WHICH ORGANIZATION(S) ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION?
At this time, in order to be considered at a meeting, an organization must be based in and serve the Saanich Peninsula area and it must be a registered, not-for-profit or charitable organization able to provide tax receipts for donations. We are not considering nominations to national or international charities, programs, or organizations at this time, as the current focus is on contributing to our local community. It must also be previously established (no start-ups).
A charity can be nominated at each meeting as long is has not been a recipient of the group's donation in the past three 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. We will accept multiple charity nominations for the same charity. All approved and legitimate charity nominations will be eligible for the draw box on the night of the meeting; however, a charity will only be able to be drawn and brought to a vote with the membership once per meeting.
HOW IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT RECEIVES THE GROUP DONATION CHOSEN AT EACH MEETING?
A member can submit the name of a local organization for nomination. At random, three organizations will be selected at the meeting. The nominating members will be asked to come up and give a short, five minute presentation as to why the organization they are nominating should receive the donation.
Any member can submit a charitable organization for consideration; however, she must nominate the charity to the Leading Ladies by the posted due date. Teams may only nominate one charity per meeting and one representative should be elected by each team to speak on all team members' behalves should this charity be selected for presentation. Members can ask other members to present their charity on her behalf. Guests are not permitted to present.
ARE DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Absolutely! Only registered, not-for-profit and charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group. Cheques are written directly to selected charitable organizations and not to 100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula at each meeting. If they cannot be sent electronically, tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization to 100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula and we will mail the receipts to members to further cut down on these organizations' overhead costs.
I am a member and know someone in need who is not a registered, not-for-profit or charitable organization.
CAN 100 WOMEN WHO CARE SAANICH PENINSULA STILL HELP THEM?
At this time 100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula is only working with registered charities.
AS A MEMBER, CAN I NOMINATE A CHARITY WITHOUT HAVING TO GET UP AND SPEAK IN FRONT OF THE GROUP ABOUT IT?
Nominating members can elect another member to present to the group on her behalf or you may ask one of the Leading Ladies.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND A MEETING?
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things:
She can send in a blank, signed cheque with a trusted friend or another member to the meeting (preferred). The surrogate member will then write in the name of the charity that is chosen on the check and give it to the Leading Ladies on her behalf. A friend acting as a surrogate member may not vote on behalf of the absent member.
She can deliver in person or mail* a blank, signed cheque to:
100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula
C/O Holmes Realty LTd
2481 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, BC V8L 1X9
She can drop off her cheque (24 hours per day) in the drop
box located at:
Holmes Realty Ltd.
2481 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, BC V8L 1X9
There is a mail slot in the front door if the office is closed.
CAN I JUST SEND THE DONATION TO THE CHARITY MYSELF?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula 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 at least $10,000 at one 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 individuals united for a cause! We also need to be able to track your donations so that you get credit for the donation and remain an active, voting-eligible member of the group.
HOW MUCH OF MY DONATION GOES TO ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF 100 WOMEN WHO CARE SAANICH PENINSULA?
None of it! 100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula is organized and operated by a volunteer super team of Leading Ladies. Everything else, from our meeting space to our advertising, has been given to us by generous donors in our community. 100% of the money raised at our meetings goes directly to the selected organization!
HOW LONG DO THE MEETINGS LAST?
Meetings are intended to be very short and will last no longer than 60 minutes; however, members are invited to socialize after each meeting.
CAN MEMBERS BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING?
Of course you can! We are always seeking philanthropic women to contribute their energy to the group.
In order to vote, she would need to become a member before the meeting, but guests are free to observe and contribute a donation if she likes.
WHY DO YOU NEED MEMBERS' PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We collect members' information (including name, address, and email address) strictly for the purpose of maintaining our membership list and assisting charitable organizations when creating individual tax receipts.
100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula will not sell, give, or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law.
HOW DO I JOIN?