The 100+ Men Who Care Cedar Rapids Area chapter will meet in a unique space for a special announcement during its November meeting.
That meeting will happen November 30th at the NEW CRST headquarters tower on the riverfront in downtown Cedar Rapids. The building opened just months ago, so you will get a chance to see a building and a view few others in the city have seen.
During the meeting, the 100+ Men Who Care board will have a special announcement about the group’s future.
Again, the meeting: November 30th at 5:30pm at the CRST tower in downtown Cedar Rapids.
Not a member? Come to the meeting and you can see us in action and sign up on the spot!
100+ Men Who Care meeting 4 times a year for a social gathering and to support charities in our ares by donating $100 for each meeting. Members can nominate a charity at the meeting. At the meeting, 3 members will be picked at random to present his charity for a vote. The members attending will vote and the winner will receive the donations for that quarter. 100 Men = at least $10,000 for a local charity. The more members, the bigger the impact.
The 100+ Men Who Care and 100+ Women Who Care in the Cedar Rapids Metro are joining forces for good!
The two groups will hold a joint meeting Thursday, August 25th at the Elmcrest Country Club Pool. You can meet members from both groups, enjoy a free drink ticket and earn more drink tickets by nominating a charity, and, of course, make a big difference for a charity in the Cedar Rapids area.
Show up – whether you are a current member or not – and bring a friend, too.
Register at the gate to get a free drink ticket
Nominate a charity for the donation and get another free drink ticket (If you’re charity is chosen, you’ll need to present why the group should donate to it).
We’ll pick three charities to present to the group.
Then the group votes on one to support (you can support the others on your own if you want)
Everyone writes a $100 check (you can donate more) to that charity… and we make a $20,000+ impact on that cause in the local community!
Want to help charities doing great work in the Cedar Rapids metro? Want to make some friends while you’re at it? Then come to the 100+ Men spring meeting Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30 pm at True North offices in downtown Cedar Rapids.
Here’s how it works:
You can bring an idea for a charity that needs cash support and submit it. We’ll pick three ideas out of a fish bowl (it really is a fish bowl) then the people who submitted the ideas will tell the group more about the charity – what they do, how they do it and what it would do with a big cash donation. Then everyone at the meeting votes for their favorite. Each member then donates $100 to the winning charity, giving a BIG combined donation to that charity of typically more than $15,000.
There’s more, though, we start everything off with a social hour to mingle with other men in the Cedar Rapids area over FREE BEER!
Come and sign up or just sit in to learn more about us and how your small part can make a big difference in Cedar Rapids!
True North is located 500 First Street Southeast at the corner of First Street and Fifth Avenue (it’s the old library building across from the Ground Transportation Center).
The members of 100 + Men Who Care have officially crossed the $100,000 giving threshold to the community by supporting the LBA Foundation (Leaders, Believers and Achievers)! Alphonse O’Bannon–LBA’s Executive Director–gave an impassioned speech on the impact LBA has on youth in Linn County.
The mission of the LBA (Leaders, Believers and Achievers) Foundation is to inspire HOPE in tomorrow’s Leaders, Believers, and Achievers.
The LBA Foundation is embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and the 6 pillars L.E.G.A.C.Y. Leaders, Education, Goals, Achievements, Character and Youth. These Pillars serve as underpinnings of our academic, extracurricular, and service missions. All Legacy students are expected to demonstrate the highest level of conduct, sportsmanship, and behavior whenever they represent the LBA and their community. All members of the LBA Foundation must consider their actions carefully and be responsible for them. Students at all times are expected to do their best to uphold the Pillars of L.E.G.A.C.Y.
Members of 100 + Men Who Care can donate on the LBA Foundation’s website: http://www.lbajourney.org/index.php
100+ Men and Women Who Care groups have big impact in Corridor
A different kind of giving
By Alison Gowans, The Gazette
CEDAR RAPIDS — In under two hours at a meeting earlier this year, a group of 150 men in Cedar Rapids almost doubled the yearly fundraising income of the Hawkeye Area Down syndrome Association with a check for $15,000.
It wasn’t the first $15,000 check they had written that year. The Johnson Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and the Kids First Law Center were earlier beneficiaries.
It’s a different kind of giving with a simple concept — leveraging individual donations into something bigger.
This is the philanthropic wizardry of the 100+ Corridor Men Who Care in action. Without planning elaborate fundraisers, they are leveraging large chunks of money for area non-profits. They’re not alone — a women’s group and similar groups in Johnson County are doing the same thing.
