Giving Tuesday is great time to support Women’s Fund

Coming up Nov. 28: An opportunity for generosity.

North State Giving Tuesday is 14 hours of online donation-gathering for organizations doing important work in the community. The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation is among the 120-plus participants.

Memberships and donations made to The Women’s Fund during the Nov. 28 event will be amplified by incentive funds. Plus there’s the chance for The Women’s Fund to gain extra cash through random drawings.

“Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to renew or to join The Women’s Fund,” Chair Erin Resner says.

Organized by Shasta Regional Community Foundation and sponsored by Redding Bank of Commerce and Pacific Power Foundation, North State Giving Tuesday is part of a worldwide effort focused on giving. The theme is: “Give where you live.”

Dollars directed to The Women’s Fund through new memberships, renewals and other donations will be boosted by an incentive formula that adds money based on how much an organization gains in donations during the day. The Knodel Family Endowment Fund is providing the  $85,000 incentive pool. Local businesses are donating $14,000 for hourly prizes.

The annual day of giving is a nice fit for The Women’s Fund, which is all about giving. Since 2010, the organization has awarded more than $265,000 in grants to programs and projects creating a better future for Redding-area women and their families.

The Women’s Fund is powered by collective philanthropy — where individuals working together can make much more of an impact than they would on their own. Memberships of $200 or $1,000 are pooled and used to give grants, put on community educational forums and grow the organization’s permanent endowment that sustains grant-making.

“The Women’s Fund is practically and efficiently executing what our community desperately needs. It’s using resources wisely and powerfully … It’s changing lives,” Resner says.

Here’s how to support the good work of The Women’s Fund on North State Giving Tuesday:

— Go to northstategives.org between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 28, select The Women’s Fund and then make a donation with a credit card, debit card or e-check.

— Or donate ahead of time. Beginning Nov. 14, go to northstategives.org, click on “Schedule Your Donation,” select The Women’s Fund, and then enter payment details. The donation will process on Nov. 28.

North State Giving Tuesday reflects the charitable nature of the region. Last year more than $750,000 was donated to organizations in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

“North State Giving Tuesday is a terrific showcase of generosity in our community. It’s a time we can all support our favorite nonprofits — those that are doing such important work in our communities,” says Amanda Hutchings, Shasta Regional Community Foundation program officer.

For more information, visit northstategives.org.

 

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The 2017 State of the Fund

The 2017 State of the Fund

Informational and inspirational. That’s State of the Fund.

It’s the next event of The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. State of the Fund runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 16 at The McConnell Foundation headquarters, 800 Shasta View Drive in Redding.

For members, the annual spring gathering is a chance to learn how their money is being used and what’s ahead. For those interested in becoming part of The Women’s Fund, it showcases the power of collective philanthropy.

Since 2010, The Women’s Fund has awarded $215,000 in grants to programs and projects that create a better future for women and their families in the Redding area. The Women’s Fund raises funds primarily through annual memberships at the $200 and $1,000 levels. A portion of membership monies are invested each year to build an endowment to sustain grant-making. Up to $50,000 is expected to be awarded during the next grant cycle, which will focus on one of two areas:

— Advancing economic opportunities. This includes helping women with financial solvency, entrepreneurship, training in non-traditional careers, financial literacy, mentoring and professional networking.

— Fostering self-sufficiency. This covers supporting women with housing, child care, transportation, diploma completion, mental health support, dental care, personal finance and life skills.

Members will vote May 1-14 to determine where the need is greatest. Look for an emailed invitation to cast your vote. The winning focus area will be revealed during State of the Fund. Nonprofit organizations and public entities then will be invited to submit applications for grants related to the targeted area. The Women’s Fund grant-review panel will consider the proposals, and winning grants will be announced in October.

Organizations that received grants during the past year will be featured at State of the Fund. Tammy Parker with Redding Bank of Commerce will be the keynote speaker. Appetizers and wine will be served.

State of the Fund is an opportunity to connect and engage with other likeminded people, notes Cabinet Member Cathi Lathrop-Cummings, one of the event’s coordinators. It’s a great way to learn more about “where and how your money is being used,” she says.

Tickets are $10. Members are encouraged to bring guests interested in learning more about The Women’s Fund. Look for an email from The Women’s Fund with a link for purchasing tickets.

