The organization recently held its fifth annual Impact Awards Celebration at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach.
There, three finalists (nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County) presented their request for funding to the Impact the Palm Beach members, a vote was taken, and the $159,000 in high impact grants were distributed.
The $100,000 Impact Grant awardee was the Center for Trauma Counseling and its proposal for mobile mental health services. The semifinalists — Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and The Lord’s Place — each received a Merit Grant in the amount of $29,500. Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County’s merit grant will go toward Habitat’s program to help seniors stay in their homes. The group’s aging-in-place house repairs are a model for communities nationwide, Impact says. The Lord’s Place received money for its project to teach computer skills to the homeless, which will help many people get back on their feet and have a ripple effect in the community.
“We had 57 terrific applications this year from worthy organizations, each outlining a special project to help those in need,” said Jennifer Eaton, 2019 cochair of Impact the Palm Beaches. “All of these nonprofits deserve funding, but these three proposals were outstanding in their sustainability, innovation, and potential to transform the community. All of them will have a positive impact, and we are proud to support them.”
Impact the Palm Beaches is a philanthropic organization in which women collectively give to nonprofits in Central and Northern Palm Beach County to ignite transformational change through five core service areas: arts and culture; education; environment; health and wellness; and family.