How it works

We give away $10,000 in one hour!

We meet for one hour, four times a year, and each member brings a check for $100.

  • Every member can nominate local charities, non-profits, or worthy causes.
  • Members who come to the meeting can put the name of the charity they want to speak about into the hat.
  • Three names are drawn at random at each meeting.
  • A member makes a 5-minute presentation about each cause.
  • We all vote on which cause to support.

The top vote-getting charity then receives all the checks, made out to them on the spot!

On each of four nights during the year, these 100 Women Who Care give up to $10,000 to a local charity, non-profit, or worthy cause, right here in the Santa Cruz County community. It’s fast, simple, and amazingly effective. We invite you to attend any time as a guest to see how it works and decide if the group is right for you.

View a 60-second video explanation of how 100 Women Who Care works:

A few simple rules:

  • We each donate $100 per meeting (That comes out to just over $1 a day each year).
  • Each of the three charities selected from the hat will be given 5 minutes to make a presentation at the meeting. This presentation must be made by a member of the 100 Women Who Care, who may or may not be a member of the organization.
  • If you are unable to attend any given meeting during the year, please give your check to a member to deliver on your behalf, or mail your $100 check made out to the selected charity to: Diane Lamotte, 604 Middlefield Drive, Aptos CA 95003.
  • By ballot, the group will vote, and the majority rules. Even if you don’t care for the choice, you still must donate. All checks go to one charity.
  • No national charities will be considered, however, local branches of national charities are eligible for consideration. The purpose is for 100% of the contribution to stay in Santa Cruz County.
  • Only three charities will be presented at each meeting.
  • The organization must agree NOT to use the names for future solicitations, nor give the information out to the public.
  • A year after being selected by the group, charities can re-submit their names for consideration.

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. To nominate a charity for consideration, complete a Nomination Form and return it via mail or email at least two days before the next meeting. You must be at the meeting, and be a member, to put a name in the hat and speak about the organization.