Grantee Tour 2017

Grantee Tour 2017

For the first time, members of The Women’s Fund (TWF) of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation have been treated to an up-close-and-personal look at the non-profit sites benefitting from their membership dollars.  On April 16, TWF offered an inaugural “Grantee Tour” of two local organizations that received grant funding from TWF this year.  Grants are funded annual by annual membership dues paid by members of TWF with $45,000 in grants awarded in 2016. One Safe Place and California Heritage Youth Build Academy (CHYBA) in Redding were visited by more than a dozen TWF members as part of this first-ever field trip.

All members of The Women’s Fund were invited to participate in the three-hour tour; 14

took advantage of the opportunity to visit the current grant recipients. First stop … One Safe Place. There, Executive Director Angela Jones presented an overview of the organization’s services and led a tour of its Sierra Center.   Jones reported that, so far, five women and nine children — all survivors of domestic violence — have been moved into permanent housing with the help of this year’s TWF grant of $8,000 for the program.  Nine other women and their families have been approved and are in the pipeline for assistance.  As Jones said, “Housing is the primary barrier to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”

Next stop on the field trip was CHYBA, where executive director Cathy Taylor gave the group an overview of the organization that is dedicated to rebuilding the lives of struggling youth.  

Part of a national Youth Build movement, Taylor described the program as “unapologetically comprehensive” adding that its students graduate with marketable job skills.  “Honestly, I can say that CHYBA would not be here today without having received its first grant from The Women’s Fund,” Taylor said. “It helped us get over a huge hurdle that first year.”  This year, CHYBA received $16,000 in grant funding from TWF for a “Basic Need Training Program” for young women ages 16 to 24 years old. The students are receiving basic life skills training and support for necessities such as transportation, child care, etc. to remove barriers to education and employment and help them achieve increased financial self-sufficiency. Presently there are 102 students, of which 43% are women.

TWF member Bonnie Hill thought the field trip “was wonderful,” saying, “I was intrigued to see where our grant funds went, with such big amounts going to such a great causes. There’s so much passion in the work these people do and I wouldn’t be able to see that if I hadn’t been there in person. The field trip was great because we got a physical view of how your money is used – see the actual people who are impacted by our membership dollars.”

Look for your chance to participate in TWF Grantee Tour field trips again in the months and years ahead. According to TWF Past Chair and Grant Committee Chair, Michele Goedert, “TWF is very excited to enhance our members’ experience by offering exclusive, behind the scene tours of past grantees.  Since 2010, TWF members have had the unique privilege of voting to determine what needs or issues our grant funding will focus on each year. Now our members have the opportunity to see first-hand how their membership dollars are creating a better life for women and their families in the Redding area.”

TWF members will be able to vote on the 2017 grant Focus Area between May 1 and May 14. Watch for your email voting link in April!  The winning Focus Area will be announced at TWF’s State of the Fund event on May 16 at The McConnell Foundation. Invitations will be emailed to TWF members in April for that event too.

It’s Not Just Prostitution: What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking.

It’s Not Just Prostitution: What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking.

Recent events have caused our community to raise many questions concerning the impact of prostitution and human trafficking. As an organization dedicated to supporting women and providing information on women’s issues, The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation is providing a free public forum to enable the community to gain greater insight and awareness on this issue.

The educational forum – “It’s Not Just Prostitution: What You Need to Know about Human Trafficking” – will be held at 12:00 PM on February 23 at the Sequoia Middle School McLaughlin Auditorium, 1805 Sequoia Street. Advance registration is required.

Awareness and education are prevention tools against human trafficking, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This forum is designed to help people recognize the red flags of child sex trafficking, the complexity of healing, and the importance of trauma-informed therapy. Presenter Deena Graves has trained more than 20,000 people, including the FBI, Homeland Security, the international airport police, and the attorney general/U.S. attorney staff. The forum will also include participation of our local DA Crime Victims Assistance Center, the Domestic Violence Multidisciplinary Team, and the Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation Center.

The Women’s Fund mobilizes the power of women through collective philanthropy using a strategy of education, grantmaking and endowment building to create a better future for women and their families in the Redding area. Since 2009, we have made it our purpose to achieve each of the following: Build a vibrant and engaged membership committed to improving women’s lives and children’s futures; inspire women to make a difference through collective giving; raise community awareness of issues affecting women and families; improve long-term opportunities for women and families through annual grant making; and grow a permanent endowment to support grant making and community forums.

Please Note: Due to anticipated attendance at this forum, we are unable to provide lunch. Food is not allowed in the auditorium, so we advise eating before or afterwards.

Want to learn more about The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation? Click here: http://womensfundredding.com/.

Click the link to register: Register