100+ Women Who Care

I just got an email from a women I used to volunteer with about a new group she'd like to get going here. The basic idea is that 100 women who can spend $100 for a local charity can band together to make a large gift ($10,000). I think it's a great idea, a good way for the charities to get a decent bit of funding without spending a lot of time and energy on fund-raising so they can focus on their core mission.

Here's the text of the email. Call / email me if you want in on this:

A friend recently told me of a fantastic group of women who have joined forces to prove what we all know – women have power100+ Women Who Care began in Jackson, MI as a simple way to raise money efficiently and effectively for local charities. To date there are 3 other active groups in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio and chapters are being formed in Missouri, California, and Iowa. If there is enough interest, I’d like to see the Charlottesville area be the first in Virginia.

100+ Women Who Care is exactly that - a group of 100+ women who care about their community. The members meet four times a year for only an hour and each member writes a $100 check at each meeting to a local charity that they help select. This donation is intended to make an impact. The purpose is to provide for those in greatest need in the community. Think about it ... 100 women would be able to donate $10,000! We have strength in numbers.

Quite simply this is how it works. . . each charity that is under consideration is given 5 minutes to make a presentation at the meeting. Only 3 charities will be considered at each meeting and the presentation is made by a member of 100+ Women Who Care – not by the charity. By ballot, the members vote, the majority rules – even if you don’t care for the choice, you must still donate. Local chapters of national charities can only be considered if 100% of the contribution will stay in the community. In addition, any charity chosen must agree not to use the donor’s names for future solicitations or give the information out to the public. If they do not adhere to this condition, they will be removed from all future consideration.