How long has 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth been in existence?
Chapter Founders Megan Hoernke and Michaela Sagatova were immediately drawn to the idea after hearing about 100 Women Who Care London. The planning for this new organization started in March 2013. We hope the idea expands to other Canadian cities!
Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in the Hamilton-Wentworth area and it must be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations. It must be previously established (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. An organization that is selected for the group donation may not be considered again. The exception is a specific program within a large organization (for example a specific department or program within a hospital), which may be considered again after one year for a different program or department. Any member wishing to submit a charitible organization for consideration must complete our online Organization Submission Form at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting.
How often can a charity be nominated?
A charity can be nominated at each meeting as long is it has not been a recepient of the group’s donation in the past. Once the charity has been selected, it will not put up for reconsideration for another 3 years. This will allow other charities the chance to get selected.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, as only registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group. Cheques are written directly to the charitable organization and NOT to 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.
How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?
A member who has signed the Commitment Form can put the name of a local organization into the hat for a random drawing at the meeting. The organizers of the meeting will collect the names of the organizations from the members as they arrive. At random, three organizations will be selected from the hat. The nominating members will be asked to come up and give a short 7 minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should receive the donation and then spend 3 minutes for Q & A. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy, charitable organizations!
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things:
1.She can send in a blank, signed cheque with a trusted friend to the meeting (preferred). The friend will write in the name of the charity that is chosen on the check and give it to the organizers on her behalf. The friend may not vote on behalf of the absent member. We can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting;
2.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.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth 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 $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 submitting charities and voting at meetings.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be very short and no longer than 60 minutes. That having been said, there is the opportunity to socialize 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 Commitment Form and become a member. Otherwise she is free to observe and contribute a donation if she likes.
Does any of my donation go to administration costs of 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth?
Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 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 Hamilton-Wentworth collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law.