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The Power of 100

Finding Time to Give Back


Getting involved in your community when you’re a mom is like adding another ball to your juggling act. I want to do it all and still give back to our community, but I don’t have the time or brainpower right now to dedicate to fundraisers and event planning.

Bis-Man Power of 100 is my way of giving back to the community while spending some time with my girlfriends and networking with other influential women in our community.

The Power of 100 is an idea borrowed from other similar organizations across the nation. Each quarter, members nominate charitable organizations who work in the Bismarck/Mandan area. Members come together for a one-hour event where three charities are randomly selected. The nominating member makes a 5-minute presentation about the organization they are representing about why that charity deserves to be selected. All attending members in the audience vote and the selected charity will receive donations of $100 by each member in attendance. Each event has the potential to generate over $10,000 for a local charity! We meet quarterly and have recently finished our sixth meeting. The Bis-Man Power of 100 has donated over $55,000 to the community since June 2017.

From a mom’s perspective I get to do all the feel-good things. I get to catch up with my girlfriends over drinks and appetizers all while doing something good for our community. It’s an opportunity unlike any other I have seen. For a non-profit to raise $10,000 it usually involves hours of planning, hundreds of their own dollars to pull off an event/fundraiser and lots of volunteers. This is literally a 5-minute presentation, that if done well, could result in the largest donation they’ve ever received.

So, if you are looking for a way to get involved without sacrificing a lot of your time and energy, I encourage you to find your local Power of 100. Dickinson and Fargo each currently have a chapter. If your community doesn’t have a Power of 100 and you are interested in starting one in your community, I encourage you to reach out to the Bismarck, Dickinson or Fargo chapter for their guidance.

Find Power of 100 Women BisMan on Facebook at facebook.com/bismanpowerof100/

Written by Brianna Ludwig

Brianna Ludwig

Brianna is a marketing professional who enjoys cooking, fitness and (mostly) healthy eating. She and her husband live in Bismarck with their two toddlers. Reach her at briannaludwig.com

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