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 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 fill in our online JOIN FORM here. Once you are registered, mark your calendar with upcoming meeting dates. Join us promptly at 7:00 pm for our meetings each quarter. If you cannot attend a meeting, you can ask someone to submit a proxy vote for you. Donations are given at the end of the meeting by etransfer or directly on our fundraising page at CanadaHelps. After each meeting or by the end of the tax year, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donations made by etransfer. CanadaHelps sends donations immediately.
How Are Recipient Organizations Chosen?
The Steering Committee reaches out to the local community on an ongoing basis for potential recipient organizations. Members are also encouraged to nominate or suggest eligible organizations. Organizations must serve the New Tecumseth, Adjala-Torosontio or Essa areas 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.