Invitation to Impact, a book about the founding of Impact100 by Wendy H. Steele

Invitation to Impact

In Invitation to Impact: Lighting the Path to Community Transformation, philanthropist Wendy Steele tells the inspiring story of Impact100—from its birth as an idea jotted in a spiral notebook to its continued growth as an international organization dedicated to helping women transform the communities they live in.

A book about making an impact, the power of generosity, collective action, and so much more, Invitation to Impact details the design and growth of Impact100, as well as the mistakes and pitfalls Wendy overcame along the way. Through the experiences Wendy shares, Invitation to Impact is a book that makes clear the impact giving can make when we all accept the invitation.

Thank you for supporting the important work of Impact100. All proceeds from the purchase of Invitation to Impact are donated to Impact100 Global to support Impact100 chapters, members, and leaders around the world.

Praise for Wendy’s Book

See what readers are saying about Wendy’s book Invitation to Impact.


“Wendy Steele brings her visionary gift of grassroots, women-powered philanthropy to the world in Invitation to Impact. It’s a must-read for anyone who knows they have more to give but needs a guide on their philanthropic journey. This inspiring book will change the way you think about your impact on the world.”

Philanthropy Advisor and author of Delusional Altruism


“Invitation to Impact provides a masterclass on transformational giving by harnessing the powers of the next door humanitarians. As one of the hardest working social impact leaders, Ms. Wendy Steele provides inspiring examples and meaningful guidance on how each of us can be champions & agents of change!”

VP of Strategic Partnerships, TGR Foundation


“This book, just like its author, will inspire and motivate you to get involved, give back, and make an impact. As Wendy continues to demonstrate through her leadership, effective philanthropy is so much more than donating dollars. When you educate yourself to the needs and opportunities in a community and the people and organizations making lives better, those stories will open your heart to do more. This is a powerful read that reminds us that our past can shape our future and compassion can make a difference. If, like me, you’re seeking a path to personal and community transformation, the stories and examples shared here can help light the way.”

Managing Director, Huron Group; Founding President, Impact100 Pensacola Bay Area


“Reading this book will introduce you to an amazing woman, Wendy Steele. Her heartfelt journey while developing a unique and overwhelmingly successful way for women to express their gratitude, while helping to solve their community’s issues, is a story not to be missed. Wendy’s shared experiences will help women all over the globe realize they can be a powerful force for change. This is a ‘must-read.”

Co-founder of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University


“Drawing on a deep understanding of how and why women give, Impact100 founder Wendy Steele shares the tools and actions we need to create meaningful change across our communities. Both inspiring and practical, Invitation to Impact is a must-have guide to transformative philanthropy rooted in empathy and service.”

Former Editor-in-Chief of Woman’s Day Magazine


“Wendy has created dramatic change in the world. Impact100—her brainchild—has awarded $105 million in grants to nonprofits that are transforming communities. Her own personal story of how she came to inspire and empower women to give so generously is no less amazing.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and 12 Strong

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