How long has this organization been in the Troy?
100 Women Who Care, Troy, is a new organization, founded by Julie McClure, Sharon Spagnola, Marylou Levy and Nancy Hauff of Troy, Michigan. The chapter had its first steering meeting in January, 2016, and the first voting meeting will take place on June 1, 2016.
Which organizations are allowed to be sponsored?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be located in the Troy/Southeast Michigan. It must be a non-profit organization recognized as a 501(c)3 that serves surrounding local communities.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
A member who has signed the commitment form can put the name of a local 501(c)3 organization ‘into the hat’ for a random drawing. The organizers of the meeting will collect names of organizations from the participants as they arrive. At random, three organizations will be selected ‘from the hat’. The members whose nominations are drawn will be asked to present a 5 minute presentation as to why their chosen organization should receive our donation. A 5 minute question and answer period will follow each presentation.
What is a 501(c)3?
501(c)3 is defined as “exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.” However, for the purposes of 100 Women Who Care, all groups up for consideration must be local. For more information please visit the IRS Web site.
How do I donate if I cannot attend the meeting?
This can happen in two ways:
1. You can send a blank, signed check with a trusted friend to the meeting. They will write in the name of the charity that is chosen and give it to the organizers on your behalf.
2. Following the meeting, members not in attendance will receive an email to inform them of the chosen charity. You are expected to mail your check to the address provided as soon as you receive the notification. Our website will also be updated to reflect the winning charity.
Can my friends vote on my behalf?
No. Only members who attend the meetings can vote.
Can I send my donation directly to the charity ?
The goal of the 100 Women Who Care organization is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. 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.
To whom should I write my check?
When writing a check for a selected charity please write the name of the selected charity on the “Pay to the Order” line. DO NOT write any checks directly to 100 Women Who Care, Troy. Please include “100 WWCT” on the “Memo” line. Also include a note with your check if the name imprinted on the check does not match the Member’s name.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be very short, generally lasting no longer than 45 minutes. With respect for your time and that of all members we will begin our meetings promptly at 6:30pm.
Is my contribution tax deductible? How do I get my tax forms?
Yes, your contribution is 100% tax deductible if the organization is a 501(c)3. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to 100 Women Who Care, Troy. Your tax acknowledgement letter will be sent to you directly from the organization that receives your contribution.
NOTE: Any sponsored non-profit organization is not allowed to create, sell or distribute a list with Members’ contact information. They are not allowed to solicit Members for further contributions. If this were to happen, the non-profit organization would no longer be considered at future meetings.
Can my employer match my contribution?
Yes, in many instances your employer may match your contribution dollar for dollar. Contact your employer to see if they have a matching contribution program. You may submit the form along with your check.
I would like to bring a friend to the meeting who is not signed up…
Of course you can! In order to become a voting member, they will need to complete a Commitment Form (online, in person, or by mail) prior to the start of the meeting.