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What is 100 Women Who Care Ankeny?

We are a group of women who come together once a quarter to support local non-profits.
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A huge thank you to Briarwood Golf Club
for donating your space
for our meeting!

How does it work?



Members pay $410 annually.


> We collect all of the funds upfront to ensure that we can distribute $10,000 per quarter to the winners. This is also easier on the volunteers who coordinate membership and payment of funds to the charity. The additional $10 per member is used to cover our website hosting and domain expenses.


> Attendance is still important! Every vote counts. You must be in good standing and present at the meeting in order to vote!

We meet at Briarwood Golf Club which graciously offers their space for FREE.


> The space is downstairs. For those of you who have difficulty using the stairs, you can pull around back and enter the space.


>There is a full bar, non-alcoholic beverages, and a menu with food available for purchase. We also happily accept sponsors for food and drinks at our meetings!


Each member has the opportunity to enter their name to present a charity.


> Members must be paid for the year in order to present.


> Presentations must follow guidelines (click here for list).


> All charities must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and serve the Ankeny area.

We randomly draw three entries, listen to the immediate and specific need, members vote, and the charity with the most votes wins.  


> The charity that does receive funds provides a follow-up at the next quarterly meeting.


> The two that were not chosen cannot be presented again the following quarter.

Once all information is received by 100 Women Who Care Ankeny, a check will be cut and delivered.


> We will need the charity name, EIN number, address, contact (include name, email and phone), and to whom the check is to be written.  Please fill out the form ahead of time so that we can verify the charity. 


> The official check presentation and pictures will be held at the next meeting.

What does the steering committee do?

The steering committee meets about 12 times a year to talk about all things 100 Women. Meeting details, newsletters, surveys, comments that we have heard, new ideas, future growth strategy and occasionally even the kitchen sink come up in discussion.

We are a group of volunteers with a passion for our community.  If you would like to be a part of this group, send us a note. We would love to talk with you!

Here are the current members and why they volunteer:



I joined the 100 Women steering committee because the group will serve the community in a new, meaningful way. Through 100 Women Who Care Ankeny, local women will learn about and support local charities. We will make measurable, significant impacts on charities making a positive difference in our community, and we will do so with little time commitment—quarterly one-hour meetings—while socializing and having a great time together!


What I love about this organization is the ability of a relatively small group of women to make a big difference in our community not once, but four times a year.  $10,000 can be life-changing for a small, not-for-profit organization that is struggling day to day.  I’ve been privileged to have recipients personally thank me with tears in their eyes which is why I find my participation in the group so gratifying. The time commitment is minimal, which makes it easy for our already busy members to participate. We also pride ourselves in sharing information on local causes that members can support all year round.  


I joined and spearheaded 100 Women Who Care Ankeny as I think there are a lot of women here who would love to be involved but are strapped for time, aren't sure of local opportunities, or where their involvement can make the most impact. This organization will also bring together a diverse group of women in to socialize, network, and connect. I know we have an engaged community that wants to give back and this is a great way to do so, individually, while making a big impact collectively. 


I have been a member of 100 Women since the very first meeting. When my friend, neighbor, and one of the original 100 Women founders, Renee Murphy, asked me to join the committee, I was excited to help. My favorite part is learning about charities that are new, growing, or that I simply hadn't heard of before. A close second is welcoming new members and guests to the group, then seeing them connect with others or recognize women they already know. Who doesn't want to be in a room surrounded by smart, caring women? 



My first reaction when I am asked why I joined this group of merry women is, "I can't say no."  The second answer is "Why wouldn't I?" If you think about it, I get to spend time with some very strong and confident women who are made up of all makes and models with varying degrees of resources and backgrounds. They come together to make a big impact on those that are bettering and strengthening the community in which I live and work. 


From left to right: Kerry Walter-Ashby, Susan Richards, Bobbi Bentz, Nicole Petersen, Julie Mangels

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