100+ Women Who Care Vigo County, an affiliate Giving Circle of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, is a group of women who share a common desire to give back to their local community. The group is open to all women — the more women who get involved, the greater our impact will be!
The group meets four times a year for a one-hour meeting. Members join the organization annually and sign a commitment to donate $500 per year. The first $100 commitment supports an endowment fund for the 100+ Women Who Care group to use to address future needs of the community. In addition, every member pledges to donate $100 at each of the four meetings (whether they attend or not) to be given to a selected Vigo County nonprofit organization. To be eligible for consideration, the organization must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit or a governmental entity. Nonprofits affiliated with religious organizations are also eligible as long as their services address a societal need and are not restricted based upon religious affiliation. Only local organizations are eligible. Controversial and political nonprofits will not be considered.
Here’s how it works: Each member can put their name and the name of an organization they would like to have considered in a drawing at each meeting. At the meeting, three members’ submissions will be chosen at random, and will each be given five minutes to provide an explanation of the organization and its services. Three minutes will also be provided for questions if needed. At the end of the presentations, the attendees vote, ballots are counted, and a winner is announced. The women then make out their checks, process an electronic payment or pay $100 in cash for the selected charity. This process results in a significant grant for the selected nonprofit. For instance, if there are 100 members, the organization will be awarded a $10,000 grant from 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County!