How did this all start?
100 Women Who Care was started in November, 2006, by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, as a brilliantly simple way to raise money for local charities. At their first meeting, 100 women raised over $10,000 to buy new cribs for an organization in their city. Since then, this initial group has grown to over 200 members, and there are more than 700 100 Who Care chapters established or forming worldwide.
HOW DOES A TYPICAL MEETING WORK?
Normally, members arrive at the venue in time to register and receive their voting ballot.
Under Covid restrictions, meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. Voting procedures are TBD.
The three pre-selected charities will present in a random order. Member voting will take place. While the votes are being tallied, the donee charity from the previous meeting will present. When the votes have been tallied, the charity with the most votes will receive the entire donation. Members will make their payment directly to the charity that same night.
CAN I JOIN AS A TEAM?
Yes. You can be a team of 2 or 4 people. You will decide on a Team Captain and the Team Captain will complete the Member Registration and Commitment Form on behalf of all members.
As a Team, you are allowed just one vote as a group at each event, but everyone is welcome to attend. Teams are also welcome to fill out our (one) Charity Nomination Form. Finally, the Team is to submit one cheque for the total $100 donation.
To join, go to our Membership page.
HOW DO WE CHOOSE WHICH CHARITY WILL RECEIVE THE DONATION?
Any Member who has completed the Membership Commitment Form and is in Good Standing may nominate a local charity for consideration. The nominating Member must submit an online Charity Nomination Form at least three (3) weeks prior to the next Giving Circle meeting.
After the vetting process, three nominated charities will be randomly selected for donation consideration. Three (3) weeks before the Giving Circle meeting, the charities will be invited to present. Each charity will get five minutes to present why the organization should receive the donation, followed by five minutes for Q&A. A vote will take place and the charity with the most votes will receive the entire donation.
WHICH ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION?
At this time, in order to be considered at a meeting, the charity must be based in and/or serve the city of Mississauga and be a registered Canadian charitable organization able to provide tax receipts for donations. We are not considering nominations for national or international charities, as the current focus is on contributing to our local community.
A charity can be nominated more than once as long as it has not been the recipient of a group donation in the past two years. We will accept multiple nominations for the same charity. All charities will be vetted according to our chapter’s guidelines. Three of the approved charity nominees will be drawn at random during a Facebook Live, three weeks prior to the Giving Circle meeting. The three nominated charities will present their needs at the Giving Circle meeting. The charity with the most votes receives the full amount of the donation.
ARE DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Absolutely! Donations are issued directly to the charity and only registered charitable organizations will be considered by the group. Tax receipts will be issued directly from the charity to the donor. Charities generally issue receipts for the previous tax year by February 28 the following year.
WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND ONE OR MORE OF THE MEETINGS?
Not a problem. You can send your donation with a friend.
You can give your friend—with whom you’ve entrusted your donation—the right to proxy vote for you. Simply provide them with an email stating you allow them to vote on your behalf. At the registration table, your friend can show us the email and receive your ballot.
CAN I SEND THE DONATION TO THE CHARITY MYSELF?
Yes. Donations will be made directly to the charity by each individual member on the night of the giving circle so each member will receive their donation receipt for tax purposes. The 100 Women Who Care Mississauga will not be taking any cash from Members.
HOW MUCH OF MY DONATION GOES TO 100WWC-Mississauga ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS?
None of it! 100 Women Who Care Mississauga is organized and operated by a volunteer team. Operating costs are provided by generous sponsors in our community. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected charity.
CAN MEMBERS BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING?
Absolutely! We are always seeking philanthropic people to contribute their energy to the group. Although we are called the 100 Women Who Care Mississauga, we are not capped at 100 members, so newcomers to the group are always welcome.
In order to vote, however, the friend would need to bring a signed Membership Commitment Form to the meeting and become a Member. Guests are free to observe and contribute a donation, but they are not allowed to vote.
WHY DO YOU NEED MEMBERS' PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We collect members’ information strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list, confirming members are in Good Standing, and assisting charitable organizations with issuing tax receipts.
100 Women Who Care Mississauga will not sell, give, or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Click here to become a member.