100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley Announces Winter 2015 Funding Recipient and Anonymous Donation


January 14, 2015–Campbell, Calif. — The Silicon Valley Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, a giving circle where members nominate local organizations for possible funding, today announced Women’s Gathering Place as the recipient of funding at its January 14th meeting held at Agave Mexican Bistro in Mountain View, CA.

Women’s Gathering Place is a safe and welcoming place in downtown San Jose where women without a home can find the support of other women, connect with vital services and find respite, spiritual renewal, and joy when there is nowhere else to go but the street. During the presentation, Women’s Gathering Place shared that it needed money to buy a washer and dryer, so the women would be able to wash their clothes. An anonymous member of 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley was so touched by the story that she donated a brand new washer and dryer to The Women’s Gathering Place. Additionally, Women’s Gathering Place received the majority vote from 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley members, and therefore received $3400 in immediate funding.

In addition to Women’s Gathering Place, members listened to presentations from The Clover Foundation and Mini Mermaid Running Club.

The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County is a non-profit corporation organized by spirited public citizens dedicated to the development and growth of the county’s youth. The Foundation utilizes private resources to enable individuals or organizations to advance the membership, leadership, and influence of 4-H, FFA and other agricultural youth development programs. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support not currently available through public sources.

The Mini Mermaid Running Club is a unique running club for girls ranging in age from 5 – 15 years. Its goal is to help build self-esteem, teach healthy eating and living skills while giving girls a chance to fall in love with running, moving their bodies and experiencing the satisfaction of crossing a finish line. During the six week curriculum the girls learn the value of exercise and moving their bodies regardless of their size, shape or ability. The workouts are not focused on being first or running fast, but rather on each girl finding her own pace so that she can run her own race.

Members who attended the meeting and wrote checks, were entered in a raffle. Thank you to Karen Denholm of Los Gatos Nailworks for donating a gift certificate for a manicure and to Soul Cycle Stanford Shopping Center for donating a three time pass along with single passes for each member!

Since the 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley chapter was started in the fall of 2013, it has raised over $23,500 for local non-profits. Meetings are held quarterly on the second Wednesday of the quarter. The next 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley meeting will be held at 6pm on April 8th at Sonoma Chicken Coop in Campbell, CA.


About 100+ Women Who Care

100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley is a giving circle where members nominate local organizations to receive funding. At each meeting, three pre-nominated organizations are picked “from the hat” to share its mission and vision with the group. After the three organizations present, members then vote anonymously and the organization with the most votes receives a check for $100 from each member, written that evening directly to the winning organization. The group is patterned after similar all-women Giving Circles located throughout the world.

For more information and to become a member, visit www.100womensv.org or contact Jill Mitsch, jillyh4@yahoo.com, for Membership information or Therese Kollerer, therese@lexingtoncapitalmanagement.com, for Non-Profit Nomination information.