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Give Like a Woman

This May, Women Helping Women Fund will bring together friends and supporters for our beloved Spring gathering in Spokane. If you have joined us in the past for our Annual Luncheon, we’re excited to invite you to join us again for our newly envisioned event, Give Like a Woman!

Statistics now show what we’ve really known all along -- that women across all income levels, races, ethnicities, and generations are more likely to give –and when we give, give more. We’re also more likely to support causes we care about through volunteering. As women we give with our hearts, and allow empathy and intuition to guide our decision-making.

Anyone can give like a woman. If you are passionate about creating meaningful change in the lives of local women and children, this event is for you!”

We’ll also provide an update on the first State of Women and Children in Spokane County, the SWAC 2.0, at this year’s event. This report and dashboard compile the region’s most comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data into one singular report illustrating the most critical issues facing women and children in our region.

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Shiza Shahid- World renowned impact leader, entrepreneur, investor, technologist, and activist. She co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO, focusing on creating access to high-quality education for all children around the world.

In 2019, Shiza and two cofounders launched direct-to-consumer kitchenware company, Our Place. The company, created in partnership with immigrant communities, aims to address the lack of cookware options for multiethnic American kitchens. Shiza is passionate about the future of technology and the powerful impact it can have on people’s lives and actively invests in startups that have the potential to advance humanity.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Spokane Convention Center

Your ticket includes admission to:

Pre-Party: 2:30-4:00pm

Program: 4:00-5:00pm

After-Party: 5:00-6:30pm

Two quick notes:

1. Purchase a ticket now and then make plans with the rest of your group to arrive early for the Pre-Party or stay after the program for the after-party.

2. 100% of your donation will go toward grants and scholarships in Spokane County.

Are you interested in a complimentary ticket? Join the Giving Circle with a monthly pledge of $50 and receive free admission to this event.  Sign up here! 


1. What is Women Helping Women Fund?

A nonprofit founded in 1992 by six pioneering women passionate about developing a philanthropic fund focused on improving the lives of women and children in Spokane County. Their legacy continues today with a board of directors and staff who bring their collective experience and enthusiasm together with other funders, business, nonprofits, and a community of strategic givers to elevate the needs of women and children in our community.  

2. What is a Giving Circle?

Women are the driving force behind a revolutionary new way to give back. Giving Circles are more than just charity - they're about creating meaningful connections and enriching our personal lives while doing good for the greater community. Whether you're donating your time, money, or resources, giving back is an act of strength and kindness that can't be matched. When we pool our resources through collective giving, we make bigger, better, more informed impact!

3. How do I join?

Make a pledge of $25 or $50/month today. Let’s pool our giving to create a bigger impact!

4. What does WHWF do?

With nearly $7 million in grant funding to more than 600 nonprofit programs and scholars, we’re just getting started. And we're not alone - giving circles powered by women are taking the philanthropy world by storm. These circles bring individuals together to support causes they care about, volunteer their time, and learn about the unique needs of their communities. Together, they create lasting social good and make a larger impact than they could alone.

5. What is the State of Women and Children report/dashboard?

The overarching goal of this project and request is to help our community strategically and pointedly focus on areas of greatest needs – areas where we can go upstream and impact change collectively. The requested funding will help underwrite the State of Women and Children in Spokane County report and dashboard (SWAC 2.0). The SWAC 2.0 report and dashboard compile the region’s most comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data into one singular report to illustrate the most critical issues facing women and children in our region.

6. Why is the State of Women and Children Report useful?

This collaborative report will present data by ethnicity, age, and other factors, and highlight key disparities that fuel historical underrepresentation, marginalization, and barriers to health and well-being. The report will be used widely by nonprofits, service providers, public entities, educational institutions, leaders, and more to inform how our community should target resources and address our greatest challenges.

7. Who are “Our Girls”?

In the summer of 2022, WHWF convened a steering committee of local women—mothers, daughters, sisters, scientists, scholars, service providers, neighbors, friends, and advocates—to explore our community’s strengths, concerns, and needs, and to identify topics for deeper inquiry. We are grateful to the many women who contributed their stories and viewpoints to provide a more complete, humanized understanding of the figures, charts, and trends presented in this report. Many of these perspectives are woven into the report by featuring “Our Girls,” fictitious characters representing real women whose stories help us to understand the societal, community, family, and individual factors that create and hinder their opportunities. 


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