“A hero can be anyone, even doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulder to let him know that the world hasn’t ended.”
– Batman, the Dark Knight Rises
How long has NOCO100 been in the Northern Colorado area?
Which organizations or charities are allowed to be sponsored?
In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be based in the Northern Colorado area. The organization must be a non-profit entity recognized as a 501(c)(3) and must have been previously established (no start-ups). No national or international charities, programs or organizations will be considered as our purpose is to keep our contributions within the local Northern Colorado community.
What is a 501(c)(3)?
A 501(c)(3) is defined as “exemptions that apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.” However, for the purposes of NOCO100.org, all groups up for consideration must be local, based in Northern Colorado.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible if made payable to a 501(c)(3) organization. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to NOCO100.org. Please contact your tax adviser or visit the IRS Website for further information about charitable donations.
Where does operation funding of NOCO100.org come from?
Funding for the operation of NOCO100.org comes from our Founding Members and our Quarterly Sponsors. Things like websites and invitation cards have been provided to NOCO100.org by our Founding Members for free or at a substantial discount, and food and other items to operate the group are generously provided by our Quarterly Sponsors. These contributions are OUTSIDE of the quarterly donations and are NOT considered deductible as a charitable donation.
NONE OF THE MONEY COLLECTED at our quarterly meetings goes to NOCO100.org. All money donated at our quarterly meetings go to the selected charitable organization.
How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
A member who has submitted the Membership and Commitment Form can put the name of a local organization into the hat for a random drawing at the meeting. The organizers of the meeting will collect the names of the organizations from the members as they arrive. At random, three organizations will be selected from the hat. The members who wrote down each name will be asked to come up and give a five minute presentation as to why their chosen organization should receive the donation and then spend five minutes for Q & A. We encourage members to participate by submitting the names of local, worthy, charitable organizations.
What if I cannot attend a meeting?
If a member cannot attend a meeting they can do one of two things. They may send in a blank, signed check with a trusted friend to the meeting (preferred). The friend will write in the name of the charity that is chosen on the check and give it to the organizers on his behalf. The friend may not vote on behalf of the absent member. We can only count the votes of members who are present at the meeting. The member may also check the website under “Contact Us” for information on where to send his check.
Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
No. The goal of NOCO100.org is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give $10,000.00 or more at a time to make a large impact in our community, with each member’s donation being part of the larger donation.
How long are the quarterly meetings?
Meetings are intended to be very short, generally lasting approximately 45 minutes but no longer than 60 minutes. Plan on arriving early to take care of any commitment forms so that we can begin each meeting promptly at 4:30 P.M. All charities to be considered must be submitted by 4:30 P.M.
Can I bring a friend to the meeting?
Of course you can! However, in order to vote they will need to complete the Membership and Commitment Form and become a member before voting at the meeting.
Can I discontinue my membership at any time?
Sure. If you find that NOCO100.org isn’t for you, just send us an email indicating your withdrawal. But we might ask for your Superhero cape back.
Can charities solicit the members of this organization?
No. We ask that the charitable organizations do not contact the individual members or put them on their mailing lists.
What if I cannot afford the $400 yearly commitment?
You can build a team of up to four people to meet the $400 yearly commitment. Each team will have one vote per quarterly meeting. The team may submit a single charity for consideration. Any member of the team may make the presentation.