Event Dates and Locations

Our 17th Event (there are 4 each year) will be Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. Last year we had 129 members for a large $12,900 collective donation. We look forward to seeing everyone! 

Upcoming event dates

  • Wednesday, March 13th

  • Wednesday, June 12th

  • Wednesday, August 14th

  • Wednesday, November 20th.

All events will take place at the Inn at DePauwPlease thank them for their donation of the use of the conference room!

Event Format

Below is an outline of the structure and the event timelines.

  • Social: 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Members will sign in and receive a nominating ballot and a voting ballot. Members can nominate a charity and it's presenter for consideration. Please enjoy networking; cash bar and complimentary snacks.

  • Business Meeting: 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. After a brief welcome, the rules will be quickly explained. Then 3 of the nominated charities are randomly drawn from the fishbowl. Each of the three nominees will receive up to 4 minutes for a short presentation explaining why we should support this charity. There will be 2 minutes for Q&A. (20 minutes total)

  • Vote and Count: 5 Minutes. Majority rules. After our first event, the prior winning charity will provide an update.

  • Announce the Winner! Members that have not prepaid will write checks made out to the Putnam Co. Foundation, memo 100+MWC and hand them in at the registration table.

  • By 7:00 the Event officially ends, but you are welcome to continue socializing/networking! After all, we want to have some FUN with our philanthropy!


Presentations are easy and should be informal(No PowePoint). Plan on a 3-4 minute presentation with 2-3 minutes of Q&A. Be sure your charity is recognized as a 501c3, or non-profit, organization. If you're not sure, check its website, ask them or check with the Putnam County Community Foundation. Be prepared to talk about: 

  1. The name of the organization, where it is, history.

  2. What is the mission of the organization?

  3. What does it do and how? Who does it serve? Administration expenses?

  4. How would this organization benefit from our donation; how would the funds be used?

  5. What are the current sources of funding?

  6. Who is responsible for the use of funds?

  7. Have you been previously selected by either our club or the local 100+ Women's Group? If so, when?

Presentation Tips

You've got 4 minutes to make your pitch, so make it count!

edited From Heidi Boynton, 100 Women Who Care, Santa Cruz chapter:

Whether you are the founder, a volunteer, if you are going to be the representative to pitch the group for funding your organization, you need to know what you do and how you do it. Many of the men will be hearing about your charity for the FIRST time. Remember, you are not the only presenter this evening.

  1. Know the facts! Practice your elevator speech. You need to be able to tell the story of your organization in 1 minute. People get lost easily by drawn out explanations. Write down what you do, how you do it and who is affected. Then wrap that around a few sentences and voila! You’ve got your pitch.

  2. Tell the HEART story! This is an excellent way to begin and should create a real attention grabber. Tie in a personal story of those you impact so the men have a very clear understanding and then connection to the charity. As you prepare, write down WHY you are involved and who/what changes have you seen? And then... PRACTICE it.

  3. Show them the MONEY! Where will the money go! The people in the room are ready to make a wise choice about where they donate. I’m not talking about detailed financial statements, rather a strong description of what the funds will be supporting. It could be for materials, infrastructure, or a new program. Explaining where the money will go is VERY important. If you don’t explain this in your allotted time to, they will ask in the Q&A. Also, if your annual budget is under $15,000, for example, what will you do with your $10,000+ windfall?

Past Winners


Imagination Library (P.C.P.L.)- $11,300

Beyond Homeless-$11,700

Area 30 Career Center-$11,900

CareNet Pregnancy Center-$11,900


Non-Food Pantry-$12,100

Boy Scout Troop 99-$12,300

Heritage Preservation Society Of Putnam County-$12,400

Mental Health of Putnam County-$12,500


The Castle-$12,500

ASAP-Ivy Tech-$12,800


Beyond Homeless-$12,800
Non-Food Pantry-$12,300
Real Men Read-$12,400
Round Barn Day Care-$12,500
Family Support Services -$12,900