Q. How do I become a member?
A. If you would like to become a member, please go to JOIN US and submit the form.
Q. How long do the meetings last?
A. We like to call them gatherings because they are more fun than meetings, but they begin at promptly at 6:30 and end at approximately 7:30. You are more than welcome to come a little early or stay a little later just to socialize more.
Q. What happens at each gathering?
A. Expect to sign-in at the registration desk.
6:00 Registration/Check-In and submission of charity candidates (optional)
6:30 Event begins
- Opening remarks
- Update from previous event's recipient charity
- Review voting process
- Select charities for presentation at event (3 charities selected randomly)
- Present charity details. Nominating members – 5 minutes each, no PowerPoint or handouts.
- Vote and tally results
- Announce the recipient charity (simple majority)
- Take group photograph with the big check
- Deliver check after event
Q. Is my donation tax deductible?
A. Yes, by the charity chosen to be the recipient. Your $100 donation is given directly to the charity, NOT to "Power of 100 – Chesapeake Women Who Care" (because we don’t have a bank account or a treasurer). Tax receipts will be issued to you directly by the charity.
Q. What if I cannot attend an event?
A. If a member cannot attend an event but wishes to donate, she should donate online or place her blank $100 check in an envelope marked “Power of 100 – Chesapeake Women Who Care” and give it to a fellow member who will be going to the meeting.
Q. Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
A. You can always donate more to a charity separately on your own but for the purposes of Power of 100 – Chesapeake Women Who Care, we make one big donation as a group. To make a big impact we want to give $10,000+ dollars.
Q. Is membership limited to 100 women?
A. No, we would love to have more than 100 women attend, the bigger the group the stronger our donation as a team.
Q. Can I bring a friend to a meeting?
A. Yes, they are welcome to join us and check it out for themselves. If they would like to nominate a charity and vote, we'll ask them to join as a member and donate at the door.
Q. How does Power of 100 – Chesapeake Women Who Care communicate with its members?
A. The website will have the most up to date info at all times. We also update Facebook. Members are emailed from . Please add this to your address book. If you change your email address, please let us know. Should you wish to discontinue membership at any time, please send an e-mail to the above address indicating your withdrawal.
Q. What do you do with my personal information?
A. Your personal information (including name, email address, address, phone number) is collected strictly for the purpose of keeping in contact with you. Power of 100 Chesapeake Women Who Care will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information with any third party without your express consent, unless required to do so by law. We may occasionally recognize our members via social media and other media.
Q. How do I nominate a charity?
A. When you arrive at the meeting, you can submit a charity for nomination if you like. (This is not mandatory, though.) Three charities will be selected at random.
Q. How are the three presenting charities chosen?
A. Nominated charities go into a "hat" at the meeting and three charities are drawn at random. The members who nominated each charity give short five-minute presentations at the meeting. Each member then votes to select the recipient charity. Members must be present at the event to vote.
Q. Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?
A. Any local, registered charity that can offer a tax refund to each member is eligible.
Q. Can a charity nominate itself?
A. No, charities may only be nominated by a member.
Q. How long has Power of 100 Chesapeake Women Who Care been around?
A. Power of 100 Chesapeake Women Who Care was established in Nov 2018.
Q. How much of my donation goes to the administration costs of Power of 100 Chesapeake Women Who Care?
A. Zero. Power of 100 Chesapeake Women Who Care is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. We have no bank account - because we don’t collect, spend or donate anything. 100% of funds raised at a meeting go directly to the chosen charity.