FAQ

GETTING STARTED

HOW LONG HAS THIS ORGANIZATION BEEN IN LAKE COUNTY, OHIO? +

Rosie Sellers brought the idea of 100+ Women Who Care home to Lake County, Ohio in December of 2015 after being invited to join another chapter. With the help of these amazing women, who all live, work, and volunteer in our local and adjoining communities, the idea was brought to fruition. Although our chapter is young, Karen Dunigan started it all in 2006; bringing together like minded women to effectively change their communities. Read more about our history.

IS 100+ WOMEN WHO CARE A NONPROFIT? +

No. We are a giving circle, comprised of women, who collectively wish to be part of a larger impact on our local community. We each write our own checks directly to the non-profit that is chosen by our members at our quarterly meeting, not to 100+ Women Who Care, Lake County, Ohio.

WHEN WILL MEETINGS BE HELD? +

We meet the second Monday of each March, June, September and December. 6:30-7:30 pm at Mooreland Mansion 7800 Clocktower Dr, Kirtland, OH 44094. See our Meeting Calendar. Arrive 30 minutes prior to the meeting to submit your nominations and to socialize.

We would like to acknowledge Mooreland Mansion for allowing our chapter to meet at their location at no cost. We encourage our members to become familiar with the offerings of our most prestigious community college.

HOW DOES A TYPICAL MEETING WORK? +

  • We meet for one hour, four times a year.
  • Each member brings with them a check and a self addressed stamped envelope.
  • Each member can nominate a locally established 501(c)(3) charitable cause.
  • Each nominated charitable cause will be placed in a “hat”. The names of three charitable causes are drawn at random at the prior quarter meeting.
  • The members who nominated the three charitable causes chosen at the prior meeting take turns making a 5-minute presentation about their charitable cause and offers a 5-minute Q & A.
  • After all presentations and Q & A’s are complete the members vote on the charitable cause to support and write their $100 check to that charity.
  • The meeting ends. Depending on our membership, the Charitable organization may walk away with $10,000+!

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE THE $100 GIFT? +

Each member must commit to donating $100 per meeting ($400 per year). If you are unable to commit to the $100 per quarter find a friend who wishes to make a team. You can have a max of 2 people per team. The team commits to writing a check per person, collectively totaling $100 per meeting ($400 per year for the team).

HOW MUCH OF MY DONATION REALLY GOES TO THE CHARITY? +

Every penny! That’s why you write your check directly to the chosen charity. And it’s tax deductible.

WHICH ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALLOWED TO BE SPONSORED? +

The organization must be an established non-profit organization, recognized as a 501(c)(3), serving our community.

WHAT IS A 501(C)(3)? +

501(c)(3) is defined as “exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposed, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.” For the purpose of 100+ Women Who Care, a local non-profit, charitable, non-religious group is acceptable. If you’re not sure that your suggested charity is a 501(c)(3), just ask them.

100+ Women Who Care, Lake County, Ohio chapter steering team has decided that we would not entertain any nominations from any of the following 501(c)(3) that fall under these descriptions: Political charities or Political advocacy charities, National Charities, unless there is a local group affiliation and the donation will only benefit Lake County, Ohio, Charities that act as a bridge between caring donors and charitable causes will NOT be considered; The purpose is for 100% of our contributions to stay in our community and be given directly to the charitable cause chosen by our members.

IS MY DONATION OF $100 TAX DEDUCTIBLE? HOW DO I GET CREDIT FOR MY DONATION? +

Yes, your donation is tax deductible. Your check is written directly to the charity and NOT to 100+ Women Who Care, Lake County, Ohio. Always check with your personal accountant and the IRS for deducting your contributions. In addition, to members bringing a check to the meetings they will also bring a self addressed, stamped envelope, which the charity will use to send a tax letter directly to each member who donates.

HOW DO I GET MY CHECK TO BE INCLUDED IF I CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING? +

  • You can give a signed, blank check to an attending member or Rosie Sellers. We will fill in the name of the charitable cause chosen and submit it to the organizer so it is included with the other donations.

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CAN I SEND MY DONATION TO THE CHARITY MYSELF? WHY DO YOU HAVE TO SEND IT ON MY BEHALF? +

The goal of the 100+ Women Who Care is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give $10,000+ at the same time to make a large impact in our community, with each member’s donation being part of the larger donation. So, the collective effort is imperative in order to make a large impact. There is power in numbers! #thePowerof100

CAN I BRING A GUEST TO THE MEETINGS? +

Absolutely! However, in order to vote or nominate a charity, she will have to become a member by signing a Membership Commitment Form. She can complete the paper form at the meeting or go online and register. She will be required to write a check at the meeting.

NOMINATING A CHARITABLE CAUSE

HOW CAN I FIND A CHARITY? +

HOW DO I VERIFY 501(C)(3) TAX EXEMPTION? +

100+ Women Who Care, Lake County, Ohio members need to do their due diligence when vetting their charitable cause. You will be required to provide the Steering Team with a copy of “Letter of Determination” and a current IRS “990” Form. This letter should be provided at time of nomination or within 2-weeks after the quarterly meeting your non-profit was chosen.

Please use these resources.

HOW DO I ADVOCATE FOR A CHARITY +

ADVOCATING FOR AN ORGANIZATION IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME TAKES SOME PREPARATION… FOLLOWING ARE THE GUIDELINES AND SOME TALKING POINTS YOU WILL WANT TO INCORPORATE IN YOUR 5-MINUTE SPEECH.

Only current members of 100+ Women Who Care are allowed to nominate a Charity.

At the quarterly meeting, fill out a nomination ballot with your name, the name of the Charity you wish to nominate, and their tax ID number. Place your ballot in the basket. IMPORTANT:You may only write your own name on the nomination card – you may not nominate someone else to speak. Multiple people can nominate a single organization, duplicate speaker nomination ballots will be removed from the basket.

Each speaker has 5-minutes to make the case for their chosen organization; followed by a 5-minute question-and-answer period. No one else in attendance may answer the questions for you – it is OK to say you don’t know the answer to a question. If your ballot is pulled and your name is called, be ready! Please take note of the following talking points:

  1. Start with a gripping opening line; ”100+ women in our community are involved in a domestic violence dispute every month…” to make the plea personal from the start.
  2. State your name and the name and location of the organization you would like to receive funding. Share what your relationship to the charity is i.e. board member, Executive Director, volunteer or other.
  3. What is the mission of the organization?
  4. What purpose does this charitable cause serve? (who they are, what do they do, how do they do it)
  5. Describe the program that you would like to be funded. Provide some background information for program.
  6. Share what the annual budget is and briefly identify their major revenue streams. How are they funded? How long has the organization been an established 501(c)(3)?
  7. Who will it impact? How many will it impact?
  8. How essential is this program – what will our community be missing if this program does not get funded?
  9. How will the success of this program be measured?
  10. Does this charity guarantee that 100% of the donated funds from 100+ Women Who Care, Lake County, Ohio, will be used towards the intended stated usage?
  11. Identify if any of the contributions will go towards administrative costs and/or capital expenses and if so, what that includes.
  12. How do people find out about the organization? How does it market their service?
  13. End with a heartfelt request and a thank you.

A PDF version of these guidelines is available here.