Earlier this week, a benevolent organization called 100 men Who Give a Damn put some more money where their mandate is, by giving more than $13,000 to Choices for Youth.
100 Men Who Give a Damn is not your typical organization. The group and its endeavours are run entirely on good will and good intentions. They are a growing collection of 140-ish affluent men who give a damn about their community.
Their aim is to “support the wonderful work our local charities do with funds, exposure, and awareness.” Here’s how it all works: Every three months, three members of 100 Men Who Give a Damn will be randomly selected to give a five-minute presentation to the group about their proposed charity’s initiative, and why it is deserving 100 Men Giving a Damn.
A ballot-based selection occurs immediately after the meeting, and all members must then write a cheque to the charity with the most votes. To ensure everyone gets a turn, a winning charity cannot be nominated again for 2 years.
Back in July, at their first ever meeting, they signed away $10,400 for Young Adult Cancer Canada.
“We are very pleased with how the first meeting unfolded,” says member John Atkin, “and we have already built on that momentum as our membership is now up to 139 members.” The more members, the more money raised; a perk enjoyed by their second charity, Choices for Youth.
The charities under consideration at this week’s meeting were: St. John’s R.E.A.L. Program, nominated by member Chris Peddigrew; Choices for Youth, nominated by member John Duke; and Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, nominated by member Robert Miller.
Choices for Youth offer a multitude of services to keep compromised youth on a brighter path and out of harm’s way.