How Do I Nominate a Charity?
When you register to become a member of 100 Women Who Care Antigonish, you will be asked to nominate one non-profit organization. This is a standard question on the registration form.
How do charities, and grassroots non-profit organizations in Antigonish get involved?
Charities must be nominated by a member of 100 Women Who Care Antigonish to be considered. We invite organizations to like us on Facebook. Here organizations can educate 100 Women Who Care Antigonish members and those following us about their projects
Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization/charity must be based in Antigonish County. It must be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations. It must be previously established for at least 1 year (no start-ups). No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered at this time as the current focus is on contributing to our local community. An organization that is selected for the group donation may not be considered again. The exception is a specific program within a large organization (for example a specific department or program within a hospital), which may be considered again after one year for a different program or department. Members nominate a charitable organization for consideration upon registering to join our Chapter. Nominations are entered into a draw and 3 are selected and vetted prior to the event. Representatives are asked to make a 5 minute presentation at the meeting and members vote. The organization with the greatest number of votes is the recipient of the funds and is removed from the selection process in the future.
How Does 100 Women Who Care Antigonish Define a “Grass Roots Organization?”
In order to be eligible to present to our membership, nominated charities must meet the following criteria:
1) Must be a registered non-profit or charitable organization that’s eligible to provide a tax receipt for donations.
2) Must be established for at least one year (NO start-ups).
3) If a national or international charity, 100% of the money they would receive from us MUST go back into the our community. It can be used to start a new initiative, but no funds are to be spent outside of our community. Organizations will be asked if this is possible when vetted, and if it is not, they will be removed from the nomination pool.
How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?
When a member registers she can nominate a name of a local organization into the hat for a random drawing prior to the meeting. The organizers of the meeting will collect the names of the organizations and three organizations will be selected at random at the previous quarterly meeting. Members of the three organizations will be contacted and asked to give a short five minute presentation at the meeting as to why their organization should receive the donation. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy, charitable organizations!
What Should I Expect at a Meeting?
You are greeted by a volunteer and asked to sign in at the registration desk. We like to keep track of our member’s attendance as you enter so we can reconcile donations more quickly at the end of the evening. There will be coffee, tea and maybe some munchies. We may ask you if you would like to have your photo taken and/or a short video of why you became a member. This is totally voluntary.
- Order of Events
- 5:30 Registration, networking and bar opens
- 6:00 Presentation begins
- Opening remarks
- How evening and voting will happen
- Announce our 3 Charitable organization finalists
- Charitable organization Presentations – 5 minutes each, no PowerPoint or collateral materials
- Voting and tabulation – each member receives a ballot and they circle 1,2 or 3
- Update presentation from last meeting’s recipient
- Announce the selected recipient (most votes)
- Announce the next venue
- What if I Can’t Attend a Meeting?
Ways to honour your donation commitment:
- Send a blank cheque and a self-addressed, stamped, unsealed envelop with another member.
- Mail or drop your cheque off to Highland Hearing Clinic, 3988 South River Rd., Antigonish, NS B2G 2H7
- NEVER put 100 Women in the “to” section – leave it blank and we will fill in the selected charity for you!
- Check our website and your membership newsletter after the meeting for the online donation link
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Our meetings and receptions are members only. We are always seeking additional women who care! So if you bring a friend along who wants to join we will have her sign a Commitment Form at registration when she arrives. She can also register ahead of time right here on the website.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, as only registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group. Cheques are written directly to the charitable organization and NOT to 100 Women Who Care Antigonish. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization. Be sure to attach a stamp on your self-addressed envelope.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Antigonish 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.
Does any of my donations go to administration costs of 100 Women Who Care Antigonish?
Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Antigonish is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organizations!
How does 100 Women Who Care communicate with members?
The 100 Women Who Care Antigonish Facebook Page will have the most up to date info at all times. New members will receive a confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org within a week of joining. If you have not received it please contact us. We also update our website regularly. We send group emails to members with info like venue directions, updates etc. To receive these communications please add 100WomenAntigonish@gmail.com, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book so you know that you’re in the loop. We make every effort to reach you but sometimes your security settings prohibit us from getting things to you. If you change your email address please let us know.
Should you wish to discontinue membership at any time, please send an e-mail to email@example.com indicating your withdrawal.
What do you do with my personal information?
100 Women Who Care Antigonish collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Antigonish will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law. We do like to recognize our members via social media and other venues. If a member would like to remain anonymous they must let us know at the time of joining.