For Members

How Do I Nominate a Charity?

Charities and nonprofits can be nominated only by registered members.  A form is used to collect nominations in advance of each meeting. Each member can nominate one charity. BECOME A MEMBER so you can support the wonderful and inspiring work done by local charities and non-profit organizations.

I nominated a charity but they didn’t win. Now what?

If your nominated charity was one of the two who didn’t win the group donation, they receive a voucher for a radio marketing campaign courtesy of K-Rock. Their names do NOT automatically go back into the hat for the next meeting. If you want them to have another chance to present, you must nominate them again prior to the next meeting.

UPDATE for 2018: In a fall member poll, our 100+ Women opted to have December’s meeting be a “second chance” event. This means that the charities who presented to us in the previous calendar year but did NOT receive the group donation, are put back into the hat for this meeting only.

Do I have to live in the Annapolis Valley of NS?

No! We accept members who live in any area, as long as you can make sure your donation cheque reaches us in time for a meeting. Your donation commitment is to organizations local to the Annapolis Valley.

How do charities, and grassroots non-profit organizations in the Annapolis Valley get involved?

Charities must be nominated by a member of 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley to be considered. Sometimes it’s hard to find out about groups with great causes, so we invite organizations to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Here organizations can educate 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley members and those following us about their projects. Many members are looking for a charitable cause to nominate and find info within our social media discussions and posts. If charities follow along on social media the night of the event they will get an idea of the excitement and what is happening as it takes place.

Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?

In order to be eligible to present to our membership, nominated charities must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a registered non-profit or charitable organization that’s eligible to provide a tax receipt for donations.
  2. Must be established for at least one year (NO start-ups).
  3. If a national or international charity, 100% of the money they would receive from us MUST go back to the local area.

Read more about charity eligibility below.

My favourite charity won the group donation. Can I nominate it again?

An organization that is selected for the group donation may NOT be considered for a period of at least one year.

Why Should I Join 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley?

100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley understands that many smaller organizations are so busy providing to others that they don’t have the time, experience or dedicated personnel to look for funding. 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley is meant to even the playing field. No PowerPoint presentations, no brochures – just five minutes to tell members why an organization deserves our donation. We feel strongly that we could provide both a forum for funding, and a way to better educate the public on many of the many charitable organizations that exist here. We’re told by members, recipients and presenters alike that they have learned about organizations and good work done locally that they knew nothing about. Click here to become a member!

How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?

Current members can nominate one local organization into the hat for a random drawing prior to each meeting.  The organizers of the meeting will collect the names of the organizations, and three organizations will be selected at random two weeks before the event.  Members of the three organizations will be contacted and asked to give a short five minute presentation at the meeting as to why their organization should receive the donation.

Organizations who win the group donation are then asked to return to the next meeting to share their progress and how us how our donations were used. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy, charitable organizations!

What Should I Expect at a Meeting?

You are greeted by a volunteer and asked to sign in at the registration desk. We like to keep track of our member’s attendance as you enter so we can reconcile donations more quickly at the end of the evening. There may be a cash bar and some munchies. We may ask you if you would like to have your photo taken and/ or a short video of why you became a member. This is totally voluntary. 

Order of Events 

5:30 Registration, networking 

6:00 Presentation begins – Opening remarks – How evening and voting will happen – Announce our 3 Charitable organization finalists – Charitable organization Presentations – 5 minutes each, no PowerPoint or collateral materials – Voting and tabulation – each member receives a ballot and they write the name of their choice – Update presentation from last meeting’s recipient – Announce the selected rcipient (most votes) – Announce the next venue 

7:00 Meeting is done! Cheque collection/drop off as you leave.

When Are the Meetings?

We meet only four times each year. Meetings take place in September, December, March and June, with specific dates emailed to our members, and posted on our website and our facebook page.

What if I Can’t Attend a Meeting?

If you can’t make it to our next meeting, please take a moment to let us know! See below for ways you can honour your donation commitment.

Ways to Honour Your Donation Commitment:

Cheques are best. Not all charities are able to accept online donations, but if they are we will share that information with our members. However, online donations often involve fees for the charities, so a portion of your $100 may go to credit card merchant or other fees.

  • Drop your cheque and self-addressed stamped envelope off to one of our co-chairs (Kentville area: Paula HuntleyCate Smith, or Windsor area: Steph Sedgwick).
  • Drop your cheque and self-addressed stamped envelope to Paula at Winners, New Minas.
  • Send a blank (but signed) cheque and a self-addressed stamped envelope with another member to the meeting.

**NEVER put 100 Women in the “To” section – leave it blank and we will fill in the selected charity for you!

Why do I have to bring a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope)?

