100+ women of the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia, raising $40,000+ a year for local charities in four hours over the course of a year. As simple as that. And, as powerful as that!
Our members consist of individuals and teams (of up to 4 women) who live in or near the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia. Our membership includes professional women, retirees, at-home mothers, and youngsters – women of all ages and walks of life.
We hope to involve women whose history of donating to local non-profit organizations is infrequent, unfocused, non-existent, OR who may be able to dig a little deeper in giving. We also hope to attract young women who are perhaps just beginning their career, and impress upon them the importance of regular, meaningful giving to our community.
If you regularly donate to a local non-profit organization – DON’T STOP! Those organizations count on your help and it is not our intention to redirect that support.
Owner of Bright Webs Design, Steph Sedgwick stepped into a co-chair role for the 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley in 2017, and looks after member communications, website and social media.
Managing Editor of the Aurora Newspaper, Sara White has been co-chair of the 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley since 2018. She organizes venues and meeting details, provides excellent PR and writeups after each meeting, and graciously covers whatever role is needed.
HOW WE WORK
Our organization is proud to be a "non-organization". That means we have no board of directors, no operating expenses, and no charitable status of our own. All of our efforts go to facilitating the fundraising of registered local charities.
- Bring together 100 (or more) women in Annapolis Valley who care about local community causes and who are committed to community service.
- Meet for an hour.
- Jointly select a local charity or not-for-profit organization.
- Each write a $100 cheque to the selected organization and watch how the group’s commitment turns into a $10,000+ donation.
- Do that four times a year and witness how $40,000 can improve the lives of our neighbours when placed in the hands of deserving grass-roots agencies working to serve the local community.
Not sure if you want to join? Read these comments from some of our members!
Carol Goodwin, 100 Women Who Care Member
"I joined 100 Women because I wanted to help local projects move forward. That's why I stay, too. I like the format and getting to be present for the reveal. It's fun!"
Steph Sedgwick, 100 Women Who Care co-chair
"Joining the 100+ Women Who Care has been an amazing experience. I've met women from all over the valley region of NS. I've been able to participate in a kind of generous giving that has an enormous impact, far bigger than anything I could do individually. And for small local charities, fundraising on this level is usually extremely difficult."
Pat Norton, 100 Women Who Care Member
"My long history with fund-raising for various worthy causes is that perhaps 10-20% of the amount of money and time I invest actually reaches “the target.” With “100 Women who Care,” there is a strong commitment to not squandering my time. I am in and out of the meeting (4 a year) in a little over an hour. We focus on the essentials: the always inspiring but brief (5 minutes) presentations by each of the 3 groups seeking financial assistance for their worthy causes, followed by a vote. And for every $100 I spend, $100 goes to the chosen charity or group. You can’t beat that! It pleases me enormously that the good souls doing the wonderful work they do in our community are able to focus on that instead of spending their valuable time and energies trying first to raise the necessary money, one bake sale at a time. On a personal level, it is an opportunity for me to meet and connect with some wonderful women. In every way, “100 Women who Care” is “community at its best”!"