Frequently Asked Questions
Our Maui chapter is connected to the international 100 Who Care Alliance. There are over 350 chapters worldwide, including Men Who Care, Kids Who Care, and more. We are #thePOWERof100. Our local Maui hashtag is #100WhoCareMAUI.
Which organizations are allowed to be nominated?
No national or international charities, programs, or organizations will be considered, unless they have a Maui-based office and can guarantee that all of our donation will be used within the Maui County community. Recipients are expected to be 501(c)(3) organizations; however, special needs that do not meet this criterion may also be considered by the group as long as the tax status is disclosed before voting. Our purpose is to help those in need in our community; this does not include political campaigns or businesses and such. Only members can nominate.
What is a 501(c)(3)?
A 501(c)(3) is defined as “exemptions that apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.”
However, for the purposes of 100 Women Who Care all groups up for consideration must be local to Maui County.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible if made payable to a 501(c)(3) organization. Checks are written DIRECTLY to the local organization NOT to 100 Women Who Care. Your check is your receipt. Please contact your tax advisor or visit the IRS Website for further information.
How long do the meetings last?
Meetings are intended to last 1 hour. However, members may come to the meeting early to register and fill out Nomination Forms, plus we often organize socializing opportunities for those who can stay after the 1-hour meeting is over.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course, you can! However, in order to nominate and/or vote, she will need to become a member before the meeting begins.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
Any current member in good standing and present at the quarterly meeting can nominate a worthy cause. Once the meeting begins, three causes will be selected at random from “the hat.” Each sponsoring member will be asked to give a short, 5-minute presentation as to why this cause should receive the donation. This is followed by 5 minutes for Q & A. All members then vote in a secret ballot. The top vote recipient receives all the funds raised at that meeting.
We encourage members to participate by submitting the name of a cause special to them. Your willingness to present and share your knowledge of the cause is the most important element of our meetings. Once an individual or cause is chosen, it will not be considered again for 2 full years.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting, she can do one of two things:
- She can send a blank, signed check for $100 (or more…) with a trusted friend to the meeting. The friend will write in the name of the charity that is chosen on the check and give it to the organizers on her behalf. The friend may NOT vote on behalf of the absent member.
- She can mail in a blank, signed check for $100 (or more…) to the organizer as far before the meeting as possible to ensure that her donation will be bundled with the attendees’ contributions and deposited by the charity in a timely manner.
Our mailing address: 100+ Women Who Care Maui, c/o Chelsea Hill, P O Box 788, Kula, HI 96790
Can I just send my donation directly to the charity?
No. The goal of the 100 Women Who Care organization is to make a single donation on behalf of the entire group. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give $10,000+ dollars each time to make a large impact in our community, with each member’s donation being part of the larger gift.