100+ WOMEN. 1 HOUR. $+10,000.
We were recently introduced to a community fundraising concept that captured our imaginations for its elegant simplicity and effectiveness. Originating in Jackson, Michigan, others all over the USA, Canada and Australia have started local groups, including those in Calgary, Edmonton and Canmore. We are excited to form a Red Deer group.
It’s called 100+ Women Who Care.
This is what it looks like:
100+ women get together four times a year for one hour.
- Each of us commits to write a cheque for $100 at each meeting.
- In advance of each meeting, members can submit the name of a local 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 will vote. The organization with the most votes gets the donations for the evening.
- With 100+ women, we will give the organization a donation of at least $10,000.
- The successful organization will receive all of our cheques and issue charitable receipts.
- At the following meeting, we will have a presentation from the previous meeting’s successful organization 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 immediate, direct, and positive impact.
- We get to share some time together and reconnect with friends and colleagues that we’d like to see more often.