Making a Difference. Together.

How we got here.

In January and February of 2020, a group of caring women gathered together with the intention of making a difference. We were planning a wonderful evening to gather with 100 amazing Elk Valley women to hear about local groups in need of funding. Through a nomination and voting process, two or three groups were to be selected to receive the funds! And then it was March and a pandemic brought everything to a halt. It is unknown when we can again gather in large groups. As our organizing group looks around, we see that there are many great organizations in need of funds to fulfill their amazing missions. With that in mind, we are moving forward with our first fundraising event in a way fitting of the times – a Zoom meeting.

In December 2020, the first 100 Women Who Care Fernie event was held on zoom and three great organizations received $3500 each.

The second giving event was held on May 7, 2021 and two groups received $3,650.

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Past Giving Events

December 4, 2020 – read more

May 7, 2021 – read more

How it works.

  • Register for the event with a $100 donation (we are not a registered charity, tax receipts cannot be issued for your financial gift).
  • Submit a Gifting Nomination for consideration at the event. (Only registered attendees are eligible to submit Gifting Nominations and represent a cause.)
  • Gifting Nominations are completed and submitted prior to the Zoom meeting.
  • Prior to the Zoom meeting, six nominations will be selected. The nominating individual will be contacted before the event and will speak on behalf of the nominee at the event. 
  • All Zoom attendees will vote and the organization with the most votes will receive the donation. (Based on the number of attendees, it may be the top two or three organizations.)
  • We collectively make a big impact on a local organization.

Who can receive 100WWC Fernie Funds?

  • Organizations or non-profits located in the Elk Valley that
    • Serve the Elk Valley
    • Support social services, humanitarian, and cultural causes
    • Serve many
  • Non-eligible uses of funds include administrative, office, staff, contractor, or consultant-related expenses.
  • National charities are not eligible, unless the organization can prove that 100% of the funds will stay in the Fernie and surrounding area (Elk Valley).
  • Causes that have been funded may be nominated two years following the original receipt of the funds.

What is 100 Women Who Care Fernie (100WWCFernie)?

100WWCFernie is for Women, living in the Elk Valley, whose time is limited, but who have a heart for giving. They want to give back on a bigger scale than they could on their own. They commit to giving $200 a year and a few hours of their time to learn about worthy local causes that need help and then do something about it.

Our philosophy

We are a group of women committed to making an impact where we live. We nominate grassroots groups and organizations that are impactful and benefit many. We support groups that are overlooked by typical granting bodies.  Worthy local causes that need help and then do something about it.

How does 100WWCFernie work and Covid protocols?

  • Commit to donating $100 per Giving Event and learning about great local organizations.
  • Participate in a Zoom call and vote for a local group to receive the donation.
  • 100% of the donations stay in the Elk Valley.

  • Vote for a local cause to receive our collective financial gift, up to $5,000

Making a difference. Together.

100 Women Who Care Fernie

How are Causes Chosen?

  • All Gifting Nomination Forms will be vetted by the Steering Committee ensuring they meet the criteria.
  • All approved nominations will be entered into the Giving Call draw.
  • Six nominations will be drawn, and the nominating Member is asked to speak for two minutes about the cause.
  • Following the presentations, Attendees will cast their vote for their top two causes.
  • The top two recipients will be presented a cheque payable to their nominated cause.
  • It’s fast, simple, and amazingly effective.

Some other notes.

  • Gifting Nomination Forms must be complete. Missing information will disqualify the nomination.
  • You must be present to vote; proxies are not accepted.
  • Majority rules. Even if you don’t care for the selected causes, we expect all Members to be supported of our collective efforts.
  • The organization and all members agree NOT to use recipient names or causes for future solicitations.
  • All members consent to their information being stored in the 100WWCFernie database and understand it will not be shared or sold.
  • All members understand their photos may be taken at dinners/events and give consent for those images to be used on the 100WWCFernie website and social media feeds.
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