I like to describe Wendy Steele as someone who is responsible for starting an epidemic – an epidemic that has positively impacted literally hundreds of thousands of people.
Wendy is the founder of Generosity Matters and the “mother” of IMPACT 100. She understands the power of generosity and has been encouraging philanthropy for most of her adult life. She truly lives by the mantra: “When everybody gives, the world benefits.”
She believes that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who see the challenges of those in need and realize they can be a part of the solution, and those who still need to be invited to the party.
In 2001, in her then-home of Cincinnati, Ohio, she put this philosophy into action when she she shared with a group of women an idea that was designed to invite more people to the party. Her vision was to create a pass-through foundation that would provide transformational grants to non-profits to help them tackle a variety of community issues.
This was the seed that grew to be IMPACT 100.
In 2003, People magazine featured IMPACT 100 and Wendy—and so the epidemic began. The news spread and the IMPACT 100 model began to be replicated around the country. As they say, the rest is history.
By the end of 2015, IMPACT 100 organizations throughout the United States have given away more than $33 million to people in need. And it is still growing.
In this episode, Wendy shares her story, the unique philanthropy model she birthed and the deep impact she believes generosity has on individuals and organizations.