FAQs

If you have any questions about how things work at 100 Women, we have endeavoured to answer them here. Have a question that is not answered below? You can always send us an email.

Is my donation to 100 Women tax-deductible?

Yes. The total amount you donate is tax-deductible. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you donate to 100 Women and other charities. You will be emailed a receipt automatically when you donate. Don’t forget to file it safely for tax time.

What is the required donation amount?

Ideally members are able to donate $1,200 per year which keeps the cost of raising money for our grants low. However we recognise that people have different financial contexts and that these can change over time. Thus we provide a range of options so that members can choose their level of impact each year. To be a member, the minimum amount is $300. Small one off donations are welcome at any time which will be allocated to our grant funding.

Why does 100 Women only give grants to women and girls?

100 Women has been inspired by the book, Half the Sky. Atrocities against women and girls are still occurring every day – domestic violence, forced prostitution, death in child birth and denial of education.

100 Women will enable everyday people to be involved in creating a world where all women and girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom. Investment in women and girls is backed by sound evidence. Just some outcomes include:

  • An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ productivity and eventual wages by 10 to 20%(1).
  • Women, the main caretakers of their children, tend to reinvest on average 90% of what they earn into their families compared to a 30-40% reinvestment rate for men (2).
  • Over the past four decades, the global increase in women’s education has prevented more than four million child deaths (3).
  • With seven years of education, a girl marries on average four years later and has 2.2 fewer children(4).
  • Educated women experience less violence, and educated girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation – or subject their daughters to it (5).

What does it mean to be a member?

Your donation will be pooled with that of the other members and used to make high-impact grants. Since 2014 we have raised almost $300,000. Grant recipients are collectively chosen by members and every member who has paid their donation (minimum $300 per year) will have a vote in the selection process. Through 100 Women you can make a meaningful difference through collective impact.

How does 100 Women stay in touch with its members?

100 Women uses our website, Facebook, LinkedIn group, our newsletter and email to stay in touch with its members. We hold educational and networking events for members as well as promote other events that we think will be of interest to our members.

What if I want to contribute more than $1,200?

Donations over $1,200 are very welcome but the policy of ‘one member, one vote’ will still apply when choosing who will receive the grants. Would you like to commit to your 100 Women membership for 2 years? Then please contact us via email.

My company matches funds for charitable donations or has a workplace giving program. Can I give $600 and have my company match it to make my total $1,200 donation?

This may be possible. Please send us an email to discuss in more detail.

Can I pay my $1,200 over time?

Yes, you can choose to make monthly payments of $100 or pay the $1,200 in one payment.

What’s happened to the Mini Circle option?

We have listened to feedback from our members and introduced new options of monthly payments and tiered impact levels. Mini Circles were resource intensive for our volunteer staff and to ensure all donations are able to be used for the grant fund, they have been retired.

Can men join 100 Women as a member?

Of course! We welcome anyone who supports the vision of 100 Women. Some of our members have had their donations gifted by husbands and fathers.

What if there are more than 100 members?

If there are more than 100 members, the grants will be larger or additional grants will be made.

How is it possible that 100% of my contribution goes to the grant recipients? How are administrative expenses covered?

The majority of our operating expenses, including website design and hosting and promotion materials are provided through the generosity of our sponsors, supporters and some of our members. We rely on the generous time and effort of volunteers and utilise gifts, sponsorships and in-kind donations from individuals and local businesses.

Click here for a list of sponsors and supporters.

The 100 Women Advisory Board are volunteers and none of them receive any payments or material benefits of any kind from their participation. They are all also members themselves.

How do you decide who gets the grants?

We will welcome initial Expressions of Interest (EOI) from eligible organisations. A grants subcommittee that is made up of our members will review and evaluate these EOIs. A select number of organisations will then be invited to submit full grant applications. These are then assessed by researching and evaluating applicants in order to arrive at the finalists. We will deliver information on these finalists to each 100 Women member for review and voting. Post the results of the voting, at the annual grant event the successful grant recipients will be presented with their grants.

Is it necessary to have a member recommend or endorse my not for profit organisation?

No. We strongly recommend that grant applicants not solicit endorsements from 100 Women members.

What do I have to do to be involved?

The only requirement is a minimum member donation of $300. Of course, we hope you will make your donation in line with your capacity and that you will take the time to make an informed decision when you join us in choosing grant recipients. In addition, you have the option to get involved more deeply by attending our events or by joining a subcommittee. However, it is not a requirement.

Do I have to live in Western Australia to join?

No. Members from across Australia and around the world are welcome.

How do you avoid conflicts of interest?

We are committed to acting with integrity in all of our relationships and in selecting grant recipients through an honest, transparent and fair process. In support of this commitment, our conflict of interest policy requires disclosure of relationships between our Advisory Board and those members serving on a subcommittee and any grant applicant or potential grant applicant. We also require Advisory Board and subcommittee members to excuse themselves from the discussion on any topic where a conflict arises.

100 Women expects all members to act in an objective and fair manner and to refrain from any attempt to gain an unfair advantage for a particular grant applicant by, among other things, disclosing confidential information and/or attempting to influence the vote of another 100 Women member.

What is the legal structure of 100 Women?

100 Women has been established as a public ancillary fund. Public ancillary funds are a common structure for community and fundraising foundations. A public ancillary fund must establish a public fund and invite the public to contribute to the fund.

A public ancillary fund operates under an instrument of trust solely for the purpose of providing money, property or benefits to deductible gift recipients (DGRs).

Who is The Alchemist Foundation Inc.?

A public ancillary fund is not a legal entity and must operate through an appointed trustee. The trustee for the 100 Women Public Ancillary Fund is the Alchemist Foundation Inc.

 


[1] Kevin Macdonald, Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Juliana Guaqueta, Henry Anthony Patrinos and Emilio Porta. The Determinants of Wealth and Gender Inequity in Cognitive Skills in Latin America Policy Research Working Paper 5189, The World Bank, Washington DC, 2010.
[2] Mason, Andrew D. and King, Elizabeth M., Engendering development through gender equality in rights, resources, and voice. A World Bank policy research report. World Bank, Washington DC, 2001.
[3] UNESCO, Education for All Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO, Paris, 2011.
[4] UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, New York, 2007.
[5] Herz, Barbara, and Sperling, Gene B., What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, 2004.