How Long Has 100 Women Who Care Central York Region Been In Existence? [+]

We were founded in September 2015 by Laurie Brakeboer. Jeanette Butler, Judy Poulin and Samantha King came on board to form the original “organizing committee”. The original 100 Women Who Care group was formed in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, U.S.A. There are currently over 700 chapters of “100 who care” around the world.

Which Charitable Organizations Are Eligible For Consideration By The Group? [+]

At this time, in order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket and area. The charity must be a registered not-for-profit charitable organization able to provide tax receipts for donations. It must be previously established (no startups) and have filed and reported one full tax year. No national or international charities will be considered at this time, as the current focus is on contributing to our local community. A local branch of a national charity that is going to be using the funds in our catchment area can be put forth for consideration. Sports teams, events, sponsorships, political groups/programs and service groups (third party fundraisers) are ineligible for consideration.

How Is The Organization That Receives The Group Donation Chosen? [+]

A member(team), who has signed the Commitment Form, attended at least one meeting, and is in good standing, can nominate a local organization by completing the nomination form. These forms must be sent in no later than the Sunday immediately preceding a meeting. All nominations are put into a basket for a random draw at the meeting and two organizations will be selected. The nominating members will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should receive the donation and then there will be 5 minutes for Q & A. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy, charitable organizations! If you have put in a nomination form, you MUST be present if it is drawn. If you are not in attendance, another nomination form will be drawn. Upon completion of the presentations, all members present (one member of each team), vote by paper ballot. The ballots are tabulated to find the successful recipient for that meeting.

What If I Cannot Attend A Meeting? [+]

If a member cannot attend a meeting, they are still required to make their donation. There are 3 ways you can donate:
  • 1. Online Option: choose the 100+ Women CYR link in the email you received after the meeting, to donate directly to our chosen charity and receive your tax receipt immediately. (DO NOT make your donation through the charity’s Canada Helps page)
  • 2. Mail a cheque made out to the selected charity to: 100+ Women CYR, 103 Avenue Road, Newmarket, Ontario. L3Y 1N2
  • 3. Email Susanne at [email protected] to arrange to drop a cheque off to her at her Newmarket home.

  • How Do I Know What Charity Was Selected? [+]

    An email is sent out within 30 minutes of the meeting to all members with the subject line “Donation LINK” Information regarding which charity was selected and payment options are also included . They can also check the Facebook and or Instagram page. The member(team) must send in a cheque to 100 Women CYR by the Friday, the week following the meeting.

    Can I Just Send The Donation To The Charity Myself? [+]

    Please don’t! The goal, of 100+ Women Who Care CYR, is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. 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 60 minutes. That having been said, there is the opportunity to socialize before the meetings as we start registration at 6:00 p.m.

    Is My Donation Tax Deductible? [+]

    Yes, as only registered not-for-profit charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group. Cheques are written directly to the charitable organization and NOT to 100+ Women Who Care Central York Region. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.

    Can I Bring A Friend To The Meeting? [+]

    Of course you can! We are always seeking women who care! However, in order to vote they will need to sign a Commitment Form and become a member. Otherwise they are free to observe.

    Does Any Of My Donation Go To Administration Costs Of 100 Women Who Care? [+]

    Absolutely not! 100+ Women Who Care Central York Region is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected charity!

    We are a giving circle and therefore rely on generous donors for locations etc. For supporting us so far, we want to thank:

  • Improvance Inc. for the amazing logo and graphic designs!
  • AIIM printing for our business cards
  • Greg Klein for the table cloth and banner
  • Sigma Promotions - for our 2nd anniversary giveaways
  • Clarico Place - for our 2nd anniversary centrepieces

  • For the meeting spaces, we would like to thank:

  • Aurora Soccer Club - Men’s - thank you for hosting us on numerous occasions
  • Market Brewing Company
  • Aurora Legion