HOW DOES IT WORK?

AT EACH MEETING, THREE MEMBERS WILL BE GIVEN 5 MINUTES TO PRESENT THEIR CAUSE.


MEMBERS WILL VOTE ON TWO CHARITIES THAT WILL RECEIVE A DONATION FROM EACH MEETING

What is the GoAL?

OUR GOAL IS TO IDENTIFY 100 OR MORE MEN TO EACH DONATE AT LEAST $200 TWO TIMES A YEAR AND COLLECTIVELY GIVE $40,000+ TO LOCAL SAN DIEGO CHARITABLE CAUSES 

HOW DO MEETINGS WORK?

  1. How long has this organization been in San Diego?
    San Diego Men On A Mission in the San Diego area is a new organization, founded in 2015 by a group of close friends, all community members in the San Diego area.

    Which organizations are allowed to be sponsored?
    In order to be considered at a meeting, the organization must be located in the San Diego area. Ideally, it would be a non-profit organization recognized as a 501(c)(3). If it is NOT a 501(c)(3), the presenter must advise the members of that information.

    What is a 501(c)(3)?
    Being a 501(c)(3) means that a non-profit organization has been approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. For the purposes of San Diego Men On A Mission all groups up for consideration must be local. For more information please visit the IRS Website.

    Is my contribution tax deductible? How do I get my tax forms?
    Yes, your contribution is tax deductible unless a cause that is not a 501(c)(3) is voted on by the majority. Checks are written directly to the local organization NOT to San Diego Men On A Mission. Your tax forms will be sent to you directly from the organization that receives your contribution. PLEASE NOTE: Any sponsored non-profit is not allowed to create, sell or distribute a list with your contact information. They are not allowed to solicit you for further contributions. If this were to happen, the organization would no longer be considered at future meetings.

    How is the organization that receives the donation chosen?
    A member who has signed the commitment form can put the name of a local organization into the box for a random drawing. The organizers of the meeting will collect names of organizations from the participants as they arrive. Please note: you do not have to bring the name of a local organization, though it is encouraged. At random, two organizations will be selected from the box. The members who wrote down each name will be asked to come up and give a short 5 minute presentation as to why their chosen organization should receive the donation. A 5 minute question and answer period follows.  Members will vote on one of the two charities to receive donations.  We will donate our guest speaker's charity as our second charity.  In the event that our guest speaker doesn't have a charity, we will select 3 for presentations and vote on 2.

    What do I do if I cannot attend the meeting?
    You can send two blank, signed checks with a trusted friend to the meeting. They will write in the name of the charities that are chosen and give it to the organizers on your behalf. They do not vote on your behalf. We can only count the votes of members who are present.
    Or...
    After the meeting is over, members who were not able to attend can check the website or call the organizers to find out which charity was selected. You can then write your check and mail it to the organizers, within one week of the meeting date, and we will send it to the charity on your behalf.

    Can I just send the donation to the charity myself? 
    Why does San Diego Men On A Mission have to send it on my behalf?
    The goal of San Diego Men On A Mission organization is to make a large donation on behalf of the whole group. We want to be able to support this endeavor and give $10,000+ dollars at a time to make a large impact in our community, with each member's donation being part of the larger donation.

    How long do the meetings last?
    Meetings are intended to be very short, generally lasting no longer than 45 minutes. However, we are planning to have an optional social time before and after each meeting to get to know other members, answer questions about the organization, and thank those of you who want to serve the community. 

    I would like to bring a friend to the meeting who is not signed up...
    Of course you can! However, in order to vote they will need to sign up prior to their first meeting. They can accomplish this by simply arriving at the meeting a few minutes early.

I have a local charity that I want to present at the next meeting. What do I need to be prepared to talk about?

Presentations are simple and should not be overly formal. We do not use multi-media e.g. PowerPoint presentations, DVDs, etc. When you show up, here is a list of things that you should be prepared to talk about, at a minimum:

1. What is the name of the organization?

2. Where is the organization located?

3. What is the mission of the organization?

4. What purpose does the organization serve? Who do they serve? What do they do? How do they do it?

5. How would they benefit from receiving the donation?  How will the funds be used?

6. Who is responsible for discharging of funds?

7. What are their administrative fees? What percentage of donations actually get disbursed to the charitable cause?

8. Are they a recognized 501(c)(3)? Etc.

What about Presentations?

mission & vision

Through The power of numbers, we will combine our donations to make a positive impact on our local community - and have fun doing it!


Each member must commit to donating $200 per meeting ($400 per year).

The donations will be given to San Diego regional charities/non-profits/worthy causes only. 

Each member that would like to present a charitable causes for consideration will enter their name in a hat.  If our guest speaker would like to present his charity, we will draw for two others to present in addition to the speaker.


Each charity/non-profit/worthy cause that is under consideration will be given five minutes to make a presentation at the meeting by a San Diego Men On A Mission member.


After the three charities/non-profits/worthy causes are presented. The group will vote for one of the two charities by ballot and majority rules. Our second charity will be the guest speaker's charity of choice.  Although it may not be your first or second choice, you are still obligated to donate.

If your name is drawn and you make a presentation and your charity is not chosen, you will still be eligible to put your name in the drawing at the next meeting.

For tax purposes, all checks will be made out to the chosen organization. If you are unable to attend, give your check to a member to deliver on your behalf. 

The charity/non-profit/worthy cause must agree to NOT use the donors' names for future solicitations or give the information out to the public. If the charity/non-profit/worthy cause does not adhere to this condition, they will be removed from any future consideration.

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