100 Women Who Care: You are invited!

By Susan Page

On January 21, one of San Miguel de Allende’s nonprofit organizations will be 100,000 pesos richer!

Inaugural Meeting
100 Women Who Care
Mon, Jan 21, 5pm
Hotel Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Admission free

The simplest and most heartwarming fundraising process ever invented has been done with great success in other cities and is now being started in San Miguel.

Here is the concept: 100 women meet four times a year for one hour each time. No food, no fuss.

Each woman may nominate a San Miguel nonprofit organization. We put the nominated organizations in a hat and draw three. The person who nominated each of the three gives a short presentation about the nonprofit. Then we vote. For the winner, each woman donates 1,000 pesos (two “Frida” bills.)

Presto: We just raised 100,000 pesos for one of San Miguel’s stellar NGOs. And we do this four times a year!

Women may also team up. You may partner with someone, and you each donate 500 pesos. Or four of you may each donate 250 pesos. But there is only one vote per 1,000 pesos. Each woman or team must commit to donating 1,000 pesos four times a year.

“We feel this is a great way to give women of all ages and all walks of life a chance to give back to our community,” said Jody Feagan, who is launching 100 Woman Who Care locally together with a steering committee of Kathy Devine, Marty Kimmel, Susan Page, and Laura Stewart. “We know there are many ways of giving, but 100 Women Who Care made sense to us because it’s simple and direct … and it works.”

At each meeting, we will have a chance to hear from the nonprofit that “won” at the previous meeting. “The stories we hear about how the money was used are often very moving,” said Jody, who helped found 100 Women Who Care in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“We are all busy, but this takes very little time,” said Kathy Devine, noting the group meets for one hour, four times a year. “And while US$100 may not seem like a lot to some people, it is to others, which is why creating a team works well.”

“And of course the excellent opportunity for networking is an added benefit,” said Laura Stewart. “This is a chance to meet other women and learn about where you might want to become more involved.”

The inaugural meeting of 100 Women Who Care will take place on Monday, January 21, at 5pm at Hotel Real de Minas, upstairs. All women are welcome! You will have a chance to join, as an individual or as a team, which involves a commitment to donate 1,000 pesos four times a year.

Please bring 1,000 pesos to this meeting, either as an individual, or as a team. We will select our first nonprofit recipient! Every peso we raise will go to the selected charity. The small administrative costs have been donated by the Steering Committee.

In 2013, the group will meet on January 21, April 15, July 15, and October 21. (If you are unable to attend a meeting, you are obligated to give your 1,000 pesos to someone who will be at the meeting.)

For more information, or to join if you are unable to attend the January 21 meeting, write to Membership Chair, Laura Stewart at lauramex@gmail.co


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