FAQs

Frequently asked questions

FOR MEMBERS

What should I expect at a meeting?


You will be greeted by a volunteer and asked to sign in at the registration desk. We like to keep track of our members' attendance so we can reconcile donations at the end of the evening. You will receive a ballot for later in the evening. Order of Events 5:30 - 6:30 pm Registration & networking 6:30pm - Presentation begins: - Opening remarks. - Announcement of our 3 Charitable organization finalists. - Charitable organization Presentations – 5 minutes each, no PowerPoint or demonstrative materials. - Voting and tabulation – each member receives a ballot and they circle 1,2 or 3 representing each organization in order. - While the votes are counted, members will hear an update presentation from the last meeting’s donation receipient. - Announcement of the winning recipient based on number of votes. - Announcement of the next meeting's venue and date. - Cash bar and cheque collection/drop off at registration desk.




When are the meetings?


Our meetings take place 4 times a year. We announce the dates for the full year - check out our events page to find out when the next meeting will be taking place!




How long do the meetings last?


Meetings are intended to be no longer than 60 minutes. That having been said, there is additional time before and after the meeting to socialize with light snacks and a cash bar.




What do you do with my personal information?


100 Women Who Care CBRM collects your personal information (including name, address, email address and phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. 100 Women Who Care CBRM 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 anonomous they must let us know at the time of joining.




Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?


In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization/charity must be based in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). It must be a not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations. It 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. An organization that is selected for the group donation may not be considered again for 5 Years. The exception is a specific program within a large organization (for example a specific department or program within a hospital), which may be considered again after one year for a different program or department. Members nominate a charitable organization for consideration upon registering to join our CBRM Chapter. Nominations are entered into a draw and 3 are randomly selected and vetted prior to the event. Representatives from each organization are asked to make a 5 minute presentation at the meeting and then group members will vote on the reciepient of their choice. The organization with the greatest amount of votes is the recipient of the funds and is removed from the selection process for the next 5 years.




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 100womenCBRM@gmail.com within a week of joining. If you have not received it, please contact us. We also send our meeting reminders by email and update our Facebook page regularily. 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 100womenCBRM@gmail.com indicating your withdrawal. If you are unable to attend a meetiing and did not submit your $100 ahead of time we will email a reminder and offer you the option to have your name removed from the membership list for the next meeting, this is a standard procedure.




Does any of my donation go to administration costs of 100 Women Who Care CBRM?


Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care CBRM is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organizations!




Is my donation tax deductible?


Yes, only non-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 CBRM. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization.




How Do I Nominate a Charity?


The charity and non-profit organization submission form are ONLY sent to registered members by email in our mail out in the weeks leading up to the meeting. This submission form is not published publicly and is only available to registered members. If you are a member who hasn’t received a nomination form, please contact us at 100womenCBRM@gmail.com. If you would like to BECOME a member so you can support the wonderful and inspiring work done by local charities and non-profit organizations, please visit our Registration page.




What if I cannot attend a meeting?


If a member cannot attend a meeting she should send her regrets to a co-chair and for her cheque she can do one of two things: 1. Arrange a cheque drop-off to Deana or Shelley before the meeting date. We can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting; 2. Or send your cheque with another member the night of the meeting. Doing this will make it simple for the organizers as well as the members. 3. If you do not attend a meeting you are still expected to honor your $100 commitment. Your $100 commitements must be up to date to remain in good standing with your membership.




Can I bring a friend to a meeting?


Absolutely! 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.




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


Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care CBRM 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 CBRM?


Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care CBRM 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.





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 do charities, and non-profit organizations in the CBRM get involved?


Charities must be nominated by a member of 100 Women Who Care CBRM to be considered. We invite organizations to follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. Here, organizations can educate 100 Women Who Care CBRM members and those following us about their projects. Many members are looking for a charitable cause to nominate and find info within our socail media discussions and posts.




How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?


When a member registers she can nominate a name of a local organization for a random drawing prior to the 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 thier organization should receive the donation and what they plan to do with the money. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, charitable organizations!




Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?


In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization/charity must be based in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). It must be a not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations. It 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. An organization that is selected for the group donation may not be considered again for 5 Years. The exception is a specific program within a large organization (for example a specific department or program within a hospital), which may be considered again after one year for a different program or department. Members nominate a charitable organization for consideration upon registering to join our CBRM Chapter. Nominations are entered into a draw and 3 are randomly selected and vetted prior to the event. Representatives from each organization are asked to make a 5 minute presentation at the meeting and then group members will vote on the reciepient of their choice. The organization with the greatest amount of votes is the recipient of the funds and is removed from the selection process for the next 5 years.





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