History of 100+ People Who Care

It all started when…

The 100+ People Who Care movement was created by Karen Dunigan in response to a need that she saw in her community. As an executive leader for the Center for Family Health in Jackson, Michigan, she learned how new mothers were bringing their babies home and placing the sleeping infants in boxes, dresser drawers, or on their own beds because they could not afford a proper crib. In all, a total of $10,000 was needed.

Karen figured she knew 100 women who would each give $100 and began making phone calls. At that first meeting, in one hour, a group of Karen’s friends heard the story and each wrote checks to the Center for Family Health, resulting in a $12,800 donation.


Karen founded the first 100+ Women Who Care and scheduled quarterly meetings. The rules were simple, any member could present a need in the community, the need had to be immediate and the money had to remain local. The idea was to choose a worthy cause that benefits many in the community.

Today the legacy lives on through the expansion of 100+ Chapters throughout the world. There are now more than 650 fully operational chapters that include women, men, and teens.