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WHWF October Newsletter

Evening of Gratitude is less than a month away! Join us in celebrating a year of collective giving with other Women Helping Women Fund members and supporters!

We will host a conversation with STCU Chief Marketing Officer, Marty Dickinson, and reveal the keynote speaker for our 30th Annual Luncheon. The more the merrier...invite a friend!

About Marty

With expertise in navigating change, leading through uncertainty, and reading an evolving environment, Marty’s success relies on opening her mind to the possibilities the future holds. As the Chief Marketing Officer at STCU she is responsible for brand marketing, community relations, government affairs and facilities. Read Marty's full bio.



Last month we held the inaugural member vote on funding focus areas for the 2022-23 grant cycle. This process gave members the opportunity to help shape funding decisions during the responsive grant process.​ We will add scoring criteria this year that aligns with the results from the funding focus vote listed in order of priority below. ​

Early Childhood Education and Childcare​

Family/Domestic Violence Resources​

Mental Health Services​​​

Housing Assistance and Homelessness Resources​

Family Support Programs ​

Food & Nutrition Security​​​

Achieve Financial Stability​​​

Education K-12 ​

Access to Higher Education and Continuing Education ​​​

Youth Enrichment​

If you missed the first vote, don't worry! Become a member and vote this spring to help determine grant finalists.



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!

  • SNAP: Last month, we sat down with SNAP for our Nonprofit Connect to learn how they serve the whole family with a commitment to providing a wide-range of accessible services for those in need. With a dedicated board, staff and volunteers, SNAP searches for long-term solutions to eliminate poverty. WATCH

  • FAMILY PROMISE OF SPOKANE: The 59 Minutes with Family Promise premiere on October 28 is an innovative and urgent virtual event hosted by Family Promise of Spokane to increase awareness of the challenges facing vulnerable families and, in response, generate funding support to create solutions in the months ahead. LEARN MORE

  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES: The leaves are falling! Join Catholic Charities for their annual Leaf Raking Blitz on Saturday, November 6 from 8:15am - 1:00pm to help seniors throughout our community. This is a great activity for individuals families and groups! Email Cyndie at for more information.

  • THE SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army is gearing up for its Annual Corporate Kettle Kick Off on November 16, 17, and 18 in Spokane. Full day, or four-hour shifts, are available. Companies can also ring a bell virtually. To register, or for more information, please contact Brian Pickering at 509-329-2740 or

  • YWCA SPOKANE: October is Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM). YWCA Spokane will provide weekly activities designed to increase awareness about Domestic Violence and arm the Spokane community with real actions that can be taken to make Spokane a safer community for all. LEARN MORE

  • VANESSA BEHAN: This year’s virtual Pumpkin Ball will include a live and silent auction, Cuisine for Kids, and Bids for Kids, along with an experience where guests can pick up meals and Fairy Tale Totes from The Davenport Grand while admiring this year’s Pumpkin Carving Contest. REGISTER



Did you know? Since its inception in 1992, WHWF has granted over $6 million to more than 500 diverse programs benefiting women and children in Spokane County. Grant recipients are funded through the generosity of our members and donors. THANK YOU for supporting our community! Collective giving makes these grants possible.

Encourage your favorite nonprofit to apply for a grant this year. The LOI application is open through October 27.



Compassionate Addiction Treatment welcomes all to their supportive Recovery Community. When we heard that they were running low on coffee and supplies, we did a little InstaGrant shopping. "Women Helping Women Fund, thank you for shopping for coffee supplies for us! Our mornings visiting over coffee is one of our community's favorite times of the day. Experiencing homelessness is traumatic. Being able to share a morning cup of coffee with friends in a safe and welcoming space - it means so much!"


Treehouse has become Washington’s leading organization addressing the academic and other essential supports of more than 7,800 youth in foster care.

Through this grant, you helped to support their Graduation Success program that works to close the high school graduation gap between youth in foster care and their peers.


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.


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