FAQ's

MEMBER QUESTIONS

How do I become a member?
If you would like to become a member, please click on "contact" above and complete the Membership & Commitment Form. Bring to next meeting.

How much of my donation goes to the administration costs of 100 Women Who Care Williams Lake?
Absolutely zero! 100 Women Who Care Williams Lake is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. 100% of the funds raised go directly from the member to the chosen charity. We are a non-organization; no bank account, no fixed address, no opinion. Everything goes directly to charity. 100% ALWAYS!!!

What if I can't attend a meeting?
If you cannot attend a quarterly meeting, you should contact us using via email to let us know and then make sure that your cheque for $50 is dropped off at the meeting or is given to another member to bring with them. Members must submit payment within 3 days of the meeting to ensure they continue to be members in good standing and eligible to vote.

Are my donations tax deductible?
Absolutely!!! Cheques or bank drafts are written directly to the charitable organization. The tax receipts are written out by the awarded charity and mailed directly to the donating member. Please self address an envelope (including your email) upon your arrival at meeting. Place your addressed cheque inside envelope and drop off at sign in desk at end of meeting.

I'm a new member: what should I expect at a meeting?
Expect to be greeted by a volunteer and asked to sign-in at the registration desk. There will be time for having a beverage and mingling with fellow members.
6:00 pm doors open and registration - cash bar.
You will register, self-address an envelope, and pick up voting sheet.
6:30 pm Meeting begins
-Opening remarks
-Announce the three Charity finalists
-Each charity presents- short and sweet! 5 minutes each- no Power point or collateral materials
-Voting by ballot
-Update presentation from previous recipient
-Announce the chosen recipient (by simple majority)
-Members write their cheques to the recipient charity (place in self addressed envelope with email)
-Cheques collected and presented to the charity
-Announce next meeting
7:00 pm Post meeting networking- cash bar/meal

Can I just give you four posted-dated $50 cheques?
Ideally no-because we want to see you at our meetings. But if you not a Williams Lake resident, or you know your going to miss all the meetings, contact us and we'll see if we can help.

Is membership limited to only 100 women?
No, if we can make a BIG impact with 100 women, why not invite a friend and make an even BIGGER impact? Remember, we're doing this for the charities and our community, not just for us.

Can I bring a friend to a quarterly meeting?
Yes, you can bring a friend with you to a meeting if they would like to see what we are about before committing to membership. they will not be entitled to vote, nor will they be required to provide a $50 cheque to the chosen charity. I'm sure that after witnessing the excitement of giving back, your friend will want to register before leaving the meeting. That is possible as there will be forms available at the registration desk. If you guest would like to attend a second meeting, we ask that they register first so that they can enjoy the same benefits as you!

Can I send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100 Women Who Care Williams Lake is to make a $5,000 donation on behalf of the entire group, cheques must be provided at the meeting. The power of joining forces provides for greater impact in the community. We also need to be able to track your donations so you receive credit for the donation and remain eligible for nominating charities and noting at the meetings.

What do you do with my personal information?
100 Women Who Care Williams Lake collects your name, address, and email strictly for the purpose of contacting you for event invitations and assisting the charitable organization with providing a tax receipt for your donation. 100 Women Who Care Williams Lake will not sell, gibe or otherwise share your personal information without your express consent, unless required by law. If a member would like to remain anonymous, just let us know!~

How does 100 Women Who Care Communicate with members?
The website and Facebook site will have the most up-to-date information at all times. New members will receive a confirmation email within a month or two of joining. If you have not receive it, please contact us. We will send group emails to members with information like reminders of meeting, venue directions, requests for assistance, etc. To ensure that you receive our updates on a timely basis, please add our email wl100womenwhocare@gmail.com to your address book. We will make every effort to reach you, but sometimes your security setting prohibits us from getting things to you. Our Facebook page will also be a great venue for keeping up to date. Click here to see what we're talking about.

Can I cancel my membership?
We ask that you commit to an year upon signing up. But with that said we know things come up. If you wish to discontinue your membership, please let us know via email.

CHARITY QUESTIONS

How are charities nominated?
Charities must be nominated by a member who has signed a Membership & Commitment Form and who is current with her donations.

Can a charity nominate itself?
No, charities may only be nominated by a member. Our members are just not interested in nominating and donating - they want to learn about local causes. They may want to volunteer, sponsor or serve on a board or committee. They may even become a regular donor. Our members and supporters will find out about your charity in our social media discussions and posts. So we invite eligible charities to visit our website and Like us on FACEBOOK. By getting yourself known to our members, you will get yourself nominated. Then it's down to the 'luck of the draw' which three will present on the night. Good luck.

Can a member nominate more that one charity for each meeting?
No, a member can nominate only one charity for each meeting.

How are the three presenting charities chosen?
Members nominate charities on joining or renewal, and again the the weeks before each quarterly meeting. All those nominated charities go into a database, which are then verified for eligibility. The eligible charities are put into a hat and three organizations are drawn at random approximately three weeks prior to our quarterly meeting. The three organizations are notified and invited to give a short five-minute presentation at the meeting. If a charity declines, or is unable to present, another charity is chosen from the database. The identities of the three presenting charities are not revealed until the night of the meeting.

How is the organization that receives the group donation chosen?
A member who has signed the Membership & Commitment Form, who is current with her donations and present at the meeting may vote by secret ballot for one of the three presenting charities. The charity with the most votes receives the members' donations.

Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?
  • The charitable organization must be registered not-for-profit or charity able to provide tax donation receipts.
  • The charitable organization must have been operating in the Williams Lake and surrounding area for at least 12 months.
  • The funds must stay within Williams Lake and the surrounding area.
  • Click here to verify the charitable status of an organization (According to CRA).

Do you only support women's organizations?
No, we are inclusive of all charitable organizations that meet our stated selection criteria. We are simply 100 Women Who care about our local communities.