Frequently Asked Questions for Members

1. What is 100+ Women Who Care? Our founding members heard about the "100 Who Care Alliance", where individuals form donation groups in order to make a bigger impact. Karen Dunigan held the first meeting in 2006 in Jackson, Michigan. The group raised $12,800 in less than one hour for Center for Family Health’s need to supply cribs for new mothers. Currently there are more than 400 actively operating chapters located throughout the world with several more under development.   


100+ Women Who Care, Powell River Chapter, is a volunteer-run group. We are made up of 100+ women who meet for 1.5 hours, 4 times a year. Each meeting three non-profit organizations are invited to deliver a 5 minute presentation about their organization. At the end of each meeting, members vote for the organization that they would like to receive the funds. The organization that receives the most votes is the recipient for that evening.  

2. Who organizes the Powell River Chapter?  The group is made up of six volunteers: Tara Chernoff (Chair), Lori Casparie (Donation Coordinator), Wendy Spreeuw (Secretary), Cindy Villani (Membership Coordinator), Helen Theilmann (Marketing), Julie Groshak (Official Photographer) 

3. How are the funds raised? Each member brings a $50 cheque to the meeting; at the end of the evening the organization with the most votes receives all of the $50 cheques (with the exception of $300 from the organizing committee)*. Depending on the number of women who attend the meeting, this could mean up to a $5,000+ donation for the selected organization and $150 each to the other two organizations who present*.    

4. How do we choose which organizations will present at the meeting? When each member registers for 100+ Women Who Care, they nominate a nonprofit organization. Before each meeting the organizing committee randomly selects three non-profits from this list. 

5. If a presenting organization is not selected as the recipient for the evening, will they have another chance to present? If a presenting organization is not selected as the recipient at the meeting, they will be put back into the 'hat' and will have another opportunity to be randomly selected to present at a future meeting. 

6. If a presenting organization is selected as the recipient, can they present again at another meeting? If a presenting organization is selected as the recipient at the meeting, they will have to wait 2 years to have the opportunity to present again. 

7. What should I bring to the meeting? Please remember to bring a cheque for $50.  

8. Who should I make the cheque out to? The cheque should be payable to the organization that receives the most votes for the evening.  


9. What if I cannot attend the meeting? If you cannot attend the meeting, please send your cheque along with a friend or you can make arrangements to drop it off to Lori Casparie (Donation Coordinator) by emailing  

10. Can I change my nominated charity or organization? Members will have an opportunity to change their nominated charity or organization each time they register. Registration happens once a year, at which time members commit to attending a total of 4 meetings in the upcoming calendar year. 

*the organizing committee's cheques (totalling $300) will be split between the two charities who are not selected as the main recipient that evening.