WHICH CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE GROUP?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in the Waterloo Region area and it must be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations. It must be previously established (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 for two years. We will not raise funds for other fundraising charitable organizations. 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. Any member wishing to submit a charitable organization for consideration must complete our online Organization Fact Sheet at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting.
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTABLE?
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 Waterloo Region. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.
HOW IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT RECEIVES THE GROUP DONATION CHOSEN?
A member who has signed the Commitment Form can put the name of a local organization into the hat for a random drawing in advance of our scheduled meeting. (note: deadline is Friday prior to the meeting, draws will be conducted on the Monday prior to the meeting). The board members will collect the names of the organizations from our membership. The nominating members will be notified in advance of the meeting whether their nominated charity has been selected to present. Each charity will then give a short 5-minute presentation at our meeting as to why they should receive the donation and then Q & A session will follow.
WHAT IF I CANNOT ATTEND A MEETING?
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things:
1. She can send in a blank, signed cheque 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 friend may vote on behalf of the absent member.
2. The member can contact Lisa or Kolby to find out which charity was selected. The member can then send in a cheque and/or etransfer of funds to one of the organizers where we will send it to the charity on the member’s behalf.
CAN I JUST SEND THE DONATION TO THE CHARITY MYSELF?
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.
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/after the meeting.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING?
Of course, you can! We are always seeking new women who care! However, in order to vote she will need to sign a commitment form and become a member. Otherwise, she is free to observe and contribute a donation if she likes.
DOES ANY OF MY DONATION GO TO ADMINISTRATION COSTS OF 100 WOMEN WHO CARE WATERLOO REGION?
Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organizations!
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent unless required by law.