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We are 100 woman philanthropists

Who are 100 Women Who Care?

100 Women Who Care was started in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, as a brilliantly simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. Her group of 100 women, at their first one-hour meeting, each wrote a check for $100 directly to the charity, raising $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city. Since then, they have grown to over 200 members and Women Who Care chapters are forming all over North America. These groups collectively have donated more than a million dollars to locally based organizations.

Our Santa Cruz giving circle

Diane Lamotte-Mary Talpas-Kirsti Scott-Sandy Skees
Founders Diane Lamotte, Mary Talpas, Kirsti Scott, and Sandy Skees

Sandy Skees brought the idea home to Santa Cruz the fall of 2009 after a visit with her mother, who belongs to a chapter in Ohio. For information giving circles or how to start one of your own, contact Sandy.

For more information on membership, please contact membership chair Mary Talpas. Everyone is welcome to join 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz—please feel free to come to a meeting before joining to find out if the group is right for you.

If you would like to nominate a worthy cause, please complete and mail or email a Nomination Form to Kirsti Scott, who is community relations liaison with 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz. Forms must be received at least two days before the meeting.

Diane Lamotte serves as 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz’s treasurer, in charge of tallying votes and handing over the checks to the lucky recipient each meeting in the hand-made bags she creates just for 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz. If you missed a meeting, didn’t send anyone in with your check, or just forgot to bring your check, please mail your $100 check made out to the selected charity to: Diane Lamotte, 604 Middlefield Drive, Aptos CA 95003. 

100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz is made up of women just like you who want to improve the lives of those living in Santa Cruz by joining funds with other women to make a real impact in just one hour. To join 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz, complete a Membership Form and return it via mail, email, or bring it to the next meeting.

All of the leaders and members of our 100 Women Who Care giving circle are volunteers. 100 Women Who Care does not keep any of the money that is collected. 100% of your donation goes directly to the selected charity on the night they are selected! 

If you are interested in helping out at a meeting, just let one of our volunteers know when you check in and we’ll gladly accept your help in handing out name tags, passing around the hat, counting ballots, and more. It’s a fun way to get to know more of the generous women in our community.