WOMEN'S FUND December 2017 E-NEWS
Starting Point 2.0 Students 
Take First Step Toward Economic-Security

Seven women and their children are one step closer to an economically secure future for themselves and their families after graduating from Starting Point 2.0 on Wednesday, December 6. These young moms and their pre-school children are the first to complete this collaborative program between the Women's Fund, Fox Valley Technical College and B.A.B.E.S. Child Abuse Prevention Program. The pilot program is based on the Aspen Institute's two-generation approach to addressing generational poverty by meeting the needs of the family together.

The women in the program attended workshops which included topics such as life and family strengthening skills, how to overcome mental and emotional hurdles, opportunities for employment, and how to prepare for career and college success, among many others. At the same time mothers were attending classes, their young children received age appropriate early childhood education at B.A.B.E.S. 

The program has great potential to reduce poverty in our community since 64% of the families with minor children in poverty are headed by single mothers. The purpose of the program is to prepare women to successfully complete post-secondary education leading to family supporting jobs.

Find more information on this program and the Young Women's Initiative, including how you can help, on the Women's Fund website

Save the Date! 
Women's Philanthropy Forum
March 8, 2018 | Butte des Morts Country Club

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Christine B. Whelan, author, professor and speaker, will be joining us for the Women's Philanthropy Forum this year. 

Dr. Whelan is a clinical professor in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and director of MORE: Money, Relationships and Equality. She earned a masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other national outlets. She has appeared live on television programs and radio programs across the nation.

We look forward to hearing from Christine in March. Registration for the event will begin mid-January.
Year End Stock Gifts 

Do you know you can gift stock to the Women's Fund? Giving securities  may be appropriate if:
  • You own stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares that you have held at least one year.
  • Those securities have increased significantly in value.
  • Your financial advisor suggests you rebalance your portfolio.
Please be sure to let us know if you plan to make a gift of securities and we will be happy to give you (or your financial adviser) transfer instructions. To ensure your stock gift is completed by the end of the year, we recommend that you initiate the gift by December 15. 
IRA Rollovers - As a supporting organization,   the Women's Fund is unable to receive IRA Charitable Rollovers per IRS rules and regulations. Please call Becky at 920.702.7617 to discuss how you can use your IRA to support the Women's Fund.

Women's Fund Grant Deadline
Friday, January 5, 2018

Nonprofit organizations wishing to apply for a grant from the Women's Fund must submit a preliminary application by 4:00 pm on January 5, 2018. 

The  Preliminary Grant Application, along with other important materials, can be found on our  website.

Please contact  Becky Boulanger  at (920) 702-7617 with any questions.

Women's Fund Grant Information
Don't Miss Out on Doubling Your Donation 

If you or your spouse work for an organization with a company match program, and you  made a gift to the Women's Fund this year, you may be eligible to have that gift doubled! Don't miss out on making your gift work even harder. Employer gift matches are of significant importance to nonprofit organizations like the Women's Fund.

Contact Jen if you have any questions about your gift, or need donation verification.

If you haven't made your gift to the Women's Fund there is still time! You can make great things happen for local women and girls. Donate today!