The “giving circle” of women, dubbed “100+ Women Who Care,” was founded by Becca Davis of Jonesborough, executive director of the national ReFrame Association of nonprofit home repair organizations.
A local affiliate of the 100 Who Care Alliance, the group has set out to give women in the Tri-Cities an opportunity to network, learn about things happening in their community and pool their resources to make a larger impact.
Their goal is to help local nonprofit groups with the challenges of securing funding for their programs, competing for grants, building donor bases and staging fundraisers.
“With so many needs and so much competition, most nonprofits find themselves working very hard to raise funds,” Davis said. “Our giving circle provides a simple way to raise substantial donations for causes our members are excited to support, with very little work required of the charities we select.”
The group’s plan is to recruit 100 or more women willing to make a $100 contribution each quarter, or $400 annually, to nonprofit organizations selected by their membership.
Their first “Big Give” event is planned for February and, Davis said, if they can meet their 100-plus membership goal, they will begin by a selecting a nonprofit organization nominated by their members to receive a $10,000 contribution.
Subsequent Big Give presentations are planned for May, August and November of 2019, for a total community impact of $40,000, or more, in the group’s first year.
Launched just six weeks ago, the group has so far signed up 26 women and is actively recruiting others. Their membership drive is intended to “bridge generations and political divides” in order to make larger impact.
“In this divisive time, it’s essential to find common ground,” Davis said. “Our giving circle desires to bring together women of all ages and opinions to make a difference in our region.”
In addition to Davis, the group’s leadership team includes Adrienne Osborne-Hearl of Piney Flats, Leila Gounaris of Bluff City and Michelle Denise of Bristol, who will be handle all planning, preparation and follow-up needed to implement the group’s mission.
They are asking women who would like to join in the effort or to learn more to visit www.tricitieswomenwhocare.com or contact Davis at [email protected] or (423) 833-6220.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.