100 Men Who Care Salt Spring Island are a group of men who care about their community and want to make an immediate and direct impact with their giving.
Three times a year, they meet for one hour to learn about the great work being done by three local registered charities based on the island. By secret ballot, they vote for one of the three member-nominated charities, and the one with the most votes gets a $100 donation from each member.
In their inaugural meeting this evening, the men who gathered raised $10,500 for the Greenwoods Eldercare Society with funds earmarked for a family communications room where residents can connect with families via video conference. Over eighty men of the 105 members gathered tonight at the Harbour House Hotel to select a local charity to support. The randomly selected nominations were from Greenwoods Elder Care, The Salt Spring Island Rowing Club, and the Salt Spring Island Soccer Association. In a close vote, Greenwoods Elder Care gained the most votes.
In the spring of 2019, six Salt Spring men met and agreed to launch 100 Men Who Care Salt Spring Island. They were inspired by the efficiency and speed with which this collective fundraising model could raise money for charities, and they saw a need for high-impact philanthropy on Salt Spring Island. These six men became the first planning committee for 100 Men Who Care Salt Spring Island.
100 Men Salt Spring Island is just one of approximately 400 chapters in North America, a supportive and encouraging community of people who care about their communities. The local 100 Men Who Care Salt Spring chapter was inspired by the 100 Women Who Care group here on Salt Spring, a group of caring women who have already raised over $40,000 for local nonprofits in their first year.
100 Men Salt Spring Island are facilitated by John Howe, Chair/Oversight; Walter Stewart, Membership; Scott Howe, Finance; Rod Martens, Nominatations; Chris Levan, Venues/Sponsorships and Drew Underwood, Communications / Promotions. To learn more or consider joining, visit 100mensaltspring.org
Photos Courtesy of Drew Underwood