Frequently Asked Questions
Are you detailed oriented? This part is for you.
a PDF version of the FAQs available HERE
a PDF version of the FAQs available HERE
How does a woman become a member?
Fill out sign and send us a Commitment Form, It only needs to be turned in once. Any member can end their membership at any time for any reason. We just ask that you send us an email to let us know.
How are non-profits chosen for the quarterly award?
1. Member submits completed pre-qualification form for a nonprofit they would like our group to consider
2. Non-profit is determined to be eligible and is added to our list
3. At meeting any member who wants to make a 5-minute pitch for any of the pre-qualified non-profit puts their name in the hat
4. Three names are drawn from the hat
5. Each member has five minutes to make the pitch
6. Members present cast a vote for the non-profit of their choice
7. Non-profit with the most votes receives that evening’s checks
8. We all write a check to that non-profit before we walk out the door to resume our busy lives.
Where do I get a “Pre-Qualification Form” and who fills it out?
Any active 100+ women who care member (one who has signed and returned the Member Commitment Form) can submit a Pre-qualification Form for their chosen local non-profit. This form is located on the pre-qualified organization page of this site. The member can fill it out or give it to the non-profit to fill out. We ask that it be received at least 2 days prior to the meeting and that you check to make sure your non-profit isn't already listed.
What qualifications does a non-profit need to meet to be added to list?
1. Be a 501(c)3 non-profit
2. Commit to using the award locally
3. Agree to come to the next meeting after receiving award and give a 5-minute presentation about how our money was put to work.
4. Agree not to use, give or sell the contact information of our members for additional solicitation by them or other organizations.
5. No political organizations, houses of worship, or individuals.
6. Understands that non-profits who receive an award will not be eligible for pitching again until a full year has passed.
What if the non-profit I want to nominate is already on the Pre-Qualification Non-Profit list?
The name of the non-profit only appears one time on our eligible list, whether a form is received from 1 member or 99 members. If your favorite non-profit is already on the list, there is no need to repeat the effort.
Any limit on how many non-profits a member can submit a form for?
Any limit on how many non-profits can be on the eligible list?
I want to pitch an eligible non-profit at the next meeting. What do I do?
At the meeting entrance there will be one 3 x 5 card for each of the eligible charities on a table. Take the card for the non-profit that you would like to pitch, put your name on it, and drop it in the hat.
Are members required to nominate non-profits or make a pitch?
No. Nominating and pitching are completely voluntary. The only commitment you have made is to write a check for $100 four times per year to the non-profit that receives the most votes at our quarterly meetings.
What if two or more members want to pitch the same non-profit?
There’s only one card for each eligible non-profit available on the table at the entrance to the meeting. Whichever member selects that card first gets to make the pitch if that card is pulled from the hat. That means all our eligible non-profits, no matter how big or how small, are on the same level playing field at our meetings.
Can two or more members stand up together to pitch the same non-profit?
Can I pitch more than one at a meeting?
No. That would be like bidding against yourself at an auction!
Any restrictions on what can be pitched by a member for a charity?
No. Any local community project or service provided by a non-profit that is on the list can be pitched by a member.
I hate speaking in public but feel strongly about a particular non-profit. Any help for me?
Yes. You could find a member who supports the same non-profit and encourage them to put their name on card to make the pitch if it is pulled from the hat. Visit our "Pitch Tips" page for information on how to create a successful pitch.
Remember a pitch is 5 minutes or less and time for questions is also very limited. After observing the process for a meeting or two, hopefully you’ll see making a pitch is less intimidating.
Any discussion before voting?
No. There will be 8 minutes after the pitches during which any member can ask a question about a pitch that’s been made, and then you cast your vote for your favorite.
Tell me about voting, please.
Each member present has one vote to cast for the non-profit of their choice. The pitch that receives the most votes receives that evening’s award. If there is a tie, the award is split between tying pitches. No absentee voting.
What if the selected pitch is something I don’t support, do I still contribute funds?
Yes. There are no exceptions or special considerations. We’ve all made the same commitment to support the non-profit causes of each other. We think you’ll find that by trusting the process this will happen very rarely, if ever.
Can I contribute more than $100 to the selected non-profit?
Yes. Yes. Yes. The minimum amount is $100 per quarter, there is no maximum.
What if I want to support the second or third pitch that was not selected?
That would be wonderful. Simply write an additional check in any amount to the additional non-profit you would like to support. And non-profits not selected will be eligible to pitch again at future meetings.
What if I miss a meeting?
Please send a signed check to the meeting with a friend. They can fill in the name of the non-profit for you at the end of the meeting. (If this is absolutely impossible then your contribution could be mailed immediately after the meeting to: 529 East St, Juneau, AK 99801
What if I don’t have a checking account?
We can also accept cash but no credit or debit cards.
Can I mail or deliver my contribution directly to the charity?
No. Our mission is to have the biggest impact possible by massing our donation and it helps us keep our member list active.
Can I get a receipt for my contribution?
Yes. Put your check or cash in a stamped self-addressed envelope that the nonprofit can use to send a receipt back to you in.
I have another question but can’t think of it right now.
When the question eventually comes back to you, as it often does, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org