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November 2018 News Brief

By November 17, 2018July 1st, 2019Newsletter

November 2018 News Brief

Remember to Renew Your Membership for 2019!

The deadline for participating in the 2019 grants process is December 15th. Collective giving amplifies the power of each of us to support our community. Your membership renewal will help sustain our exceptional grant-making program. Here is the link for downloading the membership renewal form, with all the information you need. We need you, so don’t delay.

Preparing the Board for Strategic Planning

Photo: The Strategic Planning Task Force meets to prepare for Strategic Planning session in January.

Good governance practices for non-profit organizations include systematic attention to Strategic Planning, particularly during times of growth. With our exciting increase in membership numbers and a greater opportunity for creating impacts in our community, the WRWF Board stepped up to this ‘best practices’ model and has engaged in a new Strategic Planning process.

To begin the process, the board’s first action was to survey the entire WRWF membership and Blaine County Nonprofits, asking for input on how we can improve our already thriving and successful foundation. The response rates were terrific and your feedback was strikingly optimistic. A clear theme that was apparent in both survey responses was that we do important work in the community and, as relationships grow within the WRWF, the overall member and nonprofit experience becomes more rewarding and valuable.

The next step is for the board to come together for a full day session focused on strategic planning in early January. The goal is to ‘Think 10 Years Ahead’ and ‘Plan for 2 Years.’ The outcome of this session will be the identification of 3-5 key initiatives with executable goals and actions that will help us manage our growth and engage with our members, Blaine County Nonprofits, and the community at large. Your survey comments and recommendations will inform the board’s thinking as it works to identify and prioritize the key initiatives and develop a 2-year plan that not only focuses on strengthening our internal processes, but also continues to build our culture of collective giving and community as a whole.

We look forward to sharing more about the planning work with you in the first quarter 2019 and to further engaging with our membership as we move forward. And another huge thank you for participating in the survey – the time you took to respond will make a meaningful difference in this process.

-Terri Bullock, Social Media Chair and Vice President

Finishing Touches on the Colorado Gulch Bridge, Funded in 2017

Photo: Courtesy of the Wood River Land Trust

The WRWF awarded the Wood River Land Trust over $22,000 in 2017 to help with the cost of constructing a new pedestrian bridge in Colorado Gulch. This bridge is now adorned with metal leaf and vine artwork, which was designed by Leslie Howa. While walking Colorado Gulch, look for Hootie, the metal owl, sitting on a fence overlooking the bridge.

2018 Grantees in the Spotlight: Little Wood River, Cool and Clean Project ($9,000) and a Senior-Friendly Bathroom at The Senior Connection ($25,000)

Photo: The Little Wood River Library in Carey.

The Little Wood River Library in Carey received a face-lift over the summer, funded by the WRWF grant and supported by volunteers who donated materials and labor. The outside of the old and new building was painted, air conditioning was installed, and new roses now bloom outside. We continue to be extremely grateful for your support!
-Julie Patterson, Library Renewal Coordinator

Photo: The new senior-friendly bathroom at The Senior Connection.

The Senior Friendly Bathroom was completed at the end of August. The bathroom is handicap-accessible and able to accommodate family and caregiving assistance with a focus on mobility and dignity. This was such a needed addition to our facility and we are most grateful for the Wood River Women’s Foundation for making it all possible.
-Teresa Lipman, Executive Director, The Senior Connection

Our First Sponsor: Zion’s Bank!

Welcome to Zions’ Bank, WRWF’s very first corporate sponsor! We are pleased and proud to have the support of one of the premier financial institutions in the Wood River Valley. Zions’ sponsorship will help support our work. We are grateful for their belief in our mission and their willingness to step up and help us deliver on it.
Look for the Zions’ logo on the WRWF website and on the programs we print for our Winter Education Forum and Annual Grants Award Luncheon. We look forward to a long and productive community relationship with a terrific corporate citizen. If you happen to be in the bank, please let them know we appreciate their support! And if you have suggestions for other potential sponsors and are willing to share your relationships with corporate decision makers, please let us know — we are just getting started with our sponsorship program and are open to your help.

-WRWF Sponsorship Team: Sandy McCullough, Kit Wright, Gayle Stevenson, Joanne Wetherell

Board Leadership Attends the Women’s Collective Giving Network National Conference

Photo from Left: Sandy McCullough, Gail Landis, and Peggy Grove at WCGN in Philadelphia.

