We want to be a part of a community that believes in the spirit of giving. Halifax is a bustling, caring community that has fantastic, engaged citizens – we also have great needs that aren’t being met by private and public funding. There are so many incredible, hard-working organizations that stretch every penny and every volunteer hour they can get to support our growing city.
At 100 Women Who Care Halifax, we encourage our members to “lean in” to giving back. Driving grassroots awareness and encouraging others to get involved is important to us. We know that everyone gives back in our own way – some of us have time, others skills. Our members are able to give back financially.
We encourage everyone to lean in by donating $100 every four months, and if they find an organization they click with, to start leaning in to volunteering their time or skills.
How We Got Started
Jennifer Salib-Huber and Colette Robicheau fell in love with the simplicity of the 100 Women Who Care model and knew that it was the right fit for Halifax. In November 2012 they committed and jumped right into planning our first meeting in March 2013.
Since our inaugural meeting, we have believed in paying forward our key learning, and we’ve helped start chapters across Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country. We are so proud to be a part of a network of intelligent, supportive, engaged, caring women from coast-to-coast and across the United States.
In March 2015, Jennifer stepped down as co-Chair and we welcomed Gina Connell to the position. We thank Jennifer for starting this wonderful group and acknowledge her incredible contribution to this cause. Gina Connell served as co-Chair from March 2015 – March 2018 before stepping down. Her three years of service helped us grow exponentially and we thank her for her time and dedication. Colette has been serving as Chair, with long-time volunteer Jessica Dodge as Vice Chair, since March 2018.
What Being a Member Means
Our goal is to support the wonderful non-profit and charitable organizations that work at the grassroots level in Halifax. There are so many groups that are working to make our community a better, healthier, stronger place to live that don’t get all the funding they need to achieve their operating goals.
We don’t stop at 100 Women – we want as many members as we can get. The more women involved, the bigger the impact we can have on our community. Join us and experience that magical feeling of knowing that you directly impacted lives for the better four times a year! We ask that all new members commit to a year of meetings, but you are welcome to stay as long as you want – giving back is addicting.
How 100 Women Who Care Works
Being a member of 100 Women Who Care Halifax is awesome. Meeting like-minded women, networking AND helping a local charity all in one night?! What could be better right? To keep everything running smoothly, we need to have some guidelines set in place. These ensure that our members know what’s going on, our charities get their donation on the night of the meeting and everyone goes home happy and feeling great about giving back to our community!
Know that every region customizes the 100 Women Who Care model to suit their needs. We chose the following for Halifax because it suits our membership.
Here’s how the 100 Women Who Care Halifax model works:
– If you’ve filled in a registration form and are up-to-date with your donation commitment (a member in good standing), you can nominate the local charity of your choice.
– We randomly select 3 nominated charities before our meeting, vet them, and then they give a 5 minutes (no PowerPoint, no handouts) speech to our members.
– Every member in good standing votes by secret ballot at the meeting for one of three presenting organizations. You can’t vote for absent members – you have to be in the room to have a say.
– After the selected charity is announced, we all whip out our cheque books and write a $100 cheque on the spot.
– The charity we choose will receive a group donation of $10,000 or more right then and there
– All’s fair when it comes to giving back, so even if you didn’t vote for an organization, you’ve agreed to donate to them regardless. You’ll be expected to write a cheque for whatever charity the group picks.
– If feeling great for giving back to your community isn’t enough, you’ll get a tax receipt directly from the organization.
– We understand that sometimes you have to miss a meeting. We’ve made it easier than ever to honour your donation commitment and stay on top of what’s happening at our meetings! You can donate online and catch our meetings as we live-stream them on Facebook and share the videos on Facebook and YouTube.
– The charities we give back to MUST be based in Halifax (HRM), at least a year old AND a registered charity. If they can’t write tax receipts, if they haven’t made it a full year around the sun or most of the money is going to causes outside of the city, we can’t consider them for a donation.
– Any organization that is nominated stays in the hat until they are selected for a donation.
– Our selected organization promises not to give out your information to any third parties, or solicit more donations from you. They should only contact you for tax purposes.
– While we’re counting the ballots, the recipient from the previous meeting gives us a five minute update on how our donation is being used.