Dear members and friends of The Women's Fund,
Women and families in our community are more vulnerable right now than at any other time in the 10-year grantmaking history of The Women's Fund. Now, more than ever, our collective gifts of time, talent, and treasure are needed to provide vital support to our non-profit partners.
Social distancing and drastic business changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic are hitting everyone hard. We recognize that through it all, our grantees will still be serving this community to the extent they can, and still needing to cover their operational expenses in the face of extreme uncertainty about where funding will come from over the next few months.
We are currently in the process of connecting with our grantees, past and present, about their needs, and will be making special COVID-19 emergency grants. We are reviewing our grantmaking options to understand how we might support local relief efforts when we have a better idea of where the need is greatest. Expediting grant funds, extending spending deadlines, considering an agency’s changing needs - all are under discussion. Our members have an important role to play in this process as we communicate the information we receive and request participation in assessing which needs The Women's Fund can address.
What are your concerns for our community right now? What needs are you hearing about from the nonprofits you follow?
We are in this together, for the long haul, and we want to hear from you.
Please reach out and tell us how you're doing.
Let’s meet this moment with same spirit of hope that launched this organization just over a decade ago. Hope has sustained us through the years of investing in, and caring for, our community. It is with hope that we’ll continue the work of helping women and their families during this critical time.
Lori McNeill, Cabinet Chair
The Women's Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation