By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Impact100 Wakatipu has doubled down in its second year.
The philanthropic venture, supported by the Wakatipu Community Foundation, aimed to have 100 women each donating $1000 to the main fund, the total of which is granted to one charity or not-for-profit after a vote by members.
Instead, in its inaugural year, $151,000 was donated, allowing Living Options Charitable Trust to take home the $100,000 grant and the four finalists — St John Wakatipu, the Baby Box Charitable Trust, Turn Up The Music Trust, Wanaka Wastebusters — each received $5000.
This year, they’re going one better.
Impact100 Wakatipu founder Kristen Holtzman says the 2021 fund’s been supported by 172 women and thanks to a $28,000 reserve will total $200,000.
Again this year $100,000 will go to the overall winner, while the runner-up will receive a whopping $85,000 prize and the three remaining finalists will each receive $5000.
The winners will be announced at a dinner in November.
Holtzman’s thrilled with the support for the initiative, the brainchild of American philanthropist Wendy Steele who developed the idea in 2001.
‘‘It’s just going really, really well.
‘‘We just have so many positive, enthusiastic and supportive women involved … every dollar counts [to the charities], every dollar is so important.’’
Expressions of interest from charities are open till July 7.
Finalists will eventually be selected from five focus areas — art, culture and preservation,
education, environment and animal welfare, and family and wellness.
To qualify, grant applicants must be a registered charity or non-profit organisation and operating in the Whakatipu Basin, which includes Queenstown, Arrowtown, Gibbston, Glenorchy, Kingston and Skippers.
For more information, or to lodge an expression of interest, visit: bit.ly/3xC1Uev