Frequently Asked Questions
How long has 100+ Women Who Care been in Chester County?
100+ Women Who Care Chester County is an organization founded in November 2013 by Marjorie Wentz, Cristina Combee, Donna Saul, Lauren Blake, and Samantha Hage. They first became aware of the concept after a business trip to San Diego, CA, learning and being inspired by organizations called 100 Women Who Care. The
Which organizations are eligible to be considered?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in and serving Chester County. The organization must be a non-profit entity recognized as a 501(c)3 and must have been established for a minimum of two years (no start-ups). No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered as the contributions are to stay 100% in Chester County.
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 based in and serves Chester County.
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 winning charity or 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 current member can nominate a qualified Chester County charitable organization. Three organizations will be chosen to give a 5 minute presentation followed by a 5 minute Q&A session. All current members will then vote for one of the organizations to be the winner.
Are there guidelines for how often a 501(c)3 charity can win?
Yes. Because we want to give as many charities or organizations as possible an opportunity to win, and because there are only four (4) chances/meetings each calendar year, each charity or organization can win only once every TWO (2) years (from the month of their win).
How long do the meetings last?
Registration/Networking and Socializing (Optional): 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Meeting: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Networking and Socializing Continue with Optional Food/Beverages: 7:15 p.m.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course you can! Each guest can attend one meeting. She may donate to the organization, however, in order to vote she will need to sign a Commitment Form and become a member first.
May I attend a meeting before I decide to join?
Yes, you may attend one meeting as our guest. If you prefer to learn more before deciding to attend, please feel free to contact us.
Can I donate to the runner ups in addition to my $100 quarterly commitment?
Absolutely! If you would like to donate to one of the runner up charities, you can do so directly by searching them online or speaking with the member that presented them.