We ask our members to include a self-addressed and stamped envelope in order for the chosen charity to mail you your tax receipt. This isn’t mandatory, but it saves the charity the cost of postage of 100+ receipts. Just put your cheque in the envelope when you drop it off – and remember not to seal the envelope!

Can I bring a friend to the meeting?

Absolutely – especially if she joins too! Our meetings and receptions are members only.  We are always seeking additional women who care! So if you bring a friend along who wants to join we will have her sign a Commitment Form at registration when she arrives. She can also register ahead of time right here on the website.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, as only registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group.  Cheques are written directly to the charitable organization and NOT to 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley. 

Tax receipts are issued directly by the charitable organization. Please remember sometimes it takes a while for a small charity to process all the donations, and your tax receipt may take some time.

Can’t I just send the donation to the charity myself?

Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley 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.

Do any of my donations go to administration costs of 100+ Women Valley?

Absolutely not!  100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. Any overhead or administration expenses are covered by individual sponsorship or separate donations. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organizations.

How does 100 Women Who Care communicate with members?

The website will have the most up to date info at all times. New members will receive a confirmation from members@100womenvalley.ca within one week of joining. If you have not received it, please contact us. We also update Facebook and Twitter. We send group email to members from email@100womenvalley.ca or steph@100womenvalley.ca with info like venue directions, updates etc. We make every effort to reach you but sometimes your security settings prohibit us from getting things to you. If you change your email address please let us know.

Should you wish to discontinue membership at any time, please send an e-mail to members@100womenvalley.ca  indicating your withdrawal.

This group is amazing! How long has 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley been around?

Paula Huntley of Kentville is the founding member of the Annapolis Valley chapter, which started in 2013. The original idea for 100 Women Who Care was built by Karen Dunigan, and since her pilot project there are now several hundred chapters operating all around the world.

How many members are in the 100+ Women Valley group?

In 2016, our membership averaged around 65 members. In June 2017 at the launch of this website, we were already over 80 and growing fast. By our September meeting, we were at 107 and counting.

There is no limit to how many women can join! Our sister group in Halifax is close to 200 members, as are some other 100 Women groups in Canada. The more members we have, the higher the group donation!

What do you do with my personal information?

100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list.  100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley 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 venues. If a member would like to remain anonymous they must let us know at the time of joining.

For Charities

How can charitable organizations be considered?

  • Registered members in good standing can nominate one charitable organization for consideration prior to each meeting.
  • Nominations are collected from our members and created as a draw.
  • THREE organizations are randomly drawn prior to the event.
  • Representatives are notified and asked to make a 5 minute presentation (no collateral materials please) at the meeting and members vote.
  • The organization with the greatest amount of votes is the recipient of the funds that evening and is removed from the selection process in the future.

How can my charity get nominated?

If you meet our elibility criteria, your charity must be nominated by one of our members. Recruit a new member (or join yourself!) and ask them to submit your name – the more members, the bigger the group donation!

Take the time to connect with us online. Let our members know who you are, what services you provide to our community and generally why the organization you work for is the best around. You can find us on Facebook here. The more we know about you, the more likely it is that one of our members will nominate you.

Is my organization eligible?

  • You must be a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations.
  • You must be previously established for at least 1 year (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. National organizations that have a program where 100% of the funds would be donated back to the local area ARE eligible for nomination.
  • An organization that is selected for the group donation may not be considered again for a period of at least one year.

What does the charity do in a presentation?

  • Representatives are asked to make a 5 minute presentation at the meeting and members vote.
  • No collateral materials are allowed – that means no brochures, no cards, no powerpoints.
  • There is no time allotted for Qu0026amp;A from the members. Make sure you detail your need and organization as clearly as possible.
  • The organization with the greatest amount of votes is the recipient of the funds and is removed from the selection process in the future.

What do I do if my charity won the group donation?

Fantastic! We will ask you to return for the next meeting to give us an update on how your project has progressed since you received our group donation. This is a wonderful way to showcase your project’s progress, show accountability, and help us feel awesome about supporting your organization. Your update takes place while collecting votes for the current meeting selection.

Can my charity contact the 100 Women members individually?

No. Our group donation is by the group. Unless otherwise specified (separately) by that member, our individual members do not want to be contacted directly by your organization in any way other than to receive their donation tax receipt. We ask our members to notify our co-chairs if they do get contacted directly by your organization.

My charity presented but didn’t win. Now what?

Organizations who present at a meeting but are not the final recipient receive a voucher for a radio marketing campaign courtesy of K-Rock. Nobody walks away empty-handed. Those organizations are NOT returned back to the selection hat for the next meeting. So if you presented and didn’t win the group donation, you must be nominated again by a current member – or recruit a new member for us who will nominate you! The more nominations, the higher your chance of being selected for consideration.

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