IMPACT 100 names 2018 finalists

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area this morning announced the 15 grant finalists selected for 2018. Eleven of these nonprofit finalists will each receive a grant of $100,300 at the IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area Annual Meeting in October.

The 15 finalists selected by IMPACT 100’s Focus Area Committees are as follows:


• First City Arts Alliance, Inc. dba First City Art Center
Project: Creating Space for Educating and Inspiring Youth

• Pensacola High School Band Boosters Association, Inc.
Project: Music is for Everyone at PHS

• Pyramid, Inc.
Project: Bringing the Arts to the Underserved in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties


• Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Inc.
Project: Return to the Wild

• Escambia County Public Schools Foundation for Excellence, Inc.
dba Escambia County Public Schools Foundation
Project: Swim, Soar, and Fly into Science Inspiring Hands-on Exploration of Our Natural World

• Santa Rosa County 4-H Association, Inc.
Project: 4-H Field Education Facility


• Miracle League of Santa Rosa County, Inc.
Project: Miracle Field of Dreams

• Mother Wit Institute, Inc.
Project: Save the Ella L. Jordan Home – A Historic Place

• Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola, Inc.
Project: Restoring Veterans Memorial Lighting


• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Inc.
Project: There’s No Place Like Home

• Sacred Heart Foundation, Inc.
Project: “Paw”erful Medicine – Using Animal-Assisted Therapy to Make “Ruff” Days a Little Brighter

• Young Men’s Christian Association of Northwest Florida, Inc. dba YMCA of Northwest Florida
Project: The Wheels on the Bus


• KlaasKIDS Foundation, Inc.
Project: Missing Child Response & Child Exploitation Prevention

• Opening Doors Northwest Florida, Inc. dba EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless, Inc.
Project: Opening Doors on a Mission to Reach, Respond, Restore

• Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, Inc. dba REAP
Project: REAP’s Women’s Re-entry Portal – Pathway for Success

IMPACT 100’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14  at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna. Registration will begin at 12:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Each finalist from the Focus Area Committees will give a presentation at the meeting. IMPACT 100 members will select two recipients from each Focus Area, and one additional recipient will be selected from one of the Focus Areas. With a record number 1,103 members in this 15th year, IMPACT 100 will award $100,300 each to eleven nonprofit organizations in Escambia and/or Santa Rosa County for a total impact of $1,103,000 in 2018.

Since its inception in 2004, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has awarded 87 grants totaling $9,395,000. With the addition of this year’s awards, IMPACT 100 will have awarded 98 grants totaling $10,498,000.