Our History

Co-Founder of Impact 100 Louisville, Dani Kannapell, was living in Florida for the winter when she received an invitation to an event sponsored by Impact 100 South Palm Beach County. She had never heard of the organization and didn’t attend the event. The next winter, when two more invitations arrived, her interest was piqued. She saw a name on the invitation list she recognized and called her friend to talk about the organization. After having spent years feeling her giving had had no impact, the concept of Impact 100 sounded incredible. She attended the event and, in retrospect, realized it had been a fact-finding mission for a Louisville chapter. When Dani got back to Louisville in the summer of 2019, she told a friend about Impact 100 who then connected her with a staff member at the Community Foundation of Louisville. With her encouragement, Dani was convinced that starting a Louisville chapter was definitely doable, especially given the Community Foundation’s offer to act as a “resting place” while the chapter got established. Dani began talking to friends and family about this new way of giving. Finally, after a few tries, her daughter, Carey Goldstein, patiently listened to the “compelling concept,” and decided it was something she would like help start with her mom. Thus, Impact 100 Louisville was born! Dani says that Carey has everything they needed to launch — energy, youth, and especially, great friends with great friends.

At their first event, on September 30 of last year at Dani’s home, 13 women attended — including Dani, Carey, and a representative from the Community Foundation to give them credibility. One woman joined that day and all have since become Founding Members. The first “Open House” was in October, and by April 30 of 2020, Impact Louisville 100 had 206 members, all of whom have begun an important, exciting, and incredible journey together.

For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.

The Impact100 Model

The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

At Least 100 Women
Come Together

Each Woman
Donates $1,000

$100,000
is donated to a
Local Charity

Focus Areas

We seek projects and programs that will have a positive, long-lasting impact on our community. Successful applicants will have well-defined proposals with measurable goals.

Nonprofit organizations will receive grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad focus areas:

Arts & Culture

Education

Family

Health & Wellness

Environment

How it Works

The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Louisville members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations in our community. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year. Grants can be awarded in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Family, Health & Wellness, and Environment. Grants are awarded based on a vote of the Impact100 Louisville membership at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote.

Board Members

Dani Kannapel
Co-Founder
Dani Kannapel
Co-Founder

Co-Founder of Impact 100 Louisville (KY), without doubt, for a resume, the most important thing I’ve done except being the mother of three great adult children, one of whom is the “co” in co-founder of Impact and without whom it would never have materialized. These same children have blessed me with seven ‘grands’. I have worked as a high school teacher, in marketing at a large company (Humana), the Executive Director of Louisville’s Main Street Association, and founded the Spanish School of KY (for adults). I thought I was retired until I learned of IMPACT 100 and life has never been fuller.

Carey Goldstein
Co-Founder Chair of
Sponsorship Committee
Carey Goldstein
Co-Founder Chair of
Sponsorship Committee

Carey was a school counselor from 2003 in both middle and upper school until 2018 at Louisville Collegiate School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Communication with a minor in Sociology from American University in Washington DC and a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Counseling from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Carey has taken her classroom and counseling experience to the St. Jude School in Arusha, Tanzania as a part of a teacher exchange program and presented on social emotional learning in Chengdu, China. In 2018, Carey joined the Cultures of Dignity team as the Director or Owning Up Programs. Cultures of Dignity is a team of people that work with parents, educators, and young people to successfully navigate the challenges of young adulthood. She has been working with schools around the country as well as in Ghana and Brazil as a consultant and trainer of the social-emotional learning curriculum, Owning Up.

Angela Singla
Treasurer, Chair of Grants Committee
Angela Singla
Treasurer, Chair of Grants Committee

After 20 years of clinical and academic experience as an obstetrician and gynecologist, Angela Singla has turned her focus to nonprofit work. She is excited to serve as a Founding Board Member of Impact 100 Louisville and work with an amazing group of women. She brings her expertise in authorship, community education, and personnel/budget management as Treasurer and Grants Committee Chair. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Louisville. She completed her residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan.She presently serves on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Educational Justice, and is Equity Chair of the Parents’ Association at Louisville Collegiate School.

Alison Brehm
Secretary Chair, Membership Committee
Alison Brehm
Secretary Chair, Membership Committee

Alison is an attorney focusing her practice on business and family law. Alison received her BA in 1993 from Georgetown University and her JD in 1998 from the College of William & Mary. In addition to her law practice, she is actively involved in many aspects of her children’s school, most recently serving as the Secretary of its Parents Association. She is the mother of four children, ranging in age from 10 to 19, and is married to Steven.

Deon Stokes
Chair, Communications
Deon Stokes
Chair, Communications

Deon Stokes, MBA, is a serial entrepreneur and offers more than 15 years of experience as the Founder/CEO of Joint Effort a Forensic Marketing Agency, the Founder and Visionary of the podcast and web series The Failure Report, Co-Host of the podcast Leading In Color with Marta Miranda Straub, the tech developer of Pivot, a Professional Wellness Marketplace, and the Author of The Ambition Planner, a daily planner for women of faith. After 13 years as a political manager and strategist, Deon retired to focus her time and attention on growing her brands and passions.

Luckett Davidson
Chair of Events
Luckett Davidson
Chair of Events

Principal TouchStone Guides Leadership Development Coach, Writer and Illustrator As a guide, leadership development coach, and illustrator, Luckett assists organizations and individuals as they make sense of life’s changes. She is inspired by the transformation that will occur in Louisville as women collaborate in their philanthropy. She serves Impact 100 Louisville as the Chair of Events.