Membership

Why Join?

This group is perfect for you if:
• You believe in giving back and want 100% of your donation to go directly to a local nonprofit.
• You've been wanting to help those in need, but are not sure how to fit it into your busy schedule.
• You want to become part of creating a powerful new group of women that will make an  
  immediate, direct and positive contribution to Northern Door County.
• You want to feel good!

What is a member?

100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County is a giving circle that is supported by the nonprofit corporation 100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County, Inc. A member is defined as a member of the giving circle.

What commitment am I making by becoming a member?

Membership in 100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County includes making an annual tax deductible donation of $400 ($100 per quarter) to local nonprofits serving Northern Door County. Members have the option of partnering with a friend and signing up as a team.  2-member teams contribute $50/each per meeting ($200 annually) and 4-member teams contribute $25/each per meeting ($100 annually). Members commit to fulfilling that donation amount even if they did not vote for the selected nonprofit. Attendance at meetings is not mandatory but the donation is.

Membership is for a one (1) year period of time and will renew automatically unless notice is given.  Members may withdraw at any time.

How do I become a member?

If you would like to become a member, please visit the Join Us section to complete our MembershipCommitment Forms.

I’m a new member, what should I expect at a meeting?

Expect to be welcomed at our registration desk and be asked to sign-in. There you will receive your nametag and appropriate ballot(s). 

Generally, our meetings will go as follows:

5:30 pm – Check-in and social

6:30 pm – Formal meeting begins

  • Opening remarks.

  • An explanation of the nonprofit selection and voting process is given.

  • The members who nominated the three (3) nonprofits selected for that quarter’s meeting will each have five (5) minutes to present their nonprofit to the group (no PowerPoint or handouts please). A representative from the organization being presented with then join our presenting member for an up to five (5) minute Q&A session.

  • Members will submit their anonymous ballot and the votes are tabulated.

  • While votes are being tabulated, the nonprofit that received the funds from a previous meeting will be asked to say a few words of thanks and tell the group how their donations were/will be used and what the impact their donations made on the organization and community.

  • The nonprofit with the most votes is announced.

  • Checks written out to 100+ Women Who Care are submitted if not previously submitted to the DCCF.

  • You feel good. You just did something amazing and meaningful!

  • 3 nonprofits for the next meeting are pulled from the hat.

  • The next meeting and venue are announced.

7:30 pm – Meeting is adjourned.  Members are welcome to stay after the meeting to socialize.

How long do the meetings last?

Formal meetings will take no more than an hour. We aim to start promptly at 6:30 pm. If you wish to come a little earlier or stay a little later, there will be some time to socialize both before and after the formal part of each one-hour meeting.

What do you do with my personal information?

100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County collects your personal information (including name, email address, phone number, and mailing address) strictly for the purpose of keeping in contact with our members. Our membership database is used for administrative purposes only.

100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County will not sell, give, or otherwise share your personal information with any third party. Ever. We may occasionally recognize our members via social media and other media. If you want to remain anonymous you must let us know at the time of joining.

If you have signed up for the Social and/or Service email groups, your contact information will be shared with the Giving Circle’s Social and/or Service Coordinators.

How does 100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County communicate with its members?

The main form of communication is via email. Note: if you change your email address, please let us know. New members will receive a confirmation/welcome email from us within 3-5 days of joining. If you have not heard from us, please contact us. The website will have the most up-to-date info at all times. We also have a Facebook page and regularly update that.  

Can I bring a friend to a quarterly meeting?

Yes! We are always looking for women who want to join us in our goal to support nonprofits in Northern Door County. However, your friend will not be able to vote at the meeting unless she completes the Membership & Commitment forms before voting begins. She is, of course, able to donate to the selected nonprofit if she feels moved to do so.

Donations/Payments

Can I pay with credit card?

Yes, we have partnered with the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) to process our payments. Follow this link to make a credit card donation: Online Payment.

How do I pay by check?

Checks should be written out to: 100+ Women Who Care and be mailed to: Door County Community Foundation, 222 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

How is the Award allocated to the nonprofits?

In 2019 our members voted to allocated the Award so that all 3 nonprofits presenting receive a portion. The allocation policy is as follows:

  • 1st $10,000 - Main Award allocated to nonprofit who receives the most votes

  • 2nd $10,000 - Split 50/50 to the 2 Runner Up nonprofits

  • 3rd $10,000 - Allocated to the Main Award recipient

  • 4th $10,000 - Split 50/50 to the 2 Runner Up nonprofits

When will the nonprofits receive my donations?

