What We Do
The concept is very simple!
Upon joining, all members/teams commit to making a donation of $100 (or $50 for those under 30) four times per year to a Registered Charity that is nominated and selected by the members.
At each of our four, one-hour meetings, we listen to short pitches about 3 charitable organizations serving Burlington/Halton, and then vote on one charity to receive the entire pool of donations from our membership for that quarter. This can be a $10,000 impact for one charity in one evening!
The receiving charities issue tax receipts for the donations.
The goal is for 100 Women Who Care Burlington (Ontario) to collectively generate $40,000 (or more) annually for local charitable initiatives. The concept is simple, yet the impact is very powerful!
You will fit right in if you:
- are committed to helping others in our community but are stretched for time
- want to be part of a powerful group of local women, gender nonconforming and two-spirited people making an immediate, direct and positive effect on the lives of our neighbours
- want 100% of your donations to go directly to local charity
- want to learn more about the many worthy community service programs and organizations servicing Burlington/Halton
Complete the Member Commitment Form
Individual Membership (over age 30) commits to donate $100 x 4 meetings annually to the Charity of Choice
Individual Membership (under age 30) commits to donate $50 x 4 meetings annually to the Charity of Choice
Team Membership (over age 30) for teams of 2 ($50 each) or teams of 4 ($25 each) x 4 meetings annually to the Charity of Choice
Team Membership (under age 30) for teams of 2 ($25 each) x 4 meetings annually to the Charity of Choice
Note: As a team you are allowed ONE vote.
Any active member in good standing can nominate any number of registered charities for each quarterly meeting.
Complete the Nomination Form
The nomination form must be submitted online by the deadline a few days prior to the membership meetings.
- The charitable organization must serve Burlington/Halton residents.
- The charitable organization must be a Registered Charity, or a program affiliated with a Registered Charity.
- The Registered Charity must be in good standing and able to provide tax receipts for donations.
- The charitable organization must also be firmly established (operating for at least 12 months).
- National or international charities, programs or organizations can only be considered if they provide direct service(s) to Burlington/Halton residents.
- Once the group selects a charitable organization to support, it is ineligible for nomination again for 3 years.
- However, different programs within a large organization (for example a specific department or program within a hospital), may be considered again after one year. (The Leadership Team will review to make sure the programs nominated are truly different.)
- Members can continue to nominate the same organizations that have yet to be selected by the group.
- A charity may also be nominated more than once by different members at each meeting, giving it a greater chance of being presented.
Charitable organizations must be nominated by an active member of 100 Women Who Care Burlington to be considered.
We invite organizations to engage with us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to keep connected and informed of our upcoming meetings. Many of our members are also looking for a charitable cause to nominate. We invite featured organizations to educate our membership about their causes through our social media platforms.
- Any member who has signed a Commitment Form can submit the name of a charitable organization that serves Burlington/Halton to be included in a random drawing at each meeting.
- The leadership team will collect the nominations from the online submissions a few days prior to the meeting.
- 3 charitable organizations will be selected at random.
- The nominating members will be asked to give a short 7-minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should receive the group’s donation. (Members can choose to invite someone from the charity to speak on their behalf. In this case the nominating member has 2 minutes to introduce the charity and the charity speaker has 5 minutes to speak.)
- 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!
- Yes. Only Registered Charitable organizations in good standing with the Charities Directorate will be sponsored by the group.
- Payments, either online or by cheque, are made 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.
You will receive an email with details about the chosen charity, including a link in which to donate online. The member can then donate online or send a cheque directly to the Charity of Choice.
Meetings are intended to last no more than one hour. That having been said, there is the opportunity to socialize before/after the meeting.
Of course you can! We are always seeking women, gender nonconforming and two-spirited people who care! However, in order to vote they will need to sign a Commitment Form and become a member. Otherwise, they are free to observe and contribute a donation if they like.
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 charitable organizations!
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.
The Burlington chapter was co-founded in June 2013 by Marion Goard and Pat Grant. The first membership meeting for 100 Women Who Care Burlington took place in January 2014.
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.