How Does It Work?
Each member makes a commitment to donate $100 at a meeting held four times a year. Local non-profits or charities apply to the group to be considered as recipients. The steering committee randomly chooses three charities to be considered at an upcoming meeting. At the members’ meeting, the three charities make a brief presentation to the group. Members then vote on their charity of choice. The chosen charity receives the bulk donation from the group that same evening. If we reach 100 members, the donation could be as much as $10,000!
What If I Can’t Afford $400 a Year?
In order to make membership accessible for everyone, you can join as a team! Teams can be made up of 2, 3 or 4 people who share the $100 donation each quarter. You can even come up with a catchy name for your team! As a team, all members of the team can attend every meeting, but you are only allowed one vote.
How Do I Join?
In order to join, please read the Member Registration and Commitment form and fill it out with your complete information. You can submit the form at a meeting or register online here. Once you are registered, mark your calendar with upcoming meeting dates. Remember to come to each meeting with your blank cheque for $100. Alternatively, you can send an etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. (When sending an etransfer, if the name on the account is a spouse or partner, please indicate your full name in the notes of the etransfer message.) If you cannot attend a meeting, you can ask someone to submit a proxy vote for you. That person can bring your donation with them or you have up to one week after each meeting to submit your donation to us. After each meeting or by the end of the tax year, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donations.
How Are Recipient Organizations Chosen?
The Steering Committee will reach out to the local community for potential recipient organizations. Members are also encouraged to nominate or suggest eligible organizations. Organizations must serve the New Tecumseth area and be a charitable organization or non-profit able to provide charitable receipts. Donated funds must be spent within a 12-month period. Recipient organizations will be asked to return to a future member meeting to provide a brief update on their work and how monies were spent. An organization not selected at a meeting, may be resubmitted at future meetings. A successful recipient organization will be eligible for future reconsideration after one year. Tie votes will be decided by a second vote. Recipient organizations will not be allowed to use member information in any way except for tax purposes or where required by law.