First there were 100 Women Who Care. Now there are 100 Men Who Give a Damn .
A group of local men have formed their own version of a new philanthropic club, one that hopes to award more than $100,000 to local nonprofits each year.
100 Men Who Give a Damn is “a great way to be philanthropic and support incredible causes” quickly and efficiently, said steering committee member Jeff Jaeger of Jaeger Vineyards.
“I think this is a great way to give back to our community,” said Napa city police officer Bill Hernandez, also a steering committee member.
The Napa men’s version of the “100” club was inspired by a Napa women’s “100” group.
“The women started it,” admitted steering committee member Doug Ernst. “Like men all over the place, we’re a little bit late.”
Napa’s first “100” organization was created in 2014 by representatives from Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS).
The premise is simple: A group of 100 people attend four meetings a year, and pledge $100 per meeting — $400 per year — to support local charities.
At each one-hour meeting, three selected nonprofits give a five-minute presentation, after which members vote on the charity they wish to support. The winner is announced and each member gives a $100 check on the spot to the winning nonprofit.
To date, 100 Women Who Care of Napa has raised approximately $130,000 for nonprofits including Family Service of Napa Valley, If Given a Chance, Puertas Abiertas and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay.
“It worked so well for the women, we said, ‘We can do that, too,’” said Ernst. So far the men’s “Damn” group has met twice and raised $42,000. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley was voted as the winner of the most recent 100 Men gathering. The group received $23,000.
“It was a big day,” said Mark Kuhnhausen, the Boys & Girls Clubs’ executive director. His nonprofit produces a gala and crab feed each year that usually net between $70,000 and $125,000, “but both of those are so labor intensive.” To speak for just five minutes with the chance of taking home more than $20,000 “is incredible,” he said.
Kuhnhausen said that the club will use the money to jump-start a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program that is Lego-based.
Ernst said the group has been a success because of the format. “There’s no dinner” or extended meeting. “We try and make it easy as possible.”
“We’ve had a nice broad range of men in different professions that are involved,” said Hernandez. “I’m a part of many different organizations, but this one is really nice because it’s a short time commitment and it’s really impactful.”
The men’s next meeting is on Dec. 3 at Silverado Resort. The three nonprofits, selected randomly from applicants, are Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, Planned Parenthood and the Land Trust of Napa Valley.
Karen Calhoun, development/marketing director at NEWS, manages the process, including the grant nominations of nonprofit agencies.
In exchange for hosting the administration of the group, NEWS receives the group’s donations once a year.
“We’re so elated that it took off so well and it’s so popular,” said Calhoun. There are more than 200 members in the women’s group.
Of course, the men’s group had to add their own twist to their “100” club name.
“We couldn’t call it ‘Men Who Care’ because that didn’t sound manly enough,” said Ernst. “‘Damn’ — that worked.”
100 Women Who Care was reportedly started in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, as a simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. There are reportedly hundreds of 100 Women Who Care chapters all over the country, along with men’s, teens’ and other “100”-themed clubs.
Dutch Bros. Napa customers raised $1,153 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley on Aug. 21.
Dutch Bros. Napa donated $1 from every drink sold to the Boys & Girls Clubs to help the club achieve its mission of helping youth become productive, thoughtful and responsible citizens, said a news release.
“The day was filled with fun and tons of community involvement,” said Mackenzie Shoemaker, Dutch Bros. Napa operator. “It was such an honor to give back to this awesome organization.”
The money will go directly toward student scholarships, "to help more kids have the chance to be part of the club," said Shoemaker.Source: http://napavalleyregister.com/business/dutch-bros-raises-for-boys-girls-clubs/article_2f0d8a87-0774-...