What does 100 Women Who Care do?
100 Women Who Care Clay County is a group of women who share a common desire to give back to our local community. Individually, each woman donates $500 per year to support worthy nonprofit groups in our community. The original 100 Women Who Care group was started in Jackson, Michigan in 2006. Groups now exist in communities throughout the United States and Canada.
Who can join?
The group is open to all women – the more women we get involved, the greater our impact is! In fact, the group can exceed 100 women.
How often does the group meet?
The group meets four times a year for a social hour at 5:00 p.m. followed by a one-hour business meeting. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of March, June, September and December.
How is the $500 used?
The first $100 commitment supports a 100 Women Who Care Clay County endowment fund in the Clay County Community Foundation that will be used to address future needs of the community. All contributions to this fund are invested and the earnings are used to support programs and projects in Clay County.
The remaining $400 is used to support the four nonprofit organizations selected throughout the year ($100 at each meeting).
What organizations are eligible for funding?
To be eligible, the organization must be a 501 (c)(3) or a government entity. Nonprofit organizations affiliated with religious organizations are also eligible as long as their services address a societal need and are not restricted based upon religious affiliation.
The organization must be proposed by a member of the 100 Women Who Care Clay County. Only local organizations will be considered. Controversial and political nonprofits will not be considered.
How are they selected?
The members propose the organizations to be considered. Each member attending is allowed to submit the name of an organization for possible consideration. At that meeting, three members’ submissions will be chosen, and the members will be asked to provide a short explanation of the organization and its services. Each woman votes, ballots are counted, and the selected organizations is announced. The women then make out their checks or process an electronic payment or pay $100 cash to the selected charity.
What if I am not fond of the organization selected?
Each member commits to donating the $500 per year even if they are unable to attend the meetings or do not care for the selected nonprofit.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
Members may send their check or money with a fellow member. This gives that member your voting proxy as well. Checks may also be sent to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation (200 South 8th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807). Members may also submit payments online.
Why should I join?
There are many wonderful benefits of joining 100 Women Who Care. First, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with other female leaders from Clay County. Secondly, you have the opportunity to advocate for a nonprofit that you care about and would like to see receive more funding. Most importantly, with very little commitment of time and a modest commitment of financial resources, women from Clay County can have a tremendous impact. For example, if the group gains 100 members, each meeting will result in a $10,000 donation to the selected nonprofit. The larger the group becomes, the more money will be donated to deserving agencies, projects and organizations. Be a part of making a difference in Clay County!
How do I join?
Complete the membership form and submit your initial $100 membership commitment to the 100 Women Who Care endowment fund. You can do so by sending a $100 check made payable to Community Foundation to: 200 South 8th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807. Or you can make an online payment by clicking here. Please note there is a $2.56 processing fee for every $100 online payment.
How will I know about the meetings?
Generally, the meetings will be on the second Wednesday of March, June, September and December. The evening will begin with a social hour and registration at 5:00 p.m.followed by a one-hour business meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. A cash bar and snacks will be offered.
Information on upcoming meetings will be posted on 100 Women Who Care Clay County’s website and Facebook page. Once you join, you will receive email/mail reminders about upcoming meetings.
How do I get more information?
Information is posted on the 100 Women Who Care Vigo County’s website and Facebook page. You may also contact any member of the Steering Committee or the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, (812) 232-2234.