Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Power of 100 are provided below. Please contact us with any additional questions at

Can I bring a friend to the meeting?

Absolutely! Anyone is welcome to attend and observe the meeting before deciding if they would like to become a member. If you turn in a Membership Form before the balloting takes place, you will be allowed to vote at your first meeting.


How do I donate if I cannot attend the meeting?

Information about the selected charity is posted on our website following the meeting. An email is also sent to the members asking them to mail their check to: 


The Power of 100

6080 Sierra Circle, Excelsior, MN 55331


Is my contribution tax deductible?

Checks are written directly to the charity. All nominated charities are 501(c)(3)’s, which means your contribution is tax deductible. Your cancelled check should serve as a receipt for your donation. The charity may also send you a receipt.


Can I send my check directly to the charity?

The goal of the Power of 100 is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole organization. We’d like each member’s contribution to be part of this donation. We also keep a log of your contribution, which qualifies you to nominate a charity and vote at the next meeting, thus making it important to send the check to the address above if you are unable to attend a meeting.


Can I nominate a charity and have someone from the charitable organization present on my behalf?

Only members are allowed to make presentations. Charity representatives can become Power of 100 members if they wish to nominate and present on behalf of their charitable organization.


If I’m part of a team and my charity is selected, can all the team members take part in the presentation?

Only one member will be allowed to make a presentation. 


Can I submit my Charity Submission Form at the meeting?

You can bring your form to the meeting but it will not be eligible for selection until the following meeting. Submissions must be made at least 7 days prior to the meeting. The Charitable Organization Submission Form can be emailed to us before the meeting to meet the deadline. We use this lead-time to verify that the charity is currently registered as a 501(c)(3) and has been operating for at least 2 years.


Can more than one member nominate a charity?

Yes, multiple nominations can increase the chances of a charity being selected for presentation. Each member (or team) must submit her own Charitable Organization Submission Form for the charity.


If my charity was not selected at the quarterly meeting do I need to resubmit it for consideration at the next meeting?

No, your charity will automatically be considered in future meetings as long as your membership contributions are current and the charity continues to maintain its 501(c)(3) status.


Is there a limit on how many charities a member can nominate?

No, there is no limit. 


What information should I include in my presentation if my charity is drawn at the meeting?

Your informal presentation should include general information about the charity such as mission, vision, population served and activities of the organization. The presentation must be 5-minutes or less. It is also helpful to share some details about funding sources and financials. Note: presentations will be timed, so equitable time is given to each presentation. (Please see Presentation Tips for additional suggestions).