program aims to empower these women to be ambassadors for a generation that is dedicated to giving and serving in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
NextGen members will receive a scholarship of $500 to be used in the first year of membership to help pay the $1,000 membership donation, followed by a scholarship of $250 to be used in the second year of membership. To apply for a NextGen scholarship, visit www.impactnwf.org/nextgen-program/.
The next membership event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 3:30 PM in Sandestin. Learn more at www.impactnwf.org.
– Valerie Burrelle
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