A newly-formed giving circle called 100 Men Who Care Clark County aims to get 100 men to donate $100 each to a local nonprofit every quarter. That pencils out to $40,000 annually going to charity.Eric Sawyer, the board chair, said he got the idea for the group about a year ago. He works at Barrett Business Services Inc. across the street from The Heathman Lodge. While waiting for a client at the lodge one morning, he chatted with an employee who told him about 100 Women Who Care SW Washington, a giving circle that had held its first meeting the night before. The women met at the lodge and voted to collectively donate more than $10,000 to the Portland-based nonprofit Friends of the Children.He wondered why there wasn’t a group of guys doing something similar.“It’s a really cool concept,” Sawyer said.Katherine Morris, one of the directors of 100 Women Who Care, helped him start a men’s group. Sawyer attended their second meeting — the only man in attendance — and got a round of applause when Morris announced that he’d be starting a men’s chapter.“There was no turning back at that point,” Sawyer quipped.He reached out to business and civic leaders to form a board. According to a news release, 100 Men Who Care Clark County was formed to further “the support of the community’s most critical and deserving nonprofit organizations.”Members will pool their money to go toward a different Clark County-based nonprofit each quarter; the philosophy is that collective giving has a greater impact than individual, scattered donations.
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