Nominating a Charity
Upon arrival to the meeting, if you choose to nominate a charity, you need to hand in the completed nomination form. You will then be given a slip of paper – please put your name and the name of one organization you are prepared to represent. One at a time, names will be drawn randomly from a basket and the person whose name is on the slip of paper will be asked to present. Only the member’s name on the ticket drawn is the person who must come up to speak for the charity - no substitutes. Every member that nominates a charity must themselves be willing and able to get up and speak about why our group should vote for that charity and they must also be able to answer questions from the group. If your organization is chosen your will be asked to presentation should be simple and not overly formal. No slides or PowerPoints. You will have 5 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. Typical award charities have presenters that are prepared and passionate about their cause. Here are a few tips for your presentation if the nonprofit you nominate is one of the three chosen.
A charity CAN be nominated by multiple members at each meeting. This increases their chances of being drawn for consideration. We must always have three different charities for our members to consider voting for, but multiple nominations for one charity does tip the hat in that charity’s favour to be drawn as one of the three.
The charity must agree not to create, sell, or distribute a list with our members' contact information, and agree not to solicit our members directly for further contributions. It must also agree to mail personal receipts/ acknowledgment letters for tax deduction purposes to each 100+ WWC Will County donor. Lastly, the charity must be willing to send a representative to our next meeting to share how the money was or will be spent.
Note that organizations who are awarded the donation have a waiting period of two years before they are eligible to receive the donation again. If a charity is presented but no awarded the donation, it can be considered again. Charities that are presented but not awarded the donation often win the donation the second or third time they are presented.
Only members 100+ Women Who Care who are in good standing are allowed to nominate an organization. In order for an organization to be nominated, it must be a 501(c)(3) located in and serving Will County. National organization are only eligible if the funds will be used in Will County. In order to be fully prepared with the key information you need, you must present a completed Charity Nomination Form.