When 100 Men Lloydminster held its inaugural donation night on June 2, 2015, the Border City’s new charitable club left quite the mark.
“The first donation we had was $9,400,” said Rob Anderson, co-founder of 100 Men Lloydminster.
That donation went to the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC). The next one could be worth even more.
“As of last count, we had 112 members, so it’s our fervent hope that this time around we’ll have over $10,000 collected at our meeting,” Anderson added.
Once every three months, 100 Men Lloydminster brings together community-minded men and women, who each donate $100. Membership then listens to presentations from two prospective agencies that could strongly benefit from the funds, and a democratic vote decides where the sum goes.
The group’s next second donation night takes place Sept. 1 at Hampton Inn & Suites.
“We want them to be organizations that will invest the money in the Lloydminster and area. We don’t necessarily want the funding going somewhere else,” said Anderson.
Besides that, the only other criteria for prospective recipients of the donation are that they can provide a tax receipt at the end of the process and that the voting members’ names are kept confidential.
Back in June, 100 Men Lloydminster invited the LCYC and the Lloydminster Area Brain Injury Society (LABIS) to pitch members for the funds. Ultimately, the LCYC garnered more votes and received a cheque for $9,400.
“What you learn from the presentation and things like that is there are a lot of youth that are disenfranchised within the city, for whatever reason, that just need a place to go and hang out, where they can feel safe, feel supported and find the comfort that they need,” Anderson said.
Representatives from the youth centre will once again be on hand at the next donation night, but this time to provide 100 Men Lloydminster with a presentation on how the organization used the money.
As evidenced by its increased membership, interest in 100 Men Lloydminster continues to grow, Anderson says.
He said he believes that the simplicity of the program attracts and will eventually help maintain supporters. He says that while not everybody can commit time to various organizations, people can commit their dollars and know that they’re contributing to a worthy cause.
“With 100 Men, all we ask is that you give us an hour every three months - an hour and $100 - and a lot of people can do that,” said Anderson.
“What I’m hoping is that through 100 Men, we will actually uncover people who will, when all is said and done, say, ‘I heard your presentation at that meeting and it really touched me and I’m willing to help you out in a more concrete fashion - not only money but through a volunteer aspect or whatever the case may be.’”
Although the 100 Men title implies that the organization only accepts men, only up to 100 of them, Anderson says that both men and women are welcome, and the more, the merrier.
As for the second donation night, not even the organization’s members will know ahead of time which organizations have been invited to pitch.
Those interested in becoming a member of 100 Men Lloydminster, and organizations interested in making a pitch for funds, may visit www.100menlloyd.com for more details.