How Does 100 Women Who Care Vancouver give back to our community?
Charlene Fekeshazy wanted to provide a platform for smaller grassroots organizations and efforts. Understanding that many smaller organizations are so busy providing to others that they don’t have the time, experience or dedicated personnel to look for funding.
100 Women Who Care Vancouver is meant to even the playing field. No PowerPoint’s, no brochures, no fancy presentations – just five minutes to tell members why an organization deserves our donation. I felt strongly that we could provide both a forum for funding, and a way to better educate Vancouver’s Lower Mainland on many of the charitable organizations that exist here.
It’s our members’ votes that decide where our funds should go.
As it stands, this is the criteria we follow when vetting our randomly selected charities before each meeting.
By vetting nominated charities and ensuring that we only accept organizations that fit our criteria, we are giving our membership the best organizations to choose from.
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 Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. It can be used to start a new initiative, but no funds are to be spent outside of Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Organizations will be asked if this is possible when vetted, and if it is not, they will be removed from the nomination pool.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting she should send her Meeting Regrets to Charlene the Founding Chair and then arrange for her cheque/payment to be sent in via one of two ways:
- Arrange cheque drop-off to Charlene two business days before the meeting (preferred).
- Or, she can give their cheque to one of her fellow members to submit at the meeting.
Please note that we can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting.
How Do I Nominate a Charity?
The charity and non-profit organization nomination form is ONLY sent to registered members by email in our weekly mail out in the 6 weeks leading up to the meeting. This submission form is not published publicly and is only available to registered members. If you are a member who hasn’t received a nomination form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to BECOME a member so you can support the wonderful and inspiring work done by local charities and non-profit organizations, please click on “Register” in the menu above.
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 Vancouver. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.
Does any of my donations go to administration costs of 100 Women Who Care Vancouver?Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Vancouver 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 Vancouver communicate with members?
The website will have the most up to date info at all times. New members will receive a confirmation from email@example.com within a week of joining. If you have not received it please contact us. We also update Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. We send group emails to members from firstname.lastname@example.org with info like venue directions, updates, etc. To receive emails from 100WomenVan add email@example.com to your address books so you ensure 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 firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your withdrawal.
How long has 100 Women Who Care Vancouver been in existence?
Charlene Fekeshazy began planning for the Vancouver chapter in winter of 2014 and our inaugural meeting was held on Tuesday, September 15th at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Waterfront.
What Should You 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 a cash bar available. We will ask you if you would like to have your photo taken (and in future a short video of why you became a member). This is totally voluntary.
Order of Events
5:00 Registration, networking and bar opens
5:45 We move to the meeting room
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 winning recipient (most votes)
– Announce the next venue
7:00 Post event reception – cash bar and check collection/drop off
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 Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. 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 Vancouver 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 amount of votes is the recipient of the funds and is removed from the selection process in the future.
How do charities, and grassroots non-profit organizations in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland get involved?
Charities must be nominated by a member of 100 Women Who Care Vancouver to be considered. We invite organizations to join our LinkedIn group, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Here organizations can educate 100 Women Who Care Vancouver members and those following us about their projects. Many members are looking for a charitable cause to nominate and find info within our social media discussions and posts. If charities follow along on social media the night of the event they will get an idea of the excitement and what is happening as it takes place.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Our meetings and receptions are members only. However we are always seeking additional women who care! So bring a friend along who wants to learn more about our giving concept. We will have Commitment Forms at registration for those women who want to join or she can also register ahead of time right here on the website.
How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?
When a member registers she can nominate a name of a local organization which goes 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 one week before the event. Members of the three organizations will be contacted and asked to give a short 5 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!
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Vancouver is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group, the answer is no. We want to be able to support this endeavour 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.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be very short and no longer than 60 minutes. That having been said, there is the opportunity to socialize before and after the meeting.
What do you do with my personal information?
100 Women Who Care Vancouver collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Vancouver 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.