How do I nominate a charity?
Nomination forms are ONLY sent to registered members by email in the weeks leading up to the meeting. The nomination 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 let us know.
How do Lanark County charities and non-profit organizations get involved?
Charities must be nominated by a member of 100 Women Who Care Lanark. We invite organizations to follow us on social media and educate our members and followers about their projects. Many members are looking for a charitable cause to nominate and will 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.
Which charitable organizations are eligible?
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) Must be based in Lanark County
Initially, no national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered as the current focus is on contributing to our local community. If , down the road, we consider a national or international charity, 100% of the money they receive from us MUST go back into Lanark County. It can be used to start a new initiative, but no funds are to be spent outside of Lanark County. Organizations will be asked if this is possible when vetted, and if it is not, they will be removed from the nomination pool.
An organization that is selected for the group donation may not be considered again within a 3 year period. 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.
How does the nomination process work?
Members nominate charitable organizations for consideration. Nominations are entered into a draw and 3 are selected and vetted prior to the event. A representative of the charity or the nominating member are asked to make a 5 minute presentation at the meeting and members vote. The organization with the greatest number of votes is the recipient of the funds. In the event of a tie the evening of the vote, a tie breaking vote will be held immediately. Members will be asked to vote a second time between the two charities.
100 Women Who Care Lanark County is meant to even the playing field. No PowerPoint presentations, no brochures – just five minutes to tell members why an organization deserves our donation. We felt strongly that we could provide both a forum for funding, and a way to better educate Lanark County on many of the many charitable organizations that exist here. Other chapters off the 100 Who Care have indicated from members, recipients and presenters alike that they have learned about organizations and good work being done locally that they knew nothing about.
What should I expect at a meeting?
Expect to meet interesting women, enjoy some food, sip a glass of wine and learn about the amazing work local charities are doing to enrich Lanark County.
On arrival we ask you to sign in at the registration desk and provide us with your $100 check. At this point there will be nothing in the "Pay to the Order of" section. These will be kept by the executive until the recipient is chosen at which time they will be given to the winning charity where they will add in the charity name.
There is a ballot box where members can nominate their charity of choice for the next meeting.
There will be a cash bar and some munchies. We may ask if you would like to have your photo taken and/ or a short video of why you became a member. This is totally voluntary.
6:00 - Registration, and bar opens
6:25 - Please have a seat
6:30 - Presentation begins
– Opening remarks
– Announce 3 charitable organization finalists
– Charitable organization presentations (5 minutes, verbal)
– Voting and tabulation
– Update presentation from last meeting’s recipient
– Announce the selected recipient (most votes)
– Announce the next venue
7:30 Post event reception- cash bar and check collection/drop off
What if I can’t attend a meeting?
If you can’t make it to our next meeting, please take a moment to let us know on our Facebook events page! You can still honour your commitment by dropping off your cheque to:
Jeannie Mongrain, 252 McGregor Dr, Carleton Place, ON K7C 0C4
OR mail/drop it off to Royal LePage Team Realty, 24 Lansdowne Ave, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2T8 c/o Lynn Vardy before the meeting.
OR sending a blank cheque and a self-addressed unsealed envelop with another member.
NEVER put 100 Women in the “to” section – leave it blank and we will fill in the selected charity for you!
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Our meetings and receptions are members only. We are always seeking additional women who care! So if you bring a friend along who wants to join we will have her sign a Commitment Form at registration when she arrives. She can also register ahead of time.
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 Lanark County. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Lanark County is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group, the answer is no. We want to be able to support this endeavor 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.
Does any of my donations go to administration costs of 100 Women Who Care Lanark County?
Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Lanark County 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 communicate with members?
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. We send group emails to members from firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org with info like venue directions, updates etc. To receive these communications please add all 3 of these emails to your to your address books so you don’t miss anything. 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 email@example.com indicating your withdrawal.
How long has 100 Women Who Care Lanark County been in existence?
Jeannie Mongrain and Lynn Vardy were immediately drawn to the idea after hearing about 100 Women Who Care during Christmas of 2016. A little bit of wine later & here we are!
What do you do with my personal information?
100 Women Who Care Lanark County collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Lanark County 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.