“At just one meeting, in just one hour, watch how 100+ individual commitments turns into a $10,000+ donation for a worthy cause right here in Maui County.” 100 Women Who Care Maui.
When women step up and support each other and their community, amazing results can happen. A Hundred Women Who Care has become a global movement with women getting together to make a positive impact in their community. Founded in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, MI, the first one hour meeting, consisting of 100 women, each donating $100, raised $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city. A powerful and simple giving circle was born and the alliance began to spread. There are now more than 350 chapters throughout the world and growing.
Chelsea Hill, is a Maui mama and the founder of 100+ Women Who Care Maui. In late 2014, she learned of a case that involved the sexual abuse of a Maui child and was seeking a way to quickly raise funds without the usual complications. She had heard about the 100 Women Who Care Alliance from her sister in Canada and decided to host an event. She invited her friends and in one hour, 28 women raised $2,800. The concept caught on quickly with Maui women, and by the second meeting Mandy Prouty, a fellow parent at her daughter’s school, had jumped in to help organize the quarterly events. By the spring of 2016, the membership had grown to over 100 members, and thanks to the big heart and tech wizardry of Roxanne Darling, the group is now supporting a membership of over 250 Maui women. Chelsea explains, “Over and over again, women tell us how the 100+ Women Who Care Maui alliance is simple, brilliant, inspiring, and effective.”
So how does it work?
The Beauty is in its simplicity. A 100+ Women Who Care Maui is now able to give away $10,000+ in one evening. Members meet for one hour, four times a year, and each member brings a check for $100 (or more). Any member can nominate a local charity, non-profit, or worthy cause (does not need to be a 501(c)3), whose names are put into a hat (or punchbowl, in this case) at the beginning of the meeting. Only members can nominate, and all nominations must be local with 100% of donations staying within Maui County.
Once the meeting begins, three causes are selected at random from ‘the punchbowl’. Each sponsoring member is then given the opportunity to present a short, 5-minute explanation as to why the cause should receive the donation. This is then followed by a 5-minute Q & A with the membership. After the members have listened and asked questions about the three local causes, the members who are present then vote in a secret ballot. The top vote is announced and all members write their checks out to the local cause right there on the spot!
It’s fast, simple, and amazingly effective. The local recipient receives all the funds raised at the meeting. Members who are unable to attend, send their check in with a friend, or mail it to the 100 Women Headquarters to deliver with the lump sum. Upon joining, each member, pledges to give an annual amount of $400, $100 for each quarterly meeting.
To find out more about a 100+ Women Who Care please go to www.100womenwhocaremaui.org. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 15th at the King Kamehameha Golf Course Clubhouse, with an optional dinner/social afterwards ($30/person all-inclusive). New members are encouraged to sign up and fill out the commitment form via the website. Registration starts at 4:15 pm and nominations close promptly at 5 pm. It is a great way for women to get together and make a significant impact in a very short amount of time.
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Photo: Community at La’a Kea gratefully receiving $11,400, which was raised on December 7th, 2016 during the fourth quarter Hundred Women Who Care meeting on Maui.
Image Credit: 100womenwhocaremaui.org