100 Women Who Care of Rutherford County

Our first meeting is in the books. Stepping Stones Safe Haven was selected to receive our very first donation. Our members will write their checks to Stepping Stones Safe Haven and we will present them all at once to the organization. Thank you to Lacey Wilkins for coming to our meeting and telling us about their great work in our community.  For more information about Stepping Stones, look here.

Are you a member and want to nominate a non-profit?

We are pleased to tell you about the launch for a new organization in Rutherford County–a local Rutherford County Chapter for 100+ Women Who Care. This unique giving group was started in 2006 in Jackson, MI, and has spread, mostly by word of mouth, to over 500 chapters around the world, including a Greater Nashville chapter, formed in 2013, and a Williamson County Chapter formed last year. As Rutherford County continues to grow, several of us who belong to the other chapters have decided to start one right here in our area and hope to gather at least 100 women to participate.

How it works: Once a quarter, chapter members meet for 90 minutes. After 30 minutes of networking, three nonprofit nominees are selected from a list of vetted organizations; the 100+ Women Who Care members who nominated the organizations share 5-minute presentations about why the charity is deserving of support. Members then vote to select a winner. The final step: each member writes a check for $100 (or gives via a link, for those who prefer credit card giving or who can’t attend the meeting), directly to the winning charity. The checks are collected and the meeting is adjourned. A delivery, often a surprise, is planned for the near future, to present the selected charity with the collective $10,000 in donations.

What’s in it for you? This is a great opportunity for those of us who are very busy but who want to make a big impact, and connect with like-minded people. Those of us who have belonged to the other chapters can attest: this is also an efficient way to learn about all of the incredible charitable organizations in our area. All gifts you make are tax-deductible.

As we are mindful of the continued restrictions on public gatherings, we have decided to hold our first meeting – an informational session and chance to gauge amount of local interest – as a Zoom call: Thursday, May 28, 5:30pm (Video of the call provided below). In August, we will announce our first quarterly meeting date and whether it will be virtual, in person, or both.  Then, we hope to be ready to select our first charity recipient. In the future, we hope to host meetings at a location convenient to a restaurant for optional post-meeting fellowship.

  1. If you’ve been hearing about this group for a while or you’re already excited to join, complete the membership signup form here: https://forms.gle/3Kh4QjctniJMoZ7D9
  2. If you already have a nonprofit in mind to nominate, please complete the Charitable Organization – Nomination Form here: https://forms.gle/GiuCfDTSKopUvmiYA

We look forward to connecting with you and making a collective impact on the Rutherford County nonprofit community!

Your 100+WWC Rutherford County Chapter Founders,
Patti James, Alicia Stachura, Missy Lay, Katie Hall, Rhonda Thomas, and Nikki Sasser

On Thursday, May 28th, we hosted an informational Zoom meeting for those interested in joining. Here, we discussed the history of the 100 Women Who Care, heard from the Nashville Chapter and answered some questions.  If you have any questions that were not answered here, please email us at rcwomenwhocare@gmail.com



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