What if YOU could be part of a group of women that raises $5,000 for charities in your community in 1 hour?
Local Brandon and area women care about their community and they’re coming together to prove it. Through the Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF), a Brandon and area chapter of “100 Women Who Care” has been formed and is currently recruiting members.
For one hour, four times a year, the club will meet and vote on nominated charitable organizations to which we will donate. Each member donates $50 at every meeting, in addition to paying for their yearly commitment of $100. With their registration, they enter a charity of their choice to be drawn and voted on later.
“We are looking for women who share our common desire to give back and inspire local philanthropy in our community” states Laura Kempthorne, GM of BACF. “As women, we know what it is like to be stretched for time and resources but still feel the strong pull to help others in our community – and that is why we’ve created this group”.
With this process and having a wide range of women, from all ages, all backgrounds; we have the opportunity to learn more about charitable organizations and what they mean to our members and what our $5,000 donation can help provide to those charitable organizations.
The money raised in commitment fees are donated to BACF’s Women’s Endowment Fund. Kempthorne explains, “The Women’s Endowment Fund was created in 2002 by Erin Kille in honour of her Mother, Mona Kille. This fund is designed to give back to the community by providing annual grants supporting women, girls and their families. Tying in the initial contribution to this Fund with “100 Women” commitment adds longevity to our member’s impact and brings awareness to one of the many funds held through BACF.
Our first meeting held on May 26th in the CKLQ Hall at the Keystone Centre and “in only an hour” raised $3,000 to be donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Westman Chapter. $6,000 was raised and contributed to the Women’s Endowment Fund.
After the meeting, one member stated: “this group is exactly what I’ve had been looking for! I’m a single mom raising 2 children, time and money is always a concern but this is something I can do to make a difference. My small donation with 99 other women will make an impact to any of the organizations chosen. I like that!”
To date we have increased our members but are still looking for more women to become involved.
We have the potential to donate $20,000 a year to charitable organizations in our community.
Commitment to “100 Women Who Care Brandon and Area” is open to all women, JOIN US!
Our second quarter meeting will be held on Monday, September 26th, 2016.
We only have 3 meetings left in our 1st year! With a $100 commitment fee to join, $50 to be donated at each meeting! Register online today www.bacf.ca or call Brandon Area Community Foundation office 204-571-0529 for more information.