Frequently Asked Questions


Where did 100 Women originate?
100 Women Who Care was originated in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, MI.  At their first 1 hour meeting, their group of 100 women raised $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city. The word spread about this simple and powerful giving circle and now there are more than 250 chapters throughout the world.

How long has 100 Women Who Care CLE-Eastside been in the area?
100 Women Who Care CLE-Eastside was founded in September 2013 by Cathy Stamler, Amy Wain Garnitz, Karen Andonian Moriarty, Julie Raskind, Martha Mahoney, and Beth Brandon.

What organizations can be nominated?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in the Greater Cleveland area serving Cuyahoga county and have 501(c)(3) status.

What is a 501(c)(3)?
A 501(c)(3) is defined as "exemptions that 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." 

Is my contribution tax deductible? 
Yes. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to 100 Women Who Care CLE-Eastside 

How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
A member may submit a local organization for a random drawing at the meeting. Three organizations will be selected randomly. The nominating members will give five minute presentations about their organizations with a five minute Q&A. Following the presentations, members will vote. If there is a tie, there will be a run-off vote.

What if I cannot attend a meeting?  
If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things:  1. Send a blank, signed check with a trusted friend to the meeting. The friend may not vote on behalf of the absent member. We can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting. 2. Mail your check per email instructions following the meeting. This information will also be listed on the website.

Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
No. 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 a time to make a large impact in our community, with each member's donation being part of the larger donation.

How long do the meetings last?
One hour. Meetings are intended to be very short, generally lasting approximately 45 minutes but no longer than 60 minutes.  Feel free to arrive early to have a drink and mingle. We begin each meeting promptly at 6:30 P.M.  

Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Please do. However, in order to vote she will need to sign a Commitment Form and become a member.

What if I cannot afford the $400 yearly commitment? 
You can build a team of up to four women to meet the $400 yearly commitment.  Each team will have one vote per quarterly meeting. The team may submit a single charity for consideration.  Any member of the team may make the presentation.