Q. How do I become a member?
Q. How long do the meetings last?
A. Go from zero to hero in about 45 minutes. Meetings start at 5.45pm and are done by 6.30pm.
Doors open at 5.15: there are great opportunities to network and socialize both before and after the meeting. Cash bar.
Q. I’m a new member: what should I expect at a meeting?
A. Expect to be greeted by a volunteer and asked to sign-in at the registration desk. There will be a cash bar and time for mingling with fellow members.
Here's a short breakdown:
5:15: Registration, networking and bar opens
5:40: We move to the meeting room (yes, you may take your drink with you)
5:45: Meeting begins
- Opening remarks
- How voting will take place
- Announce the three selected charities
- Each charity presents – 5 minutes each, no PowerPoint or collateral materials
- Voting and tabulation – each member circles 1, 2 or 3 on their ballot
- Update from the previous recipient
- We sometimes invite a guest to speak to our group for 5 to 8 minutes
- Announce the winning recipient (by simple majority)
- Members write their cheques to the recipient charity
- Cheques are collected and presented to the charity
- Announce the next meeting & venue
6:30: Post-event reception, cash bar
Q. Is my donation tax deductible?
A. Yes, by the charity chosen to be the recipient. Your $100 cheque is written directly to the charity, NOT to ‘100 Men Who Give a Damn! – Halifax’ (because we don’t have a bank account or a treasurer!). Tax receipts, therefore, are issued by the charity. Please don’t contact 100MenHFX for your tax receipt – contact the charity direct if you have not received your tax receipt by tax season.
Q. What if I cannot attend a meeting?
A. If a member cannot attend a quarterly meeting he should send his regrets to membership@100menHFX.ca and do one of the following before the meeting:-
1. place your blank $100 cheque in an envelope marked “100MenHFX” and give it to your 'buddy' or a fellow member who will be going to the meeting. Members’ names and phone numbers are listed in the Member Directory, which is provided to every member.
2. place your blank $100 cheque in an envelope marked “100MenHFX” and drop it off at one of our convenient drop-boxes:
Q. Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
A. No. Only members in good standing can nominate, attend and vote for the recipient charity. For this reason, we ask you to make use of the channels we've created to get your cheque or online donation to the recipient charity. That way, 100MenHFX will know you have met your quarterly commitment. Payment options are noted above....
Q. Can I just give you four post-dated $100 cheques?
A. Ideally no – because we want to see you at our meetings. But if you’re not a Halifax resident, or you know you’re going to miss all the meetings, contact us and we’ll see if we can help.
Q. I live in Manitoba/Manchester/Manchuria: can I still join? How do I take part from a distance?
A. We're really sorry to learn that you don't live in Halifax. But that should not prevent you from becoming a member. You just need to hook up with a 'buddy' who will be attending our quarterly meetings and get your cheques to him - or us - ahead of time.
Q. Is membership limited to 100 men?
A. We've found that there are hundreds of superheroes in our fair city and so we keep the doors open for them all! It's all about making a BIG impact. Besides, it's what the charities themselves want (we've asked many).
Q. How do I update my charity nominees or change my personal and contact details?
A. There is a link at the end of every 'e-blast' email message we send to you that is personal to you (so don't go forwarding that email to anyone else). Use that unique 'Manage Preferences' link to change your charities, email address, phone number, etc.
Q. Can I use my three nominations for the same charity?
A. There are hundreds and hundreds of worthy, excellent and eligible charities in our community - lots to choose from. But if you want to, you certainly may use all three nominations for the same charity. You must nominate at least one charity.
Q. Is there a list of local charities?
A. CRA's charity search engine is national and by name only, not by region (here). However, our wonderful Halifax Public Libraries have an online database of local non-profits here. Scroll down past the first few entries until you come to all the "Community Groups/Programs" listings, then just keep scrolling/browsing.
Note that this list does include non-profits and associations that are not charities (which is one of the criteria for being nominated). But do remember that many non-profits have an 'umbrella' charity above them that can issue tax receipts on their behalf - check with your favourite non-profit before nominating them.
Q. How does 100 Men Who Give a Damn! - Halifax communicate with its members?
A. The website will have the most up to date info at all times. New members will receive a confirmation/welcome email from membership@100menHFX.ca within a week of joining. If you have not received it please contact us.
We also update Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook regularly.
Members are emailed from membership@100menHFX.ca by our good friends at SimplyCast, so please do add that email address to your address book. We make every effort to reach you but sometimes your security setting will prohibit us from reaching you. If that happens, or if you change your email address please let us know. Should you wish to discontinue membership at any time, please contact us indicating your wish to withdraw.
Q. What do you do with my personal information?
A. 100 Men Who Give A Damn! - Halifax collects your personal information (including name, email address, phone number) strictly for the purpose of keeping in contact with our members. Note: we do not ask for your mailing address - although we don't need it, the recipient charity does in order to mail you your tax receipt.
We maintain two lists: a membership database and a Member Directory. The membership database is used by the organizers to get in touch with our members. The Member Directory is used by the members so that they can get in touch with each other (to give your cheque to a friend if you cannot attend a meeting).
The membership database contains your name, email address and phone number, not your mailing address. The Member Directory contains only your name and phone number.
100 Men Who Give A Damn! - Halifax will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information with any third party without your express consent, unless required to do so by law. Not even to the charities.
We may occasionally recognize our members via social media and other media: if a member wants to remain anonymous they must let us know at the time of joining.
We will never rent out, sell or give away your personal information. Ever.
Q. Have you ever asked the Members what they want?
A. We have! We were so often being asked 'Why don't you do X?' or 'Why do you do it that way?' that we thought we'd better get the skinny on what men really want. So in the summer of 2016 we sent out a survey to all our existing members (we offered it to our past-members too). The response was good and the results were quite revealing...!
Click here to see the survey and the results. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about it.
Q. How long has 100 Men Who Give a Damn! - Halifax been around?
A. Friends, Alex Handyside and Bill VanGorder, had watched and admired 100 Women Who Care - Halifax grow into a successful giving machine. They wanted to emulate the ladies, so they rounded up a group of community-minded guys in October 2013 and asked the group if they too gave a damn about their community. The answer was a resounding Yes.
With considerable help from 100 Women founders, Colette Robicheau and Jennifer Salib Huber, the first meeting of 100 Men Who Give A Damn! – Halifax took place in February 2014.
Q. How much of my donation goes to the administration costs of 100 Men Who Give A Damn! - Halifax?
A. Absolutely zero! 100 Men Who Give A Damn! - Halifax is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. We have no treasurer and we have no bank account - because we don’t collect, spend or donate anything. 100% of funds raised at a meeting go directly to the chosen charity! Every last cent/nickel/grand!