Frequently Asked Questions
How long has this organization been in Des Moines?
100+ Women Who Care in the Des Moines area is a new organization, founded in April of 2010 by Sue Kenny, Dotty Thurston and Liz Kennedy, all community members in the Des Moines area.
Which organizations are allowed to be sponsored?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be located in the Des Moines area. It must be a non-profit organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) that serves Polk County and the surrounding area. If it is NOT, the presenter must advise the members of that information.
Who can present?
Only current members of 100+ women can present a charity or cause. And only current members can vote for a charity or cause.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
A member who has signed the commitment form can put the name of a local organization into the box for a random drawing. The organizers of the meeting will collect names of organizations from the participants as they arrive. Please note: you do not have to bring the name of a local organization, though it is encouraged. At random, three organizations will be selected from the box. The members who wrote down each name will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why their chosen organization should receive the donation. A 5 min. question and answer period follows.
What is a 501(c)(3)?
501(c)(3) is defined as “exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.” However, for the purposes of 100+ Women Who Care all groups up for consideration must be local. For more information please visit the IRS Website.
How do I vote if I cannot attend the meeting? What is proxy voting?
This can happen in two ways:
1. You can send a blank, signed check with a trusted friend to the meeting. They will write in the name of the charity that is chosen and give it to the organizers on your behalf. They do not vote on your behalf. We can only count the votes of members who are present.
2. After the meeting is over, members who were not able to attend can check the website or call the organizers to find out which charity was selected. You can then write your check and mail it to the organizers and we will send it to the charity on your behalf.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself? Why do you have to send it on my behalf?
The goal of the 100+ Women Who Care organization is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give $10,000+ dollars at a time to make a large impact in our community, with each member’s donation being part of the larger donation.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to be very short, generally lasting no longer than 45 minutes. However, we are planning on having a social time before each meeting to get to know other members, answer questions about the organization, and thank those of you who want to serve the community. We are also encourages members to stay and enjoy dinner afterwards.
Is my contribution tax deductible? How do I get my tax forms?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible unless a cause that is not a 501-c-3 is voted on by the majority. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to 100+ Women Who Care. Your tax forms will be sent to you directly from the organization that receives your contribution. PLEASE NOTE: Any sponsored non-profit is not allowed to create, sell or distribute a list with your contact information. They are not allowed to solicit you for further contributions. If this were to happen, the organization would no longer be considered at future meetings.
Can I come if I’m not a member? Can I bring a friend?
Yes & Yes! You can become a member at the first event you attend.