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WHWF September Newsletter

Our Collective Giving Members are at the tail end of the inaugural member vote. Members are voting on funding focuses (like mental health services, food security, childcare, etc.) that will help to shape the funding areas of the grant cycle kicking off later this month. Become a member by 9/6 to make your voice heard!

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. Membership starts at just $25 per month!



You're invited to celebrate collective giving with other WHWF supporters on October 21 from 5:30-6:30pm! We will also reveal the keynote speaker for our 30th Annual Luncheon.

This celebration is made possible thanks to STCU!



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!

  • OLIVE CREST: Have you heard about Safe Families for Children? It is a volunteer-based program that addresses the needs of families in crisis. Children are placed into screened "safe homes" so that moms can get the help they need, without threat of losing custody.

  • TRANSITIONS: The 2021 People Who Care event is going virtual on October 14 at 12pm. To celebrate the 30th year of Women's Hearth, you'll hear from Hearth alumnae and a University professor who recently did research on the Hearth's drop-in model.

  • SPOKANE VALLEY PARTNERS: The Food For Thought Backpack Program provides hungry children with healthy meals all through the school year. $15 dollars a month, or a one-time donation of $180 provides a school year worth of meals for one child–which makes all the difference.

  • NAMI SPOKANE: September is suicide prevention month. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. NAMI will highlight information and resources all month long.

  • LUMEN HIGH SCHOOL: From supply drives to painting, community events to social media… Lumen HS and Early Learning Center can always use volunteers! They welcome those who are excited about their mission and want to contribute.

  • FEAST WORLD KITCHEN: Learn more about Abdulkareem, Zubia, Patricia, and Omy - four community chefs who are sharing their stories and making connections through food - in this article about Feast in The Inlander.



WHWF donors and members of the Collective Giving Community made it possible to provide TWO InstaGrants in August! Thank you!

We gave a $500 InstaGrant to Mujeres in Action for Circulo de Apoyo. It is the first support group in Spanish for Latinx women in Spokane with a focus on building resilience and providing tools to women, some of which may be survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

We purchased 20 bike helmets for children at Hutton Settlement. Hutton Settlement provides safe and healthy living opportunities for children, ages 5 to 18, in need of a long-term alternative home.



On September 21, from 12:00pm-1:00pm we are hosting a virtual grant information session with an optional Q&A session from 1:00pm-1:30pm.

Interested representatives from community 501(c)3 organizations that support women and/or children are encouraged to attend.

The session will cover eligibility, key dates, how to apply, and required information.


YWCA Spokane has helped women and children overcome social, economic, racial, and personal barriers to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Through this grant, you helped to fund Mobility Mentoring®–a coaching method where coaches partner with participants to acquire the resources, skills, and behavior changes necessary to improve their economic independence.


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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