Caring for community

  • “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
  • — Margaret Mead

History of the 100+ WHO CARE Alliance

Karen Dunigan's greatest idea was born from baby cribs. In a fundraiser meeting, she learned a need for portable cribs for new mothers that could not afford them. This led to the sleeping infants being placed in boxes or dresser drawers, in some cases leading to the death of the infant. After being presented with the required quantities and costs - in all, a total of $10,000 - Karen began thinking of ways to quickly and easily meet the financial request.

Instead of seeking a few large donors, Karen drew on her community network, figuring she knew 100 women who would each donate $100. At the first meeting, in one hour, the group raised $12,800. Karen recognized that she was on to something special and founded the first 100+ Women Who Care.

Since Karen's passing in 2014, her legacy continues through the development of Chapters world-wide. The alliance now boasts over 600 chapters of women, men, co-eds and children. Karen realized that when 100 or more people come together, each person becomes a powerful force for doing good while lifting up the community.

Our Steering Team

In addition to their quarterly contributions, these women donate invaluable hours of time to make our chapter possible.

Colleen Gallagher

Mary Gilbert

Grace Himmelright

Allison Shalek

Kathy Toderick

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our sponsors help make our meetings possible by donating time, money, and services to keep us going.



  • Mentor Harbor Yachting Club
  • Provider of our current meeting space.


  • Red Wine & Brew, Mentor
  • Provider of our greatly appreciated past meeting space.


  • XPress Printing Services
  • Provider of our printed materials


  • MOXX Creative
  • Provider of web design & maintenance, branding, literature, email marketing, social media, and more.


  • OCP Contractors
  • Provider of office supplies and miscellaneous needs.