How long has 100 Women Who Care Mississauga been in existence?
100 Women Who Care Mississauga is a new organization founded in January 2014 by Sue DiPoce, Sandra D’Souza, Liza Provenzano and Linda Kern who were immediately drawn to the idea after learning about the work being done in other chapters across the US and Canada.
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 city of Mississauga and it must be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization able 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.
How do charities and grassroots non-profit organizations in Mississauga get involved?
Charities must be nominated by a member of 100 Women Who Care Mississauga. We invite organizations to follow us, and like us on Facebook.
Here charities/non-profit organizations can educate 100 Women Who Care Mississauga members, and those following us, about their projects.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, as only registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group. Checks are written directly to the charitable organization and NOT to 100 Women Who Care Mississauga. 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 at the meeting. The organizers of the meeting will collect the names of the organizations from the members as they arrive. At random, three organizations will be selected from the hat. The nominating members will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should receive the donation. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy, charitable organizations!
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things:
- 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 not vote on behalf of the absent member. We can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting;
- The member can check the website/meeting minutes or contact one of the organizers to find out which charity was selected. The member can then send in a cheque 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?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Mississauga 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.
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.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course you can! We are always seeking 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 Mississauga?
Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Mississauga is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organization!
What do you do with my personal information?
100 Women Who Care Mississauga collects your personal information (name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. We 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 avenues. If a member would like to remain anonymous they must let us know at the time of joining.