How do charitable organizations in Oakville get involved?
Organizations must be nominated by a member of 100 Women Who Care Oakville to be considered.
We invite organizations to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep connected and informed of our upcoming events. Many of our members are also looking for a charitable cause to nominate. We invite featured organizations to educate our membership about their causes through our social media platforms.
What are the criteria for consideration of a charitable organization?
- The charitable organization must be a registered not-for-profit or charity able to provide tax receipts for donations.
- The charitable organization must have been operating within the community of Oakville for at least 12 months.
- The charitable organization must have its offices within the limits of the Town of Oakville-or the Region of Halton in some cases.
- The charitable organization must have local impact within the Town of Oakville.
How often can a charity be nominated?
A charity can be nominated at each meeting as long is has not been a recipient of the group’s donation in the past. Once the charity has been selected, it will not be put up for reconsideration for another 3 years. This will allow other charities the chance to get selected. A charity may also be nominated more than once by different members at each meeting, giving it a greater chance of being presented.
Who can nominate?
Any member in good standing can submit one charitable organization per meeting for consideration. However, he/she must complete our online Organization Submission Form at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting. The member who nominates must be the one presenting the charity. Guests are not permitted to present.
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 Oakville. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.
How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?
A member who has signed the Commitment Form and is in good standing can put the name of a local organization into the hat for a random drawing at the meeting. At random, three organizations will be selected from the hat. The nominating members will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should receive the donation and then spend 5 minutes for Q & A. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy, charitable organizations!
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting he/she can do one of two things:
- The member can send in a blank, signed cheque with a trusted friend to the meeting (preferred). The friend will write the name of the charity on the cheque and give it to the organizers on his/her behalf. The friend may vote on behalf of the absent member. Each $100 donation cheque is equal to one vote.
The member can check the website, Facebook or Twitter pages, or contact one of the organizers to find out which charity was selected. A newsletter will be sent to the members announcing the selected charity shortly after the meeting.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Oakville is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group, we ask members not to. 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.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be short and no longer than 60 minutes. That having been said, there is the opportunity to socialize before and after the meeting.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course you can! We are always seeking women who care! However, in order to vote she will need to sign a Commitment Form and become a member. Otherwise she is welcome to be an observer at one of our meetings. Your friend can also contribute a donation if she likes.
Does any of my donation go to administration costs of 100 Who Care Oakville?
Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care Oakville is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organizations!
What do you do with my personal information?
100 Women Who Care Oakville collects your personal information (including name, address, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care Oakville will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law.