“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
– Christopher Reeve
Joining the group
To join the group, you must click the button above and complete the Membership and Commitment form. By joining, each member commits to donating $100 per meeting, four times per year (four consecutive meetings from the date of joining the organization). Meetings are diligently conducted in one hour or less.
Each meeting’s nominated charities are selected from the list of charities submitted by members upon joining. Nominated charities must meet certain eligibility requirements. Charitable organizations under consideration must serve the Northern Colorado area and provide individual tax receipts DIRECTLY to contributing members. The recipient charity must agree not to give out member information to any third parties, except for the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes.
FYI: Tax receipts are provided DIRECTLY to the members by the recipient charity. Please DO NOT contact NOCO100.org for your tax receipt, as it is not ours to give.
At the meeting
Before each meeting, 3 charities are selected from a hat with a slip representing suggested charities. The chosen organizations are then invited to hold a presentation at our next meeting. Members will not know which three charities are presenting until they arrive at the meeting (with their blank $100 check in hand).
After the presentations, a vote is held, and the charity with the most votes by simple majority will be the recipient. Ties will be decided by further votes. If a tie persists, the membership will vote to select one of the tied organizations. If a second tie occurs, the membership committee will break the tie by coin toss.
All members must then write out their check directly to the charity with the most votes — no exceptions. All checks are collected and immediately given to the chosen charity. Members who did not vote for the selected charity agree to make their donation regardless.
FYI: Donations made directly to the recipient charity and online donations do not count toward your commitment. Only checks handed in to NOCO100.org at our quarterly meetings count.
The recipient charity is invited back to the next meeting to explain to all members the big impact their donations have made. The recipient charity is eligible to present again in 3 years. The other 2 non-recipient charities may present again after 1 year. When it is possible to bring on sponsorship, a small donation will also be provided to the other two charities.
There is no proxy voting permitted, but members who cannot attend must ensure that their blank check (enclosed in a sealed envelope) reaches their “buddy” or the meeting organizers before the meeting starts. Members who do not provide a check are no longer in good standing and cannot vote at future meetings.
“You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible even. But it will matter just the same.”
– Commissioner James Gordon, the Dark Knight Rises