Starting in 2021-22, members of our collective giving community will start making their voices heard during the annual grants process. It all kicks off this month with a vote on funding focuses (like mental health, food insecurity, affordable childcare, etc.) that will help to shape the funding areas of the grant cycle. In the spring, members will vote again to help decide the nonprofit programs that will receive grant funding for 2022-23. Join before 9/6 to be included in the first vote! Along with voting twice each grant cycle, members support the grants pool financially, learn about the issues through education sessions throughout the year, and see the work in action during engagement activities (site tours, volunteer opportunities, donation drives). There is no required time commitment and your vote is a perk of your membership. We offer different ways to be engaged at whatever level makes sense for you. No meetings or events are mandatory for members. We offer three levels for membership:
Includes a complimentary Annual Luncheon admission, and an invite to the fall Member Appreciation event.
Includes a complimentary Annual Luncheon admission, and an invite to the fall Member Appreciation event and a VIP event.
If $50/month is too much of a stretch for you, we also offer the Exploring Membership. Members at this level receive a half vote each grant cycle (two voting windows per cycle) and will receive an invite to the fall Member Appreciation event.
Your donation helped to fund 17 grants this year to nonprofits who are providing important programs for women and children in our community. Here are updates from some of our grantees. Enjoy!
The YWCA: The Pathways Forward series was recently launched to begin having progress-minded conversations as we enter the post-pandemic world. Watch the recording of the first conversation of the series and register for the next one on 10/28.
VANESSA BEHAN: Even though Vanessa Behan isn't able to hold Cheers for Kids in person this year, you can still support their work by participating in their online auction. If you would rather make a gift to help them reach their fundraising goal please click here.
WEST CENTRAL COMMUNITY CENTER: Registration is open for West Central Community Center's before and after-school program. They offer numerous opportunities for youth to participate in fun, active & educational activities in a safe and nurturing environment.
TREEHOUSE: Every kid deserves to feel prepared to begin the school year. Host or donate to a back-to-school donation drive through Treehouse to ensure that no child in foster care goes without the essentials to succeed.
WCFR: Help connect with teens who are rising leaders, passionate about their community, and want to make a difference with others. WCFR is recruiting teen leadership board members right now for the 2021-2022 school year.
TRANSITIONS: Two open positions are available at Transitions. The first is for a Housing Support Specialist at Women's Hearth and the second opening is a part time House Coordinator at Miryam's House.
JULY INSTAGRANT UPDATE
This summer, the Spokane Parks Foundation is providing free open swim opportunities and reduced cost swim lessons throughout Spokane County.
We want to acknowledge this nonprofit's passion for our parks by gifting them with 30 youth lifejackets to help keep our kids safe at the pool. WHWF donors and members of the collective giving community.... you made this possible.
For our July Nonprofit Connect, Geneva sat down with with Sabrina Votava, Executive Director of FailSafe for Life. They talked about suicide prevention, mental health, and the impactful work FailSafe for Life is doing in to end suicide attempts and deaths in our community.
If you, or someone you know is in crisis, visit the FailSafe for Life website for a list of resources at failsafeforlife.org/resources
Thanks to you, WHWF was able to support the new Family Promise of Spokane Family Infant House with a $44,000 grant. We were excited to be part of the ribbon cutting last month! Learn more about the new space here.
Thank you to these major corporate partners who help to extend the reach and expand the impact of our mission! View all corporate partners here.