On the evening of Thursday, November 8, Boodie Arnott gave a 5-minute presentation to the membership of 100 Women Who Care Salt Spring Island. Boodie explained that, as someone who benefits from the programs at the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society, she would like to see the society receive the funds that were being raised that evening.
She was speaking to 127 women who gathered at ArtSpring. It was the inaugural meeting for 100 Women Who Care SSI. Each woman in the room was a member, committed to donating $100 at each of the three meetings that will be held in the coming year. As you can see, the donations add up quickly. By the time the meeting started, 127 women had made that commitment. That’s $12,700 raised on one hour!
Thirteen local charities had been nominated by members, and three were drawn randomly during the meeting: Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust, the Salt Spring branch of BC SPCA, and the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society.
For each of these three organizations, a member gave a presentation expressing why she believed the organization should receive the funds. All three presentations were compelling and informative, offering members greater insight into the work and projects of these local charities.
Members in attendance were asked to cast a secret ballot to vote for one of three organizations, and the Seniors Services Society received the greatest number of votes. Perhaps this was largely a result of something Boodie had said during her presentation: “You are either already a senior or aspire to be a senior!”
Boodie commented later, “I was thrilled to be able to help support a Salt Spring organization that touches so many lives in our community. A huge ‘thank you’ to the 127 women who made this possible!”
Recipient charities are able to use these funds in ways that they need most as long as the charity’s efforts benefit the community. A representative from the Seniors Services Society will be at the February meeting for 100 Women Who Care to tell members how their money helped.
Coreen Boucher, a member of the 6-women planning committee for 100 Women Who Care SSI, said, “I and others noticed a palpable feeling in the room right after everyone wrote their cheques to the Seniors Services Society: the high-impact and collective nature of this fundraising model amplifies the sense of accomplishment and excitement for the receiving organization.”
The concept is simple: 100 women, one hour, $100 donation, equals $10,000 of immediate impact for a local charity each meeting. Registered charities with a local impact are nominated by members. For every member who nominates a charity, an equal number of nominations is placed in the charity basket. At each meeting, three charities are randomly chosen. If selected, the member who nominated the charity provides a 5-minute presentation on why they think that organization should receive the funds. After the three presentations, each member votes for her choice. The charity receiving the most votes is awarded all funds raised that evening. The successful organization is responsible for issuing tax receipts to each member.
Women can become a member at any time. Members commit to three meetings a year, but hopefully they’ll renew their membership after that year! Visit the website for 100 Women Who Care for more information on becoming a member or a sponsor.
The next meeting is February 12, 2019, from 7 to 8 pm at the ArtSpring Gallery Space. Registration and social begins at 6:00. Members must nominate their charity at least 4 weeks in advance.
All photos by Ramona Lam Photography