The 100+ Men Who Care group has donated more than $300,000 to local charities.

By pooling their money, a group of Dayton men have been able to turn small donations into big impacts for local charities, contributing over $300,000 since forming in 2008.

The 100+ Men Who Care group is just that—a large collection of men hoping to make a difference in their community by pledging $400 annually to the group fund.

The key to the group’s success is in its simplicity, says 100+ Men administrator Joseph Lehman. The group meets quarterly to hear presentations from three chosen charities nominated by group members, then vote to award one a five-figure contribution.

“By pooling our resources we make a huge difference. We have given over $300,000 to charity, local area Dayton charities,” Lehman says. “That is awesome to me, that’s pretty impressive. All in four one-hour meetings a year.”

The 100+ Men have done a lot of good in the Dayton area, with contributions to 39 charities to date, including Building Bridges and the Brunner Literacy Center in 2018.

Currently at 104 members, the group meets in a provided conference room at the offices of McGohan Brabender. Meeting attendance is usually less than half the group, but the meetings are taped for future viewing, so those not in attendance can research the charities before voting.

Each member of the group is eligible to nominate a charity, which then goes into a pool with other nominations. Three organizations are chosen at random in advance of each meeting and representatives of the charities give short presentations about the work their group does.

After the video is posted online, members have one week to vote for a winning charity, which then receives a grant equal to $100 times the number of members.

If a charity is selected as a recipient, that organization cannot receive additional funds for a period of two years.

Dayton Foundation
As the largest community foundation in the region, the Dayton Foundation plays an integral role in the success of the 100+ Men Who Care group. By handling account services, the foundation ensures 100 percent of donations get to the desired charity.

The foundation offers a variety of paths to giving including family foundations, donor advised funds for specific causes or discretionary funds for general giving.

During the 2016-17 fiscal year the Foundation spent $46.5 million in grants and charitable donations and in the most recent ranking of 800 community foundations nationwide it ranked 44th in the U.S. in grants made (in total dollars).

Regardless of the type of giving, the foundation provides free charitable checking accounts to make donating simple, says Dayton Foundation Vice President of Development Michelle Lovely.

“Each group, it can be very specific or it can be like the 100+ Men Who Care who say ‘I just want to do good,’” Lovely says.

The accounts require no minimum balance and can be funded through cash, appreciated securities, retirement funds or more complex contributions.

“Whether they have $5 or $5 million they can use that fund because it’s completely free with no minimum balance,” says Lovely. “They go online and make a request that we send a check to the charities of their choice.”

The accounts also make tax reporting easy as all the charitable information is in one place and users can start an account and disburse funds at a later date for additional assistance around tax time.

Giving and Receiving
In addition to presentations from potential charities at 100+ Men Who Care meetings, the group also hears from a representative from their most recently chosen charity covering what the donation accomplished.

“You learn about what charities are doing in our area and you hear from a charity that got our donation,” Lehman says. “It’s just a very rewarding process, very efficient process.”

2017 recipient Clothes That Work, which provides professional clothing, image counseling and training for job seekers, used its $11,000 contribution to further its mission and brought a client to the following meeting to show group members firsthand the impact they made, says Executive Director Cindy Garner.

“We jumped at the chance to bring one of our clients to meet them so they could both see and hear the impact their donations made on someone who had once fallen on hard times but is now on the road to a successful future,” Garner says.

Hearing presentations from the groups that receive donations validates the work of the group, says Lehman, and that validation must be spreading, as enrollment is higher than ever.

When Lehman took over as administrator six years ago the group was hovering around 55 members, but enrollment has steadily grown, with the group’s 100th member joining in 2015. Each year the number fluctuates by a few members, but remains over 100 strong, Lehman says.

Group giving isn’t only for men in Dayton either, as the group was preceded by a year by the 100+ Women Who Care, which was established in 2007.

Although the nomination and voting process is slightly different, the 100+ Women Who Care operate with the same financial requirements, with every member pledging $400 annually. The women’s group is over 200 members and has donated over a half million to Dayton charities to date.

To enroll in the 100+ Men Who Care, contact Joseph Lehman at 760-8095 or For the women’s group, contact Group Administrator Kathy Banwart at 477-3277.

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