150 People Who Care

June 6, 2017, 7 p.m.

CASO Station, St. Thomas

Looking for a fun, quick, and exciting way to make a positive impact in St. Thomas and across Elgin County?

During Canada’s 150th, we’re opening up the ‘100 People Who Care’ concept to 150 people!  

Be part of supporting TWO charities,

one with $10,000 + one with $5,000.


To register and and donate online, click here:


Six charities / projects made the shortlist!

In alphabetical order, here are the charitable organizations / the projects that will be competing for $10,000 for the one receiving the most votes from the 150 People Who Care donors in the room June 6, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) at the CASO Station; and up to $5,000 for the one with the next largest number of votes ($5,000 if we reach 150):

  • Aylmer Rotary Club (lead agency in partnership)

    Kits for Kids 4 Camp; Move-in bins for YWCA Youth; move-in bins for Inn Out of the Cold guests

  • Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin

    Facilitated peer support groups for women experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety

  • Long Point Conservation Authority – ALUS Elgin

    Integrate marginal land habitat on farms, improve biodiversity and mitigate erosion

  • Mennonite Community Services of Southern Ontario

    Workshops and classes for community members to learn about their heritage, life skills needed in Canada and community, civic and social life information

  • Thames Valley Education Foundation – STEAM Centre

    Communication and animation tools to outfit classes for a project-based learning approach

  • YWCA of St. Thomas Elgin (lead agency in partnership)

    Junior Jumbo Mud Challenge


How does it work?

  • The Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation collects the member pledges of $100 and provides charitable donation receipts.
  • Local charities were invited to submit brief funding proposals to the Foundation. (see deadlines and criteria below)
  • A short list of six charities was then chosen.
  • At the June 6, 2017 special granting event, shortlisted charities will have the opportunity to make a five-minute presentation to the membership to pitch what they would do with $10,000 to foster positive change in the Elgin-St. Thomas community (5 minute presentations with 20 slides).
  • At the end of the evening, the 150 People Who Care membership will vote, and the winning charity will receive $10,000 and the charity that places second in votes receives $5,000 (or whatever funds have been collected) that night!

“I am very happy to be one of the founding members of the ‘150 People Who Care’ in our community. We have a lot of extremely talented people locally who are interested in supporting great causes, but may not have a lot of time to get involved with traditional service clubs. The ‘150 People Who Care’ approach solves this problem by offering a way to network with like-minded people, learn about charitable organizations in our community, and then make an immediate impact by supporting the best ideas.”

– Andrew Gunn, planning committee member


Become a Member!

  • There are spaces left! Help us reach our 150 pledges!

 pledge now

If you are NOT registering / paying online, click here to download a 150 Who Care Pledge Sheet


Here’s how charities applied:

  • Application Deadline for our 2017 cycle was May 15, 2017

  • Review the Grant Criteria Here: Grant Criteria- 150 People Who Care initiative

  • Application forms here Application Form – 150 People Who Care initiative

  • Watch for notice of future application/grant cycle deadlines

  • Shortlisted charities have been invited to present to the 150 People Membership at a public event June 6 at the CASO Station at 7 p.m. This presentation will be 5 minutes and 20 slides to get their message across about how you would use the ~$10,000 grant for first place or ~$5,000 for second place.

  • The granting / voting evening will highlight all projects and need to the community, and to donors, and may encourage future contributions to all the applicant charities.


 Congratulations to our JUNE 2016 winning charity!

  • June 14th, 2016,  at the CASO station we held our first granting event!

  • A total of 95 paid up/pledged members of the 100 People Who Care donor circle were eligible to vote, and decided how to allocate this grant.

  • 6 charities presented their pitch of what they would do with $9,500 collected! (videos will be posted soon)

  • At the end of the evening the 100 People membership voted by ballot, and one charity will walk away with the grant that night!

  • Congratulations to the Kettle Creek Environmental Trust who received $9,500 to support their new innovative program called “Re-Wild The Family”.

Sarah Groeneweg chairs the 150 People Who Care committee.