Albany Group Looks to Make Big Impact With Its Funding

Spectrum’s Channel 9 joined us on March 28, 2019, when we presented St. Anne’s Foundation with $17,000 of our collective giving.  The funds will provide “Birthday Celebrations” for the girls at St. Anne’s. For many of these adolescent girls, it will be the first time that their birthday is acknowledged. The celebration will include a cake, gift card and recognition of their day. In addition to the caring folks at St. Anne’s, these girls will know that there are 100+ Women who also care!

View the article, Albany Group Looks to Make Big Impact With Its Funding, and video aired by Spectrum’s Channel 9 here.

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Adding Soul to Our First In-Person Meeting

On August 11, 2022, 100 Women Who Care Albany finally had our first in-person meeting since the Covid pandemic began. It was very exciting to finally be together in a room and have live presentations from our members! To support those members that were not able to be in person, we made this a hybrid meeting and simultaneously had members viewing the live presentations through Zoom and voting online. The online votes were added to our in-person voting to decide the winner.

During this meeting we had a wonderful presentation from our May recipient, Muslim Soup Kitchen Project. We learned more about the wonderful work this all volunteer organization does and how they are already putting our funds to good use.

The three excellent non-profits chosen to present at this meeting were:

Congratulations to our August recipient, Soul Fire Farm. They are an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system by raising and distributing life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid.

We look forward to our next meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2022. We always welcome new members. Read more about our meetings and how it works.

100 Women Who Care Albany Recipients Now Considered for Matching Funds from the Richard Schulze Family Foundation

Richard Schulze, Best Buy’s founder, has identified the 100 Women Who Care structure as a meaningful way to partner with local philanthropists and give back to the many communities that have helped make Best Buy the world’s leading electronics retailer. 

For the last four years, the Minnesota based Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) has participated in a phased national rollout to provide matching grants of 50% of total dollars raised per meeting (up to a $5,000 match) for invited giving circles within 20 miles of a Best Buy retail store. The matching funds, that align with their mission and funding guidelines, go to the nonprofit organization chosen by the 100 Women Who Care chapter.

Now in the fifth (and final) year of their phased roll out plan, RMSFF have added 98 chapters to the list of invited giving circles to reach all 50 states. 100 Women Who Care Albany is proud to be one of those chapters!

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) will consider providing up to a 50% match (up to $5,000) to invited Women Who Care chapters whose chosen charities also meet certain criteria:

  • Recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code for at least 12 months as of the date of a request for a matching grant.
  • Working within the geographic area of the chapter making the request. National charities will only be considered if 100% of the donation will be used in the geographic area of the chapter making the request.
  • The organization and the program considered for a matching grant must align with RMSFF’s mission and funding guidelines. RMSFF reserves the right to withhold matching funds to organizations which, in its sole discretion, do not align with its grantmaking priorities.

Community Caregivers was our February 2022 recipient and they applied to RMSFF for the additional grant. We are so pleased and excited the grant has come through. In addition to our $21,000 collective giving, they received an additional $5,000 in funding from RMSFF. We are excited that all future 100 Women Who Care Albany chapter receipient non-profits will be able to apply for a grant – extending our funding even further to help the Capital District.

Serving Humanity by Feeding Local Families and Individuals in Need

At our May 2022 virtual meeting, 100 Women Who Care members had three worthy non-profits to choose from:

After watching member’s videos of each nomination and voting, our members selected Muslim Soup Kitchen to receive our collective giving.

Check presentation to Muslim Soup Kitchen on June 28, 2022

On June 28, 2022,100 Women Who Care Albany members presented checks collected from our chpater totalling $21,500 to the Muslim Soup Kitchen. Under the umbrella motto of Creating Unity by Serving Humanity, this volunteer organization is serving meals to homeless, refugees, and housebound families of all religions and backgrounds. Since 2014, under the direction of Uzma Popal, they have served over 420,000 meals.

