How do I nominate a charity?
- Click on this link to nominate a charity and learn more about how the nomination/voting process works.
- No, it doesn’t! The choice is really up to your child and what is important to them, what they want to advocate for. All we ask is that the charity is registered, it serves a local population and it hasn’t received funds from 100 Kids Kingston within the last three years. You can check out nominated and selected charities here.
- Congratulations! That’s great news for your child and the charity! We will notify you if your child’s nominated charity is selected as one of the three to be voted on the night of the meeting. If selected, we ask that you ensure your child is present at the meeting to introduce themselves, the charity they nominated and in one sentence, explain to the other members why they nominated the charity. For some tips or guidelines, visit our Nomination page. Parents are not allowed to speak for their child at the meeting (however, you can stand with them if they need some moral support!)
What if my child’s nomination is not one of the three randomly drawn?
- You have an option in the nomination form to have your nomination carried forward to the next meeting.
What if my child’s nominated charity makes the top three but does not get the votes?
- If you chose the option to carry forward the nomination, we will automatically carry it forward to the next meeting. The great news is, your nominated charity still had the opportunity to come out and educate the 100 Kids Kingston members and their parents/guardians about who they are, what they do. Who knows what sort of donations or volunteerism could be inspired!
- If there’s a tie, the charity will be decided by a draw of the organizations that tied.
My child’s nominated charity received the funds! Can we nominate them again?
- A successful charity is not eligible for future nominations for three years but the member who nominated them is welcome to submit the name of another organization during any nomination period.
The charity selected wasn’t the one my child nominated or voted for. Can we give the money to the one we picked instead?
- Majority vote wins (as does a charity!) on this one. Members agree to give their donation to the selected organization regardless of how they voted.
There isn’t an opportunity for charities to present before voting at 100 Women or 100 Men meetings, so why do they have to present before voting at 100 Kids?
- 100 Kids Kingston aims to educate our members about the different kinds of needs in our local community and the organizations that exist to help. We thought this would be best accomplished by allowing a rep from the charity to give a brief presentation before the vote.
How are the charities selected to receive funds?
- Of the the charities nominated by the posted deadline, 100 Kids Kingston will randomly select three to be presented for voting at the meeting (all nominated charities will be posted here). The nominators will be notified at this time that their charity was selected as one of the three finalists. The three charities will be introduced by their 100 Kids Kingston member nominator and will give a 2-3 minute presentation to the kids explaining what they do, how they help the community and what they would do with the money they receive. (Charities: click here for guidelines on your presentation.) After the three presentations are finished, the kids will immediately vote for their charity of choice. Votes will be tallied right there and donations given to the selected charity that night. The selected charity will come back to the next meeting to give a quick update on the impact of the donations. We’ll also post this info here on our site.
How do kids come up with the money?
- We advise grown-ups not to hand their child $10 to donate at the meeting. 100 Kids Kingston wants to encourage kids to develop a spirit of giving back themselves, which means they have to take action or make some choices. Helping you with a special project for the $10, donating some of their birthday money, setting aside part of their allowance, offering to rake leaves/shovel snow for neighbours, running a lemonade stand are all ideas to raise their $10. For a more complete list of ideas, visit our Resource section of the site.
What is the 100 Kids, 100 Minute Challenge?
- The 100 Kids, 100 Minute Challenge is an initiative to encourage and inspire kids to give 100 minutes of their time and energy to helping family, friends and neighbours in their community between 100 Kids meetings. The purpose is to show kids that giving their time and talent is just as important as giving money to help others, and to keep the gift of giving going throughout the year.
How else can we give back?
- 100 Kids Kingston isn’t just about giving back through donations of money, we want to encourage kids to give back through their time and talents as well. Visit our Resource section for ideas of how you family can get involved.
Is 100 Kids Kingston a registered charity?
- No, 100 Kids Kingston is not a registered charity. We don’t accept or keep the money donated by the kids, we simply provide the forum for the charities to receive the money. The charity selected by vote to receive the donations takes the money with them the night of the meeting.
Do you keep any of the money the kids donate for admin or operating costs?
- No! 100% of the dollars donated go to the charities. We rely on donations and the generosity of other individuals and businesses to help with our costs, which we keep to a minimum. Also, we require that charities do not use the donated funds to cover their admin costs, but rather go to support specific projects to impact the community.
Why do nominated charities have to be local and registered?
- Although tax receipts won’t be issued for these donations, it’s all about accountability. There is a certain amount of accountability that comes with getting/maintaining your charitable number and we felt this was a good standard to use in determining which organizations could be nominated.
I am interested in sponsoring 100 Kids Kingston; how can I help?
Is 100 Kids Kingston affiliated with any organizations, charities, schools, churches, etc?
- No, we’re not. 100 Kids Who Care Kingston was inspired by 100 Women Who Care and 100 Men Who Care, but we are also run separately from them.