Frequently Asked Questions
Where did 100 Women originate?
100 Women Who Care was originated in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, MI. At their first 1 hour meeting, a 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 New York City deserves a chapter!
How long has 100 Women Who Care NYC been in the area?
100 Women Who Care NYC is just getting started!
Which organizations are allowed to be sponsored?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in NYC and serve the greater New York State area. 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 as our purpose is to keep our contributions within the local community.
What is a 501(c)(3)?
A 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, educational 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 NYC, 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 NYC. Please contact your tax adviser or visit the IRS Website for further information.
How is the charity receiving the group's donation chosen?
A member can put the name of a local organization into the voting box 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 each name will be asked to come up and give a 3-5 minute presentation as to why their charity should receive the donation. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, worthy, charitable organizations.
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 member may also send a check in the mail: send us an email to discuss this option.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
The goal of the 100 Women Who Care organization 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+ dollars at a time 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 45 minutes.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course you can! However, in order to vote she will need to fill out the online Commitment Form and become a member before voting at the meeting.
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