You sure can! We understand that in these difficult financial times it may be hard to participate in charitable giving on your own; however, joining with a team allows you to split the cost and time commitment amongst teammates and creating community with coworkers, friends or like-minded peers.
To sign-up as a team, each member must complete a Membership Commitment Form. There is a maximum of 4 people allowed on one team.
As a team you are allowed one vote, but all members can attend meetings. One speaker from the team will be selected when completing a Charity Nomination Form to represent the team should that charity be selected to be voted on that meeting.
A member who has signed the Membership Commitment Form can submit the name of an organization that serves the Caledon area.
At random, three organizations will be selected at the meeting. The nominating member or representative from the charity will be asked to give a short, five minute presentation as to why the organization should receive the donation. There will be a short Q&A to follow.
Any member can submit a charitable organization for consideration; however, she must be current with her donations and submit a Charity Nomination Form to the Executive no later than 1 week prior to the scheduled meeting.
Teams may only nominate one charity per meeting and one representative should be elected by each team to speak on all team members' behalves should this charity be selected for presentation.
Guests are not permitted to present.
At this time, in order to be considered at a meeting, an organization must be based in and/or serve
the Caledon area and it must be a registered, not-for-profit or charitable organization able to provide tax receipts for donations. They must also agree not to use the donated funds for administrative costs. We are not considering nominations to national or international charities, programs, or organizations at this time, as the current focus is on contributing to our local community.
A charity can be nominated at each meeting as long as it has not been a recipient of the group's donation in the past year. 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 within one year for a different program or department. We will accept multiple charity nominations for the same charity. All approved and legitimate charity nominations will be eligible for the draw box on the night of the meeting; however, a charity will only be able to be drawn and brought to a vote with the membership once per meeting. At the subsequent meeting, the charity receiving the funds must make a presentation on how the funds were used.
Absolutely! Only registered, not-for-profit and charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group.
Cheques are written directly to selected charitable organizations and not to 100 Women Who Care Caledon at each meeting. Members will receive a tax receipt directly from the organization after they've donated.
Please ensure your complete address is on your cheque or in the MEMO line. The tax receipt will be issued to the name on the cheque - the woman's name if a joint account. If you are paying with a business account, please make a note of the member's name. Please do not fill anything in the 'Payee' line of the cheque as the recipient will be decided upon at our meeting. If your donation is to be made in cash, please donate in an envelope with your name (and, if applicable, the name of your team) and address on the envelope. We ask that one member donate on behalf of a team in order to make this process easier. For teams, the person that writes the cheque or donates cash will be issued the tax receipt.
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of the following:
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Caledon 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 provide a substantial amount at one time for a cause! We also need to be able to track your donations so that you get credit for the donation and remain an active, voting-eligible member of the group.
None of it! 100 Women Who Care Caledon is organized and operated by volunteers. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organization!
Meetings are intended to be very short and will last no longer than 60 minutes.
Of course you can! We are always seeking philanthropic women to contribute their energy to the group.
In order to vote, she would need to bring a signed Membership Commitment Form to the meeting and become a member, but guests are free to observe and contribute a donation if she likes.