Which organizations can be sponsored?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in and support the New River Valley area. Recipients are expected to be 501(c)(3) organizations; however, special needs that do not meet this criterion may also be considered by the group as long as the tax status is disclosed before voting. No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered as the purpose is for the contributions to stay 100% in our community. The organization must not be controversial in nature.
What is a 501(c)(3)?
A 501(c)(3) is defined as "exemptions that 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." For the purposes of 100+ Women Who Care, all groups up for consideration must be local.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible if made payable to a 501(c) (3) organization. Checks are written DIRECTLY to the local organization NOT to 100+ Women Who Care. Please contact your tax adviser or visit the IRS Website for further information.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
A member who has signed the Commitment Form puts the name of a local organization, along with her name, into the hat. Organizations are drawn randomly for presentations at the meeting. Eligible organizations that have not yet been drawn will be given priority. We will have one bucket for those not yet drawn and one for those that have had an opportunity to present. If fewer than three organizations that have not yet presented are in the bucket, we will draw the remaining presenters from the second bucket. Any given organization may only be submitted into a bucket once per meeting.
We encourage members to submit names of local organizations important to them, but not controversial. Because any member's charity could be selected from the hat that evening, please come prepared with your Charitable Organization Fact Sheet filled out to best describe the organization you plan to represent. When your organization wins, the funds go directly to them - immediately impacting the organization! Please ask the charity's representative to post their experience with 100+ Women Who Care New River Valley on their social media sites and in their newsletters.
A representative from the winning organization is expected to come to the next meeting to briefly update our members about how the money they received was used. The organization must also provide donors with appropriate tax documentation, including the organization's tax ID and amount received from each donor.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting, she has three choices:
1) She can send a blank, signed check, written out for $100 with 100+ Women Who Care on the memo line with a trusted friend to the meeting. The friend will write in the name of the charity that is chosen and give the check to the organizers on her behalf. The friend may vote on behalf of the absent member.
2) She can mail in a blank, signed check, written out for $100 with 100+ Women Who Care on the memo line via USPS directly to the organizer as far before the meeting as possible to ensure that her donation will be bundled with the attendees' contributions and deposited by the charity in a timely manner.
3) If the first two options above are not possible, she can check the website or contact one of the organizers to find out which charity was selected. The member can then mail a check to one of the organizers, and we will deliver it to the charity on the member’s behalf.*
*Checks MUST be received NO LATER than two weeks following the meeting in order to receive our full matching grant.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
No. The goal of 100+ Women Who Care 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.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings generally last from 45 minutes up to no longer than 60 minutes. Many members come to the meeting early to spend time socializing and getting to know others. Some members stay after the meeting to enjoy dinner and drinks! Bull & Bones is graciously making available their full dinner and cocktail menu before, during, and after our meeting.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course you can! However, if she wants to vote, she needs to sign a Commitment Form and become a member before she can vote. And, if she wants to present a charitable organization, she should bring the completed Charitable Organization Fact Sheet.