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metrobiz30The Richmond Times-Dispatch Metro Business section is celebrating 30 years! In honor of their anniversary, they have recognized 30 people and 30 companies that have shaped Richmond over the past 30 years.

Impact Makers is honored to have been selected as one of the 30 companies! Impact Makers was selected because the company is at the forefront of the social entrepreneurship movement in the Richmond region and was the first in the area to become a certified B Corp. more


Virginia Community Capital (VCC) has converted its wholly-owned, FDIC insured, for-profit bank into a Benefit Corporation, and it is the first regulated bank in the U.S. to do so under state statute. more


RichmondBizSensemasthead_2012Generosity Inc. and Richmond BizSense named Impact Makers to their Top Corporate Donors list for the third consecutive year. For both 2015 and 2014 total local giving, Impact Makers was ranked 10th and ranked 8th for 2013 giving. more


Tony Loyd with the Social Entrepreneur podcast interviewed Impact Makers’ CEO and Founder Michael Pirron. Social Entrepreneur is a podcast on change makers. The April 11, 2016 episode #69 titled ‘How to Scale a Social Enterprise’ featured Michael and Impact Makers.

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2016TopWorkplacesFor the third year in a row, Impact Makers is a finalist in the Top Workplaces program conducted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Workplace Dynamics. They look at many factors including how engaged employees are, how employers encourage community involvement, and how businesses promote diversity. The winners will be announced in May. Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch article on the 2016 list.

In 2014, Impact Makers ranked 8th on the list for small companies, with 150 or fewer employees, and received a special award for Meaningfulness. Impact Makers was also a finalist in 2015, making the lists again. See our Top Workplace listing.


Forbes published “How Revolutions in Finance and Education are Transforming Virginia’s Purpose Economy” on March 1, 2016. The article discusses how Virginia’s economy is committed to match needs with opportunities, and mentions for-profit and non-profit collaborations including Impact Makers’model.  more

7toWatchConsulting magazine named Impact Makers to their 2016 Seven Small Jewels: Seven to Watch list. “Seven Small Jewels” recognizes the fastest growing small businesses in consulting. The “Seven to Watch” list are firms that stood out in the eyes of the editorial selection committee, but didn’t quite make the final list.

Consulting magazine is the flagship publication of the consulting profession featuring the latest information on consulting careers, thought leadership, and corporate strategies. more

TV 8 coverage of Chocoholic

TV 8′s Coverage of Chocoholic

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CBS Channel 6 Good Morning Virginia cooking demo, (L to R)  Amy Strite of Family Lifeline, Tim Gearhart of Gearhart's Chocolates and Rodney Willett of Impact Makers.

CBS Channel 6 Good Morning Virginia cooking demo, (L to R) Amy Strite of Family Lifeline, Tim Gearhart of Gearhart’s Chocolates and Rodney Willett of Impact Makers.

Impact Makers is the presenting sponsor of Family Lifeline’s 11th Annual CHOCOHOLIC! Richmond’s sweetest cocktail party is an evening of decadence, featuring chocolate fountains and sweet treats from local chocolatiers, bakers, and specialty shops. There will be also be heavy hor d’oeuvres, craft beer, wine, and a silent auction.

The event takes place on February 3, 2016, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia.

Chocoholic is Family Lifeline’s primary fundraising event and helps to ensure that comprehensive in-home educational and support services are available so those in need can learn to help themselves by maintaining healthy, safe and stable lives.

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Download the Press Release

Download the Press Release

Impact Makers has raised over $1.5 million in a distinct equity investment to support the growth of its unique business and technology-consulting firm. This influx of capital will enable the company to expand its service offerings, intellectual property and geographic coverage, and ultimately provide even greater community impact. Impact Makers is a for profit Virginia benefit corporation that is committed to helping members of the community by contributing 100% of its net profits to charities over the life of the company.

Investors participated both as a solid business investment and to support Impact Makers’ social enterprise business model. Nationally, the investors include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream co-founder Jerry Greenfield and Mike Hannigan, co-founder and president of Give Something Back, a California-based office supply company that donates profits.   “I see Impact Makers as potentially very successful,” Hannigan said. “There is a philanthropic attitude within the company, but there is also a hard-nose competitive interest within the company that puts the customer’s interests first, which is always necessary to succeed.”


On January 19, 2016, the Richmond Times-Dispatch covered Impact Makers raise of more than $1.5 million in equity capital. John Reid Blackwell wrote “the company raised between $1.5 million and $2 million in an investment round in late December…the local and national individual investors include Richmond’s James E. Ukrop and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream co-founder Jerry Greenfield.” more