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100 Women Who Care was started in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan as a simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. At their first one-hour meeting, the group of over 100 women each wrote a cheque for $100 directly to The Center for Family Health, their chosen local charity, raising $12,800 to buy 300 new baby cribs. Since then, chapters have formed all over the world.

Our local group, representing North and West Vancouver, was founded in September, 2014 by Delaina Bell, then Executive Director of the West Vancouver Community Foundation, along with the other Founding Directors, Susan Beck, Nancy Farran, Barbara McMillan and Fanny Patterson. Since then, we have supported a wide variety of local charities.


Our goal is to support worthy grassroots charitable organizations that work to serve Vancouver’s North Shore.


One of the best parts about 100+ Women Who Care is the simplicity in which it all happens. One meeting for one hour just four times a year. No auction items to buy or raffles tickets to sell. You arrive with your chequebook and leave with a smile. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Here is how it works:


  • Sign up to become a member.

  • Nominate a local charity. You must be a member in good standing to nominate.

  • Attend a meeting. Our meetings start promptly at 7:00 pm and end by 8:00 pm. But do come early or stay after to socialize with your fellow members.

  • At the meeting, all nomination forms are placed in a box. Three nomination forms are randomly drawn. The member who nominated the charity makes a 3 - 5 minute presentation on that charity. Don’t like to speak in public? That’s okay, we can help by having someone present for you.

  • Each member then votes for the charity of her choice. The successful charity receives the group donation ($100 from each member)

  • Any organization that is nominated but not selected stays in the box for future meetings.

  • The West Vancouver Foundation supports 100 Women of the North Shore, receiving each member’s donation and issuing a single cheque to the successful charity. The Foundation also issues each member a tax receipt once a year.

  • The charities we support MUST support, at least in part, the North Shore community, have been established for at least a year AND be a registered charity. If they can’t issue tax receipts, if they haven’t made it a full year around the sun or most of the money is going to causes outside of our community, we can’t consider them for a donation.

  • At each meeting, a representative from the previous meeting's successful charity gives a short update on how the funds are being used.

We don’t stop at 100 Women – we want as many members as we can get. The more women involved, the bigger the impact we can have on our community. Join us and experience that magical feeling of knowing that you directly impacted lives for the better four times a year! We ask that all new members commit to a minimum of one year, but we think you’ll love it and will want to stay forever!

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