Driven by the desire to make a difference and inspired by other great 100+ Women Who Care (WWC) chapters around the US and Canada, we have created a local philanthropic group of fabulous women who are capable of doing great things in our community.
We are an informal group of women who love to GIVE. The 100+ Women Who Care about Tucson chapter and its events are run by an Executive Committee of big-hearted volunteers along with the assistance of some very generous sponsors. The goal of the group is to support the wonderful work that our local charities do in funds, exposure and awareness in a minimal amount of time.
A Big Impact
100+ women x $100 = $10,000+ for a local charity in 1 hour – 4 times per year (quarterly). Our members come from all over the Tucson metro area to participate. Our goal as a chapter is to donate $100,000 per year to Tucson non-profits.
The first 100+ Women Who Care chapter was started in 2006 by Karen Dunigan, the former mayor of Jackson, Michigan. It all started when Karen received a call from Molly at the Center for Caring Mothers. Molly explained that the infant mortality rate in their city was on the rise due to a lack of cribs for babies. Molly asked Karen if she’d be willing to organize a fundraiser with the goal of raising $10,000. At that particular moment, Karen just didn’t have it in her to coordinate another formal fundraiser but she believed in the cause. Karen asked Molly to give her three (3) days to think about what she could do to help. Karen knew she had 100 friends who could donate $100 so she picked up the phone and started calling them. Those efforts resulted in $12,800 worth of donations whereby the charity was able to purchase 300 new baby cribs!
Just like that, a brilliantly simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities was born. Since then, the Jackson, MI chapter has grown to over 200 members and 100+ WWC chapters have formed all over the US, Canada and Mexico. Men and kids are also forming chapters! As of 2015, there are over 260 chapters of women, men, kids and people chapters.
Karen Dunigan passed away on April 15, 2014 after a battle with cancer. Karen’s chapter has contributed more than $475,000 to Jackson, Michigan charities since 2006. Her sisters, Jane and Patty carry on her work. Karen created a legacy and 100+ WWC continues to grow by chapters like ours spreading her brilliant method of fundraising to others. Each of us involved with 100+ Women Who Care Tucson are grateful to Karen for the impact she had and continues to have in this world!