About The Women’s Fund

About The Women’s Fund

Welcome to The Women’s Fund of Redding’s blog. It has been created to enhance communication among members, celebrate our successes and share information. From our events, such as Forum on Homelessness and State of the Fund to the personal stories of our grant recipients, member profiles and accomplishments, as well as casual meetups, it all will be documented here.

WHAT WE DO

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 purposewomens fund logo

  • To build a vibrant and engaged membership committed to improving women’s lives and children’s futures.
  • To inspire women to make a difference through collective giving.
  • To raise community awareness of issues affecting women and families.
  • To improve long-term opportunities for women and families through annual grant making.
  • To grow a permanent endowment to support grant making and community forums.

FOUNDED IN 2008

The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation was founded in 2008 to address the persistent challenges facing women and their families in the Redding area. The North State area has fewer women college graduates, more teen pregnancy, and higher unemployment and poverty levels than California as a whole. The Women’s Fund supports finding solutions for women struggling to break generational cycles of poverty and underachievement.

A NEW VENTURE IN COLLECTIVE PHILANTHROPY

The Women’s Fund is a new venture in collective philanthropy for the Redding area. It is an advised fund and program of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation and the nonprofit status is provided by the SRCF. The Women’s Fund has a three-pronged strategy of education, grant-making and endowment building.

SPEAKERS AND PUBLIC FORUMS

The Women’s Fund holds speakers forums with local and outside experts that provide members and the community an opportunity to better understand the issues and challenges facing women and families in Shasta County. Our annual grant making program targets local nonprofit programs that address the underlying factors contributing to low incomes and poor life choices for women and their families.

FUND DEVELOPMENT

The Women’s Fund raises funds primarily through annual memberships at the $200 and $1,000 levels. A portion of these monies are invested each year to build an endowment that will sustain the Women’s Fund grant making.

GRANT PROGRAM

Our annual grantmaking provides funding to local non-profit organizations to promote preventive solutions and increased options for women and their families. The Women’s Fund members vote in April each year to determine the annual areas of focus for targeting the grantmaking, which results in membership buy-in of resource distribution. The Women’s Fund  has awarded total grants of $170,000, 2010-2015, and is poised to award an additional $45,000 in 2016.

Join the Women’s Fund here.

 

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