HOW DOES IT WORK
To join the group, you must complete a Registration Form. By joining, each member commits to donating $100 per meeting, four times per year (four consecutive meetings from the date of joining the organization).
Each meeting’s nominated charities are selected from the list of charities submitted by members upon joining. Nominated charities must meet certain eligibility requirements. Charitable organizations under consideration must serve the Edmonton area and provide individual tax receipts directly to contributing members. The recipient charity must agree not to give out member information to any third parties, except for Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) or tax purposes.
NOTE: Tax receipts are provided directly to the members by the recipient charity. Please do not contact 100 Women Who Care Edmonton for your tax receipt, as it is not ours to give.
AT THE MEETING
Before each meeting, three charities are drawn by the Leading Ladies Organizing Committee from the list of nominated charities. The chosen organizations are then invited to hold a presentation at our next meeting.
After the presentations, a vote is held, and the charity with the most votes by simple majority will be the recipient. Ties will be decided by further votes. If a tie persists, the membership will vote to select one of the tied organizations. If a second tie occurs, the membership committee will break the tie by coin toss.
All members must provide their blank cheque in order to receive a ballot with which to vote. All cheques are collected and immediately given to the chosen charity. Members who did not vote for the selected charity agree to make their donation regardless.
NOTE: Donations made directly to the recipient charity and online donations do not count toward your commitment. Only cheques handed in to 100 Women Who Care Edmonton at our quarterly meetings count.
The recipient charity is invited back to the next meeting to explain to all members the big impact their donations have made. The recipient charity is eligible to present again in three years. The other two non-recipient charities may present again after one year. When possible, a small donation will also be provided to the other two charities via fundraising methods at each meeting.
There is no proxy voting permitted, but members who cannot attend must ensure that their blank cheque (enclosed in a sealed envelope) reaches their “buddy” or the meeting organizers before the meeting starts. Members who do not provide a cheque are no longer in good standing and cannot vote at future meetings.