In Des Moines’ philanthropic community, 100 must be the magic number. Jonathan Brendemuehl, along with Josh Dreyer, Cooper Hubbell and Christopher Juhl, recently launched 100+ Dudes who Donate.
The concept is similar to established local giving group 100+ Women Who Care, and the newer 100+ Chicks for Charity and 100+ Men on a Mission. All bring members together on a quarterly basis to contribute a set amount of money ($50 or $100) to a charity of the group’s choosing.
These kinds of giving circles provide an option for those who feel their small, personal donation can barely make a dent in addressing the seemingly overwhelming needs many nonprofit organizations face. Pooling money as a group makes a bigger impact and creates a sense of community for donors. Charities are chosen based on presentations given by the group’s members and an anonymous vote. Checks are written directly to the chosen organization.
“The simplicity makes it so great,” Brendemuehl says. “Des Moines is such an inspiring community for philanthropy, and this group should be a nice addition. Everyone is so busy, so this is about getting people to learn about new causes, give money, see friends and meet people and leave feeling good about it.” 100dudeswhodonate.com