Here’s how it works: The groups meet four times a year. Each member commits to writing a $100 check to a local non-profit at each meeting, which the group will choose when they meet. With 100 to 300 members participating in each group, those checks quickly add up.
Meetings start with 30 to 45 minutes for socializing and networking. Members can submit a local nonprofit’s name, written on a slip of paper. The paper is collected, and three names are drawn at random.
Members representing those three groups then have five minutes to present why their group deserves that evening’s donation. The members vote, and the winning group receives that night’s donations.
“It’s very dramatic for an organization like ours that is run by a small group,” says Susan Pfeiler-Todd, administrative coordinator at the Hawkeye Area Down syndrome Association (HADSA). “Really, the board was just absolutely floored they could do something like this.”
HADSA works to raise awareness and support families touched by Down syndrome. Normally, the group has one major fundraiser a year, which brings in between $20,000 and $25,000. That fundraiser takes month to organize, unlike the Men Who Care donation, which came together in a single evening.
“There’s no red tape, no lag, no divvying up part of the profits. It really is very efficient for an organization like ours,” Pfeiler-Todd says. “It takes thousands of hours of volunteer time to get our fundraiser off the ground every year.”
Jen Neumann, a board member for the 100+ Corridor Women Who Care, says she loves the dynamic of the meetings.
“It leads to an environment that’s kind of high energy,” she says. “To get up and pitch for five minutes for $10,000 — that’s kind of exciting.”
She says it is gratifying to see what the group’s members can accomplish by focusing their donations.
“You can have more of an effect on that organization when you pool that money together,” she says. “I can write a check for $100 in my living room for four different organizations, but this is a way to make a very sudden and sometimes unexpected impact on an organization.”
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City aren’t the only places with such groups. There are 100+ people who care groups across the United States, Canada and as far away as London.
The idea came to the Corridor in 2011 when former Cedar Rapids mayor Lee Clancey, along with Leah Rodenberg and Diane Ramsey, started the 100+ Corridor Women Who Care based on a similar group in Des Moines. Another group, 100+ Ladies for a Cause, started around the same time.
This year, the concept has spread. The Corridor men’s chapter formed this year, along with Hawkeye chapters for both men and women in Johnson County.
Together, the five groups have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of community organizations.
For Corridor Women Who Care member Hilery Livengood, of Cedar Rapids, the meetings are a way not just to do good but to learn about good causes in the area. Though only one group is chosen at each meeting, the other two that present often see a jump in donations as well.
“I’ve had meetings where I’ve written three checks,” she says. “It’s very hard to pick.”
For David Sorg, board member for the 100+ Corridor Men Who Care, the meetings have a different dynamic than other charitable events he’s attended.
“It’s the energy that comes out of what transpires in these meetings and the immediate impact,” he says. “Those that have been able to attend feel very good when they leave, knowing what they have been able to accomplish with a $100 check leveraged into a $15,000 donation.”
• 100+ Corridor Men Who Care website
• 100+ Corridor Women Who Care Facebook page
• Next meeting: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Cedar Rapids Country Club.
• 100+ Ladies for a Cause website
Next meeting: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Ramsey’s, 1120 Seventh Ave., Marion
• 100 + Men Who Care Hawkeye Chapter Facebook page
• Next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Holiday Inn, 1220 First Ave., Coralville.
• 100+ Women Who Care Hawkeye Chapter Facebook page
100+ Men – November 6, 2014 Recipient and Nominees
Started in 2003 by Jeanette Ernest, Grateful Grannies goal is to provide a joyful Christmas to homeless and in-need children and their families. Names are provided by school counselors from Jefferson, Roosevelt, Wilson, Harrison, Truman, and Grant. Last year, Grateful Grannies helped 52 families and 138 children. Each child received a gift they had requested as well as a pillow, and each family received boxes of food. On delivery day, families that are found to have no bed, properly working stove, table, heater, eating utensils, etc. were also provided those items as available.
School counselors know that Grateful Grannies are there to help all-year around if there’s a real need. In February, a school counselor called about a boy who needed glasses and clothing…the Grateful Grannies stepped-up and were able to help the child in need.
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry–Nominee
Families Helping Families–Nominee
100+Men Who Care raised $15,500 for the Johnson Elementary School PTA. These funds will make a positive impact on the school, children and parents of Johnson Elementary.