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WHWF December Newsletter

Last week we officially launched a new collective giving community! This new way to give goes beyond making a donation. When you become a member of this community, you will be able to take an active role in the work of Women Helping Women Fund.

Collective giving is a rapidly growing, philanthropic movement that empowers you to give together with other like-minded people and strengthen our community in the following ways. 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.

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.

WHWF is a “No Guilt” organization – and we mean it! You can be involved at whatever level makes sense for you. No meetings or events are mandatory for members.

Join as an individual with a minimum $600 contribution (just $50/month) or gather your group and contribute $600 or more together. If you are 35 or younger, you can join as a young philanthropist for just $25/month. Learn more at


You showed your generosity in a variety of ways during GivingTuesday—whether it was helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to cause, every act of generosity was impactful.

Even though GivingTuesday is over, you can still support the work of Women Helping Women Fund! Here are some great ways you can help:

  • Become a Member: We are so excited to give you the opportunity to actively engage in our work, volunteer your time, learn about the issues facing women and children in our community, and help to choose the nonprofit programs we support. This is the best way to support our annual grantmaking effort.

  • Make a One-Time or Recurring Gift: General donations to WHWF allow us to allocate funds where they are needed most. Recurring donations at any amount can be set up so you can automatically donate monthly, quarterly, or annually.

  • Support Our Programs: WHWF has two programs you can support! One is our Vivian Winston Scholarship that awards funds to assist mothers attending local institutions of higher education. The other is through our new InstaGrants that provide $500 or more to address immediate needs in our community. To contribute to one of these causes, enter SCHOLARSHIPS or INSTAGRANT in the comments box when filling out the online donation form.

  • Spread the word by liking, sharing and commenting on our social posts.

View more ways to give here.

  • Spokane Valley Partners has raised $37K of their $50K goal for the VS. HUNGER campaign! With a 50% increase in new clients accessing the food bank due to COVID-19, your support is needed now more than ever. Donate today!

  • Due to COVID-19, this year more than ever, The Salvation Army of Spokane is seeking the public’s help this Christmas to help our most vulnerable neighbors. You can assist by sponsoring a family or through their giving tree.

  • EduCare received a $10,000 grant from Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund made possible by the CARES Act with School's Out Washington and the Washington State Department of Commerce.

  • On December 10, join Spokane United Way Emerging Leaders and Whitworth University MBA of Jingle 'n Mingle 2020! This night of virtual trivia fun includes a delicious dinner from Heritage Bar & Kitchen. Registration is $20 and proceeds of the event will benefit Joya.

  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino, is holding their annual Spa-lidays event! The entire event has been designed with optimal guest safety guidelines in place. With every bag sold, YWCA Spokane and Project Beauty Share benefit!

  • Santa Express is open online and ready to take your kiddos' orders through December 20! You can also donate to Santa Express to support Vanessa Behan’s vision to provide immediate refuge for children and aiding in strengthening families.



Did you know that your gift is eligible for a 100% tax deduction under the CARES Act legislation? The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and extended financial aid to for-profit and nonprofit businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the Paycheck Protection Program and Emergency EIDL Grants, the legislation also extended tax deductions for charitable giving... READ MORE



Thank you Numerica Credit Union for supporting WHWF as a Changemaker Partner! Together we're empowering women and children throughout Spokane County!

We're building a new kind of giving community. As we look toward the future of the organization, we are focused on providing increased value and voice to our donors, investors and corporate partners. We are asking companies to shift from being an event sponsor to an organizational partner to make a greater impact on our mission during these trying times while providing you with a more unique branding opportunity.

This year has been incredibly tough for so many businesses—we're proud of the way our community is keeping spirits up and continuing on! Please contact for next steps. We look forward to partnering with you!



12 Charities, 12 Days, $1,000 Donated Each Day. No-Li Brewhouse just announced its 12 Days of Christmas program that will see the company support 12 different local organizations, starting on December 1st and Women Helping Women Fund is one of them! We are so grateful to No-Li Brewhouse for their amazing support both of our organization and the Spokane community.



Our November Instagrant recipient was Tom's Turkey Drive. With your help, we were able to donate $500 which provided 25 meals! This year Tom's Turkey Drive met their goal of distributing 11,000 meals to families in need throughout our community. We will be announcing our December Instagrant recipient soon!


Below is a story from 2020-21 Grantee, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, about how your gift is making an impact:

“The Homework Club is a new project within the CAPA (Childbirth and Parenting Assistance) program that was created in response to schools transitioning to online learning due to COVID-19. The Homework Club provides parent support, student learning assistance and technology help. Created by Sandi Nokes, parent/volunteer education coordinator, families sign up for weekly 90-minute tutoring sessions supervised by CAPA education staff and volunteers. Students receive one-on-one support for their online learning goals.

Nokes and her team hope for the Homework Club to be a catalyst in creating positive connections for children participating in the program. In these challenging times, many children do not have a safe and secure learning environment. The Homework Club can be that place for vulnerable children in our community. Nokes and her team are actively working to connect the Homework Club throughout Catholic Charities Eastern Washington programs like St. Margaret’s Shelter and family property buildings."


Your kind heart makes it possible for local women and children to access life-changing programs when they need them the most.

We appreciate your support!


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