FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How do I become a member?
A. If you would like to become a member, please go to JOIN US and submit the form.
Q. How long do the events last?
A. Events will take no more than one hour. We aim to start at 6.00pm and should be done by 7.00pm. There is time for a beer before, during and after the formal part of each meeting.
Q. I’m a new member: what should I expect at an event?
A. Expect to sign-in at the registration desk.
5:15 Registration & social
6:00 Event begins
– Opening remarks & update from the previous event’s recipient charity
– How voting will take place
– Announce the three charity finalists for the event
– Each member who nominated a charity finalist presents – maximum of 5 minutes each, no PowerPoint or collateral materials, use the template
– Voting and tabulation – each member circles 1,2 or 3 on their ballot
– Announce the winning recipient charity (by simple majority)
– Group photograph with the big cheque
Q. Is my donation tax deductible?
A. Yes, by the charity chosen to be the recipient. Your $200 cheque is written directly to the charity, NOT to “Guys Who Care” (because we don’t have a bank account or a treasurer). Tax receipts will be issued to you directly by the charity.
Q. What if I cannot attend an event?
A. If a member cannot attend a semi-annual event, he should place his signed but blank $200 cheque in an envelope marked “Guys Who Care” and give it to a fellow member who will be going to the meeting.
Q. Can I just give you two post-dated $200 cheques?
A. No, because we want to see you at our meetings to cast your vote.
Q. Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
A. You can always donate more to a charity separately on your own but for the purposes of Guys Who Care, we make one big donation as a group. To make a big impact we want to give $15,000+.
Q. Is membership limited to 100 guys?
A. Nope, more than 100 are welcome.
Q. What about women?
A. There is already a 100 Women Who Care Toronto group. Our group was in part inspired by them. They pioneered this movement in Canada.
Q. Can I bring a friend to a meeting?
A. Yes, but we’ll ask them to join as a member at the door.
Q. How does Guys Who Care communicate with its members?
A. The website will have the most up to date info at all times. We also update Twitter and Facebook. Members are emailed from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add this to your address book. If you change your email address, please let us know. Should you wish to discontinue membership at any time, please send an e-mail to the above address indicating your withdrawal.
Q. What do you do with my personal information?
A. Your personal information (including name, email address, address, phone number) is collected strictly for the purpose of keeping in contact with you. Guys Who Care will not sell, give or otherwise share your personal information with any third party without your express consent, unless required to do so by law. We may occasionally recognize our members via social media and other media.
Q. How do I nominate a charity?
A. When you arrive at the meeting, you can submit a charity for nomination if you like. (This is not mandatory, though.) Three charities will be selected at random from the big hat.
Q. How are the three presenting charities chosen?
A. Nominated charities go into a hat at the meeting and three charities are drawn at random. The members who nominated each charity give short five-minute presentations at the meeting. We then vote to select the recipient charity.
Q. Which charitable organizations are eligible for consideration by the group?
A. Any local, registered charity that can offer a tax refund to each member is eligible. Click here to verify the charitable status of an organization (according to CRA).
Q. Can a charity nominate itself?
A. No, charities may only be nominated by a member. Our members are not just interested in nominating and donating – they want to learn about local causes. They may want to volunteer, sponsor or serve on a board or committee. They may even become a regular donor or benefactor.
Q. How much of my donation goes to the administration costs of Guys Who Care?
A. Zero. Guys Who Care is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. We have no treasurer and we have no bank account – because we don’t collect, spend or donate anything as a group. 100% of funds raised at a meeting go directly to the chosen charity.