The heart behind “100 Women Who Care” is that literally 100 women give $100 to the Brandon and Area Community Foundation, meet four times in a year, and decide on projects that need help in funding through non-profit organizations.

Laura Kempthorne is the General Manager for the Brandon Area Community Foundation. She says the “100 Women Who Care” organization began last year through the B.A.C.F. and was used as an addition to the Women’s Fund that had been started in 2002. She adds they had a very successful year, having raised together a total of $14,850 in its first fiscal year.

The “100 Women Who Care” organization has hundreds of chapters across the globe with variations such as “100 Men Who Care” and “100 Kids Who Care”. Currently there are over 400 chapters of “100 Who Care” around the globe, impacting hundreds of local community non-profit organizations.

Brandon’s chapter raised a total of $14,850 in their first year, with donations being given out four times in the year, their most recent gifting being $4100 to Special Olympics Westman last week Thursday.100 WOMEN   3rd quarter Helping Hands

In May of 2016, they raised $3000 to be donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Westman Chapter. $6,900 was raised and contributed to the Women’s Endowment Fund. September’s second quarter meeting brought more members and $3,850 to be given to the Women’s Resource Centre. Third quarter’s meeting in November meant a cheque for $4000 to Helping Hands Brandon. By the end of their first year, “100 Women” raised close to $15,000 and had a membership of 82 women.

Kempthorne says they are now starting their second fiscal year and welcome women to join in the opportunity to change their community. She shares that members come from all walks of life, and with very different passions and interests, according to their own individual history and experiences. Before each meeting three names are drawn and those members briefly describe the project that they are passionate about. Within one hour, a vote is held and funds are given to that non-profit organization. Kempthorne says they recognize their members are busy women who have careers and families and can’t necessarily spend a lot of time at yet another meeting.

Kempthorne says upon starting “100 Women Who Care” they hadn’t realized they would be learning about the many wonderful organizations that are helping people within our communities. She adds it has been extremely difficult to vote for just one project each evening, as each of the three are so important and worthy of the funding.

Kempthorne notes that all money raised goes directly towards the funding of projects and no money is used for renting facilities. Meetings are held at facilities that are donated for the evening.

For more information on “100 Women Who Care” visit the Brandon Area Community Foundation and open the Box link to learn more about the success of their first year, and how you can become a member in this new fiscal year. Visit www.bacf.ca, call 204-571-0529 or send an email to [email protected]

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