Frequently Asked Questions About Impact SA
Why does Impact San Antonio give grants of $100,000 or more?
By collectively funding large grants, we can have a significant impact in selected areas of our community.
How can Impact San Antonio give my entire $1,000 to grants? What about administrative and fundraising expenses?
To keep administrative and/or fundraising expenses low, we engage volunteers to handle most of our operational needs. When expenses arise, other sources of funding are used to cover them. Additional sources include: donations from Friends of Impact San Antonio (individuals or companies who donate less than the $1,000 level for full membership to the organization); sponsors who contribute $500 or more to underwrite Impact San Antonio events; in-kind donations of items like stationery, web site support and hosting, and printing. (For more information, see Levels of Support)
Why is the required donation set at $1,000?
The required donation is set at $1,000 because this is the model for Impact 100 groups around the country. This ensures committed members and high impact awards.
Is my donation to Impact San Antonio tax deductible?
Yes. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Impact San Antonio Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID #20-1154171. No goods or services are received in exchange for your contribution.
I cannot give $1,000, but I would like to contribute something; what role is there for me?
May I make an in-kind contribution of services or products to become a voting member?
No. Our bylaws require us to donate 100% of the $1,000 Membership contributions back into the community as grants. While Impact San Antonio welcomes donations of services and products (see Levels of Support), these donations cannot be used to cover the $1,000 membership contribution.
What are my obligations as a member?
The only requirements of membership are to be a woman and to donate $1,000. As a Member, you have the option to serve on one of five Grant Review Committees that evaluate grant applications (see Overview of Impact SA). Additionally, as a Member or Friend of Impact San Antonio (see Levels of Support), you may:
- serve on any of the other committees (Grant Review Committees are only for voting members)
- attend, hold, host or underwrite a membership event
- attend Impact San Antonio educational events
- attend the annual Grant Award Night event (where Members vote for the grant recipients)
How long is my membership valid?
Each $1,000 donation provides membership for the current grant year. Each year the Board will establish the deadline for the payment of the $1,000. The grant year ends on Grant Award Night when the voting membership determines the distribution of the grant pool.
Do I have to live in San Antonio to be a contributor?
No. Members and other contributors can live anywhere.
I have a male friend who is interested in Impact San Antonio. May he participate?
Men can be Friends of Impact San Antonio, make in-kind donations, be sponsors, and/or make a non-voting grant contribution of at least $1,000 or more, in $100 increments. (See Levels of Support for more information.)
I want to give more than $1,000. Do I get more than one vote?
No. Every member has only one vote even if they contribute more than $1,000. Any amount given over $1,000 goes to fund operating expenses. If more money is received than is needed to cover operating expenses, the Board of Directors may, at its discretion, add that money to the grant funds.
May I pay my $1,000 over time?
Yes. We now have extended pay plans available. The entire payment must be received no later than the membership deadline. If you are unable to pay the $1,000 prior to the membership deadline, you will be designated as a Friend of Impact San Antonio, and any installments made prior to the membership deadline will go toward operating expenses.
My company matches funds for charitable donations. May I give $500 and have my company match it to make my total $1,000 donation?
Yes. In order for a matching gift to qualify as part of your Membership contribution, Impact San Antonio must receive evidence by the current year’s membership deadline that the matching grant has been approved by your company (May 15th unless otherwise determined by the Board). Membership in Impact San Antonio will accrue only to the individual. Companies will not receive any voting or other membership rights. If a company wishes to match your full $1,000, those dollars will go toward the grant pool without an additional vote associated with it.
When is the membership deadline?
May 15th unless otherwise determined by the Board.
How does Impact San Antonio decide who will receive the grants?
Impact San Antonio forms Review Committees comprised of volunteer Members for each of the five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness. Review Committee participants all receive training in the grant review process. Each Review committee may bring a finalist(s) from that focus area forward to the full membership for consideration. Information on the finalists is delivered in advance to each Member for review, and at Grant Award Night (GAN) finalists give a short presentation about their proposal and Members vote for the finalists of their choice. The awards are announced that evening.
What happens if I serve as a board member of an organization applying for the Impact San Antonio grant?
Many Impact San Antonio Members serve as board members of San Antonio nonprofit organizations. Those organizations are free to apply for an Impact San Antonio grant. If you choose to serve on one of the five Review Committees, you would simply volunteer in a different focus area to avoid any conflict of interest.
What if I cannot attend the meeting at which the grant recipient is selected? Can I still get information on the finalists and cast my vote?
Yes, although we strongly encourage attendance at Grant Award Night (GAN), absentee voting is provided. Prior to GAN, every Member receives information on each finalist. If the Member cannot attend, the packet includes a ballot and instructions on how to cast an absentee vote before the meeting.
With help from the Impact Grant, volunteer teenagers and adults restored the substandard homes of 50 inner city homeowners to warmer, safer, and drier living conditions. … What a difference your organization is making.
– Dee Dee Sedgwick, Executive Director, Blueprint Ministries
Jump-Start has truly been “impacted” in the best way from the Impact San Antonio grant we received. Smart Art, the lesson plan guide that was created as part of the project, has been a real boon for teachers and students alike. It’s also been a tool to help us leverage additional funding for the ‘Historias y Cuentos’ program.
– Sabine Zenker, Development Director