The Power of Giving
County & Peninsula
A Giving Circle
We’re a group of people who want to make a difference in our local community by pooling our charity dollars. Our group exists to give local non-profit organizations greater visibility and to stimulate $10,000 in giving every quarter. If 100 people each commit to give $100, we can make a BIG impact four times per year without a huge time commitment in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. There is no telemarketing, no event planning, no silent auction items to bid on, no fee to join, and no cap on how many members we can have. Eleven people attended our first meeting in October 2020 and membership had climbed to 59 by October 2022. We're on our way to 100 and we'd love it if you joined us! Questions? Check out our FAQs, to follow.
If you're looking for a simple and simply great way to make a difference in our community, you might like to join us.
Ready to Join Us?
Click here for our Member Commitment Form:
Frequently Asked Questions
How did this crowd-funding idea get started?
Who can join?
Membership is open to all. Members are typically individuals, though couple/spouse memberships are also allowed. At this time, there are no team memberships exceeding two individuals.
What does it mean to be a "committed member?"
Each Member commits to donate $100 per meeting for the period of a year (4 x $100 = $400), even if unable to attend a given meeting. Members submit the Commitment Form found on this site.
Who can present about a nonprofit at a meeting?
Only Committed Members who have donated $100 the previous quarter are eligible to “put their name in the hat” and make a pitch. Read Tips for Presenting here.
How do I sign up to pitch?
A Member completes a Charity Pre-Qualification Form. At the meeting, a slip of paper with the presenting Member’s name and the nonprofit will be put in the nomination “hat” for random selection.
Are meetings really only an hour or less?
Yes, we're very focused on the task at hand: learning about three different nonprofits and voting. Each of the three pitches takes no more than 10 minutes: a maximum of 5 minutes of pitch and 5 minutes of Q&A. Read about our upcoming meetings.
What charities are eligible for our group's donation?
Charities must be 501(c)(3) organizations, and monies must go to a specific, local-based project. The purpose is for 100% of our group donations to serve locally.
Are all local nonprofits eligible?
No. Charities that promote political causes or candidates, or promote particular religious beliefs, practices, or doctrines are not eligible.
Could a national charity receive our donation?
Yes, if that charity has an active chapter or presence in Kitsap.
How do Members make their donation?
Two ways: a) Member writes a personal check written directly to the organization selected and mails it to our 100 Who Care post office box, or b) Member donates directly online to the nonprofit and then emails us a copy of the receipt.
How are monies delivered to the nonprofit?
Checks collected after each quarterly meeting are presented to the organization 2-3 weeks later in one envelope, plus a promotional check. Members volunteer to participate in delivering our gift.
Can an organization receive our donation more than once?
After our membership exceeds 50, organizations receiving our group donation will not be eligible to be considered again for a period of two years.
Together We Are Stronger
About 100 Who Care, Kitsap
100 Who Care, Kitsap, launched in 2020. Kathy Campbell had heard about the Power of 100 from her sister, Karen Rosenberg. She shared her excitement with her husband Craig and friend Liz Sebren. They learned about the 100 Who Care Alliance and all agreed that 100 people coming together would be a powerful force for good in Port Orchard and greater Kitsap. The pandemic halted their planning for awhile but by August they all agreed: it was time to get to work. Eleven founding members attended the first virtual meeting on October 28, 2020. Membership had reached more that 59 by the fall of 2022. Find out the latest about us on our Facebook page.
100 People Who Care Alliance
In a moment of spontaneous philanthropy more than 15 years ago, Karen Dunnigan saw a need for baby cribs in her Michigan community. She hastily encouraged dozens of friends to donate $100 each. Together they raised more than $10,000. Karen realized that she was on to something marvelous and formed the first chapter: 100+ Women Who Care (read more). They met quarterly. The rules were simple. Any member could present a need in the community, the need had to be immediate, and the money had to remain local. Now there are hundreds of chapters--- women, men, kids, and people--- raising money for local communities all over the world. After all, there can never be too much caring! Read more about the Alliance here.
Join us at our next meeting!
When: April 26, 6:00 - 7:00 pm,
Social time begins at 5:45
Where: Zoom, link provided by email following registration
Following our usual format, three members will each have up to five minutes to pitch a favorite nonprofit and then up to five minutes to respond to questions. A member may collaborate with another member to research, pitch, and respond to questions (procedure change as of 10/2022). The membership votes by Zoom poll. While votes are tallied we listen to a brief presentation by a representative from the organization that received our last donation.
After we adjourn, each member either donates $100 online to the majority-chosen organization or writes a check for $100 to that nonprofit and mails it to our 100 Who Care, Kitsap post office box.
January 25, 2023
April 26, 2023
July 26, 2023
October 25, 2023
(Full document here.)
Participate by committing to at least four (4) consecutive $100 quarterly donations
Donate to whichever local 501(c)(3) charities are selected by majority member vote
Write a check to the chosen non-profit and mail it to the designated 100 Who Care, Kitsap post office box within two weeks after each meeting
Submit only 501(c)(3) non-profits for consideration that: 1) have specific local impact, 2) do not promote political causes or candidates, and 3) do not promote particular religious beliefs, practices, or doctrines
we will make an extraordinary impact in our community.