We spoke to Jamie Stout, one of six organizers, of a fundraising event that aims to raise $10,000 for a nonprofit in Springfield in one night.
What is 100+ Who Care?
100+ Who Care is a fundraising event at which we aim to collect $10,000 with at least 100 people writing a check for $100 each. Couples may attend together for a $150 contribution.
At check-in, attendees will submit their name along with a local 501(c)3 charity. Three names will be drawn at random and those people will have five minutes to advocate for their chosen charity. A person may choose to allow someone else with the same charity to speak on his or her behalf.
The group then votes and the agency with the most votes will receive 100% of the donations.
It is an evening of socializing to make a big impact on Springfield and its surrounding communities. As the charities must be 501(c)3 organizations, all contributions will be tax-deductible.
How did the idea for 100+ Who Care originate?
100+ Who Care stemmed from a Leadership Springfield team, which included James Koeppe, Ryan Patrick, Greg Feidler, and David Hennessy. Leadership Springfield is a nine-month program that helps to develop community leaders and is run in association with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. During the program, each participant must fulfill a community service requirement, form a team, and work with a nonprofit to complete a community project. The idea for this particular fundraiser was borrowed from an example in Iowa. The team has continued its project post the Leadership Springfield training and now also includes Terri Enno and myself. This will be the second 100+ Who Care to take place in Springfield.
Why should people attend?
Anyone that wants to the to raise $10,000, for their favorite charity, should attend. All nonprofits and their board members are encouraged to attend. The people that come – to represent a charity - the more funds the nonprofit will receive. There will be free food and a cash bar.
Which charity received the money last year and how much?
The James Project received $7,300 last year.
How did the charity use the money?
The James Project was able to complete a backyard renovation for one of its foster families that care for four little ones, purchase two freezers for two of its homes, and pay ahead on the mortgage on its fourth home.