The History of the 100 Women Movement
Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan founded the first 100 Women Who Care Chapter in 2006. Her group of 100 women raised over $10,000 at its first meeting to purchase 300 new baby cribs for a local nonprofit agency. Since then, over 275 chapters (which include Men, People and Kids Who Care chapters) have formed across North America and beyond in a like-minded effort to make a positive difference on a local level.
For a complete list of registered chapters globally and more information about the international 100 Women alliance please go to www.100womenwhocare.org
How does it work?
We meet for one hour, four times a year, and each member brings a donation of CI$100.
The group gathers four times a year for a one-hour meeting, and each member brings their donation of $100 that goes to the charity that the group selects. This combined donation of $10,000+ makes a real impact, without time-consuming fundraising events and planning. Our mission and our hope is to provide for those in greatest need in the Cayman Islands.
- You are asked on your registration form to nominate a local charity (see complete list on this website under the drop down on the registration form) and one week prior to each meeting every members nomination is put into a hat.
- Three names are drawn from the hat.
- The three charities that are pulled from the hat are then invited to send a representative to the meeting.
- Each of the three charities makes a 5-minute presentation about their cause at the meeting to all assembled registered members.
- All members vote on which cause to support immediately after the presentations.
- Votes are counted right there and then and the charity with the most votes is announced at the meeting.
- All donations are collected at the meeting and the total donation is announced.
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, the 100+ Women Who Care give $10,000+ to a local charity or non-profit right here in the Cayman community. It’s fast, simple, and amazingly effective.
This giving circle has no bank account, we are not a registered company, we have no overhead or admin expense to cover, we have a small volunteer organizing committee and rely on the registered members to support the group as a whole and offer help as needed to ensure meetings are run successfully. The simplicity and collaborative nature of the 100+ Women Who Care movement is what makes it so successful.