How long has this organization been in Livingston County?
100 Women Who Care about Livingston County is an organization that launched by Candye Hinton a local Realtor in Livingston County in March of 2012. On May 8th the first group of women gathered for one hour and collected over $6700.00. By the end of 2012, the first group of charter women had raised well over $25,000. In 2013 our fantastic group of women raised $41,800. In 2014, the women raised $47,725. In 2015, the women raised $43,275 and in 2016 they raised $43,345.
Which organizations are allowed to be sponsored?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be located in Livingston County. It must be a non-profit organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) that serves Livingston County. It has to be approved by our charities committee prior to the next quarterly meeting.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
A member who has signed the commitment form can put the name of a local organization into the box for a random drawing. The organizers of the meeting will collect names of organizations from the participants as they arrive. Please note: you do not have to bring the name of a local organization, though it is encouraged. At random, three organizations will be selected from the box. The members who wrote down each name will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why their chosen organization should receive the donation. A 5 min. question and answer period follows.
Is my contribution tax deductible? How do I get my tax forms?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to 100+ Women Who Care. Your tax forms will be available on the 100 Women website beginning Jan 25th, www.100womenlivingstoncounty.org. PLEASE NOTE: Any approved non-profit is not allowed to create, sell or distribute a list with your contact information. They are not allowed to solicit you for further contributions. If this were to happen, the organization would no longer be considered at future meetings.
What is a 501(c)(3)?
501(c)(3) is defined as "exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals." However, for the purposes of 100+ Women Who Care, all groups up for consideration must be local. For more information, please visit the IRS Web site.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be very short, generally lasting no longer than 60 minutes. However, we will be present at least 30 minutes earlier for social time before each meeting to get to know other members, and answer questions about the organization.
How do I vote if I cannot attend the meeting? What is proxy voting?
This can happen in two ways:
1. You can send a blank, signed check with a trusted friend to the meeting. They will write in the name of the charity that is chosen and give it to the organizers on your behalf. They can vote on your behalf. We would appreciate your presence but the votes of members who are not present will be counted if placed by a friend accompanied by your check.
2. After the meeting is over, members who were not able to attend can check the web site or Facebook page to find out which charity was selected. You can then write your check and mail it to the organizers and we will send it to the charity on your behalf.
(We encourage each member to send within 3 days of the meeting)
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself? Why do you have to send it on my behalf?
The goal of the 100+ Women Who Care organization is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give $10,000+ dollars at one time to make a large impact in our community, with each member's donation being part of the larger donation.
I would like to bring a friend to the meeting who is not signed up...
Of course you can! However, in order to vote and sign up they will have to provide a commitment form prior to the start of the meeting.
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