PRESIDENT’S NEWS BRIEF
It is the time of year that we renew our commitment to WRWCF. This will be our 10th giving cycle and we are grateful for all who have chosen to join us in our mission of pooled giving in support of the work of the Blaine County nonprofits.
Some members of WRWCF have chosen to give above the annual $1,000 annual fee. We are thankful for your generosity. Should other members wish to do so, I wanted to make you aware of the giving possibilities.
Pooled Grants Fund – the full amount would be placed in the pooled giving account for distribution that grant year.
Sprouting Fund – This account was established by a generous donor and allows new members to receive a matching donation for one year. The new member gives $500, which is matched by a $500 donation from the Sprouting Fund.
Administration Fund – Support for the operational costs of WRWCF. Examples include: membership recruitment, educational programming, support staff, workshops.
Sponsoring A Member – This could include giving the gift of a membership to a friend or relative.
Web Site Update
Leslie Silva, new Marketing Board member, meets with her committee to discuss revamping of our web site. Leslie’s committee includes: Vice-President – Joanne Wetherell; WRWCF News Brief Editor – Peggy Grove; President – Janet DeBard. The goal is to have a more user-friendly web site and coordinate design elements with Facebook and our News Brief. Expect great changes in our social media in 2015.
Leslie Silva, Janet DeBard, Joanne Wetherell, and Peggy Grove meet in Starbuck’s Vault in Ketchum. Images of Hemingway and friends highlight the background.
Dede Huish and Gayle Stevenson at the Mentor Appreciation gathering in October.
If you would like to be a mentor to a new member or would like to participate in the Mentoring Program as a new member, please contact Sheila Mells @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are entering our 10th year of grant making for WRWCF during which time over $1,250,000 has been given to local charities in support of their missions to serve the residents of Blaine County.
Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation has just begun its 2015 grant cycle. All Blaine County nonprofit organizations are invited to submit Letters of Inquiry for specific grant requests according to our criteria. For more information, please contact email@example.com. These Letters of Inquiry are due at WRWCF by October 31st.
Timeline for the Grants Process is as follows:
October 31 – Letters of Inquiry to apply for a grant are due from non-profits.
December – Committees meet to determine those LOI’s that will move to full proposal. All applicants are notified by email to inform them of their status.
January – Full grant proposals are due from those agencies selected to continue in the application process.
February – Site visits are completed. Committees evaluate the proposals.
March – Finalists are selected. Finalists present their proposals to the membership.
March/April – Membership votes on those non-profits who will receive grants from WRWCF.
Grants Committee Co-Chairs
We at WRWCF have granted funds toward the training programs of our local NAMI Foundation (National Association of Mental Illness). In 2015 our funding totaled $18,500.
Thus, we have chosen as the recommended readings for the months of October and November courageous autobiographies written by those suffering from mental illness or whose families may have incurred mental illness. These books are available to bring us to a greater understanding of those who are inflicted with this disease. Our recommendations are as follows:
The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks
Darkness Visible by William Styron
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Just Like Someone With Mental Illness Only More So by Dr. Mark Vonnegut
Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley
WRWCF Member & Avid Reader
Nonprofit Education Initiative Series
Enjoy Seminars for Our Members Focusing on New Ideas in Philanthropy
The Nonprofit Education Initiative was created to support capacity-building in nonprofit organizations in central Idaho
Executive directors, nonprofit staff members, and board members – veterans and novices – all are invited!
The seminars aim to help local nonprofits:
• strengthen organizational infrastructure
• foster a culture of professional development
• enhance relationships through networking, mentoring, and collaboration
Wednesday, January 9 2:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker: Duncan Ferguson
Develop a philosophical framework as well as specific tools to guide a meaningful strategic planning process for your organization. The presenter, Duncan Ferguson, has performed major strategic planning consultations for organizations around the world, including educational institutions in the Middle East.
Wednesday, April 10 2:30-4:30 p.m. Speaker: Carol Bowser
Learn how to cultivate a culture of authenticity and respect within your organization – among staff, board members, and volunteers. Develop a tool kit for having important conversations, and learn how to respond to requests without sacrificing relationships.The presenter, Carol Bowser, is the president of Conflict Management Strategies, Inc. She holds a law degree and has special training in mediation.
LOCATION: The College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center, Community Campus, Hailey, ID.
TUITION: Series #1 $20/session.
Partial scholarships are available through the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation
The NEI series is sponsored by Don and Marcia Liebich.
Generosity comes in many forms. WRWCF is grateful for those who give of their Time, Talent & Treasure. Each one is valuable and appreciated!
Our Mission Statement
The WRWF inspires and educates women to become leaders in philanthropy and brings significant, positive change to the community by pooling and distributing its members’ resources.
PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340
Please Welcome Our New Members for This Month:
Angenie McCleary PO Box 3065 Ketchum ID 83340 208-720-7879 firstname.lastname@example.org Roswitha Newman-Boss PO Box 4574 Ketchum ID 83340 208-788-6246 email@example.com Karen Posada 102 Mizer Gulch Rd Hailey ID 83333 208-727-7089 Doublehelix35 @gmail.com
Caryn Tyre 2777 Paradise Rd #3502 Las Vegas NV 89109 702-274-8331 firstname.lastname@example.org Kat Vanden Heuvel 1021 Red Elephant Dr. Hailey ID 83333 208-720-4556 email@example.com To update your WRWCF Directory and to add our new members who have joined from August, 2014 to November, 2014 click this link….
Events – Mark Your Calendars! Holiday Social for Members Gina Knox’s Home December 19, 2014 5:30-7:00 pm Invitations to follow
News Brief Editor Peggy Grove