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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.

Videos, Photos and Audio: State of the Fund

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The Women’s Fund of Shasta Regional Community Foundation held its State of the Fund Thursday at the McConnell Foundation. The event featured speaker Silas Lyons, editor of the Record Searchlight, a Q&A with two women who benefitted from one of our grants and the announcement that “fostering self-sufficiency” is this year’s theme for grants from The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

We have captured Silas’ speech here in this audiocast. If you missed the event, you’ll want to listen. It may even bring a tear to your eye. It did to many in attendance. 


We also have video. (See next page) Continue reading “Videos, Photos and Audio: State of the Fund”

Foster self-sufficiency our focus area for grants

Henry FordBy Laura Christman

“Fostering Self-sufficiency” is this year’s theme for grants from The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

The grant focus was announced at Thursday’s State of the Fund event held at The McConnell Foundation headquarters in Redding. Programs that address women struggling with basic needs to bring stability to families will be considered for 2016 grants. That could mean support with housing, child care, transportation, job skills, diploma completion, mental health support, dental care, personal finances, life skills and other areas. Continue reading “Foster self-sufficiency our focus area for grants”

You won’t want to miss State of the Fund

By Laura Christman

Up next for The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation: Reflection and setting direction – wine and appetizers included.

State of the Fund will be presented 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 26 at the McConnell Foundation’s Lema Ranch headquarters, 800 Shasta Drive in Redding. The annual event is a chance to connect with other members and learn the grant focus for 2016.

Earlier this month, members were asked to select a direction for putting the philanthropic power of The Women’s Fund into motion through grants. The two choices:

  • “Advancing Economic Opportunities,” which includes helping women with financial solvency, supporting entrepreneurship, career mentoring, training in nontraditional careers and creating professional networking opportunities.
  • “Fostering Self-sufficiency,” which encompasses bringing stability to women and families by helping with such things as basic job skills, transportation, child care, diploma completion, mental health, dental care, financial management and life skills.

Continue reading “You won’t want to miss State of the Fund”

Register to attend our State of the Fund


State of the FundHave you registered yet for The Women’s Fund’s annual State of the Fund?

Invites were emailed to members Tuesday. Members and their guests are invited to enjoy an evening celebrating the success of The Women’s Fund of Shasta Regional Community Foundation and to be the first to hear the announcement of the 2016 Grant Focus Area voted by the membership.

The celebration will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 26 at The McConnell Foundation, 800 Shasta View Drive, Redding. We will provide wine and appetizers. Continue reading “Register to attend our State of the Fund”

Welcome to The Women’s Fund blog

Welcome to The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s blog. It has been created to enhance  Mondaycommunication among members, celebrate our successes and share information. From our upcoming events, such as the Feb. 11 Forum on Homelessness and State of the Fund in May to the personal stories of our grant recipients, member profiles and accomplishments, as well as casual meetups, it all will be documented here.

The Women’s Fund member Laura Christman Manual, a local journalist, will be writing many of our blog posts and I’ll contribute so#WhyIFundme, as well. Member Ashlee Tate and I also will be collecting and posting members’ profiles for our Member Moments feature. We ask that you upload your photo and fill out your profile information on this Google Document we created.

Ashlee will be asking for a few minutes of your time to create individual video testimonials based on the theme #WhyIFund. She may ask those who are more tech-savvy to do it on their own and submit. She and I will record videos of other members by either scheduling a time or approaching at events over the next year — so be ready to share why you belong to the the WednesdayWomen’s Fund and why it’s special.

Carole Ferguson has created and will moderate The Women’s Fund Facebook Group for members only. The Facebook group is different from our Facebook Page in that you’ll be able to engage in discussions, celebrate one another, share photographs and videos, as well as links to content that you think may be of interest to members. If you haven’t been added to the group yet, friend one of us on Facebook and we’ll be happy to add you. Continue reading “Welcome to The Women’s Fund blog”