Paying Donations

HOW DO I DONATE IF I CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING? If you can’t attend, you are still expected to make your donation to the selected charity. There are three ways to do this:

You can send a $100 signed check to our Treasurer,

Margaret Lynn in advance of the meeting, putting 100 Women Who Care in the memo line, and we will fill in the chosen charity when it is selected.

Margaret Lynn. 7 Blanchard Circle, South Barrington, IL. 60010

You can send a $100 signed check to the meeting with another member and authorize her to write in the name of the charity that is chosen.  You must, however, be present at the meeting to submit a vote in the charity selection process.

If you can’t do either of these, the last (and least preferred) option is to pay after the meeting is over.  The name of the chosen charity will be posted on our website and our Facebook page, and you can mail your check, made payable to the chosen charity, to

Jane Latko-O’Shea. Please be aware this is the least preferred option because waiting to collect all the checks will delay the award to the charity.

DO I HAVE TO WRITE A CHECK? CAN’T I USE A CREDIT CARD INSTEAD? We can accept checks, but not credit cards. Since donations are made directly to the selected charity, there is no mechanism for taking credit card donations at the meeting to be credited to the selected charity.  A check received before or at the meeting is STRONGLY PREFERRED for several reasons:

A canceled $100 check made payable to a 501(c)(3) organization constitutes a sufficient receipt to make your contribution tax-deductible. A cash donation does not have any documentation to support a tax deduction and does not contain any contact information for the charity to send a tax receipt. Credit card donations made after the meeting risk not being linked to the collective donation from 100 Women Who Care. Plus there is always a credit card processing fee – so the charity receives less of a donation.

WHY CAN’T I JUST SEND THE DONATION TO THE CHARITY MYSELF? The goal of 100 Women Who Care is to make a large, collective donation of $10,000 or more that will have an impact on our community. Individual donations that trickle into a charity will not have the same impact or enable the charity to undertake a major project based on the single, large donation.

IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX DEDUCTIBLE? Yes. Since all of our charities must be a 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution is tax deductible. Your cancelled check for $100 is sufficient documentation of the tax-deductible donation. You may receive a thank you letter from the charity, but your canceled check is all that’s necessary for the IRS.