Founders of 100 Women Who Care

Excellence in Leadership Award

Founders of 100 Women Who Care


Founding members:

Susan Bowers, President of Mercy Allen Hospital

Marcia Miller, Director of Investments at Oberlin College

Nancy Sullivan, Associate Professor and Program Chair at Tiffin University

Libby Thuning, Vice President of U.S. Bank National Association

Sue, Marcia, Nancy and Libby met while pursuing their MBA at Tiffin University.  At an annual holiday gathering they discussed how it would be great to figure out a way to do something more for others in lieu of exchanging gifts among themselves.  The following summer a column by Regina Brett about a group of women who met and gave money to local non-profit organizations sparked a conversation among them and on October 13, 2010 they held their first meeting of 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County.

The concept is simple – making a difference one woman at a time.  Their motto – One Charity, One Hour, One Large Sum of Money, Purely Local Benefit.

In the group, a single member or group of up to four members pledges $100 per quarter to this initiative.  The group meets at Quaker Steak and Lube for one hour.  Paying members may enter the name of a non-profit organization that services Lorain County.  Three organization names are pulled from a hat and each makes a short presentation about their non-profit, the clients they serve and how they might use the funds.  Those in attendance vote by ballot and the organization with the majority of the votes is the recipient of that quarter’s donations.  Each member writes a check payable directly to the chosen organization.  Since its inception, the 100 Women Who Care have raised over $100,000 for twelve nonprofits across Lorain County.