The First 100 Women Who Care Chapter
In 2006, Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, was looking for a way to raise money for local charities more quickly and efficiently. She knew she could not raise the funds necessary to fulfill the need in her community by herself but she thought that if she could get enough women together, they could solve some of the needs of their community.
At the first meeting, 100 women attended and each of these women wrote a $100 check. After the meeting, $10,000 was donated to a local organization to purchase 300 cribs for expecting mothers. Since then, the founding chapter has grown to over 200 members and they have inspired women all over the country to start local chapters.
Our Local Chapter
100 Women Who Care Clay County, was established after a few women heard about the success of the Vigo County, Indiana chapter. Beth Tevlin, executive director of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, indicated that the Community Foundation would be pleased to serve as the administrative home of the 100 Women Who Care Clay County.
Renee Stewart, Kim Emmert-O’Dell, Mica Bonomo, and Tammy Kikta headed the formation of a steering committee for the organization and set a goal of recruiting enough members to begin meeting in March 2015. Since inception, 100 Women Who Care Clay County has awarded more than $45,000.
Giving Circles in the Wabash Valley
Along with 100 Women Who Care Clay County, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation coordinates four other Giving Circles, 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County, 100 Women Who Care Sullivan County, Guys Who Give Vigo County and Guys Who Give Clay County. All of these groups based are on the same model as 100 Women Who Care Clay County, with slight variations.
Collectively, these five groups have awarded more than $400,000 to nonprofits in the Wabash Valley and have built endowments totaling over $270,000.