Frequently Asked Questions
When did 100+ MWC (Men Who Care) Putnam Co. Chapter begin?
In January 2015, Scott Davis rallied 11 local men - Jeff Sigworth, Ken Eitel, Page Cotton, Eric Wolfe, Bob Jedele, Alan Zerkel, Todd Lewis, Ralph Cunha, Chuck Schroeder, Jason Hartman and Dave Murray, to create this philanthropic organization modeled after more than 140+ similar organizations that have developed across the USA since 2006.
how can I join?
Simply complete a membership form (in the tab JOIN US), then return it via mail, bring it to the next event, or hand it to any Board Member. Our group is open to all men. BTW: we are NOT limited to 100 men. Frankly, the more that join, the bigger our collective donation/impact. Questions? Send us an email at email@example.com
I am a new member, what should i expect at an event?
We meet in a conference room at the Inn at DePauw. From 5:30 to 6:15pm you will sign in at the registration table, grab a ballot, and a nomination form if desired. Next, join the party with free food, cash bar. At 6:15 there will be opening remarks and a brief explanation of the rules. Three chariites will be randomly drawn and each has 4-6 minutes to state their case. You will vote for Speaker 1, or 2, or 3. The ballots are counted and a winner announced. In 90 minutes, we hope to have some FUN and give a way more than $10,000. Members are welcome to continue socializing after we adjourn at 7pm. See Events tab for more information including the dates of the events.
How is my Money used?
The first $100 goes to the Foundation where $50 goes to our PCCF endowment ($49k on 1/1/2017) and roughly $30 is set aside to cover our few expenses (mainly the food and drinks at the Events). Additionally, each man agrees to donate $100 at each of our quarterly events (whether they attend or not) to be given collectively and directly to a LOCAL charity. Since our beginning 2 short years ago, we have donated $96,600 to 8 different organizations (learn about them in the "In the news" tab).
How do I make my donation?
As indicated on the Membership form, you have 3 options:
- Write ONE check. One year = $500, made payable to the Putnam County Community Foundation (PCCF), memo 100+MWC. The first $100 goes to the Foundation and $400 goes to the four different selected charities. If you join after the first event, the donation would be $100 to PCCF and $100 for each remaining event/charity for the year.
- Set up automatic withdrawals (ACH) with your bank and the Foundation – complete the Debit Authorization Form.
- Bring a check to the event, made payable to: PCCF, memo 100+ MWC. If you are unable to attend, please get the check to the PCCF - ASAP. The winning Charity THANKS YOU for your promptness.
Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration?
We have a partial listing under the CHARITIES tab. The organization must be based in Putnam County, serve Putnam County, and be a registered not-for-profit or charitable 501c3 organization and approved by our County Foundation. Non-profit organizations affiliated with religious organizations are also eligible as long as their services address a local need and are not restricted based upon religious affiliation. Charities must be established for at least 1 year (no start-ups). No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered; however, local branches of national charities are eligible.
Any organization selected by our group to get our BIG check must wait 8 quarterly events to be nominated again. More specifically, any organization and their subgroups/programs. For example, Area 30 and any of their programs count as one.
Any "winning" charity that is later discovered to be ineligible per our rules, will not receive the check. Instead, the 2nd place charity would claim all the donations. There will be an approximate 2-4 week lag for the actual presentation of the check - while we collect all pledges/checks.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Most of it will be as checks are written directly to Putnam County Community Foundation (PCCF), memo 100+MWC. PCCF will provide a Tax receipt. Per IRS rules, you will receive about a $450 write off from an annual $500 donation.
How does 100+ MWC select a charity?
When a Member registers at a quarterly event he can opt to nominate ONE local organization and it's presenter/speaker. The nomination form (available at the Event registration table) will go into a "hat" for a random drawing. Three charities will be drawn and their representatives (also a Member) gives a short 4-6 minute presentation. After a secret ballot, majority rules. For ties, an additional vote will be taken between those 2 organizations. One more tie and they split the check. We encourage Members to participate by submitting the names of local, charitable organizations. Charity representatives are welcome to become 100+ MWC Members and present on behalf of their charitable organization.
Can more than one charity be grouped together for Nomination?
Yes. In certain cases, it may actually be in your best interest to do so. For example, if your organization's annual budget is under $15,000. Or, if you represent multiple school districts' athletic, music or arts departments. By combining, you might stand a better chance of being selected. The team would still be represented by one presenter. If selected, the money would be given to one representative of the team who would be responsible for divvying it up among the constituent organizations.
Is there a limit to the number of nominations for a charity?
No. For example, you may wish to nominate and present for your favorite charity. You drop your nomination ballot into the "hat" or pool of nominees. You can also ask another member to nominate the same charity and specify that you are the presenter (All nominations need the name of the charity and a Presenter) Multiple nominations will increase the chances of a charity being selected for presentation. Members must make their nominations during "Happy Hour" from 5:30 to 6:15p.m.
What if I cannot attend An Event?
No worries. While we hope to see you at every Event, attendance is not mandatory. But, we do need your $100 donation ASAP. Only once we collect all outstanding checks are we able to hand over our collective check to the selected charity.
- You can send in your $100 with a trusted friend to the event. (Check is made out to: Putnam County Community Foundation <or PCCF>, memo 100+MWC. Note: the friend may not vote on behalf of the absent Member. We can only count the votes of Members who are present at the event.
- Please mail or drop off your check to the PCCF, 2 S. Jackson St, Greencastle.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
Because the goal of 100+ MWC is to make a LARGE donation on behalf of the whole group, the answer is no. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give $10,000+ dollars to make a large impact in our community with each member’s donation being part of the cumulative total. This is the power of 100+ concept.
Can I bring a friend to the Event?
Absolutely! Any guy is welcome to attend and observe the event before deciding if they would like to become a Member. If you turn in a Membership Form with a check before the balloting takes place, you will be allowed to vote at your first event.
What do you do with my personal information?
Your personal information (including name, email, address, phone number) is collected strictly for the purpose of keeping in contact with you. We will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information with any third party without your express consent, unless required to do so by law. We may recognize our Members via social media and other media.
Any charity/non-profit/worthy cause must agree to NOT use the donors’ names for future solicitations or give the information out to the public. If the charity/non-profit/worthy cause does not adhere to this condition, they will be removed from any future consideration.