WHO WE ARE

100+ people of the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia, raising $40,000+ a year for local charities in four hours over the course of a year. As simple - and as powerful - as that!

OUR MEMBERS

Our membership is open to men, women, and individuals who use other terms to self-identify, who live in or near the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia. Some members choose to participate in teams (of 2 or 4 people). Our membership includes folks from Windsor to Digby. See our Member List.

WHO SHOULD JOIN

ANYBODY! We hope to involve people whose history of donating to local non-profit organizations is infrequent, unfocused, non-existent, OR who may be able to dig a little deeper in giving. We also hope to attract young folks who are perhaps just beginning their career, and impress upon them the importance of regular, meaningful giving to our community.

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If you regularly donate to a local non-profit organization – PLEASE DON’T STOP!  Those organizations count on your help and it is not our intention to redirect that support.

You should join us.

OUR CO-CHAIRS

Steph Sedgwick

Co-Chair
Owner of Bright Webs Design, Steph Sedgwick joined the 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley in 2015 to nominate her own favourite charity to a meeting. In 2017 she stepped into a co-chair role. She manages the website, member communications and social media (such as there is).

Sara White

Co-Chair
Managing Editor of the Aurora Newspaper, Sara White has been co-chair of the 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley since 2018. She organizes venues and meeting details, provides excellent PR and writeups after each meeting, and graciously covers whatever role is needed.

Kathy Whitewood

Co-Chair
Kathy is an associate with Royal LePage Atlantic and loves helping to build a strong community. Coming on as co-chair in 2020, Kathy is also our Charity Liaison and handles all communications with charitable groups.

HOW IT WORKS

We are 100+ PEOPLE,
Gathering 4 TIMES per year,
For 1 HOUR,
Each GIVING $100,
CHOOSING one of three nominated charities to be our Recipient,
Who receives $10,000+.

This is the Power of 100.

But it's not about us.

Our 100+ group is not a registered organization. We have no bank account, no Treasurer, no administrative expenses - and we want to keep it that way.

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Our Meetings

Bring together 100 (or more) giving people in Annapolis Valley who care about local community causes and who are committed to community service.

Meet for an hour (or less!). We jointly select a local charity or not-for-profit organization.

Each member writes a $100 cheque to the selected organization and watch how the group’s commitment turns into a $10,000+ donation.

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 grass-roots agencies working to serve the local community.

More Details

**COVID NOTICE: Our meetings are virtual for now, until we are able to meet in person again.

TESTIMONIALS

Carol Goodwin, 100 Women Who Care Member

"I joined 100 Women because I wanted to help local projects move forward. That's why I stay, too. I like the format and getting to be present for the reveal. It's fun!"

Steph Sedgwick, 100 Women Who Care co-chair

"Joining the 100+ Women Who Care has been an amazing experience. I've met women from all over the valley region of NS. I've been able to participate in a kind of generous giving that has an enormous impact, far bigger than anything I could do individually. And for small local charities, fundraising on this level is usually extremely difficult."

Pat Norton, 100 Women Who Care Member

"My long history with fund-raising for various worthy causes is that perhaps 10-20% of the amount of money and time I invest actually reaches “the target.” With “100 Women who Care,” there is a strong commitment to not squandering my time. I am in and out of the meeting (4 a year) in a little over an hour. We focus on the essentials: the always inspiring but brief (5 minutes) presentations by each of the 3 groups seeking financial assistance for their worthy causes, followed by a vote. And for every $100 I spend, $100 goes to the chosen charity or group. You can’t beat that! It pleases me enormously that the good souls doing the wonderful work they do in our community are able to focus on that instead of spending their valuable time and energies trying first to raise the necessary money, one bake sale at a time. On a personal level, it is an opportunity for me to meet and connect with some wonderful women. In every way, “100 Women who Care” is “community at its best”!"

Our History

In 2013, Paula Huntley of Kentville founded the 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley. This group met quarterly, although we no longer have records of the chosen recipients before 2017. In 2017, Paula stepped down as Chair and Steph Sedgwick became a Chair with Dora Dorman. In 2018, Sara White volunteered as Co-Chair with Steph, and then in 2020 Kathy Whitewood also joined as Charity Liaison.

In January 2021, the 100 Women group made a big shift and changed its focus to a more inclusive membership open to any giving individual in the Valley, becoming the 100+ Who Care Giving Group.

Donation History

Meeting #13 – Feb 22, 2017

  1. FSTRA (Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association) - chosen charity
  2. Randall House Museum
  3. Not recorded

Meeting #12 – November 21, 2016

  1. Kings County SPCA - chosen charity
  2. Valley Pregnancy Centre
  3. Kids Action Program

Meeting #11 – August 25, 2016

  1. Kentville Library - chosen charity
  2. The Fundy Inter-church Food bank
  3. Valley Regional Hospital Foundation

Meetings 1-10 - no details on file.

See? You should totally join us.

Other Chapters

Our group is not the first of its kind - not by a long shot!

There are a variety of 100 Women Who Care, 100 Men Who Care, 100 People Who Care, and even Kids and Teens groups as well. It all started when the first 100 Women Who Care group was formed in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, USA. At their first one-hour meeting, the Jackson 100 Women Who Care group raised $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city! Their membership has now grown to nearly 300 members and other cities across Canada and the United States are forming groups.

The list of groups has grown significantly and we encourage you to check out the 100 Who Care Alliance website for listings of Chapters.

Your Generosity. Our Mission.
Our goal is to help small local charities do some amazing fundraising. Our Giving Circle allows us to GIVE BETTER. GIVE BIGGER.

When & Where?

Virtual or In Person Meetings

All in-person meetings are subject to any COVID-19 restrictions of our host venue, Main Street Station. Virtual Meetings will be available whenever possible.