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February 17, 2014

New philanthropy group launches effort

TERRE HAUTE — Guys Who Give is a new philanthropic group for men slated to start in Terre Haute.

The idea is being modeled after the successful 100+Women Who Care, which contributed more than $100,000 to four non-profit Vigo County organizations in 2013.

“They have been extraordinarily successful, set a good example, and we think we ought to have some guys who give,” said Tom Newlin, a Terre Haute attorney, who along with Jim Martin, owner of Bunch Nurseries Inc., will serve as co-chairmen of the group’s steering committee, overseeing the first meeting of the new group.

“We are just kinda kicking the ball off,” Newlin said.

He began mailing out notices to potential new members this month.

The group’s first meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 19 at the Indiana Theatre Event Center.

“We wanted to differentiate the name of the group from the Children’s Museum fundraiser 100 Men Who Cook,” said Scott Williams, director of development for the Community Foundation and a member of the Guys Who Give steering committee.

The concept will be the same as the women’s group, with $500 to join, with $100 going into an endowment at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. The women’s group has 218 members with about $22,000 in an endowment, Williams said.

“As you come in to the first meeting, you will write down a charity you want to promote and who will speak for that group,” Williams said.

“We will draw three different agencies out of a hat. They have to be a 501(c)(3) [nonprofit] agency. Then those agencies will each have five minutes to present and another five minutes for a question-and-answer session. Then those in attendance will vote for one group,” Williams said.

The winning agency will be given money at a later presentation, Williams said.

Guys Who Give plans to hold four quarterly meetings each year. The group is hoping to reach its goal of getting 100 members by its first meeting. “We don’t know. Bloomington had 75 people for its first meeting, while 100+ Women Who Care in Vigo County had 125 people show up” for its first meeting, Williams said.

“We are hoping to have a good turnout as well,” he added.

People interested in joining Guys Who Give can contact Williams at 812-232-2234. Williams said he is in the process of setting up a link on the Community Foundation’s website at www.wvcf.com.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.

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