During the COIVD pandemic, 100 Women Who Care Albany switched to a virutal format. While we had hoped to meet in person in May, because of a surge in known Covid cases, we did switch back to virtual. Please continue to check our website, Facebook page and for member’s email for our August 11, 2022 meeting details. We hope to be meeting in person soon! See our website for more information on how our chapter is making a difference for non-profits in the Capital District..

Supporting Community Caregivers

At the first meeting of 2022, 100 Women Who Care Albany members nominated some wonderful charities. The three non-profits below were picked and members recorded great videos for our virtual meeting.

On February 21, we announced that our members selected Community Caregivers to receive our collective giving.

In total, $21,000 was collected from our members and presented to Community Caregivers on April 5, 2022. This wonderful non-profit provides services that enable individuals of all ages to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life within their homes and communities. Our funds will help support their efforts, recruiting more volunteers to reach a wider base of clients.

During the Covid pandemic, we have met virtually seven times. Wathcing videos of members presenting their charity nominations and then voting on-line we picked seven awesome non-profits who needed our help more than ever! It certainly worked well, but we miss the interactions and live presentations. We are happy to announce that for the first time since February 2020, we will be meeting in person on May 5, 2022. We are so ready to share in the excitement and energy of an in person meeting! See our meeting page for more details!

As always, we welcome new members to join us. See you all on May 5!

Ending the Year Focused on Families

The November 2021 virtual meeting of 100 Women Who Care Albany continued it’s mission to support our Capital Region exception loval non-profits. During this virtual meeting, members reviewed nomiation videos from the following three charities:

  1. Heldeberg Workshop nominated by Dorothy Matthews (https://www.heldebergworkshop.org/)
  2. Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Albany Chapter nominated by Kathy Agneta (https://albany.hdsa.org/)
  3. St. Paul’s Center nomiated by Donna Elia (https://stpaulscenter.com/)

Congratulations to our November recipient, St. Paul’s Center, whose whose mission is to provide a community that strives to awaken hope and rekindle dignity in families who seek comfort, support and assistance in moving from homelessness to a sustainable future. Services include: an emergency shelter to mothers and their children without a place to call home as well as initial and ongoing support to families as they transition to independent living.

On January 7, 2022, on behalf of all members, Jeri Bosman presented checks totaling $21,500 to St. Paul’s Center.

Our next meeting will be February 10, 2022. It will once again be virtual in order to keep all of our members safe. We look forward to one day getting to meet in person, but until, we are thrilled that we can continue our mission to support local Capital Region non-profits. New members are always welcome to join us. Learn more here.

2021 “Outstanding Fundraising Group” Awarded to 100 Women Who Care Albany

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is an international organization which fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.  The Hudson-Mohawk AFP Chapter is dedicated to mentoring and nurturing the spirit of philanthropy in both professional fundraisers as well as budding ones.

Each year, the chapter hosts National Philanthropy Day, a celebration of both the fundraising profession and those who are engaged with their community on a variety of levels.  During these meetings, the AFP chapter presents the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards.  The awards recognize individuals, groups, and organizations that make impactful contributions to their communities, and pave the way for future philanthropic endeavors.    

AFP Hudson-Mohawk Chapter Award for “Outstanding Fundraising Group”

100 Women Who Care was honored to be recognized at the November 10, 2021 meeting. We received the Outstanding Fundraising Group award. This award recognizes a group of individuals demonstrating the true spirit of philanthropy through time, treasure, and talent.

Thank you to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hudson-Mohawk Chapter, for recognizing the powerful way that the members of 100 Women Who Care Albany meet quarterly to support Capital District non-profits.

Latest Donation Supports the Only Local Housing Specifically for Women Veterans

On October 13, 2021, members of the Albany chapter of 100 Women Who Care presented our collective checks totally $20,700 to the Capital District Women Veterans – Christopher House. This is a brand new facility that is focused specifically on supporting women veterans. Christopher House is the first of its kind. Along with vital case management services, supportive housing provides the total environment needed to ensure effective service delivery to the women veteran residents. Safe, structured, homelike community housing is designed to assist each tenant in achieving her goal to return to self-sustaining independent living.

