POWER of 100+ Fox Cities

By Tim Froberg

Plan to make a difference in our community! POWER of 100+ Fox Cities will meet in April, July, and October and every connection counts toward their impact.

The idea of POWER of 100+ started with Karen Dunigan as she tried to raise money for the Center for Family Health. With all her involvement in the community, Karen knew she could call 10 people and ask them to write $1,000 checks, but she also figured she knew 100 women who would each give $100. She began making phone calls and scheduled a meeting. 

Karen realized she was on to something special. She founded the first POWER of 100+ Women Who Care and scheduled quarterly meetings. The rules are simple; any member can present a need in the community. The need has to be immediate, and the money has to remain local. 

POWER of 100+ Fox Cities meets four times per year for one hour (with their last meeting this past January). During their meetings, three charities present for five minutes, providing details about their charity and how it operates in the Fox Cities. They give information on how the impact award would benefit individuals served by the charity. A brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation. 

After a group vote, the winner of the impact award is announced. All committed members present  checks payable directly to the selected charity. Additional checks may be written to the other two charities if so desired.

If you are unable to attend the meeting you may send your signed, blank check with a fellow member or mail it to POWER of 100+ Fox Cities, PO Box 7014, Appleton, WI 54912. All checks need to be turned into POWER of 100+ within five days of the meeting. 

POWER of 100+ committed members may nominate as many charities for the impact award as desired. Impact awards will be given to charities or causes serving the defined Fox Cities region. National charities will not be considered. However, local branches of national charities are eligible for consideration. All charities will be reviewed and approved by the leadership committee. Eligible charities must have 501(c)(3) status and have been in operation for a minimum of two years. 

If you are interested in sharing your skills and helping to improve our community, please contact Tammi Johnson at (920) 810-4799.