Mission

Our mission is to encourage women’s involvement in philanthropy and make a significant difference in our local community. Each year we give away 100% of the funds raised by our membership to six worthy nonprofits using a grant evaluation process and a membership vote. The 100 Women Charitable Foundations funds non-profit organizations that support Education, Family, and Health & Wellness.

100 Women Today

100 Women Charitable Foundation is a growing community of more than 500 women who are committed to improving the lives of the disadvantaged or underrepresented people of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Our members care passionately about our community and frequently discuss community issues. We combine our members’ financial resources to make large-scale grants a reality. Our philosophy is simple, but powerful.

For almost a decade, the 100 Women Charitable Foundation has encouraged hundreds of women to take a more active role in local philanthropy. At our Annual Meeting and Grant Vote, we raise awareness of many worthwhile charitable opportunities within our community. We believe that a dedicated group of women can join together to make a significant impact in the lives of those in need. Over the past nine years, the Organization has awarded over $1.1 million in grants..

We are a recognized, tax-exempt organization and we award grants to local non-profits in the categories of health & wellness, family and education. Our Tax ID is #20-5704725.

2016 Annual Meeting and Dinner
2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner

Our History

100 Women Charitable Foundation Founders (left to right): Mary Ann Poulos, Barb Dehn, Connie Viveros, and Teri Zingale.

100 Women Charitable Foundation Founders (left to right): Mary Ann Poulos, Barb Dehn, Connie Viveros, and Teri Zingale.

The 100 Women Charitable Foundation was founded by Teri Zingale, Connie Viveros, Barbara Dehn and Mary Ann Poulos in the fall of 2006 with a very simple concept: recruit 100 women to give $100 (or more) and use these funds to make donations that create a greater impact. Then as today, our organization contributes to local nonprofits that support women, families and educational programs within our community.

Our Founders had extensive experience with fundraising events and felt frustrated by the time and energy they devoted to raising money. They decided to experiment with a new philanthropic model in which women could combine their financial resources without a significant time commitment and still impact the lives of those in need. By March of 2007, the group had recruited 100 women to join and the 100 Women Charitable Foundation was born!