| Looking for a fun, quick and exciting way to make a positive impact in St. Thomas and across Elgin County? Join ‘100 People Who Care’, a donor circle established by the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation.
How does it work? The answer is simple: 100 People contribute $100 each. The Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation collects the funds and provide charitable donation receipts.
Once we have reached our 100 member pledges, local charities are invited to submit brief funding proposals to the Foundation. A short list of charities present project ideas to the ‘100 People Who Care’ at a special granting event. Each charitable organization has the opportunity to make a five-minute presentation to the membership to pitch what they would do with $10,000 to foster positive change in the Elgin-St. Thomas community. At the end of the evening, the 100 People Who Care vote, and the winning charity receives $10,000 that night!
“I was very happy to be one of the founding members of the ‘100 People Who Care’ in our community,” said Andrew Gunn, a member of the planning committee. “We have a lot of extremely talented people locally who are interested in supporting great causes, but may not have a lot of time to get involved with traditional service clubs. The ‘100 People Who Care’ approach solves this problem by offering a way to network with like-minded people, learn about charitable organizations in our community, and then make an immediate impact by supporting the best ideas.”
Watch for details as we get closer to this exciting evening.
With Glowing Hearts is a publication celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Canada. It has a focus on Elgin-St. Thomas, in a full-colour, 64-page, 8 1/2 by 11 format published by Metroland Media in support of not-for-profits. Lots of photos, local history and memories. The $10 on-line price includes handling and mailing to any address in Canada within 2 business days of receipt of order. All proceeds from sales of the publication go to Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation. Thanks to St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News for this publication!
Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 event such a success! Get ready for 2018!
When the votes came in June 6, 2017 . . .
. . . was voted the $10,000 main grant for: Elgin Children’s Foundation – Kits for Kids 4 Camp; Move-in bins for YWCA Youth; Move-in bins for Inn Out of the Cold guests. Successful applicants are shown here with ESCF Board Chair Elaine McGregor-Morris (left) and ESCF vice-chair and 150 People Who Care Chair Sarah Groeneweg (right).
. . . was runner-up for its postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety program, taking home $4,450 for the project.
150 People Who Care Committee Member Andrew Gunn joins Elaine and Sarah in congratulating CMHA.
In alphabetical order, here are the four other organizations / projects that made the shotlist.
“I am very happy to be one of the founding members of the ‘150 People Who Care’ in our community. We have a lot of extremely talented people locally who are interested in supporting great causes, but may not have a lot of time to get involved with traditional service clubs. The ‘150 People Who Care’ approach solves this problem by offering a way to network with like-minded people, learn about charitable organizations in our community, and then make an immediate impact by supporting the best ideas.”
– Andrew Gunn, planning committee member
Here’s how charities applied:
Sarah Groeneweg chairs the 150 People Who Care Committee.