7:00pm November 27th, 2023
Red Deer Golf & Country Club
$+890,000 since 2015
Making a difference in our community.
100+ Women Who Care Red Deer
EMPOWERING. EFFECTIVE. EFFICIENT.
Being a member of 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer means that you believe in local charities and local causes. It is simple, elegant and effective.
100+ Women Who Care Red Deer is a network of intelligent, supportive, engaged, caring women who are having an immediate, direct, and positive impact on our community.
Our goal is to support the wonderful non-profit and charitable organizations in Red Deer and area that work every day to make our community a better place to live.
100% of funds donated go to the selected charities. There are no administration fees and all costs of the organization are covered through the generosity of sponsors.
We want to encourage others to get involved and to learn more about the many worthwhile initiatives and organizations
in our community.
Collectively, we can make a difference in our community.
SUPPORTING LOCAL CHARITIES
Since 2015, more than $459,000 has been raised for these local charities:
Eastview School Play Structure
Safe Harbour Society
Red Deer Hospice
Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association
Suicide Information and Education Services
Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre
The Mustard Seed School Lunch Program
Red Deer Christmas Bureau
Red Deer and District SPCA
Central Alberta Brain Injury Society
The Lending Cupboard
Family Services of Central Alberta
Habitat for Humanity
Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter
Canadian Mental Health Association
Mustard Seed School Lunch Program
Street Ties Youth Outreach -Vantage Community Services
Turning Point Society – Womens Program
The Salvation Army
HOW WE WORK
Here’s how it works:
We get together four times a year for one hour.
Each member (or group) commits to write a cheque for $100 at each meeting.
In advance of each meeting, all members can submit the name of a charitable organization that they would like to see us support.
At each meeting the names of three charitable groups will be drawn. The members who have nominated the organizations drawn will speak to their nomination and encourage their fellow members to vote for their nominee.
After all three members have ‘made a pitch’ for their nominee, all members vote. The organization with the most votes gets the donations for the evening.
At our current membership level, we will raise more than $10,000 at each meeting.
The successful organization receives all of our donations through our partnership with the Red Deer & District Community Foundation and issues charitable receipts.
At the following meeting we have a presentation from the charity that received our donations from the previous meeting and then go through the process again with three new nominees.
Simple. Quick. Fun!
We learn about a variety of groups who work in our community.
Collectively we make an impact.
There’s minimal time commitment.
We get to share some time together, meet new people, and reconnect with friends and colleagues that we’d like to
see more often.
REGISTRATION: 6:15 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
MEETING: 7:00-8:00 P.M
SOCIAL HOUR: 8:00-9:00 P.M. CASH
Who are we.
ABOUT THE 100 WHO CARE
It seems like such a short time ago that the “100 Who Care” concept seized our imaginations. Originating in Jackson, Michigan in 2006, others all over the USA, Canada and Australia have started local groups. There are 100 Women Who Care, 100 Men Who Care, 100 Kids Who Care, and 100 People Who Care groups.
We couldn’t think of a reason not to start 100 Women Who Care Red Deer. We compiled an email list of amazing, community-minded women, sent an invitation and then crossed our fingers. The night of our first meeting – February 8, 2015 – was cold, snowy and windy. We weren’t sure how many of the 120 women who responded to our invitation would actually show up, but we needn’t have worried. That night, more than 225 women came through the doors of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club.
We were a little overwhelmed. We were short on chairs, registration forms, and ballots. One thing not in short-supply was enthusiasm!
We muddled through the first night, big grins on our faces as we scrambled and improvised a few things. With even bigger grins and lots of adrenalin, we compiled the donations later that night at Cindy’s house over a glass of wine. In one hour, our members had donated $22,700 to the Eastview Middle School Play Structure Project, helping break a log-jam after years fundraising by the school’s parents and staff. We have such fond memories of that exciting night!
With such an enthusiastic response, we added a ‘+’ to our name.
We are so grateful to the generous women of Red Deer and district that have embraced this community fundraising initiative and look forward to the years ahead. We having so much fun! There are still so many worthy organizations in need of a boost.
To our current members, thank you for your continued support. To anyone who’d like to learn more, we encourage you to attend a meeting and check us out. It’s just 4 hours a year of your time and such a simple way make a huge impact on our community.
Cindy Jefferies and Susan Knopp
Founders, 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer
AWARENESS TO ALL WOMEN
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Why should I consider joining 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer?
