Start a 100 Women Who Care chapter where you live!
There are women throughout North America interested in starting their own giving circles. To help all of you jump-start the process, here a few tips and forms you can use to start a local group like ours. It’s a really fun way to get to know some wonderful people in your area.
There are women throughout North America interested in starting their own giving circles. To help all of you jump-start the process, here a few tips and forms you can use to start a local group like ours.
We’re just one of many many chapters all over the world. The best place to go for tips and ideas is the “home” of all chapters — the 100 Who Care Alliance https://www.100whocarealliance.org/
They have all the information and background you’ll need to start a chapter. It’s so great to see how the going circles just keeping rippling all over.
Here are just a few steps we learned to help you create your 100 Women Who Care giving circle:
1. Contact several friends/colleagues and ask them if they can help start a group. We recommend a core group of four that are committed to making this work.
2. Schedule one to two meetings to get yourselves organized, create an initial target list of friends and colleagues to email and reach out to.
3. Create forms for new member sign up and nominating a charity, as well as ballot slips for voting. If you have someone with graphic design talent, create a logo and design all of the forms and materials used at all the meetings. Contact Kirsti Scott if you’d like copies of the logo or the forms we created in Word, or download a copy of our forms that you can customize for your group (ZIP 799KB).
4. Divide up the duties before your first meeting, and invite volunteers to help at your meetings, so they can step in if you ever need to miss a meeting:
- Lead/Presenter: Run the meetings, opening with a little history about the giving circle and explaining the rules. Keep the meeting running on time and make sure to allow time for people to tell each other about other local causes or upcoming events, aside from the three that are presented for consideration.
- Publicity and promotion: Write a press release before each meeting and send notices to the local newspapers about the meeting dates and times. Follow up after the meeting to make sure you get a mention in the paper about who received the donation. Send emails to your list a month before and a week before the meeting. Post an event on your Facebook page so women can RSVP and share with their friends.
- Membership: Keep a list of all those who join by completing the membership form. Run the sign-in table at meetings and hand out ballots to those attending. Add new members to the email list.
- Community relations: Check up on all nominations to ensure that they are bona fide local charities. Update the website with the names. Maintain all the information we need on the charity.
- Treasurer: Collect and tally the votes and collect and tally the checks, ensuring that we deliver all the money to the selected charity each meeting.
- Secretary: Keep track of who attends, who spoke, and post information about meetings to the Facebook page and the web site so we have a record of the group’s activities.
GOOD LUCK with starting your group!