How long has 100+Women who care Medina County been in the Medina area? 100+Women Who care Medina is a new organization founded in APRIL 2011 by Claudia Cihlar, Linda Loveless, Sandy Naples, Lisa Rice and Marita Tulisiak who are all longtime residents of Medina County. They first became aware of the concept after reading about the start-up of the 100+WWC Cleveland-Metro group in articles written by Regina Brett in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Regina Brett article #1Regina Brett article #2Regina Brett article #3
Which organizations are allowed to be sponsored? In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in and serving Medina County. The organization must be a non-profit entity recognized as a 501 (c) (3) and must have been previously established (no start-ups). No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered as the purpose is for the contributions to stay 100% in the community. Medina County has over 800 tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organizations! For a complete listing go to:www.taxexemptworld.com/organizations/medina-county-oh-ohio.asporwww2,guidestar.org/
What is a 501 (c) (3)? A 501(c)(3) is defined as "exemptions that 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
Is my contribution tax-deductible? Yes, your contribution is tax deductible if made payable to a 501 (c) (3) organization. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to 100+ Women Who Care. Please contact your tax advisor or visit the IRS website for further information.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen? A member who has signed a Commitment Form and filled out a Charitable Organization Fact Sheetcan put the name of a local organization into the hat for a random drawing at the meeting. The organizers of the meeting will collect the names of the organizations from the members as they arrive. At random, three organizations will be selected from the hat. The members who wrote down the chosen names will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why their chosen organization should receive the donation and then spend 5 minutes for Q & A. We encourage all members to participate by submitting the names of local, needy charitable organizations in Medina County.
What if I cannot attend a meeting? If a member cannot attend a meeting she can do one of two things. 1. She can send in a blank, signed check with a trusted friend to the meeting (preferred). The friend will write in the name of the charity that is chosen on the check and give it to the organizers on er behalf. The friend however, may not vote on behalf of the absent member. We can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting. 2. The member can check the website or contact one of the organizers to find out which charity was selected and can then send in a check to one of the organizers after contacting them and they will send it to the charity on her behalf.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself? 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+ 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 approximately 45 minutes but no longer than 60 minutes. However, you may come to a meeting early in order to spend time socializing and getting to know other members or to stay after the meeting for dinner.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting? Of course you can! However, in order to vote she will need to sign an individualCommitment Formor aTeam Commitment Formand become a member before voting at the meeting.