100 Women – North Wicklow / South Dublin
- We meet 3 times a year.
- The last Tuesday of January, May & October (unless it’s Halloween, so 2nd to last Tuesday!)
- We donate as a group to recognised Irish charities and non-profits with a local North Wicklow or South Dublin presence.
- We commit to donating at every meeting whether we can be there (or not)
- We high five and pat ourselves on the back for making a difference.
What We Do…
- We as a group choose a worthy charity and donate a large sum of money and make a huge difference 3 times a year.
- Each member must commit to donating at each meeting; to make the most impact we hope that each member’s donation is €100 per meeting (€300 per year). However if you cannot afford that amount, we are happy to have you join us, but we require a €75 per year minimum commitment (€25 per meeting.) Let’s just call it an open sliding scale of goodness.
- The donations will be given to charities/non-profit organizations/worthy causes serving the North Wicklow and South Dublin areas. Defined as: D2, D4, D6, D14, D16, D18, the points on the dart line from Grand Canal to Greystones. Enniskerry, Kilcoole, Newcastle, Newtownmountkennedy, Ashford, Roundwood, Rathnew and Wicklow Town.
- No national charities will be considered, unless they have a local branch and the funds are designated specifically to that branch. The purpose is for the majority of our contributions to stay in our community.
How it works…
- Any member wishing to request donations for a non-political local charity/program/non-profit will place her name in a hat upon arrival at the meeting.
- Three names will be drawn from the hat.
- Each of the three members drawn from the hat will be given 5 minutes to present information on the charity/program/non-profit she is promoting. There will be 5 minutes provided after each pitch for members to ask questions.
- If there is an immediate/emergency need at the time of the meeting, the emergency can be presented as one of the choices if a member wants to nominate it.
- By ballot, the group will vote, with the understanding that the majority rules. Each member agrees to donate to the chosen cause regardless of her personal views.
- If a member’s name is drawn and her charity is not chosen, she will still be eligible to put her name in the drawing at the next meeting.
- Membership in the North Wicklow/South Dublin100 Women chapter is open to ALL women who commit to donating to 3 meetings per year. The more women we gather, the greater our impact within our community.
- If a member cannot make it to the meeting she must send her blank cheque or postal money order with Charity Name to be filled out on the night, along with a trusted friend or in advance to Nancy Falkow.
- If a member cannot make it, but wants their charity considered, they can submit their pitch in writing to be read if their name is drawn from the hat.
- Votes will only be counted by the members present at the meeting.
- Only cheques or postal money orders will be accepted and forwarded directly to the charity, we cannot accept cash.
The Chosen Charity…
Members – make sure when you’re pitching a charity they see this in advance:
- The Charity nominated must be at least 1 year old.
- The Charity agrees that funds received from our members are not to be used to fund the general coffers or salaries of the charity. Funds are ideally used for specific, measurable projects.
- The Charity agrees that all funds must remain in, and be spent in, the North Wicklow/South Dublin region in localities stated above.
- The Charity agrees NOT to use the names of members for future solicitations or give the information out to the public. They can however contact the members directly, once, in order to thank them and give them tax receipts. If the charity does not adhere to this condition they will be removed from any future consideration.
That’s it! You show up, we pick a group in need and we make things happen with our group donation! We all feel good.
Talking Points for Your 5 Minute Pitch
Making your case for support in a short amount of time takes some planning….following are some talking points you might want to incorporate in your 5 minute speech.
- Start with a gripping opening line…….”100 women in our community are involved in a domestic violence dispute every month…”
- State your name and the name of the organization you would like to receive funding.
- What is the mission of the organization?
- Describe the program that you would like funded. Provide some background information for program. Who will it impact? How many will it impact?
- How essential is this program – what will our community be missing if this program does not get funded?
- How will success of this program be measured?
- What will this gift “buy” for the chosen charity/community?
- End with a heartfelt ask and a thank you.
Speaking in public can be scary, but you joined this group because you want to help your community, so a little prep work for your pitch can go a long way.
If you do want to pitch but can’t make the meeting, write it up and email it to 100WomenNWSD [at] gmail.com with your info and we will put your name in the hat and read the pitch if your name is chosen. If you’re writing it, read it aloud and make sure reading at a normal speaking rate, that it is about 5 minutes long.
At the end of the pitch, you can field 5 minutes of questions from the group. Have information about your charity in case you need to refer to it.
It will be exciting if your charity is chosen, so take that time to prepare!
Thank you for being a part of this life changing group!