CDWV-Christopher House is located in Troy, NY. Christine Rem, COL (R), whose vision for starting the non-profit organization began after she retired from a 30-year military career in 2012. Upon retiring, Christine soon discovered that there is an overwhelming number of returning women veterans who are experiencing permanent or chronic homelessness. ​Relying on her military career experience and her extensive background in nursing, she believed that a startup organization centered on supportive housing and case management services to women veterans in need would make a difference in solving the problem. In December 2015 Christine donated a property, in the memory of her husband MAJ. Christopher Rem, to CDWV as their first service location named “CDWV Christopher House”.

The funds provided by 100 Women Who Care Albany members will be used to help furnish the house and purchase food and necessities for the residents. It was a fun presentation with lots of positive energy.

100 Women Who Care members continue to make a powerful difference to those in need in the Capital District!

Our next meeting will continue virtually on November 11, 2021. We continue to welcome new members and are thankful for our committed and caring members who continue to support worthwhile charities throughout the Capital District through 100 Women Who Care Albany. Learn more about our meetings and join this very efficient way to find worthy charities and make a difference.

Highest Voting Virtual Meeting Focuses on Women Veterans

100 Women Who Care Albany made a quick pivot because of the COVID-19 delta variant and turned the planned in-person Autgust 2021 meeting into a virtual one. This meeting saw the highest voting participation of any meeting we have ever had!

The three outstanding nominees for August 2021 were:

  1. The Red Bookshelf nomiated by Bonnie Mariano (https://www.theredbookshelf.org/)
  2. Capital District Women Veterans Christopher House nominated by Madeline Cafiero (https://www.cdwv.org/cdwv-christopher-house.html)
  3. Troy Albany Hockey Association nomiated by Karen Roy (https://www.troyalbanyyouthhockey.com/)

Congratulations to our August recipient, Capital District Women Veterans Program, whose primary mission is to help resolve the problem of homelessness and poverty among women veterans. CDWV believes that through supportive services, housing, and community with other women veterans those who are most in need will be able to return to productive and independent lives.

We will look forward to presenting the checks from our members to this worthy charity!

100 Women Who Care Albany continues to be grateful that we are able to meet virtually. Our local non-profits are doing exceptional work in the communities of the Capital Region. We encourage everyone to continue supporting our local non-profits.

Our next meeting will be November 11, 2021. We hope that this meeting will be in person. We continue to welcome new members. We look forward to finally getting to see our new and current members in person. Learn more here.

August 2021 Meeting Postponed – Moving to Virtual

Due to the recent increase in Covid cases in our area, 100 Women Who Care Albany has decided to return to our virtual meeting format for our August 2021 meeting. We had planned on having our first in person meeting on Thursday August 12, but this has now been postponed to move to a virtual format.

We know this is short notice but we are putting members safety first after hearing of COVID-19 cases among some of our vaccinated members.

We were so looking forward to all being together again but your positive response to our ‘Virtual Meetings” assures us that our mission will continue.

Those members that have nominated an organization for consideration are being contacted to verify they still want to nominate the organization for our virtual format. From those members still wanting to participate, three will be randomly picked and they will record their presentation.

Our “Virtual Meeting” will be on August 26, 2021. Members, please watch your email for details on access to the virtual meeting.

$20,800 Donation Supports Inspiring and Preparing Young People to Succeed

On June 29, 2021, members of the 100 Women Who Care Albany chapter presented our collective checks totally $20,800 to the Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. This worthy charity inspires and prepares young people to succeed through volunteer-delivered mentorship in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness.

100 Women Who Care Albany has continued to grow through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our membership is providing much needed relief and help to organizations as they navigate through this hard time. We’re extremely grateful for our members continued commitment to make a difference for so many in the Capital District.

Please plan on joining us for our first in-person meeting on August 12, 2021. Learn more about our meetings and join this very efficient way to find worthy charities and make a difference!