Our History

Kenzie, young, ambitious, and driven by a desire to make a difference in her community, was on a quest for purpose and a meaningful way to give back. Despite growing up in a family deeply involved in philanthropy, she felt disconnected from the act of giving. Searching for true purpose beyond monetary donations, she encountered Wendy, the founder of Impact100 Global, in what she described as a serendipitous encounter. Inspired by the Impact100 model, Kenzie knew she had found her calling. Recognizing the untapped potential in Southern California, particularly in Orange County, she saw an opportunity to establish a chapter. With determination and persistence, her vision became a reality within six months.

Kenzie’s belief in the importance of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations as pillars of civil society resonates deeply. She sees a profound calling to effect change in her own community, extending a helping hand to neighbors, communities, and those in need. With gratitude for the opportunity to initiate a movement in Orange County, Kenzie aspires to ignite a ripple effect of generosity across the entire Pacific Coast.

The Impact100 Model

The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

At Least 100 Women
Come Together

Each Woman
Donates $1,000

$100,000
is donated to a
Local Charity

Focus Areas

We provide nonprofit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:

Arts & Culture

Education

Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Family

Health & Wellness

How it Works

The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Orange County members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Orange County area. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year. Grant categories and amounts are announced in the Spring at “The Big Reveal” event, commencing our grants cycle. Nonprofit finalists are chosen by grant committees through a competitive application process, and grants are awarded based on a membership vote at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote.

Kenzie Vath
President
Kenzie Vath
President

Kenzie Vath has a passion for a full plate and enjoys innovating new ideas to disrupt the status quo. Kenzie is a serial entrepreneur starting a company at the age of 19. Her personal battle with Lyme Disease led her to get self-educated in Holistic Medicine. Kenzie is currently working as the Director of Wellness and Sustainability for Pacific Hospitality Group; a family-owned management company located in Irvine CA. In addition, she is the founder of Holistic Umbrella; a wellness-based lifestyle company providing inspiration for the chronically ill. Author, mother and dog lover she continued to work towards giving back to her community.

Kenzie is currently working as the Vice President of Strategic Innovation for Pacific Hospitality Group; a family-owned management company located in Irvine CA. In addition, she is the founder of Holistic Umbrella; a wellness-based lifestyle company providing coaching and inspiration to the Lyme community.

Betsy Busch
Vice President
Betsy Busch
Vice President

Betsy Busch grew up in Northern California and attended the University of Notre Dame where she received a Bachelors in accounting as well as a Masters in Accountancy. Betsy is a licensed CPA and previously worked in public accounting with PwC as well as various roles in consulting. Betsy was the CFO of her family’s winery in Napa before stepping down to stay home with her children and moving to Orange County in 2019. Betsy now has six children; Jameson, Remington, Reagan, Felicity, MacGyver and Eleanor and lives with her husband, Garrett, and family in Laguna Niguel. Betsy has a passion for supporting communities and was previously on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of Napa Valley and is also very involved in her children’s school. Betsy looks forward to making a huge impact in the local Orange County community and meeting other amazing women in this area.

Bridget Zand
Director of Grants
Bridget Zand
Director of Grants

A California native, Bridget Zand grew up in Northern California before relocating to Orange County in early 2020. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, followed by her Masters of Business Administration. She spent her early career in online advertising and product management at eBay, before stepping away from corporate life in 2015 after the birth of her first son. Since then, she has had three other children, and continues to play an active role in her local community. While living in Napa, she served as the Director of Technology for Napa Moms, a nonprofit group dedicated to serving moms and families in the local Napa community. Now living in Laguna Niguel, Bridget looks forward to making a positive IMPACT in her new Orange County community.

Laura Batty
Non Profits Director
Laura Batty
Non Profits Director

Laura brings over 15 years of corporate communications experience to her role on the Impact100 OC board.  She’s passionate about making a difference and serves as an advisor to a human trafficking charity working in India and Cambodia, and to a hunger-focused charity in South Africa.  Laura has mentored with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and raised funds for charities in the UK as a member of 100 Women in Finance’s philanthropic committee.  Recently, she completed an MS in Sustainable Development, fueling her eagerness to partner with local charities in Orange County to drive positive change.

Allison Carmen
Director of Communication
Allison Carmen
Director of Communication

Allison’s entrepreneurial spirit and proactive mindset are what drive her energy and professional endeavors. She owns a creative design and production company and is a certified yoga instructor. With over a decade in Marketing Communications and Operations leadership, she naturally gravitates towards work with meaningful impact, aligning well with the Impact100 OC mission.

Previously, Allison led three corporate-driven youth character & career development programs at Big Brothers & Big Sisters (BBBS) of OC. One of the fruits of this labor was meeting incredible people with similar values, two of whom are women who also sit on the Impact 100 OC board – a beautiful tale of women supporting women.

Additionally, she was a founding member and a Co-Chair for the LEADing Big professional development board supporting BBBS OC, and a volunteer “Big Sister” since 2015.

Allison holds an M.S. in Business, Design, and Technology Innovation from University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from North Central College near Chicago, IL.

Leisurely, she enjoys travel, supporting Italian-American cultural groups, practicing & teaching yoga, playing racquet sports, sailing, and cherishing time with family, friends, and her dogs.

Financial support plays a pivotal role in advancing non-profit missions. Allison is deeply grateful for the opportunity to contribute and bolster resources for NGOs in our beautiful county.

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