How long has 100 Women Who Care Burlington been in existence?
The Burlington chapter was co-founded in June 2013 by Marion Goard and Pat Grant. They were immediately drawn to the idea after learning about the 100 Women Who Care concept and then quickly got the ball rolling. The Burlington planning group has now grown to include Megan Teall and Laurel Hubber. The first membership meeting for 100 Women Who Care Burlington is scheduled for January 2014.
How did the organization get its start?
The first 100 Women Who Care group was formed in November 2006 in Jackson, Michigan, USA. At their first one-hour meeting, the Jackson 100 Women Who Care group raised $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city! Their membership has now grown to nearly 300 members and to other cities across Canada and the United States. Toronto was Canada’s first chapter, having been started in March 2012.
How is the organization that receives the groups donation chosen?
Any member who has signed a Commitment Form can submit the name of a local organization to be included in a random drawing at each meeting. The organizers of the meeting will collect the names of the organizations from the online submissions and from members as they arrive. At the start of the meeting, three organizations will be selected at random. The nominating members will be asked to give a short 5 minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should receive the group’s donation. 5 minutes will be allowed for Q & A for each presenter. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, charitable organizations in need!
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 Burlington area and/or servicing Burlington residents. The organization must be a Registered Charity or a program affiliated with the Charity. The Registered Charity must be in good standing and able to provide tax receipts for donations. The organization must also be firmly established (no start-ups please). National or international charities, programs or organizations will not be considered at this time as the current focus is on contributing to our local community.
How often can a charity be nominated?
Any member wishing to nominate a charitible organization for consideration must complete the Organization Submission Form. The nomination form can be submitted online or at any of the membership meetings. Once the group selects an organization to support, it is not eligible for nomination again for 3 years. Members can continue to nominate the same organizations that have yet to be selected by the group.
How often can an organization receive funds from 100 Women Who Care Burlington?
Once an organization receives donations through 100 Women Who Care Burlington, it may not be considered by the group again for a minimum of three years, however, specific programs within a large organization (for example a specific department or program within a hospital), may be considered again after one year.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Only Registered Charitable organizations in good standing with the Charities Directorate will be sponsored by the group. Cheques are written directly to the charitable organization and NOT to 100 Women Who Care Burlington. Tax receipts will be issued directly to the donor by the charitable organization.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things:
1. 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 cheque and give it to the organizers on her behalf. The friend may vote on behalf of the absent member.
2. 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 and it will be sent to the selected charity on the member’s behalf.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Burlington 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 Burlington?
Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Burlington 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 Burlington collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Burlington will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law.