Frequently Asked Questions
How did 100 Women Who Care come to be?
100 Women Who Care was originated in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, MI. At their first 1 hour meeting, their group of 100 women raised $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city! Their membership has now grown to nearly 300 members! Other cities in numerous states are forming groups and we think Marion County deserves a chapter!
How long has 100 Women Who Care Marion Ohio been in existence?
100 Women Who Care Marion Ohio is a new organization founded in May 2014 by Lisa Cudd, Dena Coy, Doris Schwartz and Angie Sayre, who are all long-time members of the Marion community. They first became aware of the concept after seeing a news report about the Downtown Columbus, Ohio group. View the report here: Local Donation By Women’s Group Makes Difference In Lives Of Children
Which organizations are allowed to be sponsored?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in and serving Marion County. The organization must be a non-profit entity recognized as a 501 (c) (3) and must have been previously established (no start-ups). No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered; however, local branches of national charities are eligible for consideration. The purpose is for the contributions to stay 100% in our community.
What is a 501 (c) (3)?
501 (c) (3) is defined as “exemptions that apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, education purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.” However, for the purposes of 100 Women Who Care – Marion Ohio, all groups up for consideration must be LOCAL.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible if made payable to a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Checks are written directly to the local organization, NOT to 100 Women Who Care. Please contact your tax advisor or visit the IRS website for further information.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
A member who has signed commitment/membership form and filled out a charitable organization fact sheet 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 members who wrote down the chosen names will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why their chosen organization should receive the donation and answer any questions. We encourage all members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy charitable organizations in Marion County.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting, she can do one of two things:
She can send in a blank signed check 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 will submit a proxy vote on behalf of the absent member.
The member can check the website or contact one of the organizers to find out which charity was selected and then send a check to one of the organizers and they will send it to the charity on her behalf.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
The goal of the 100 Women Who Care – Marion Ohio organization is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. WE want to be able to support this endeavor and give the group donation to make a large impact in our community, with each member’s donation being part of the larger donation.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be very short, generally lasting approximately 45 minutes, but no longer than 60 minutes. However, you may come to a meeting early in order to spend time socializing and getting to know other members or to stay after the meeting.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course you can! However, in order to vote, she will need to sign an individual commitment form or a team commitment form and become a member before voting at the meeting.
If a charity is not chosen at a meeting, can that charity be nominated again?
If a member presents for a particular organization that is not chosen, the member is still eligible to submit the same organization at subsequent meetings or until such charity is chosen. If a member’s charity is chosen, that charity is not eligible to be considered at future meetings; however the member is still eligible to submit the name of another charity.
What happens is there is a 2-way tie for a winning charity?
In the case of a 2-way tie, the membership will be provided with the names of the two organizations and a second vote will be taken. If the second vote results in another tie, we will randomly pick one of the two organizations out of a hat. In the case of a 3-way tie, we will randomly pick one of the three names out of a hat.
Is the winning organization able to use member names for solicitations?
No. The winning organizations must agree not to use the names of the members for future solicitations or give member information out for any other public use or purpose. The organization is also required to send a representative to the next meeting to explain to the membership how the funds have been used.
What happens if a member does not contribute their $100 donation?
If a member has missed more than 2 payments, she will no longer be considered a member and will be removed from our mailing list.
What if I cannot afford the $400 yearly commitment?
You can build a team of up to four women to meet the $100 quarterly/$400 yearly commitment. Each team will have one vote per quarterly meeting. The team may submit a single charity for consideration. Any member of the team may make the presentation.