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Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I JOIN 100 WOMEN WHO CARE MARKHAM WITH A GROUP?

You sure can! We understand that in these difficult financial times it may be hard to participate in charitable giving on your own; however, joining with a team allows you to split the cost and time commitment among teammates and creating community with coworkers, friends or like-minded peers.

To sign-up as a team, each member must complete a Membership Commitment Form on which she will indicate how the $100 donation will be distributed between each member of the team. There is a maximum of 4 people allowed on one team.

As a team you are allowed one vote, but all members can attend meetings. One speaker from the team will be selected when completing a Charity Nomination Form to represent the team should that charity be selected to be voted on that meeting.

HOW IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT RECEIVES THE GROUP DONATION CHOSEN AT EACH MEETING?

A member who has signed the Membership Commitment Form can submit the name of a local organization. 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 and then spend about two minutes for Q&A.

Any member can submit a charitable organization for consideration; however, she must submit a Charity Nomination Form to the Executive at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. The member who nominates the organization must be the one presenting the selected charity. 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. Guests are not permitted to present.

WHICH ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION?

At this time, in order to be considered at a meeting, an organization must be based in and serve Markham 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.

A charity can be nominated at each meeting as long is has not been a recipient of the group’s donation in the past year. 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.

ARE DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Absolutely! Only registered, not-for-profit and charitable organizations will be sponsored by the group. Checks are written directly to selected charitable organizations and not to 100 Women Who Care Markham at each meeting. If they cannot be sent electronically, tax receipts will be issued directly by the charitable organization to 100 Women Who Care Markham.
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 cheque and give it to the Founders on her behalf. A friend acting as a surrogate member may not vote on behalf of the absent member.

She can contact the Executive at markham100women@hotmail.com and arrange to deliver her signed cheque.

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