Here is the low-down on our donation process….
If you are part of the Build the Giving Muscle program and are not yet contributing $25/month, you cannot yet nominate or vote. But hang in there! You’ll be able to soon!
We give out four donations per year: March, June, September, and December. In order to have your charity considered, you must have completed the nomination form BEFORE the start of the prior month’s meeting. That means your nominations are due in February, May, August, and November.
As an active member contributing $25/month you can nominate one charity each donation cycle, and it’s easy to do. Just complete the nomination form. You can find a link to that nomination form under the Member Resources post on our Charitable Giving Forum or you can use this link: Nomination Form.
Two weeks before the donation meeting, you’ll receive the completed evaluations of our nominated charities. When you receive that email, voting is open. I’ll make it easy for you to know by giving the email the title, “Voting Is Now Open!” Voting will stay open until the start of your giving circle’s next meeting. The votes will be tallied, disclosed, and the chosen charity announced at that next call.
If you can’t make the meeting, you can still submit your vote. In order to submit your absentee ballot, just email me with which charity you’re voting for. Please only include me on that email, so that we avoid influencing others!
You cannot vote for the charity you nominated. This is because we want you to support your fellow giving circle members, and we don’t want you to get too attached to your own nominee. Remember, we can feel good that we’re promoting our overall cause even if our favorite charity isn’t chosen!
The details of the donation process are subject to change as the giving circle evaluates what is working and what can be improved. Members decide how the nomination and voting will proceed at the Review meetings and store a copy of those guidelines in their Google Docs folder.
Donation Cycle 1
- Review: January
- Nominations: February
- Donation: March
Donation Cycle 2
- Review: April
- Nominations: May
- Donation: June
Donation Cycle 3
- Review: July
- Nominations: August
- Donation: September
Donation Cycle 4
- Review: October
- Nominations: November
- Donation: December