Seniors earn first ‘caring women’ funds

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Salt Spring Seniors Services Society is the first beneficiary of a new high-impact local charitable program.

The society received $12,700 at the inaugural meeting of 100 Women Who Care Salt Spring Island held on Nov. 8 in the ArtSpring gallery space.

Funds came from the 127 women attending each donating $100.

Thirteen local charities had been nominated by members, and three were drawn randomly at the beginning of the meeting. They were the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust, the Salt Spring branch of BC SPCA and the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society.

At the meeting, a member from each organization gave a five-minute talk expressing why she believed the organization should receive the funds.

As someone who benefits from services offered by the Seniors Services Society, Boodie Arnott gave a presentation that resulted in the majority of members voting for the society when they cast their secret ballot.

“I was thrilled to be able to help support a Salt Spring organization that touches so many lives in our community. A huge ‘thank you’ to the 127 women who made this possible,” said Arnott.

As the 100 Women group explains, recipient charities can use the funds in ways that they need most as long as the charity’s efforts benefit the community. A representative from the Seniors Services Society will be at the next meeting for 100 Women Who Care in February to tell members how their money helped the seniors organization and the island.

“I and others noticed a palpable feeling in the room right after everyone wrote their cheques to the Seniors Services Society,” said Coreen Boucher, an organizing team member. “The high-impact and collective nature of this fundraising model amplifies the sense of accomplishment and of excitement for the receiving organization.”

The 100 Women concept sees registered charities with a local impact nominated by members. For every member who nominates a charity, an equal number of nominations is placed in the charity basket. At each meeting, three charities are randomly chosen. If selected, the member who nominated the charity provides a five-minute presentation on why they think that organization should receive the funds. After the three presentations, each member votes for her choice. The charity receiving the most votes is awarded all funds raised that evening. The successful organization is responsible for issuing tax receipts to each member.

The next meeting is on Feb. 12, 2019 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the ArtSpring gallery space. Registration and social hour begins at 6 p.m.

Members must nominate their charity at least four weeks in advance.

For more on this story, see the November 14, 2018 issue of the Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper, or subscribe online.

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