A new charitable organization, 100 Women Who Care, will meet for the first time on Thursday. The group follows on the heels of the launch of 100 Men Who Give a Damn, a similar organization for men which had its second meeting in September.
100 Women Who Care members will convene at hour-long meetings once every quarter. Each member will nominate a local charity, and one week before each meeting three charities will be chosen at random from the complete list of nominations.
These three charities will make a presentation at the meeting and members, who will have each brought a check of $100, will vote to decide which charity receives the total money collected that meeting.
The format allows a large amount of money to immediately be given to the charity of choice, whose name is then retired from the donation recipient choices for a year.
The group allows a range of different charities to be helped throughout the year. “All funds raised go to a local charity. They stay on-island and do good in our community,” said Emma Graham-Taylor, chairwoman. “My $100 can’t do a lot, but my $100 plus 100, 200, 300 or even 400 other women’s $100 put together really makes an impact and that is what this giving circle is about. Membership is open to anyone; you just have to be female.”
“We have been overwhelmed by the response to this initiative from the women living and working in the Cayman Islands,” says Karen Gunderson, membership manager.
“We are already at well over 300 women in the membership, and would welcome many more to join us. It’s a fantastic way to give back to the local community and takes so little time out of our busy schedules.”
The meeting will be at the Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort. Doors open at 6 p.m., giving members the chance to pick up voting ballots and drop off their check as well as enjoy a complimentary welcome drink. There will also be a cash bar, entertainment by Kate Allenger and giveaways from local companies to the first 100 women to arrive.