A Message from the President
Welcome spring! We started off 2019 with Educational and Service Programs, the careful analysis and fund distribution for Empowerment Grants, and continued work on our new strategic plan to guide the future of WIL. We hope you enjoy reading about these activities in this spring newsletter.
Our Educational Programs this spring included a presentation by The Chain Collaborative: a nonprofit committed to changing the paradigm of development in the coffee sector with training, programmatic and infrastructure support to shift power back to the local communities. This was followed by a presentation by Heifer International and their mission to provide livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle for reliable sources of food and income. Our next program, on April 25th, is "Identifying and Cultivating Women in Leadership," and details are included in this newsletter.
Our most important initiative of 2019 to date, however, if our Annual Fund drive. As you know, we are not planning a major event this year. Instead, we are asking each of you to support this drive and help us reach our goal. We are 80% towards reaching our goal and we need
to participate and put us over the top! We must reach this goal in order to provide microfinance banks, empowerment grants, service and the educational programming that defines WIL in Philadelphia and beyond.