$360,000 in giving to 44 Door County nonprofits since 2018!
Door County, Wis. (November 2, 2022) – The 100+ Women Who Care of Door County (100+WWC) giving circle’s philanthropic impact continues to grow. The October giving event recognized and awarded gifts to three local nonprofits. In four years, the circle has grown to 375 giver-members and has awarded over $360,000 to 44 Door County nonprofit organizations.
Three nonprofits: Neighbor to Neighbor, The Baileys Harbor Community Association, and Door County Secret Santa discussed their organizations and initiatives.
Door County Secret Santa (DCSS) provides utility bill assistance to DC families and received the 100+WWC main award of approximately $13,500 plus the opportunity to apply for a 100 Who Care matching grant of $5,000 from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.
Jennifer Davis, DCSS Chief Elf, shared key information about this lesser known DC nonprofit. “DC Secret Santa supports our community by helping give the gift of peace of mind. 100% of our donations go to anonymously paying winter heating costs for struggling families. Everyone goes through hardship, and with any luck, has a community that stands beside them to see them through. Door County is known for taking care of its own and DCSS is honored to help continue that tradition. Since its inception in 2011, DCSS has been able to help over 400 Door County households with their winter heating bills at $500 per household. Thanks to the generosity of 100+WWC, we will be able to increase our gift to $750 per household this year, helping to offset the impact of rising heating costs.”
Joan Cramm, advocating for DC Secret Santa commented, “I have learned so much by both being a presenter and by listening to the other presentations. What is truly gratifying is when a winning nonprofit comes back and tells all of us how they used the award money and the impact on their organization.”
The Door County Housing Partnership (DCHP), represented by Mariah Goode, was the returning award recipient and updated the group on the growth of the DCHP, the partnership with DC Habitat for Humanity, and the results from the July 2021 100+WWC gift.
Neighbor to Neighbor and The Baileys Harbor Community Association were also represented and will each receive approximately $6,500 from the 100+WWC giving circle.
Giving Circle attendee Caleb Whitney of the Baileys Harbor Community Association commented that “the organization’s funding request for the Kendall Park Revitalization Project culminated in a delightful evening with an incredible group of people and a guaranteed ‘win’ for our effort!” Sandy Friedenfels, nominator for the Kendall Park, finds her 100+WWC membership “rewarding and informative. I’ve learned about organizations that might not have otherwise been on my radar or would have thought about helping outside of 100+WWC. It feels good to be a part of helping out these organizations. It’s always a good thing to be part of something bigger than yourself.”
Christy Wisniewski, 100+WWC member and Neighbor to Neighbor nominator, is moved by “the feeling of impact I have on individuals I connect with. I don’t have a lot of money to give, but I have a lot of skills and my personality. My impact through 100+WWC is more powerful than I could have expected. That’s the best part – a seemingly small amount combines to make such a big impact in our community. I’m very grateful we have 100+WWC in Door County.”
To join this exciting group of local women and help make an even bigger local impact, visit 100wwcDoorCounty.org
The nonprofits to be considered for the next quarterly award were randomly drawn from member nominations. These nonprofit organizations are: We Are HOPE, Inc., Midsummer’s Music, and the NE WI Clean Water Action Council. The 100+WWC members that nominated these nonprofits and nonprofit representatives will present and answer questions at the next 100+WWC giving circle event on January 23, 2023 at the Kress Center in Egg Harbor.