Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who manages the 100+ Women Who Care Greater Seattle giving circle? And are there bylaws that govern the group?
A: The giving circle is managed by the Core Team, a group of volunteers. The Core Team roles and current volunteers are as follows:
Core Team Leader, Paula Rothkopf
Nonprofit Focal, Virginia Heineman
Event Planner, Naomi West
IT Focal, Lynette Fernandes
Membership Focal, Melissa Thomas
Sponsorship Focal, Susan Wood
Q: Are there bylaws that govern the group?
A. Yes, we have a set of bylaws that were created by the Core Team. These bylaws are used to manage all the activities and affairs of 100+ Women Who Care Greater Seattle.
Q: Which non-profit organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?
A: Nonprofit organizations must:
Be nominated by a current member.
Be based in and serve the Greater Seattle/King County Area.
Be a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit or charitable organization eligible to provide tax receipts for donations.
Be established for at least 1 year (no start-ups).
Agree not to use, give, or sell the contact information of our members for additional solicitation by them or other organizations.
Not be National or International nonprofit, programs or organizations unless they can commit to designating our donation to the Greater Seattle area (all of King County). Our focus is on local nonprofits where our contributions can make the biggest impact.
Q: How do I nominate a nonprofit and increase the diversity of our existing list?
A: To nominate a nonprofit, you must be a member of 100+ WWC Greater Seattle.
Follow these steps for making a nomination:
1) Make sure the nonprofit meets our eligibility requirements (see FAQ for requirements)
2) Check the nonprofit list to ensure the non-profit you’re about to nominate is NOT on the list
3) Go to the nominate a nonprofit page to make your nomination.
Increasing Nonprofit Diversity:
In order to become more equitable in our giving practices, we ask our members to research the leadership of nonprofits they care about and to take time to nominate organizations led by and serving the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community, in addition to continuing to nominate nonprofits led by LGBTQ+ people and Womxn. There are many proven barriers in funding access for BIPOC-led organizations. By nominating BIPOC nonprofits, our members can help us build anti-racist practices in our giving.
Q: How is the nonprofit that receives the group donation chosen?
A: When a member registers, they can nominate a local nonprofit, whose name will go into a hat for a random drawing at our meeting. We select 3 nonprofits from the hat and invite them to attend our next meeting. At our meeting they present their mission followed by Q&A. Then we vote and the nonprofit with the greatest number of votes is the recipient of the funds.
Members can vote online if unable to attend the meeting.
Q: How many members are there?
A: We have over 100 dedicated members and there is no maximum! The stronger our collective, the more funds we can donate.
Q: How do I make a donation to the chosen organization?
A: We’ve established a 100 Women account with the Giving Group, a local non-profit that will provide a secure way to collect, track, and transfer all donations to the nonprofit we choose at each event.
Here’s how it works:
Each member registers with Giving Group to establish their account. Go to “Join Us” to register.
$103 is automatically charged to your credit card on file after each of the 3 events (25th of February, May and October).
Note: There is a 3% processing fee ($3.00) through Giving Group for each donation so that $100 goes directly to the non-profit.
The Giving Group will send an email reminder to each member 3 days prior to processing their credit card payment. Members can update their account profile at any time.
After each event, 100 Women Who Care Leader will notify Giving Group the name of the nonprofit to receive our donation.
Gift Matching or Special Donation Fund:
We encourage our members to multiply their donation by asking for a matching donation through their employer or an organization they are affiliated with that matches donations.
If you have a fund specifically for making a donation, for example a Retirement Fund or Donor Advised Fund, this is also an acceptable donation method.
For both of these donation methods, please notify us when you make your matching donation, so we can show the total financial impact of our donation to the non-profit.
Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
A: Yes, as only registered not-for-profit organizations will be sponsored by the group.
Q: Do I have to donate to the chosen non-profit?
A: If for some reason a member is unable to make a donation, or unwilling due to personal values or religious beliefs, please notify the Core Team prior to the voting event. We understand there can be unique circumstances where a donation is not possible.
Q: Do any of my donated funds go to administration costs of 100 Women Who Care - Greater Seattle Area?
A: Absolutely not! 100 Women Who Care - Greater Seattle Area is organized and operated entirely by volunteers, the Core Team. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organizations! We do have minimal overhead costs, so donations to help fund our minimal expenses are always appreciated but not required. We are hoping to find a sponsor to help with these costs.
Q: What do you do with my personal information?
A: 100 Women Who Care - Greater Seattle Area collects your personal information (including name, email & phone number) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list. We will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information.
Q: How long is the commitment?
A: We hope that you will enjoy this process so much that the length of your commitment is not even a concern. Of course we realize that various unexpected life events can change your personal situation. If you no longer want to participate in this collective; we ask that you inform us. We will remove you from our membership list and you will no longer receive our email communications.
Q: Can I share the membership with a friend?
A: We’ve established a new type of membership where you may form a team of 2 to 4 people who share the $100 donation for each of our 3 events/year. A team captain is responsible for making all donations, submitting the nonprofit vote for the team and forwarding all communications to team members.
A team captain is responsible for the following:
Making all donations
Submitting the nonprofit vote, each team gets one vote.
Forwarding all communications to team members
Q: How long do the meetings last?
A: We hold 3 events/year. Our event meetings are intended to be short and no longer than 90 minutes. Prior to the business meeting there is an optional social/dinner hour. See our event page for details.
Q: Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
A: Of course you can! We are always seeking women who care! However, in order to vote they will need to become a member.
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