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The Impact of Impact: Members in Action!

Inspiring stories of Impact 100 NYC members who have directly partnered or volunteered with a grant recipient to make an even greater impact.  Interested in volunteering? Reach out to


Founding Member Natalie Silverstein wrote the book on community service, literally. An author of two books on kindness and service, including Simple Acts: The Busy Teens Guide to Making a Difference, Natalie created the Simple Acts Guide website and hosts a weekly podcast focused on celebrating and amplifying the stories of teen changemakers.

Natalie is making a big difference herself. For Impact 100 NYC 2020 Operating Grant Recipient George Jackson Academy Natalie kickstarted a community service club to help the students find their passion and purpose through volunteer efforts in their communities. In recognition of her service, the school honored Natalie at its 3rd Annual GJA Scholars Celebration on May 14th, 2023.


Through our amazing member, Ann Cutbill Lenane, our nextgen teens partnered with the nonprofit she co-founded, ONE BLOCK UWS, for a street cleanup. The nextgen teens joined the volunteer army that Ann amassed to do their part in making the city shine even brighter.

If you know an 8th-12th grader interested in making an impact in NYC, contact our teen leadership board at


Alexandra Stewart and Kendall Quinn Sprows know how to mix business and purpose. As co-members of Impact 100 NYC and co-workers at The Trade Desk, an independent media buying platform designed for the open internet, Alexandra, Director of Business Development, and Kendall, a Senior Account Executive organized a career field trip for 20 Futures & Options students at The Trade Desk’s offices.

Kendall, who worked directly with the F&O team to bring the event to life, provided the students with an overview on the state of advertising. She also moderated a panel of senior teammates, which included Alexandra, an Impact 100 NYC board member, and colleagues in marketing, business and client development, discussing their educational and career journeys. Kendall and TTD teammates then led breakout sessions where students worked on advertising strategies. Alexandra said “it was so exciting seeing the students connect the dots between how their favorite brands end up on their screens, and showing them how different career paths can all lead to work you love.”

Also helping provide F&O students exposure to post high-school careers is founding member Jo Umans. She’s been involved in the Impact 100 NYC-funded program that introduces students to careers in the medical field, supporting their interests in wanting to be doctors, research scientists, nurses, technicians, and many other healthcare-related areas. Jo has been helping the students with resume-writing, interviewing and presenting.  Jo describes her volunteering as a “wonderful experience” and says that the students are “eager for the coaching and take notes like pros!”


With Thanksgiving fast approaching, a lack of funds threatened to cancel Reaching Out Community Service’s Annual Operation Gobbler Giving when Impact 100 NYC member Shelley Spevakow stepped in and stepped up!

She made the event possible with a significant donation from her SSASSY FOUNDATION in honor of her Mother’s birthday -- and her own! This year, after reading that the demand for RCS’s food pantry became so great that they had to turn away people in need of basic food security, she provided additional funds through her foundation to sustain the program.

RCS, recipient of a $15,000 grant from Impact 100 NYC in 2021, “is an extremely special place. I am SO happy to help them. I love that Impact 100 NYC discovers and supports such deserving organizations,” said Shelley, who joined in 2022 as an Evergreen* (auto-renewal) member.

Impact 100 NYC, Inc. is incorporated in the state of New York and is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxes under U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible. Impact 100 NYC is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Office to solicit charitable contributions and hold charitable assets in New York State.

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