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A new initiative called impact 100 aims to make the donating cycle easier and more affordable. The co-founders of the organisation, North Shore locals Tina Jackson and David Day, say Impact 100 aspires to "harness the goodwill of the local community".

"The Impact 100 idea is simple," Ms Jackson tells North Shore Living.

"One hundred donations from various members of the community each give $1000, which results in a gift of $100,000 to a lesser known charity in Sydney that has big ideas, and that can have an immediate, real and measurable impact. Each year, our donors will decide where in Sydney has the greatest need - such as youth, environment or arts - and our donors will then vote for which project to support," she explains.

The concept has been operating successfully interstate and overseas and is part of a growing trend in philanthropy known as 'giving circles', where groups can share resources and together raise funds to be placed with a charity or charities of their choice.

"We believe that more people in Australia would be philanthropic if they could see the direct result of their gift," Ms Jackson says. "Giving circles can offer this inspiration by their very nature - they are inclusive, engaging and enriching groups of community-minded people who are compassionate to others in need."

Both Ms Jackson and Mr Day have long standing ties to the local community. “We have been liaising with Impact groups around Australia and we held our first information night in September at the Mosman Art Gallery, where 50 members registered with the charity. We have also attracted a growing energetic team of volunteers," Mr Day confirms.

Ms Jackson says focusing on lesser-known smaller organisations that need help makes the grant classed as 'transformational'. “We evaluate our giving and there's the opportunity for members to become more closely connected with the charities they are helping. One hundred per cent of the donation goes to the charity organization,” the co-founder explains.

One of the Impact 100 projects in Melbourne has assisted SisterWorks, a social enterprise organisation supporting women, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to become financially independent.

In Fremantle, WA, the local Impact branch raised $100,000 for an innovative program called Night Hoops, which is a basketball tournament providing a safe and engaging alternative for at-risk young people.

 "Our aim is to help build a growing culture of philanthropy and contribute to lasting positive social change in our Community," Ms Jackson states.

"We are building a community of extraordinary people who want to achieve a social impact beyond what they could do alone."

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