Frequently Asked Questions

Power of 100 Southwest ♥ Women Who Care
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?

Absolutely! Anyone is welcome to attend and observe the meeting before deciding if they would like to become a member. If you turn in a Membership Form before the balloting takes place, you will be allowed to vote at your first meeting.


How do I donate if I cannot attend the meeting?

Information about the selected charity is posted on our website following the meeting. An email is also sent to the members asking them to mail their check to:

Power of 100 Southwest

c/o Jamison Optical

7912 Mitchell Road

Eden Prairie, MN  55344

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Checks are written directly to the charity. All nominated charities are 501(c)(3)’s, which means your contribution is tax deductible. Your cancelled check should serve as a receipt for your donation. The charity may also send you a receipt.

Can I send my check directly to the charity?

The goal of the Power of 100 Southwest Twin Cities is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole organization. We’d like each member’s contribution to be part of this donation. We also keep a log of your contribution, which qualifies you to nominate a charity and vote at the next meeting.


Can I nominate a charity and have someone from the charitable organization present on my behalf?

Only members are allowed to make presentations. Charity representatives can become Power of 100 Southwest members if they wish to nominate and present on behalf of their charitable organization.

If I’m part of a team and my charity is selected, can all the team members take part in the presentation?

Only the member that submitted the charity and whose nomination slip was pulled from the fish bowl shall be allowed to make a presentation.

Can I submit my Charity Submission Form at the meeting?

You can bring your form to the meeting but it will not be eligible for selection until the following meeting. Submittals must be made at least 15 days prior to the meeting. The Charity Submission Form can be emailed to us before the meeting to meet the deadline. We use this lead-time to verify that the charity is currently registered as a 501(c)(3) and has been operating for at least 2 years.

Can more than one member nominate a charity?

Yes, multiple nominations can increase the chances of a charity being selected for presentation. Each member (or team) must submit her own Charity Submission Form for the charity.

If my charity was not selected at the quarterly meeting do I need to resubmit it for consideration at the next meeting?

No, your charity will automatically be considered in future meetings as long as your membership contributions are current and the charity continues to maintain its 501(c)(3) status

Is there a limit on how many charities a member can nominate?

No, there is no limit.

What information should I include in my presentation if my charity is drawn at the meeting?

Presentations should be 5-minutes or less.


Presentation Tips

Please be prepared to discuss your charity informally for about five minutes.

Below is a helpful list of things that you may want to include in your presentation.

  • What is the name of the organization?
  • Where is the organization located?
  • What is the mission of the organization?
  • What purpose does the organization serve? (who, what do they do, how do they do it)
  • How would the organization benefit from receiving the donation?
  • How will the funds be used? • What percentage of their budget is used for administrative costs?
  • Where do they get their current funding?
  • What is their annual budget?
  • If chosen, to whom would the group make a check payable to?

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