Membership

Ready to Make an Impact?

 

Become a Member:

The only membership requirements are to be female and to donate $1,000 each year.

Membership in Impact Las Vegas is contingent upon receipt of an annual $1,000 non-refundable, tax-deductible membership donation and a signed Membership Commitment form.  100% of the Membership Donation goes toward the annual Grant.

2017 Membership Donations are due by December 31, 2017.

Members may also participate as a “110% Member” and donate $1,100.   The additional $100 offsets necessary operating expenses, such as a financial audit costs, insurance, website, mailings, etc.

Members may also “double their impact” if they work for a company with a Matching Gift program. The additional funds received from a matching gift program may also be designated as an operating donation.

So, how do you join?  Fill out a 2017 Impact Las Vegas Membership Commitment Form.  You have three payment options:

  1. Pay in full by check $1,000 (please make the check payable to Impact Las Vegas
  2. Pay in installments:  Such as Monthly, OR Two $500 payments OR Four $250 payments OR at a rate of your choosing
  3. Pay online by credit card $1,030 ($1,000 membership donation plus $30 processing fee). Pay online in installments, just add 3% to your total donation to cover the processing fees!

2017 Membership Donations are due by December 31, 2017.

If you are unable to join us at this time, please consider becoming a Friend of Impact Las Vegas!


Conflict of Interest

We are committed to acting with integrity in all of our relationships, and to selecting our grant recipients through an honest and fair process. In support of this commitment, our conflict of interest policy requires disclosure of relationships between our board and committee members with any grant applicant or potential grant applicant. Generally, Impact Las Vegas’ policy recognizes the potential for conflict of interest and safeguards against them by requiring any board or committee member to excuse herself from the discussion and/or vote on any topic where a conflict arises.

Members who are serving on the board or a committee of Impact Las Vegas will be formally required to disclose potential conflicts of interest. However, Impact Las Vegas expects all members to act in an objective and fair manner. In particular, members are expected to refrain from any attempt to gain an unfair advantage for any particular grant applicant by, among other things, disclosing confidential information and/or attempting to persuade other members of Impact Las Vegas to vote for such grant applicant.


Volunteer

Members have the choice to simply make their $1,000 membership donation and cast a vote at the annual meeting for the grant recipient of their choice, or they may become actively involved in a committee or as a board member.

We keep our overhead costs low by using an all-volunteer staff to manage the organization.  Each year, groups of women work together and volunteer to ensure that we continue to run efficiently and effectively.  There are several opportunities for you to lend your talent and services to help us achieve our mission of empowering women by giving collectively in a way that positively transforms our community.

As a member of Impact Las Vegas you can be as involved as you like.  Committees are formed annually for each of the five Focus Areas (Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness) and members have the opportunity to participate in the grant process by reviewing proposals, attending site visits for applicant organizations and by helping determine the finalists for each Focus Area.  The sign up period for Focus Area Committees usually occurs in December and January of each year.

Members may also volunteer to help plan events such as the Annual Meeting where we vote to select the grant recipient(s).  You can help promote Impact Las Vegas by hosting a social, inviting friends, family, or colleagues to attend a social, or by promoting Impact Las Vegas to other women and increase our membership. You can volunteer to take photos at events, write for our newsletter, or be involved in other ways including serving on our Board.

We realize that other commitments in your busy lives and traveling may keep you from being able to participate as fully as you wish.  You can be as involved as your schedule allows!  As a Member of Impact Las Vegas you can be involved as little or as much as you like.


Membership FAQ’s

Who can be a member of Impact Las Vegas?

Impact Las Vegas Is open to all women who wish to make an impact on our Southern Nevada community by making an annual membership donation of $1,000.

How do I become a member of Impact Las Vegas?

By filling out a Membership Commitment form and paying the annual membership donation of $1,000 no later than December 31st each year.  Normally membership recruitment occurs during the first half of the July-June fiscal year, and the grant selection process occurs in the second half (January through June), culminating in the June annual meeting where members vote for the grant recipient.  The number of women who have pledged and paid $1,000 by December 31st determines if a grant will be awarded that year and/or if more than one will be awarded. Shared Memberships and Group Memberships are also permitted. Contact info@impact-lv.org for more information.

How do I pay my membership donation?  May I pay my $1,000 over time or by credit card?

Membership donations may be made as a lump sum via check or paid by credit card online, but please note there is an additional charge to cover the credit card processing fee.   You may pay one $1,000 payment, or installments such as monthly payments, two $500 payments, or four $250 payments.  Your voting rights are effective when the entire $1,000 membership donation is received.  You may participate on volunteer committees such as Grant Review Committees or Membership Committees but the total $1,000 payment must be received by December 31st each year.

I would like 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 is considered an operating donation to offset administrative costs.  If more money is received than is needed to cover administrative costs, the Board of Directors has the discretionary power to add that money to the grant funds.

What is required of a member?

All that is required is that you be a women and donate $1,000 to be a member.  We encourage you to make an informed decision when you vote for a grant recipient, either in person at the June Annual Meeting or by absentee ballot.  That is all that is required of a member.  However, we hope you will also choose to participate and volunteer to be on a committee such as on a focus area grant review committee to evaluate and select a grant finalist for presentation to the entire membership at our Annual Meeting or be a part of our membership committee.  Our members are our sales force.  Current members host membership events with friends, family and professional colleagues and share the mission, vision and story of Impact Las Vegas. These membership events are informal coffees, teas, or wine socials usually held in a member’s home. Each new member is encouraged to attend, hold, host or underwrite a membership event.

How long is my membership in Impact Las Vegas?

Each $1,000 membership donation provides membership for the current year’s grant making cycle (July through June).  Members may continue from year-to-year as long as their annual membership donations are received by December 31st of that year.

Can men participate in Impact Las Vegas?

Absolutely!  Although membership is limited to women, men can participate as a Friend of Impact Las Vegas by making an operating donation and/or by encouraging the women in their lives to participate as members.

Why is the required membership donation set at $1,000?

We believe that this amount ensures member commitment and it also keeps the costs of fundraising low.  One of the challenges in the nonprofit sector today is the high cost of fundraising.  To raise large amounts through individual donations of $100 each would mean recruiting a large number of members. It costs more to recruit 1,000 people than it does 100. These higher costs would mean less money for the people who need it most — the grant recipients and the people they serve.

 What if I can’t make a donation of $1,000, is there still a role for me?

Yes, a very important one.  You can be a Friend of Impact Las Vegas and your donation will be an operating donation to support administrative expenses as such as a financial audit cost, insurance, design and maintenance of the website, mailings, required state and federal filing costs, etc.

Can I make an in-kind donation of services or products to cover my $1,000 membership donation or if my company matches funds for charitable donations, can I use that to pay half of my membership donation?

No.  Impact Las Vegas welcomes donations of services and/or products; however, such donations are considered operating donations and cannot be used to cover the $1,000 membership donation.  If your company has a matching gift program, it cannot be used to off-set the cost for membership.  The entire $1,000 donation must come from one individual. This policy ensures that one donation equals one vote by one individual. We do receive and appreciate matching funds from employers. However, we use these funds to offset administrative costs. If we receive more money than we need to cover our administrative costs, our board of directors has the discretionary power to add that money to the grant funds.

Impact Las Vegas Foundation, Inc.  is a Nevada nonprofit corporation exempt from federal taxes under U.S. Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).  All contributions may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. EIN:  45-4759782