In November 2006, Karen Dunigan, former mayor of Jackson, Michigan, and a real estate agent, started the first 100 Women Who Care group. The concept was simple: One hundred women who cared about their community would meet four times a year. At each meeting, they would learn about three local charities, vote on which one to support, and every member would then donate $100 to the winning organization. The other charities could be nominated again at another meeting. At the end of the year, they would have raised at least $40,000 for their communities.
More than 350 chapters of 100 Women Who Care are in operation around the world, including chapters in almost every major U.S. city. The Chicago group was started in 2014 and one of H.O.M.E.'s donors, Sonia Semenchuk nominated us and we received their generous gift of over $10,000.