Effingham, Ill. – Since 2016, 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County has contributed more than $75,000 to nonprofit organizations in Effingham County.
Steering committee co-chairs, Melissa Willenborg and Karen Etter are confident that the giving circle will continue to grow and have an even greater impact on Effingham County in 2018.
“Our goal is to have 180 women in our membership before our April 2018 meeting.
If we reach that goal, we will split the contribution between two recipient organizations,” explains Melissa.
In order to reach this goal, the steering committee of 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County is hosting a membership kick-off on Thursday, February 8 at Tuscan Hills Winery at 5:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in joining the giving circle is welcome to attend to learn more.
Previous members are encouraged to renew their membership during the evening and invite friends who want to learn more.
Members who bring friends will be entered into a prize drawing for every friend (whether or not they join).
In 2017, 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County received the Richard C. Siemer Outstanding Philanthropy Award from Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation for their philanthropic efforts in the community.
The award’s namesake, Rick Siemer, received the first philanthropy award from the Community Foundation in 2011 and is proud to associate his name with the giving circle, stating,
“I really think that 100+ Women Who Care is the most impressive philanthropic initiative of recent years, with big potential for increasingly effective charitable impact.
The enthusiastic, growing engagement of women in the cause is a clear demonstration of that potential.”
100+ Women Who Care Effingham County is a group of philanthropic women dedicated to making a positive impact on Effingham County. Members join the organization annually and commit to donating $400 per year.
The first $100 commitment supports the 100+ Women Who Care Effingham County Endowment, managed by Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, to address future needs of the community.
The remaining $300 is used to support the three nonprofits selected by the members throughout the year ($100 at each meeting).
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