Where and how did this group originate?
Our group is based on a model originated by 100+ Women Who Care in 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, MI. There are now over 650 100+ Women, Men, People, or Teen chapters all over the world. See https://www.100whocarealliance.org/ for more information.
Our Corvallis/Benton-County chapter was originally formed by Karen Rosenberg, Josie Quillan Workman and others in 2017, but the group only met once. In 2019, the chapter was re-booted with the help of Melissa Carter-Goodrum, who had been a member of the 100+ Women Who Care chapter in Bloomington, IN.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible since it is made payable to a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to The Power of 100 People Who Care.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting they can do one of two things. They can send a blank, signed check with a trusted friend to the meeting. The friend will write in the name of the charity that is chosen on the check and turn it in on the member’s behalf. The friend may not vote on behalf of the absent member. We can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting. Or the member can wait until after the meeting and deliver the completed check to a member of the Steering Team (email email@example.com to make arrangements). We ask that post-meeting checks are sent to us within 10 days after the quarterly meeting.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
The goal of The Power of 100 People Who Care is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. We present all member checks together to the non-profit selected shortly after the quarterly meeting (also taking a group photo). If you mail your check directly to the charity, then it’s not included with the group donation and is likely to get missed in the log of member checks received.
Can I bring a friend to a quarterly meeting?
Definitely! We are always looking for people who want to learn about our giving circle and potentially join. Your friend, however, will not be able to vote at the meeting unless they complete the Commitment Form and write a check to the previous quarter’s recipient non-profit before voting begins.
Do I have to put my name in the hat and nominate a local nonprofit?
No, many people just like to show up, learn about local nonprofits, and give. While all members have the opportunity to nominate a nonprofit, it is not a requirement for membership.
When and where are your meetings?
Meeting info can be found here: https://powerof100whocarecorvallis.org/dates-location/
What local nonprofits have been given to so far?
See the growing list on this page: https://powerof100whocarecorvallis.org/past-recipients/
Is the group limited to 100?
No! If our group has more than 100 members, that just means more money for local nonprofits. More people = more impact.
Can more than one member nominate a nonprofit?
Yes, more names in the hat (i.e., multiple nominations) can increase the chances of a nonprofit being selected for presentation. Remember to complete the Charity Pre-Qualification Form beforehand.
Can someone other than the presenter answer questions about the nonprofit organization?
The 5-minute Q&A part the presentation is supposed to be with the member who made the pitch. The intent of this is so one presenter doesn’t have an unfair advantage by having a “ringer” for the Q&A (i.e., all presenters are on an even playing field). Read Some Tips for Presenting to help prepare for the pitch and Q&A.
Can a nonprofit organization join The Power of 100 People Who Care?
Not exactly. People join our giving circle, not organizations. Staff members of a nonprofit can join, but they are joining as individuals and making a personal commitment to write a $100 check to the nonprofit selected by the group for at least four quarterly meetings. We do not have organizational or team memberships where an organization sends a different person each quarter to our meetings.
Can a member pitch for a nonprofit such as Zonta, Altrusa, Odd Fellows, Rotary, etc?
A member could make a pitch for them, but groups such as these are not generally who we donate to. While these service groups make a tremendous, positive impact on our community, they are often a 501.c.4 (social welfare organization), not a 501.c.3 (public charity organization). Our giving circle is geared toward giving directly to local 501.c.3 organizations. For example, our group donation might go to CARDV not to Zonta (the Zonta Foundation to be precise) so that they can give to CARDV. If there was a specific charitable project that one of these groups had, we might consider it. In the end, it’s up to majority vote of our giving circle members to decide where our group donation goes.