Through ImpactClub®, as Impact Venture Capitalists, we invest heavily in local charities that demonstrate a powerful “Story Engine” and have proven their willingness to fight for their cause – by competing in and winning a high-stakes competition. As a result, ImpactClub®, through Impact Venture Capitalism, has dramatically multiplied the Impact that a single person can have on charities in their local community.
Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard, who died at ages 6 and 3 as a result of a horrific house fire that occurred on January 31, 2013. As Sophie and Madigan’s parents struggled to cope with the loss of their daughters, they looked for a way to honor the memory of Sophie and Madigan and pay tribute to the joy Sophie and Madigan brought their family and friends during their too short lives. At the same time the Lillards were coping with this horrible loss, they were touched by the outpouring of support provided by the greater Frederick County, Maryland community that was rocked by the tragedy. The Lillards created Sophie and Madigan’s Playground in June 2013 to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan by providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together. The mission of Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard by building a memorial playground and providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together.
Community Living is a nonprofit that supports people who have Down syndrome, autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. We serve only adults, which makes us unique in our field. Though many people assume children with ID/DD are most in need of support, that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, as children get older, their needs tend to increase. We are here to provide the support the people we serve need to live full, independent lives. From providing housing to running a retirement program and everything in between, we support people of all ability levels and medical needs. We are here to support, guide and empower. In a world that still misunderstands and stigmatizes intellectual and developmental disabilities, we aim to advocate, educate, and be a force for understanding and growth within our community. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to contribute and feel like a part of the community, and we are happy to help make that a reality for the people we support.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live and the mission is ‘seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.’ Established in Frederick in 1993 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat Frederick works to help local residents in need achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance that comes with affordable home ownership. In line with our “hand up, not hand out” philosophy, we partner with hardworking Frederick County residents who cannot qualify for a conventional mortgage, and have no other way to own a home of their own. Our partner families work side-by-side with volunteers from the community to build, renovate or repair their homes in a way that is affordable for their budget.