frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to join?
Annual memberships are $1000 per Full Member or $500 per Junior Member (age 40 and under) and 100% of each annual membership donation goes towards the grants given away each year. Administrative costs are covered through fundraising events like Wine, Women and Shoes, by members of the 110% Club or through donations from members and Friends of Impact Oklahoma.
Do I have to pay all at once?
No, we offer monthly payment plans. You can have the amount deducted automatically from your bank account, send a monthly check, or we can charge your credit card each month. Since we use 100% of your donation for grants, if you choose to use a credit card for payment, we will have to charge an extra $30 (for Full Members) or $15 (for Junior Members) to the total membership amount in order to cover the credit card processing fees and ensure that all of the membership dollars go toward grants.
Is my membership tax deductible?
Yes, your membership donation is tax deductible. You will receive a letter indicating your tax deductible donation was received. If you are paying incrementally, a letter will be provided at the end of the year documenting the amount received during that year.
I’m not a woman, can I be a member?
While only women can become members, we offer opportunities for men and businesses to support Impact Oklahoma. You can sponsor a woman’s membership to Impact Oklahoma, or you can become a Friend of Impact Oklahoma with a contribution toward administrative costs.
If I’m not able to attend the annual meeting, can I still vote on who gets the grants?
Yes, absolutely! About a month prior to the annual meeting members will receive an invitation to the event with an RSVP card to complete and return so we know how many members and guests will be joining us.
If you are unable to attend we ask that you read the description of each of the finalists’ proposed projects on the Impactok.org website, and then use your absentee ballot to rank the nonprofits for the grants, and return the ballot for counting.
How do I serve on the grant review committee?
First, contact the Grant Chairs (email@example.com) to let them know you are interested so they can obtain your contact information and provide you with the dates and details for the activities related to the grant process.
I’m on a board of another nonprofit, can I still review grants?
Yes, but we require board members, employees, and advisors of nonprofits applying for an Impact Oklahoma grant to abstain from deliberation and voting in the focus area under which your nonprofit applied.
All grant committee members sign a Conflict of Interest Form agreeing you will not serve in the focus area if you were on the Board of Directors, were an advisor, held an office or similar position, were employed or have an immediate family member employed by the nonprofit either currently, or in the past 12 months.
I have my own business and would like to offer my services to other members, can I do that?
Yes, if you are interested, contact the president (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know the details. We will include your business information and offer in our newsletter and in our membership directory.
I’m a nonprofit – how do I apply for a $100,000 grant?
First, read through our Grant page on the website to learn if you are eligible, and follow the instructions set forth there. Realize that Impact Oklahoma does not award grants for certain types of expenses, so spend time reading the entire section of the website which pertains to Grant Application, which may be found HERE (add link).