Each member must commit to donating $100 per meeting ($400 per year).
If you are unable to attend, give your check to another member to deliver on your behalf. Your check will serve as your proxy vote.
All members must donate to the non-profit charity selected by voting, even if they voted for a different one.
Meetings are held once per quarter, usually lasting less than an hour, but offering some social time before and after.
Anyone with an interest in supporting non-profit charities in the Charlottesville area is welcome to join us! Members are asked to sign a letter of commitment. Please see the Forms page.
Charity Selection Process
Three non-profit charities will be under consideration at each meeting and will be chosen by random drawing at the meeting.
A member may enter a different organization into the drawing at each meeting they attend. (Only one entry per charity at a time is allowed in the drawing.)
If there is an immediate emergency need at the time of the meeting, it can be presented as one of the choices, if it has been properly researched by a member.
Each organization that is drawn must be presented by a member. The member will be given 5 minutes to make a case for supporting that charity. (See Presentation Guidelines.)
If the sponsoring member is not present, the entry will be put back into the drawing for another meeting.
Following the presentations, members will vote on which charity to support. The vote is binding; you must donate to the charity which wins the vote, even if you did not vote for it.
Charities which do not win support will be put back into the drawing for future consideration.
No charity can be chosen more than once per year.
Only 501(c)(3) organizations will be considered. A 501(c)(3) has been officially recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt charitable organization and should have a letter from the IRS confirming this status.
Donations will be given strictly to Charlottesville area non-profits. Local chapters of national charities will be considered if 100% of the contribution stays in the community.
The charity selected must agree NOT to use the individual donors' names for future solicitations or give their information to the public. If the charity does not adhere to this condition, it will be removed from any future consideration.
Making Donations to the Selected Charity
Donations are made directly to the selected non-profit by individual members. 100+ Women does not handle any of the funds and does not take any cut. All proceeds go directly to the selected charity.