Impact Giving, a Laguna Beach-based fledgling women’s collective giving organization, will kick off their second grant-giving season with “The Power of We…Women Working Together to Change our World,” at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
The featured speaker will be Newport Beach resident Susan Samueli, a community activist, philanthropist, entrepreneur, founder of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Irvine and co-founder of the Samueli Foundation.
Samueli and her husband, Henry, a founder of communication chip designer Broadcom, also own the Anaheim Ducks.
The event will also feature a silent auction offers stays in New York City and Beaver Creek, Colo., along with Rock Martin jewelry and tickets to “I Loved Lucy” at The Laguna Playhouse.
Founded just over a year ago by five-like minded Orange County women, Impact Giving now boasts over 100 members, who pool their charitable donations and then select both global and local charities as grant recipients. In its inaugural year, the group awarded $90,000 to seven nonprofit groups. Grant recipients included an Ethiopian charity that provides surgeries for children with spinal defects, a local organization that makes and delivers free wheelchairs to handicapped people in the third world and a Costa Mesa-based outreach program that strives to keep girls from dropping out of school while propelling them towards college.
Luncheon tickets are $65. Tables of 10 can be sponsored for $650. Seating is limited. Those interested can register online at www.impactgivingnow.org, or contact Ann Duncan at (949) 838-7444 with any questions.