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100 Plus Men Community Endowment

Scott Davis, Founder, and Rick Provine, Member and advocate for Imagination Library, at the Inaugural 100 Plus Men Meeting.

Year Founded
2015

Purpose of Fund
The 100 Plus Men Community Endowment provides unrestricted financial support for the programs fo the community Foundation that enrich life and strengthen community in Putnam County.

History of Fund
MISSION: Through the power of numbers, we will combine our donations to make an immediate impact on our local community – and have fun doing it!

In November of 2006, Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, started the nation’s first 100+ Chapter as a brilliantly simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities/non-profits/worthy causes. Today, this concept is growing rapidly nationwide with more than 120 men’s and women’s chapters.

In 2014, a group of local Putnam County women started a 100+ Women Who Care chapter. Inspired by their success, in January of 2015, Scott Davis rallied eleven men to begin a Men’s 100+ Men Who Care chapter. The men come from all walks of life and different backgrounds. As individuals, people sometimes feel that it is difficult to make a significant impact in their communities. But as a group of 100+, there are many ways they can make a large impact.

Each of the 100+ Men donates $500 every year to local charities. The first $50 supports the operations of the 100 + Men Who Care Chapter. The second $50 supports the 100 Plus Men Who Care Community Endowment. The men who organized the Putnam County Chapter not only want to donate to the specific charities voted on, they also want to create a lasting, growing impact. At the time the endowment was initiated, donations were matched dollar for dollar by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Annual distributions from the Endowment will support the Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program, the Endowment Builder Program, the Youth Philanthropy Program, the Non-Profit Learning Series and other Community Foundation programs supporting the people of Putnam County.

The remaining $400 goes to four local charities nominated and voted on by the men at a quarterly meeting. At the meetings, the men have fellowship and fun with other members of their community as well as help a charitable organization they are passionate about.

 

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