The Power of Collective Philanthropy

We are launching a philanthropic IMPACT fund to give transformatIVE grants to local CHARITIES that benefit women and girls in London

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Our Mission

To give transformative grants to local charities that benefit women and girls in London.

To build, expand and cultivate a community of philanthropists.



 

Our Model

Impact 100 London is based on a successful model developed in the US.

We recruit 100 members who contribute £1,000 to the fund per year. We then make large grants to charities working to benefit women and girls in London.

Registered charities falling within our mandate are invited to submit a grant proposal. After a rigorous selection process, the finalists make a presentation - with Impact 100 London mentorship - to the full membership who votes to award the grants. The winner receives a grant of up to £100,000 and runners-up are awarded merit grants. 

This is a volunteer organisation. 100% of members’ £1,000 donation goes directly to fund grants.

100

Members recruited

 

£1k

contributed by each individual to the Grant fund annually

 
 

£100k

awarded to one or more charities working to benefit women & girls in LONDON

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Why Join?

  • Your donations are pooled to make a significant impact in the local community

  • 100% of your £1,000 contribution goes towards funding the grants

  • Gain firsthand knowledge of the philanthropic process

  • Discover and become engaged - if you wish - in dynamic local initiatives

  • Decide your level of involvement from year to year

What is Collective Philanthropy?

It is a collaborative and democratic form of charitable giving, providing a structured platform for individuals who want to pool their money and award transformative grants to charities.

Collective philanthropies lead to informed, strategic giving and promote civic and community engagement.

Our Manifesto

egalitarian

Each member has an equal vote in the final selection of grantees

transformative

Large grants enable organisations to dream big and scale

rigorous

Vetting and evaluation conducted by a team of philanthropists

local

All grants will be awarded to London-based initatives

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About Us

Leadership Team

 

Erica Wax

Erica’s experience spans politics, the private sector and non-profit organizations. She has a life-long passion for providing skills and opportunities to young people so that they can realize their potential, and also for empowering women and girls. While at Merrill Lynch in New York, Erica co-founded and ran a charity called Girls Career Workshop.  For the last six years, she has been an active Governor at Ark Elvin Academy in Wembley, London.  She is also on the UK Advisory Board of Room to Read and on the Board of The Sutton Trust. 

Lani Martin

Lani has extensive experience in finance, including 12 years in investment banking with Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Securities, and, more recently, as an active private equity investor and advisor.  Lani has had a consistent commitment to charities that support children’s health and education globally. Lani serves on the Global Leadership Council and UK Executive Team for Seeds of Peace.  She is also on the Ivey Advisory Board for the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Fundraising Steering Committee for The City of London School for Girls. 

Executive Committee

Elisabeth Ayvazian 

Elisabeth is committed to supporting finance for social purposes. After 10 years in emerging markets corporate banking in New York with Citi, she has worked with several initiatives to deploy funds to social endeavours, both with established institutions (e.g. Deutsche Bank NY) and working directly with social enterprises (e.g. Alina Vision, a startup affordable health care enterprise).  Now settled in London, she is an active volunteer with charities working with refugees.  

Joanna Riley 

Joanna began her career in consulting in New York and then joined Goldman Sachs, where she worked in the Securities Division in New York and London. She was most recently the Interim Executive Director for Facing History and Ourselves UK, for which she is now on the UK Advisory Board. Joanna also served on the UK Advisory Board for Room to Read for the last three years.

Liz Forgash 

Liz’s professional background includes various roles in Human Resources in both the financial and charity sectors.  Most recently, Liz was Head of Volunteer Development for Mental Health Innovations, a London non-profit tasked with creating digital solutions to help address the growing mental health crisis. Liz was involved in the recent launch of the UK crisis text line, Shout.   She has been an active volunteer, including with the Crisis Text Line, Anna Freud Centre, Impetus and the American School in London’s Community Service group.

Vanessa Boz 

Vanessa’s professional background reflects the combination of her business expertise, covering emerging and European markets, her love of travel and her commitment to the non-profit sector.  Vanessa has a demonstrated expertise as an entrepreneur having launched and sold a company organising trade shows in NY and London and, most recently, developed a digital platform to connect travelers with non-profit organisations at their destinations, called The Generous Traveler.  Vanessa also runs BozAround Travel, a company specializing in family travel with a purpose.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead

 

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