Leah Germain at Metro News called a couple of days ago to interview us for an article she was writing for today’s issue. We spent some time on the phone explaining the story of the 100 giving model, and why we created 100 People Who Care. Thanks to Kate Hutzul, one of our members, for taking time to chat with Leah – it’s great to have your perspective!
The Team: Gary Goertz, Annie Parent, Lana Solberg, Elaine Wilson
(not pictured: Stephen Avivi | photo credit: Leah Germain/Metro News)
Many people have heard of 100 Women Who Care, a giving group with chapters across the US and Canada, as well as 100 Men Who Care. (There is a women’s chapter forming in Edmonton, click here for contact information. Update September 7: There is also a men’s chapter forming in Edmonton. Follow that same link for contact information.)
When we heard about 100 Women Who Care in the spring, we were enthused and inspired. But…the idea of gender-separate giving didn’t fit for us. Starting with an organizing team of two, which quickly became four, then five (and now six), we set out to create the first all-inclusive chapter in the 100 model.
We feel that working together is a more effective way to create change. 100 People Who Care invites everyone – women, men, youth, retired folks, bakers, teachers, fireman, politicians, artists, farmers…you get the idea – to be part of our giving group, meeting four times each year to donate $100. Pooling our small donations, we’re hoping to give up to $10,000 to a local charity doing important working our community.
As of today, we have 20+ members (several folks called after seeing the article) and we’re thrilled! Just a few weeks ago we were at the very early stages of getting organized and here we are in the news and planning our first meeting. Thank you all for your support and encouragement as we create a new way to fund local charities. Hope to see you at the meeting!