Take 5 with Christy Spivey
Talking with Christy about ImpactClub's reach locally
CHRISTY SPIVEY, along with her husband CHRIS, founded the Wilmington chapter of Impact Club, a nonprofit group that organizes quarterly meetings where members listen to speeches from nonprofits in need and then vote on where its meeting pool of donations will go.
These nonprofits typically receive in the tens of thousands of dollars which is a true testament to the work being done by its leaders.
“We loved the simplicity of (Impact Club),” Christy Spivey says. “We’ve attended a lot of galas and parties to raise money, and often thought, if all the money that went into the party, dresses, and the venue, just went straight to the charity, wouldn’t that be wonderful?”
Just because the amount raised is impressive, the money each individual member brings to the table is attainable.
“I think people want to see that they are making a difference,” Christy Spivey says. “Just as the name implies, we can individually donate $100, but when you put it together with 200 other people, you really see how those resources can boost a nonprofit to make an impact. And, it’s based on the collective impact model, where different people with shared goals partner and commit to addressing social issues, which has been proven to change communities.”
Since its founding in 2017, Impact Club Wilmington has donated more than $200,000 to local non-profits.
“Communities in Schools, our first winner, empowers students to stay in school,” she says. “They place staff in the schools to work with vulnerable students who may drop out. They work with students, partnering with other community services, and doing whatever it takes to make sure they succeed. In one year, they reached more than 10,000 students with general supports such as school supplies and career fairs; and case managed 943. Of those, 92% graduated; 97% stayed in school; 96% improved academically; 81% improved attendance; and 86% improved behavior.”
Other winners include Bobby Jean’s Kids, Samara’s Village, The Gilbert Scholarship, Christian Recovery House, ShareCare Network, and more.
Becoming a member is simple, and Christy Spivey assures there is no pressure for anyone interested in attending a meeting or looking through the website.
“If you aren’t sure about joining, come to a meeting and listen as the charities present,” Christy Spivey says. “You will definitely feel the energy in the room and the positive atmosphere, and you’ll be hooked.”
In addition to her work with Impact Club, Christy Spivey has been a registered nurse for 25 years which has allowed her to understand the correlation between lack of access to basic needs and individual and community health.
“I’ve worked with many of the nonprofits in the area over the years to help patients, often children who come from dire circumstances,” Christy Spivey says. “My husband Chris served the community as a paramedic for years and experienced firsthand situations that he found unacceptable right here in our community, so he wanted to change that. By supporting these charities, we can not only support invaluable services in our community, but also help instill hope.”
There is always room for more members of Impact Club, and Christy Spivey would love to share more about the work they do with anyone who is interested.
“I’d like for everyone to know that they can make a difference, to get involved,” Christy Spivey says. “We’d love to see everyone join Impact Club and be part of this terrific work that’s happening. But, even if Impact Club isn’t your thing, that’s okay, just find your niche, and get out there and support what’s happening. We need everyone working together to make our community better for everyone who lives here.”
For a list of past presenters and winners of Impact Club’s donations, visit impactclub.com/clubs/wilmington-nc.
Take 5 with Christy Spivey
What is one detail/event from your childhood that you believe led you to want to give back?
“We didn’t have a lot when I was growing up. But, no matter how much we didn’t have, I knew there was always someone else that had less. My grandmother taught me to be content and to help others.”
What would you like people to know about your husband and co-founder, Chris?
“My husband, Chris Spivey, is the most compassionate and big-hearted man, especially when it comes to children. It took courage and an extreme amount of work to get ImpactClub started and to keep it going, but he does it for the love of our community. His business sense and experience has been an asset in organizing and growing ImpactClub. He also leads Mustaches for Kids and volunteers for Life Rolls On.”
What are some of your favorite charitable causes?
“There are so many, but I’ll have to say those nonprofits that address basic safety, food, housing, and education – particularly for children – are so important. It’s hard for people to believe that there is need for such fundamental basic things right here in Wilmington, but it is true. If we can ensure that every child is safe, well-fed, has a home, and can get a quality education, we not only improve their chances for a better future, but we improve the long-term health of the community, as well.”
What do you think is the most impressive feature of ImpactClub?
“There’s no gala, no dressing up, no administrative overhead, no waste. All of the donations go straight from the members to the winning charity. You can show up in flip flops and shorts, hang out, learn about the many nonprofits serving our area, and know that your donation goes directly to the charity.”
Why do you think the Wilmington chapter is so successful?
“Chris’ leadership has been key in making the local vision for ImpactClub come true, and, the great people of this community who have committed to making this difference for our area by becoming members. They are selfless and excited about what coming together with a common heart can do for others.”
CHRISTY SPIVEY’s full profile will appear in an upcoming WILMA Roundup email.
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