Once the checks are reconciled with our member list, we will submit a payment request to the DCCF to process and mail the donation checks to the nonprofits. This process may take 4-6 weeks.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. You will receive a tax receipt from the DCCF for your donations. If you have not received your tax receipt within a reasonable amount of time, please contact the DCCF directly.

What if I cannot attend a meeting?

If you cannot attend a quarterly meeting, please mail your check within three days of the meeting so they are received within approximately 5 business days of the meeting.

You may vote in one of two ways:

  1. Proxy - You may vote by proxy by giving your check to another member to bring to the meeting and then they will receive an extra ballot to cast a vote for you in your absence. After the vote they will fill in who your check should be paid to.

  2. Online - A meeting reminder is emailed to all members approximately 2 weeks prior to each meeting and will request you let us know if you will not be able to attend the meeting. When we receive your email that you will not be able to attend we will send you a link so that you can vote online and also a link to view the live stream of the meeting. If it’s available to you we encourage you to watch the live stream presentations and then vote afterwards. All online voting must be submitted within 5 minutes of the end of the last nonprofit presentation to ensure your vote is included in the tally. You may vote anytime time prior to but no later than 5 minutes after the end of the last nonprofit presentation. Checks should be written out to 100+ Women Who Care and be sent to: Door County Community Foundation, 222 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or you may pay with a credit card online: Online Payment. You may make your payment anytime before the meeting. In order to reconcile and issue the checks to the nonprofit organizations in a timely manner we need your payment received within 5 business days of the meeting.

Door County Community Foundation

What is Door County Community Foundation’s relationship with 100+WWC?

100+WWC is an independent charitable corporation that uses a Donor Advised Fund at the Door County Community Foundation to facilitate its giving. This arrangement allows 100+WWC to pay with credit card if they would like in addition to giving members the option to pay for multiple meetings in advance, set up automatic recurring credit card payments, and enables us to send one award check to the nonprofits rather than adding to their administrative burden the processing each of our member’s checks.

Nonprofits

How do I nominate a nonprofit?

Once you join our chapter you may nominate a nonprofit. For more information, please see our Nonprofits section.

Do I have to nominate a nonprofit?

No. Many women like to just show up and give. While all members have the opportunity to nominate a nonprofit, it is not a requirement of membership.

Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the chapter?

Please review our Nonprofits section for eligibility requirements.

What is a 501(c)(3) organization?

The most common type of tax-exempt nonprofit organization falls under category 501(c)(3), whereby a nonprofit organization is exempt from federal income tax if its activities have the following purposes: charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering amateur sports competition, or preventing cruelty to children or animals. For more information please visit the IRS website. 

For the purposes of 100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County, all charitable organizations up for consideration must serve Northern Door County as a part of their mission. The goal is for our members to see the impact their contributions make for our local community.  A local project associated with a national nonprofit may be considered if 100% of the donated funds stay in the Northern Door County community.

Can a nonprofit nominate itself?

No, a nonprofit may only be nominated by a member.

If a 100+WWC member has an affiliation with a nonprofit, i.e. they are an officer, board member, employee or volunteer, they are allowed to nominate that nonprofit.

Can I just send the donation to the nonprofit myself?

Sorry, your commitment to the 100+WWC must be submitted to 100+WWC. The goal of 100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County is to make one BIG donation on behalf of each group within our chapter. To make a BIG impact, we want to give thousands of dollars at the end of each group meeting. The only way to do that is to make each member’s donation part of the larger donation. This is the power of being a member. We also need to be able to track your donations so you get credit for the donation and remain in good standing. Only members in good standing can nominate and vote.

Can I give more than $100?

Certainly! If you would like to contribute more for a particular meeting, we will happily make sure the nonprofits receive your donation.

Can I donate less than $100?

The short answer is no for individuals. The commitment you make as a member is to donate $100 per quarter. However, we do accept teams of two (2) or four (4) members who agree to split the $100 donation each quarter. Please keep in mind that teams only get one (1) vote per team.  If you would like to become a member either as an individual or a team, please visit the Join Us section and then complete our Membership & Commitment Forms.

Are there other ways to help the nonprofits that have been nominated and/or presented at a quarterly meeting?

Yes! Take a look at our list of List of Nominated Nonprofits for links to each of their websites. Each nonprofit will have a list of ways you can help them carry out their mission.

Why Northern?

The co-founders started off wanting to bring awareness to the needs in Northern Door County. As we have learned more about the nonprofits serving Door County we have found that many nonprofits based in Sturgeon Bay are servicing the whole county. Our eligibility requirement for nomination is that the nonprofits must have as part of their mission that they serve Northern Door County.  This does not mean exclusively and is meant to make sure Northern Door is included.  In addition, meetings for our chapter will be held in Northern Door County so that they are more centralized.