About Collective Giving
Collective giving is a rapidly growing, philanthropic movement that empowers you to give together with other like-minded people and strengthen our community. The perks of membership include:
Vote each year to help choose which issues will be the focus of the grant cycle and which nonprofit organizations will receive support with the pooled contributions.
Participate in learning and engagement opportunities to deepen your understanding and help you make informed decisions during the voting process.
Learn & Engage
Pool your contribution with others to make an even greater impact. Through collective giving, you help to award grants of $10,000+ to benefit many local nonprofits.
Your Dollars in Action
Women Helping Women Fund provides funds to programs in the Spokane community that ensure women and children have opportunities to reach their highest potential. As the organization has grown, we have been able to do more with your dollars. During our annual grant cycle, we scrutinize financial statements, review metrics, and identify the organizations best equipped to meet the needs of women and children.
Inaugural Membership Options
WHWF is a “No Guilt” organization – and we mean it! There is no required time commitment and your vote is a perk of your membership. We offer different ways to be engaged. You can be involved at whatever level makes sense for you. No meetings or events are mandatory for members. See our FAQs section below for more information.
A minimum $600 contribution is made annually (just $50/month!) and you receive one vote twice a year during the grant cycle. You are also invited to participate in our learning and engagement opportunities.
Gather your group and contribute $600 or more together! Your group will receive one vote collectively twice a year during the grant cycle. All group members are invited to participate in our learning and engagement opportunities.
Young Philanthropist Membership
Membership for young philanthropists (YPs) is just $25/month! This membership option is open to those 35 years of age or younger at the time of sign up. Both the individual and group membership options are open to YP’s at $25/month.
Can I donate to WHWF without becoming a member?
Absolutely! You can make a one-time or recurring donation by visiting whwfspokane.org/donate.
Will WHWF still host the Annual Luncheon?
Of course! We love the opportunity to bring our supporters together each year. While the event may look different in 2021, we promise to bring back the in-person event as soon as it is safe for all participants.
What is the time commitment required for members?
WHWF is a “No Guilt” organization – and we mean it! There is no required time commitment and your vote is perk of your membership. We offer different ways to be engaged. You can be involved at whatever level makes sense for you. No meetings or events are mandatory for members.
Do I have to be invited to join as a member? Is membership open to men?
Everyone is invited! Membership is open to all.
Is my membership contribution tax deductible?
Yes! All contributions to WHWF are fully tax-deductible.
Can I use a matching gift to pay for my membership?
Absolutely, and you will still earn all the benefits of membership. Simply indicate the name of the matching entity and amount in the comment section during signup.
Can I contribute more than $600? Are there any benefits if I contribute more than $600?
We love working with generous givers! The more you give, the more we help our community! And if you give more than $2,500, you are invited join the Pioneer Circle and receive special benefits.
How can I join the Pioneer Circle?
Do I have to renew my membership each year?
Your membership will automatically renew each year. A month before your membership will renew, our office will contact you via your preferred communication method to remind you that your membership is about to renew. You will also have the option to cancel you membership at that time.
When will my contribution be used to fund grants?
Contributions made through May 30, 2021 will be dispersed in June 2021 during the 2020-21 grant cycle. Contributions made after May 30, 2021 will be dispersed in June 2022 during the 2021-22 grants cycle.
Grant Cycle Questions
How much experience do I need to participate in the grants process?
None! We provide the training and information that you need to make effective, informed decisions as part of our grants process.
How do I sign up to participate in the grants process?
All members will receive invitations via email for all stages of our annual grants process – so keep an eye on your inbox and make sure to add us to your Safe Senders list!
When will a be able to participate in the grants process?
Members who join this year will participate in the 2020-21 grant cycle since our current grant cycle is already underway. Below is an overview of the next 18 months (click the photo to expand).
Group Membership Questions
I have formed a group. What now?
Does each group need to have a group captain?
Yes, because we use group captains to ensure all members receive information during the annual grants cycle and group captains will vote on behalf of all group members twice a year.
How does voting as a group work?
Before each vote, we ask that your group comes together (virtually or in person) to come to a concensus about how you all would like to vote collectively. We will then send the electronic ballot to your group member designated as group captain. Your group captain will vote for the group.