The 100 Men Who Give help charitable organizations in the Tri-Cities area by making unanticipated gifts to support good works in the community. The group, currently with 60 members, meets quarterly at Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake.
In a one-hour meeting, the group listens to presentations from members regarding local organizations, asks questions to presenters, and then votes to determine which agency receives funds. Each member writes a $100 check and the funds are quickly disbursed to the agency.
In January, the group voted to donate $6,000 to the Dr. Elizabeth Curtis Dental Fund for Children in Need. This is a newly created fund, through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, established after Curtis' tragic death in December 2013
"We are a group of men, fathers and husbands, (and) we felt strongly that our gift could show our support for the Curtis family and honor Dr. Curtis' dedication to serving our community," group member Kyle Williams said of the donation. "This is the 10th organization we have supported. There is a wide variety to their missions, but what they have in common is impactful work that inspires our membership."
Since its inception in October 2011, the group has awarded more than $80,000 to local nonprofit agencies.
The 100 Men Who Give is open to all and welcomes new members at any time. The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. Contact Kyle Williams (by e-mail at email@example.com or call 616-402-1389) for more information.