Give Where You Live...

Announcements
Congratulations to College Mentors for Kids which was a recipient of $8,400 from our November 10th meeting! Our next meeting will be on February 9, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. in the Zionsville American Legion Hall.

Background
 It is my pleasure to introduce you to The Century Club. We are a group of men who are interested in supporting our local community in the  greater Zionsville and Indianapolis area. We come from all walks of life and varying  financial backgrounds. As individuals it is challenging to make a meaningful impact in our community, but as a group we have the ability to contribute to the growth of our community in ways that we never thought possible!

Mission
Our mission is to reach out and help our community with 100 or more men pledging to each contribute $100 on a quarterly basis to local charities. All charities and organizations up for consideration must be in the Indianapolis area, non-profit 501(c)3  and non-controversial. The goal is to keep it local and have an impact that WE can SEE in our communities! 

This group is perfect for you if:

  •  you don't have time in your busy life to volunteer but have been wanting to help those in need in our community

  •  you want 100% of your donations to go directly to a charity in our community and are interested in learning about new charities

  • you want to be part of a powerful group of men who make an immediate, direct and positive impact on those in need 

  •  you want the opportunity to present your local charity of choice to a large group of men who care and want to make a difference
How it Works
Any member has the opportunity to drop his name in the bag at each meeting with the hopes of being one of three drawn to present his charity. Each of the three members has five minutes to convince us his charity is the one to receive our donation. We listen, we vote, we each write a personal check for $100 to the charity receiving the most votes. The hidden advantage to our organization is the charity receives this donation without spending a minute of their time or a nickel of their money fundraising.  We have an opportunity to grow into a powerful giving group that really makes an impact.

Guidelines
  • Meetings are required to be one hour or less.

  • Each member commits to donating $100 per meeting on a quarterly basis  ($400 annually). 

  • Members bring a blank check to be written out directly to the selected  charity. If a member is unable to attend a meeting he may give his check to another member to deliver on his behalf or he may mail it in before the meeting.

  • All donations will be provided to Zionsville, Boone County, or Indianapolis area charities serving the greater Indy area. Donations benefiting national charities will not be considered. However, if a national charity has a local group affiliation and the donation will only benefit the greater Indy area, that is allowable for consideration.

  • Members who wish to submit a charity for consideration must complete a Charitable Organization Fact Sheet and be ready to make a five-minute presentation at the meeting to the members about the charity. 

  • Three names will be randomly drawn from the bag at the meeting. Each person will then have five minutes to make his presentation.
     
  • Only members who have signed a Commitment Form and are current on their contributions may submit a charity for consideration.

  • Only members who are current in their contributions are eligible to vote.

  • A 5 minute Q&A session will take place immediately following the three presentations and directly preceding member voting.

  • Each member will vote by ballot - the majority rules. Even if your choice does not win, all members are responsible for writing a check to the winning charity.

  • If a member presents for a particular charity that is not chosen, the member is still eligible to submit that same charity at subsequent meetings or until such charity is chosen. If a member's charity is chosen, that charity is not eligible to be considered for future consideration for a period of 3 years; however, the member is still eligible to submit the name of another charity.

  • In the case of a two-way tie the membership will be provided with the names of the two charities and a second vote will be taken. If the second vote results in another tie then we will randomly pick one of the two charities’ name out of a hat. In the case of a three-way tie we will randomly pick one of the three names out of a hat.

  • The winning charity must agree not to use the names of the members for future solicitations or give member information out for any other public use or purpose. The charity is also invited to send a representative to a future meeting to explain to the membership how the funds have been used.