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100+ WOMEN WHO CARE. The organization's start was announced on March 14, 2016 with the first meeting to occur in May. The organization's founder, Carolyn Gantz, announced that one hundred or more local women would meet quarterly to help raise money for local charities. Three charities would be randomly selected from entries made by members present at the meetings.

The membership would then vote on which charities to support. Each member would donate $100 to create a $10,000 donation in one hour one night. Eligible organizations had to be registered nonprofits within a fifteen-mile radius of Dubuque. (1) Following its first meeting, the Dubuque Chapter of the NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS received a check for $18,500. (1) In the group's first 15 meetings, more than $250,000 was raised. (2)

By September 2017 100+ MEN WHO CARE and 100+ Women Who Care had collectively raised more than $200,000 for area nonprofits. (3)

In April, 2021 the organization awarded $15,000 to CRESCENT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER in Dubuque for its dental program. The group raised $10,000, which allowed it to apply for matching funds from Schultz Family Foundation, according to a press release.

Between its first Dubuque chapter meeting and April, 2021 100+ Women Who Care raised $340,500 for area nonprofit organizations including $54,100 for 15 area nonprofits. (4)



1. Barton, Thomas J. ""Area Women to Make 'Caring' Contributions," Telegraph Herald, March 14, 2016, p. 1.

2. Fisher, Benjamin, "100+ Women Who Care Pass Milestone," Telegraph Herald, November 10, 2019, p. 11A

3. Montgomery, Jeff. "Caring Men, Women Top $200,000," Telegraph Herald, September 6, 2017, p. 3A

4. "Dubuque Organization Nets $15,000 for Crescent Community Health Center," TH Online, April 30, 2021, https://www.telegraphherald.com/news/tri-state/article_4499fda9-6ca7-58b4-a61a-a0b798754105.html