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Why Women Love To Give Back

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side
100 Women Who Care

http://100womencalgary.com/

The act of giving isn't something new.  It's been around for thousands of years!  Here's a great link to the History of Charitable Giving"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."  

But today it seems as though EVERYONE is looking for you to help out their charity.  It's tough, and and can sometimes be overwhelming.  It's not that we don't want to give back, but don't you want what you give to actually make a difference?  It makes a real difference if the money you give goes directly to the "cause".  Sometimes there are too many "gimmicks to giving".  Buy this product and a "portion of the proceeds" go to a charity.  Does your "portion" actually make a difference?

I recently sat down with 100 Women Who Care Calgary.  Alison Lapczuk started the chapter in Calgary.  There are many chapters across Canada and the USA. All recognize that there are hundreds of organizations working hard to provide much-needed services within their communities.

Lapczuk wanted to find the right opportunity to teach her children about giving back.  For her, who came from a great career now staying at home to care for her little ones, felt as though it was difficult to make a large impact.  And after attending a 100 Women Who Care meeting in Windsor, she knew this was something that needed to be set up in Calgary.  

http://100womencalgary.com/We come from all walks of life and different financial backgrounds.  And in order to make a large impact, if we can come together as a group our community we can make things happen that some organizations never thought possible.  
One of my favorite shows on TV right now is The Secret Millionaire.  Oh how I would LOVE to do that.   I may not have millions to give, but this is a start.  Here's how 100 Women Who Care works:

First off, it's not limited to 100!  It's 100 or more!  Each member must commit to donating $100 per meeting ($400 per year). 

Meet for an hour.

Jointly select a local charity or not-for-profit organization.

Your $100 cheque will then go to the selected organization.  All cheques will be made out to the chosen charity.

If all 100 members donate, there's a $10,000 donation to the charity of choice.  

No "portion of the proceeds" goes to the charity.  No money goes to the organization.  It's 100% your donation to the specific charity.  

You then receive a charitable tax receipt!  

Do that four times a year and witness how $40,000 can improve the lives of our neighbours when placed in the hands of deserving local agencies working to serve the community.

http://100womencalgary.com/
Congratulations to the Helping Families Handle Cancer Foundation. 100 Women Who Care Calgary was pleased to present them with this cheque for $9300! Thank you 100 Women Who Care - Calgary!

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