Following a successful launch in 2016, the ‘100 People Who Care’ Planning Committee of the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation set a stretch goal for this year – 150 people each donating $100.
Sharon Little, who sits on the Community Foundation’s Fund Development Committee came up with the idea as a great way of commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The 100 People Who Care concept is simple: 100 People contribute $100 each. The Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation collects the funds and provides charitable donation receipts.
“Once we reach our 100 member pledges – or this year, 150 – local charities will be invited to submit brief funding proposals to the Foundation,” Groeneweg said. “A short list of charities will then be chosen to present project ideas to the ‘100 People Who Care’ granting special event June 6 at the CASO Station in St. Thomas.”
That evening, each shortlisted charitable organization will have the opportunity to make a five-minute presentation to the membership to pitch what they would do with $10,000, or to foster positive change in the Elgin-St. Thomas community. At the end of the evening, the 100 People Who Care will vote, and the winning charity will receive $10,000 that night. “If we reach our stretch goal, that could mean $10,000 for one charity and $5,000 for a second charity,” Groeneweg said.
The ‘100 People Who Care’ initiative and other similar efforts have popped up all over the world. Several neighbouring communities, such as London, were early adopters of this model.
“I was very happy to be one of the founding members and one of the organizers of ‘100 People Who Care’ last year,” said planning committee member Andrew Gunn. “This year is really exciting, too. The concept appeals to everyone, and it's a great fit especially for people who may have limited time but still want to make an impact in our community. The ‘100 People Who Care’ approach provides a unique solution by offering a way to network with like-minded people, learn about charitable organizations in our community, and make an immediate impact by supporting the best ideas.”
Interested donors can download a pledge form at www.escf.ca. The deadline for registered Canadian charities in Elgin-St. Thomas to apply for a '100 People Who Care' grant is May 15. A downloadable application form for these charities can also be found on www.escf.ca.
News Release Source: Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation