FAQs: Frequently asked questions
Q. How do I become a member?
A. Easy. Just complete Join Us page.
Q. How long do the meetings last?
A. Meetings will take no more than one hour. We open at 5:30 for drinks and socializing and start the meeting promptly at 6.00 pm. The formal meeting lasts a maximum of one hour, followed by further opportunities to socialize and talk with representatives of the presenting charities.
Q. What if I cannot attend a meeting?
A. We hope that everyone might be able to attend but that is not always possible. You still contribute your $100 through the Vancouver Foundation and abide by the decision of the majority attending and voting.
Q. Can I pay by cheque?
A. You can pay by cheque or credit card. All donations are handled by the Vancouver Foundation, which offers tax receipts. Do not bring cheques to the meeting. Consider automatic payment by credit card, monthly or quarterly. We have a minimum of $35 per month.
Q. I live in another part of the country. Can I still join? How do I take part from a distance?
A. You can live anywhere and still be a member. You need only make your tax-deductible donation. Of course, attending meetings might be a challenge… but you will still feel great about making a difference.
Q. Can I just send the donation to the charity myself?
A. Of course, but we discourage it for two reasons. First, it does not count toward your membership. Second, the total of donations has a major direct impact, beyond what any one individual might contribute. We also track donation through the Vancouver Foundation to maintain our membership roster as only members in good standing can nominate, attend and vote.
Q. Is membership limited to 100 gay men?
A. No, that would not be fair to the charities, would it? If we can make a big impact with 100 men, why not invite a friend and make an even bigger impact? Allies are also welcome. Remember, we're doing this for the charities and our community, not just for us.
Q. Can I bring a friend to a quarterly meeting?
A. Yes and no. We are always seeking men who give a damn. For us, giving a damn means making a commitment. So, your friend should join at least a couple of days in advance. We try to be flexible so if they made a commitment at the door, and completed the forms, they could stay but not vote. That means you can bring a prospective member to a quarterly meeting, but if they don’t join, they don’t stay.
Q. What do you do with my personal information?
A. We collect your name, email address and phone number only to keep in touch with you.
100 Gay Men For A Cause - YVR 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 and other media but only with their consent. However, as we have a photographer at each meeting, any member who wishes to remain anonymous, must let us know at the time of joining.
We will never rent out, sell or give away your personal information. Ever.
Q. How do I nominate a charity?
A. There are two ways:
1. When you join or renew, you may nominate up to three charities.
2. The charity nomination form is also available to members in good standing at each meeting.
Q. How are the three presenting charities chosen?
A. Each nominated charity is vetted by the Vancouver Foundation to ensure at least one year in existence and appropriate charitable status. The charity names are put into a hat and three organizations are drawn at random well in advance of a quarterly meeting. The three organizations are invited to give a short five-minute presentation at the meeting. If a charity declines, or is unable to present, another charity is chosen from the database. The identity of the three presenting charities is not revealed until the meeting is underway.
Q. Can a charity nominate itself?
A. No, charities are nominated by members. 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. Our members and supporters find out about each nominated charity through our social media discussions and posts as well as meetings.
Q. How much of my donation goes to the administration costs?
A. Absolutely zero! All donations are handled by the Vancouver Foundation. 100 Gay Men for a Cause is organized and operated entirely by volunteers. A fee may be charged for meetings to cover any costs of room rentals, bartender and supplies. No member is reimbursed for time. Any and all direct expenses are approved by the Steering Committee. An annual financial report is provided to members.