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WHWF December Newsletter



Looking Ahead to 2022


Last year, Women Helping Women Fund (WHWF) supporters helped fund numerous efforts toward empowering local women and children including awarding over $300,000 in responsive grants, $6,000 in InstaGrants, and $15,000 in scholarships to young mothers. Thank you for making these milestone accomplishments possible!


We plan to accomplish all of this and more in 2022, including - 

  • Releasing an updated State of Women and Children report

  • Hosting the Annual Benefit Luncheon on May 17 and celebrating our 30th anniversary

  • Collaborating with community partners to strengthen quality, affordable childcare options

  • Increasing InstaGrants to $12,000 given throughout the year 

  • Offering more education and volunteer opportunities to connect with nonprofits

We hope that you will join us for another impactful year by joining our Collective Giving Community or making a gift today!


Collective Giving Membership - Members support the grant pool, learn about the issues, see the work in action, and vote to help make funding decisions. LEARN MORE


One-Time or Recurring Gift - Anyone who is passionate about our mission can make a donation. These contributions help to support our work in the community! GIVE TODAY


Membership contributions and donations are tax deductible.

 

GRANTEE UPDATES


Your donation helped to fund 16 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!

  • VANESSA BEHAN CRISIS NURSERY: Vanessa Behan's Santa Express Store is now open for the 2021 holiday season through December 23! They are back with in-person shopping at River Park Square. Kiddos can still shop virtually at on the Santa Express website too! SHOP

  • SALVATION ARMY: On December 4, every $20 donation placed in a local Salvation Army Red Kettle or donated online, will be matched up to $25,000 by an anonymous donor. This longstanding global tradition helps millions each year - and all donations stay local! MORE INFO

  • SNAP: SNAP is conducting a digital divide survey to better serve our neighbors' needs. By taking this quick survey, you're also helping your neighbors. Complete ASAP and be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card. VIEW SURVEY

  • MORNING STAR BOY'S RANCH: MSBR is looking for sponsors to help bring a little more joy to Christmas for the boys at Morning Star! When you sign up to sponsor a boy, you receive a list of their "Favorites", shop for gifts they would like, then deliver them unwrapped to Morning Star! To sign up, email msbr@msbranch.org

  • CAREER PATH SERVICES: Career Path Services is a workforce development and employment training 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered locally and they are hiring for multiple positions in Spokane! If you want to make an impact and help others in the community develop their success story, they want to talk to you! VIEW JOBS

  • TRANSITIONS: Each year, Transitions' program directors look at what is most needed by the women and children participating in their six programs and create a wish list. Make Transitions a part of your holiday tradition this year by giving a gift for someone in need (items in bold are the most needed). VIEW LIST

 

VOLUNTEERING: We were thrilled to help Second Harvest Inland Northwest prepare for Tom's Turkey Drive last month. We bagged potatoes and carrots that were included in the Thanksgiving boxes distributed to families in need.



EDUCATION: We had the opportunity to speak with Create Your Statement Founder and Executive Director, Jenny Moeller. The organization's mission is to promote healthy relationships, leadership and character development among today’s youth to prevent relationship and dating abuse. WATCH



INSTAGRANT: Our most recent InstaGrant recipient is Head Start to the Construction Trades. This program provides training that helps individuals improve their lives and kick-start their new construction career. The $500 InstaGrant was used for PPE such as hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, and vests that the participants would be allowed to keep.


 

ALLOCATIONS


Thank you to all of the wonderful nonprofit programs that submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) for funding. Twenty-one organizations have been invited to submit the full grant application.

Funding requests from LOI applicants totaled over $700,000. The need in our community is great. Collective Giving Members, donors, and corporate partners make these grants possible. We look forward to expanding our impact in 2022 and beyond with your support!

 

Lumen High School is a public charter school that is committed to empowering two generations by providing high academic standards, a specialized early learning center and wrap around supports to meet the layered needs of teen parents in Spokane County.

With this grant, you helped provide Learning and Brain Training that incorporates the aspects of social emotional, attachment, and interpersonal neurobiology. You also helped to provide on-site consulting sessions with Circle of Security for their staff and students.



 

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.