CHANGES ARE COMING TO THE WOMEN’S FUND!

The Women’s Fund is expanding the role of its membership! As we celebrate 10 amazing years of positive impact through collective giving, we are committed to extending our grant making to more organizations, projects, and programs that elevate the lives of local women and their families. We are also committed to elevating the voices of you - our members - in the grantmaking process.

We face both new and persistent needs in our area, and that means we must incorporate the opinions and voices of all our members to help meet those needs. We look forward to your participation in a broader, even more inclusive future for The Women's Fund that brings fresh solidarity to our membership, and draws us closer to the people and community we serve. 

For more information, please email Amanda Hutchings at amanda@shastarcf.org or visit our website at www.womensfundredding.org.
 
"In 2014, I was one of seven randomly selected members chosen to sit on The Women's Fund (TWF) Grant Review Panel for a 2-year term. In retrospect, serving on the panel truly connected me with the purpose of The Women’s Fund and cemented my bond to TWF. Through the grant review process, I learned about needs, programs and organizations that I wasn’t aware of prior to my participation.  I was inspired by the efforts of the organizations seeking funding from TWF, by the commitment and creativity of the women leading those organizations. And while reading and discussing the various proposals, I was reminded of the courage and resilience of the women and girls in our community who are striving to create better lives for themselves and their families. It is an honor to join my small financial contribution with that of other TWF members to provide grants that create new possibilities and improve lives. I am hopeful that the changes envisioned for this new decade give all TWF members a deeper connection to the mission of our organization, much like I experienced as a result of my direct involvement in the grant-making process when I was on the Grant Review Panel."

- Theresa Flynn Gasman, Cabinet Member

*Only current members are eligible to be in the Grant Review Panel.
Are YOU a current member of the Women's Fund?? If not, join or renew today!
Grantee Spotlight: Girls In c.
This Is Why We Give!

Over the past ten years, three grants from The Women’s Fund, each in excess of ten thousand dollars, were awarded to Redding-based Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley . Girls Inc. and The Women’s Fund are a great example of a perfect fit!

The Women’s Fund is committed to bettering the lives of women and families in the Redding area.
Girls Inc. is dedicated to building self-esteem and inspiring leadership, innovation and independence in girls between the ages of 6 and 18. Tracing its roots back to 1864, Girls Incorporated is the oldest organization in the United States focusing on girls. The organization provides in-school, after-school and extracurricular activities focused on developing friendship, strength, and self worth. 

Newly installed Girls Inc. Executive Director Lindsay Smith puts the relationship between Girls Inc. and The Women’s Fund this way: “As the Executive Director of a non-profit, with the mission of empowering young girls to grow into strong women, it is wonderful to know that we have a community of women who choose to lead by example. The generous support from The Women's Fund has allowed Girls Inc. NSV to serve countless young women over the years. The Women's Fund ensures girls know they matter and that people believe in their future. We couldn't do the work we do without the financial support of The Women's Fund.” 

THANK YOU Girls Inc. for championing girls in our community! THANK YOU members – your contributions make a real difference!

As individuals, few of us could hope to make a donation this large, but by coming together, by pooling our resources, we can make a huge impact! This is the power of collective philanthropy... together we can do SO MUCH!
Mark Your Calendars!
Please plan to join us at our upcoming events!

Tuesday, February 25
Educational Forum - the second in a series: Women and Finance - Concrete Steps To Mastering Your Biggest Financial Issues .
Time: 12 - 1 PM
Location: Cedar Crest Brewing, 1475 Placer Street, Suite B
Redding, CA 96001

Details and registration HERE !
Wednesday, February 26
Meet and Mingle hosted by Cabinet Member Dana Kennedy Silberstein
Time: 5:30 - 7 PM
Location: Home of Dana Kennedy Silberstein (address to be provided upon RSVP)
Open to anyone interested in learning more about the importance of The Women's Fund in our community, discussing issues that are impacting our community, meeting one of our past grant recipients, or simply connecting with fellow women over a love of our community.
MEMBERS: bring at least one non-member who would be interested in learning more about The Women's Fund.

RSVP HERE !
Monday, March 16
SAVE THE DATE
Educational Forum in partnership with Shasta College and The McConnell Foundation : Mara Liasson - Elections 2020: the Canvas of American Politics . Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for National Public Radio and also a contributor at Fox News Channel.

These, and other events, will always be published on our website calendar .
Why I Fund
"I know my small contribution to TWF is meaningful, and I am gladdened that the grants provided by The Women’s Fund to organizations are all local to Shasta County. "
As a Redding native, I attended Cedar Meadows Elementary, Sequoia Middle School, and I am a 2001 Shasta High School alum. At 18 years young I headed south to the North Bay and after a few years working two jobs and attending school, I was an MRI Technologist. I continued that rewarding career for 10 great years and began to form a passion for educating and serving the community. Soon after my first child was born I returned to Redding and to the support of my family. After my husband and I had our second child I left the workforce to be home with the kids; at the same time, I returned to school to expand my education and make a career change. When my third child turned 3 I graduated from National University with a Bachelor of Public Administration. That same month I graduated from Leadership Redding and completed an internship with Caltrans.
I am currently completing a Master of Science in Transportation Management. I have a love for education and personal development, and that is one of the reasons that I chose to join The Women’s Fund (TWF). 

The experience and education I received through the Leadership Redding program opened my eyes to the complicated challenges faced by our city, and all the amazing and dedicated humans who are champions of this community. In my search for something to round out my education goals I discovered TWF. Just like Leadership Redding, they were a part of Shasta Regional Community Foundation. I learned that TWF plans and hosts educational forums, and collaborates with local (and not-so-local) individuals and organizations. The result is deep and meaningful education, as well as inspirational moments of togetherness. I had found my people. I joined as a member. I couldn’t give time at that moment, but I could afford to give a little money, and the quarterly payments made it realistic, given we were a single income family of five. I quickly found myself wanting to do more. I wanted to serve alongside these women. With some gentle persuasion and a lot of encouragement and support from a former Chair of TWF, Denise Yergenson, I applied to a vacancy on the Cabinet. I wanted to be involved with the education and the grant-making, and to bring my experience to the table. Even more so, I wanted to learn from the women who were already at the table, doing the work and serving our great community.

I know my small contribution to TWF is meaningful, and I am gladdened that the grants provided by The Women’s Fund to organizations are all local to Shasta County. It is best said by Desmond Tutu: “[d]o your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” I would encourage everyone to just do a little bit of good, right here, where we are.

- Christina Prosperi, Cabinet Member
The Women's Fund is looking to fill a few Cabinet and Committee positions. Each July, our regular Cabinet positions come to term. This year, we have a few phenomenal women rolling off our Cabinet; as such, we are actively looking to fill a few positions! If you are interested in getting more involved with The Women's Fund, or perhaps served in the past and are ready to re-engage, please email us at reddingwomensfund@gmail.com.

Please consider joining us share your time and talents! The Women's Fund Cabinet and Committees consist of a team of dedicated women who volunteer to make the organization run smoothly while having fun. The Women’s Fund welcomes you to bring your interest, your expertise, and your heart, and apply them directly to helping your community. 

FOR A LIST OF OUR COMMITTEES, CLICK HERE .

CONTACT US HERE TO JOIN!