Jasper County is looking to carry on its rich history of philanthropic work and charitable giving within its community. Amanda Lessley and Karla Koebele have established 100 Women Who Care Jasper County, a giving circle that invites women throughout the county to engage in local philanthropy. 100 Women Who Care Jasper County is based on a giving circle model in use throughout the country, including Terre Haute, Indiana. A giving circle is a form of philanthropy where a group of individuals donate their own money to a pooled fund, decide together where to give the funds and, in doing so, seek to increase their awareness of and engagement in the issues covered by the charity or community project.
100 Women Who Care Jasper County organizers, Amanda Lessley and Karla Koebele, are members of the Jasper County Community Foundation advisory board who sought a way to encourage donors to engage in philanthropy for the immediate and long-term benefit of Jasper County.
100 Women Who Care Jasper County will meet three times a year for a one-hour meeting. Members join the organization annually and sign a commitment to donate $400 per year. A reduced cost membership is available to members age 40 and under. The first $100 commitment supports the Jasper County Community Foundation Endowment Fund, managed by the Jasper County Community Foundation advisory board, to address future needs of the community. In addition, every member pledges to donate $100 at each of the meetings for that year (whether they attend or not) to be given to a selected Jasper County-based non-profit organization. At each meeting, members have the opportunity to nominate a non-profit organization in Jasper County to receive the accumulated funds. Three non-profits are nominated and presented at each meeting and are voted on by the members.
“Our goal is to engage a minimum of 100 women in our community, but the larger the group grows, the greater of an impact we can make,” explains Amanda Lessley, chair of the steering committee for 100 Women Who Care Jasper County. “If 100 women join the giving circle and donate $100, the recipient would receive $10,000, making a huge impact on our community!” Amanda encourages all interested women to contact the Community Foundation to request a new member information packet and commitment form. Packets can be acquired by contacting Audra Clodfelter (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-342-4988).
The Jasper County Community Foundation Endowment Fund is a component fund of Jasper County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation. For more information regarding the Foundation, visit our website at www.enrichingourcommunity.org.