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NETTIE BADGLEY of OSWEGO | Meet the Founder for 100+ Women Who Care, Yorville/Oswego/Montgomery

Nettie Badgley, 100+ Women Who Care, Local Influential-Chicago


This Charitable Crusader and Mom of Two Gives Back Through Her Foundation that Raises $100 Donations from Members with a Goal of Giving One Big $10,000 Donation to Worthy Cause In Need

YORKVILLE– Starting with her first church work camp at just 3 years old, Nettie has always been a part of some type of philanthropic effort or group. A long-time Jaycee and Rotarian, she missed being a part of something, but after being blessed with children, simply did not have the time she had previously to volunteer. Having been a part of the Naperville chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, Nettie could see the immediate impact this type of effort can make; hence, formed 100+ Women Who Care Oswego, Montgomery, Yorkville in 2015 with just 11 members. To date, they have 58 members/teams who faithfully write $100 checks and have donated over $34,000 to local organizations.

In the words of the first founder, Karen Dunigan, “The rules are simple, any member can present a need in the community, the need has to be immediate and the money has to remain local. The idea is that a worthy cause benefits many in the community.”

With just four, one-hour meetings/year on the 2nd Monday of every February, April, September and November, Nettie loves sharing precious time with like-minded, kind-hearted women. Their ultimate goal is to reach 100+ members and present a $10,000 gift all at once to a deserving local organization! Join them in giving back locally!

(Please note: At no point does anyone involved carry or have access to the money raised. Checks are written specifically to the nonprofit in $100 increments and given directly to the non-profit.)



"My uncle is an animator and makes amazing, fun, informational and super creative commercials. My favorite of them all was created years ago and it left a lasting impression. It was for the United Way. It starts simply with a person carrying a ladder up to the top of a hill and resting it against the sky. He then climbs to the top and places a single star in the sky and climbs back down. The star twinkles. The screen then goes black with a single question in white, “What if everybody gave?” Then the blue sky returns with several twinkling stars. It’s so simple and yet so profound. (Here is a link to the commercial to see for yourself:

“What if everybody gave?”

Together, we could make a BIG impact. Collectively.

It really is that simple.

It was my first 100+ Women Who Care Naperville meeting where I witnessed in just one-hour a life changing event. Three different members had presented three different organizations for consideration in receiving the groups’ collective gift. I remember one of the members being so visibly uncomfortable speaking in front of the group and yet so strong in her passion for her nominated organization. (I learned from a few women at my table that this was her 3rd time presenting and hopefully, 3rd time was the charm. And it was!) What we didn’t know at the time was that they were so close to having to close their doors and our gift saved them and allowed them to continue to be open still today. If I alone had given $100 or even $200, it would not have even come close as it did to us collectively making that $11,200 gift. “What if everybody gave?”

After we were blessed with our second child and I felt I had a better handle on balancing family and work (Ha ha) I began to seek out local volunteer opportunities. I quickly discovered that most were weekly meetings that were either early morning or evenings, which just didn’t work with our family commitments.

In 2015, I started looking more into the 100+ movement and discovered that with a little effort, our local community could benefit from a chapter. It helped that I received a HUGE amount of encouragement from my husband, family and community. One of my best friends, Maribeth, was so inspired by what I was up to, that she too founded a chapter in Will County. We worked in tandem on our chapters and still seek each other for feedback and encouragement. A 100+ Who Care Alliance has also been formed by all volunteers and two leader conferences have been held in Chicago. The topics covered all of our questions and more, plus we formed some friendships and mentorships that will last a lifetime.

I don’t know if I can honestly explain where the desire or motivation to give back comes from. But, I do know that I’ve just always felt like my “true self” when working with a team of people to lift up and help others. In all my years of volunteering and fundraising, I’ve witnessed first-hand what a difference we can make collectively. My biggest wish is to continue to inspire and provide leadership in doing just that, for my children, my family and in our community." -Nettie Badgley


  • Marketing & Branding

  • Graphic & Web Design

  • Team Building

  • Seeing Greatness in Others

  • Business Coaching

  • Event Planning for Fundraising Activities

  • Data Management & Systems

  • Networking & Connecting People

  • Community Involvement


"We all have different gifts. For some, they are clear pretty much from birth, for others it may take a lifetime. No matter. No two of us are exactly alike. How cool is that? Instead of thinking there is something wrong with that, I say we celebrate. I’m learning the key to life is discovering our gifts, celebrating our differences and using them both to the best of our ability to make a difference. We have the opportunity like no other time in history to learn from each other and work together to lift each other up. It really is that simple. “What if everybody gave?” -Nettie Badgley



  • 2015-2016 New Member of the Year, Oswego Chamber of Commerce

  • 2015-2016 Splash Award, Oswego Chamber of Commerce

  • Named One of Glancer Magazine's 15 Most Charitable Women of 2017


100+ Women Who Care

Yorkville, Illinois



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