There are lots of reasons to join and your motivation may be different than the next person’s. Here are a few reasons to join:
- It’s simple, quick and fun: in just one hour you can be part of a group that donates $10,000 – or more – to a local charity. Collectively we make an impact.
- You get to learn about a variety of groups who work in our community.
- There’s minimal time commitment: just four meetings per year.
- You get to share some time with like-minded women. You can reconnect with friends and colleagues. You can meet new friends.
- You believe in local charities and local causes.
- You want to be part of a powerful group of women who care and who are having an immediate, direct, and positive impact on our community.
- You want to see the impact that your donations make.
- 100% of the funds raised go to the charities selected.
What is the main goal of 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer?
Our goal is to support the wonderful non-profit and charitable organizations in Red Deer and district. There are so many groups that are working to make our community a better, healthier, stronger place to live, by offering our support we can help them achieve their goals.
Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in Red Deer and surrounding area and it must be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations. It must be a previously established organization, operating for at least one year (no start-ups). No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered at this time as the current focus is on contributing to our local community. Political organizations and churches are not eligible. An organization that is selected for the group donation may not be considered again for two years.
Is the membership level capped?
We are more than 100 women strong, but we want as many members as we can get! The more women involved, the bigger the impact we can have on our community. Join us and experience that magical feeling of knowing that you directly impacted lives for the better four times a year!
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, donations are tax deductible. The group will sponsor only registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Cheques are written directly to the charitable organization and NOT to 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.
How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?
A member in good standing can nominate a local organization. Organizers review the nomination and ensure its eligibility. At each meeting, three organizations will be randomly selected from the nominations. The nominating members will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should be selected, followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy, charitable organizations! Then the members vote by secret ballot for one of the three charities and write a cheque at the meeting.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group, the answer is no. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give at least $10,000+ dollars at a time to make a large impact in our community with each member’s donation being part of the larger donation. This is the power of joining forces! We also need to be able to track your donations so that you get credit for the donation and remain eligible for nominating charities and voting at meetings.
How can my vote still count if I am not present at a meeting?
We will give your ballot to any member who presents another member’s blank cheque at the registration desk. Your trusted friend can then vote on your behalf.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things:
- She can send in a blank, signed cheque with a trusted friend to the meeting. (This is the preferred method.) The friend will write in the name of the charity that is chosen on the cheque and give it to the organizers on her behalf.
- The member can check the website/meeting minutes or contact one of the organizers to find out which charity was selected. The member can then send in a cheque to one of the organizers where we will send it to the charity on the member’s behalf.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be very short and no longer than 60 minutes. There will be time to socialize before and after the meeting.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course, you can – we are always seeking women who care! However, in order to vote she will need to sign a Registration Form and become a member. Otherwise, she is free to observe and contribute a donation if she likes.
Does any of the money I donate go to administration costs of 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer?
Absolutely not! 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. We are thankful for the generosity of sponsors who help cover our costs. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organizations.
What do you do with my personal information?
100+ Women Who Care Red Deer collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Red Deer will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law.
How do Red Deer charities get in the running?
Each member of 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer is allowed to nominate one local charity of their choosing for any given meeting. The charity must serve Red Deer and district and it must be a registered charity to be eligible for consideration. The member must submit her completed nomination form at least one week prior to the meeting in order to have it vetted as eligible and added to the “hat” from which we randomly draw three names at each meeting.
The charity that is selected to receive our group’s donation will be invited to the next meeting to give a 5-minute speech on how our donation was spent and the impact that was made from the donation.
Helpful tip: At each meeting, a charity CAN be nominated by more than one member. This increases their chances of being drawn for consideration. We must always have three different charities for our members to consider voting for, but multiple nominations for one charity does tip the hat in that charity’s favour to be drawn as one of the three. Please note: the member’s name on the ticket drawn is the person who must come up to speak for the charity. ie: every member that nominates a charity must themselves be willing and able to get up and speak about why our group should vote for that charity and they must also be able to answer questions from the group.
Are there other benefits to the charities nominated and selected?
There is a benefit to all three charities considered at each meeting, because of the exposure each one gains from this opportunity. These charities may expect to gain some volunteers and/or donations from people who simply did not know about them before! Remember, many of our members are joining so that they can learn more about our local charities. This is a great way to do it!
What about National and International Causes?
We care deeply about many national and international causes, but our focus, at this time, is Red Deer and area.