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!

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.

Can I pay with credit card?

If we find there is enough interest among our members, we will look into available options.

When will the chosen nonprofit receive my donations?

Once the checks are recorded, we will work with the awarded organization to deliver the checks. Our intention is to deliver them within approximately one week.

Will I get a receipt?

Yes.  

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.

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

Expect to be greeted by a member of our Steering Team or one of our other awesome members and be asked to sign-in at the check-in table. 

Generally, our meetings will go as follows:

6:00 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 are written by each member to the selected nonprofit.

  • 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.

  • We will have boxes for the other nonprofits available in the event a member would like to make a contribution to them as well. This is not required but was a suggestion by another chapter because they found members wanted to do something for the nonprofits not selected.

  • We also have a box for freewill donations to our 100+WWC chapter to help cover expenses.

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 if I cannot attend a meeting?

If you cannot attend a quarterly meeting, please mail your check within three days of the meeting. If it will be delayed for any reason please let us know so that we can make a note of when to expect it.

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 electronically prior to the meeting and have a voice in the vote. You will receive a meeting recap email after the meeting that will tell you who to write your check out to and where to mail it.

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.

 Is membership limited to 100 women?

Absolutely not! If we can make a BIG impact with 100 women, why not grow and make an even BIGGER difference? The more the merrier we say!

 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.

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

The website will have the most up-to-date info at all times. 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. We also have a Facebook page and regularly update that.  Note: if you change your email address, please let us know. Should you wish to discontinue membership at any time, please contact us indicating your withdrawal from the chapter.

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. 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 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.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. Your $100 donation is transferred directly to the nonprofit, NOT to 100+ Women Who Care Northern Door County. Tax receipts will be issued to you directly by the nonprofit, which is why you need to have a current address on file with us.  If you have not received your tax receipt within a reasonable amount of time, please contact the nonprofit directly.

Can I just send the donation to the nonprofit myself?

Sorry, no. 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 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.

Can I donate more than $100?

Certainly!

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 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.