Jennie Kovacs, Ottomin Foundation Charity Committee and Marmalade Foundation member, applied, presented and was successful in making it through to the finals of the 2020 IMPACT100 Sydney North Grant Event for Lou’s Place.
IMPACT100 is a simple idea that democratises philanthropy. Over 100 members, who each donate $1,000 annually, each have one vote to decide where to give $100,000. The donations are combined to make high impact grants to smaller not-for-profits to assist in funding transformative projects, while also illuminating organisations and causes people may not have known previously.
Over 60 applications were received this year. Along with Lou’s Place, finalists included Asylum Seekers Centre, StreetWork and Weave Youth & Community Services.
As a finalist, Lou’s Place received a $20,000 grant, which will fund the yearly budget to provide over 6,000 meals to women who may not be able to afford food on a given day and contribute to emergency relief costs, such as safe overnight accommodation, emergency medical care, pharmaceuticals and travel expenses, providing immediate assistance to women in need to ensure their safety and continued wellbeing.