The WRWF is a member of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmaker’s network (WCGN), a national organization comprising 65 of our sister collective giving organizations from across the country. Every 18 months, WCGN holds a conference and its most recent – WE THE WOMEN – brought together 350 women in Philadelphia over three days in October.
Peggy Grove, Gail Landis and Sandy McCullough attended for WRWF. Peggy and Sandy were also presenters. Peggy co-led a standing room only breakout session on Enhancing the Membership Experience complete with slides showing many of you, our WRWF members, in action. Sandy led a sold-out session on Why Creating a Cohesive Culture Matters.
WCGN is an amazing resource for all of us. Our three board members found the learning and networking experience invaluable. Women’s collective giving is a rapidly growing philanthropic force and the conference presented opportunities for formal and informal networking with groups based on shared characteristics and mutual interests, which ranged from the size of membership, to being housed at a community foundation, to innovative grant making, to creating a pipeline of future leaders.
The next conference will be a wonderful opportunity for all members of the WRWF to attend, as it will be nearby in Seattle in February 2020. Keep your eye out for future information on this conference; the wisdom and energy of hundreds of women working toward building a common philanthropic culture is inspiring! The WRWF is proud to be part of the women’s collective giving wave.
-Gail Landis, Governance Chair
-Sandy McCullough, Communications Chair
-Peggy Grove, President

Securing our Future

Photo of The President’s Council, from left: Janet DeBard, Peggy Grove, Barbara Thrasher, Joanne Wetherell, and Marcia Liebich.

Our recent extraordinary growth in WRWF membership has created a need for a consistent long-term source of administrative funds. Beginning with an anonymous $25,000 gift, the Board voted to create an Endowment. The Wood River Women’s Foundation Endowment was formed in 2017 to assure we can fulfill our mission in perpetuity. Endowment assets are permanently restricted and designated to support the Foundation’s operations.
The President’s Council, an advisory arm to the Board, partnered with the Board on the formation and fundraising of the Endowment. We are happy to report strong support – with almost one third of our members pledging over $650,000 in the first two years. They were joined by non-members with memorial and tribute gifts to the Endowment.
With growth comes responsibility to meet rising costs of operation. The Wood River Women’s Foundation Endowment will support these expenditures so that we can continue to offer engagement with our membership and support for our operations.
Please consider a gift to the Endowment – both new gifts and additional gifts from those who have contributed are greatly appreciated! The form can be accessed here.
Endowments are often part of a philanthropists’ planned giving strategy. To help us understand these options and opportunities for WRWF members, The Education Committee will offer small group informational meetings on the topic of ‘tax-advantaged giving.’ Gail Landis, our Board Governance Chair, will lead these gatherings. Watch for announcements of these sessions.
A heartfelt thank-you!
-Janet DeBard, Chair, President’s Council


November Meet & Mingle – Members and guests gathered at the Konditerei in Sun Valley village on November 8th. Guests are always welcome for these social gatherings.

Upcoming Events:
December 6th, Focus Forum – 4:00 PM at Hailey Elementary School Library. With School Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes, who will lead a discussion of the actions the BCSD is taking to address the economic, educational, and social inequalities that characterize our community, with a focus on the achievement gaps. Members and guests welcome. No RSVP, no fee.

December 13th, WRWF Annual Holiday Social, 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Penny Weiss’s Home at 10 River Sage Court, East Fork. Members & Guests Invited. Fee $20 per person. Please RSVP here.

Look for these flags outside WRWF events.

DREAMING BIG AND BOLD, from Our President, Peggy Grove

Photo: Peggy at WCGN conference in Philadelphia.

If you are reading this WRWF News Brief, you are already part of the women’s collective giving wave. You are dreaming big and bold.
One of our intriguing news organizations of today, the Huffington Post, founded by Arianna Huffington who is now the CEO of Thrive Global, and who spoke to Sun Valley audiences this past year, recently posted an article about this wave of giving by women. In the article entitled Why Collective Giving Works For All Generations of Women, Virginia Mills says there is a new form of “high-impact grant making that is growing exponentially around the country. It is called collective giving and it is especially appealing to woman. Historically, women donors have supported organizations with small, individual donations. The collective giving model is different. It changes the paradigm on women’s giving. It pools individual dollars to make significantly larger grants allowing women of all levels of wealth to participate in big gifts…There is a difference between responding with an individual $100 donation and being part of a $25,000 or $100,000 grant to an organization. These larger grants can move the needle on issues. And women are creating these organizations in order to transform their communities.”
“Collective giving also speaks to several emotional drivers of women: creating relationships and community as well as working together for common causes.”
Another article had the powerful title, The Power of Giving Circles: Rocket Fuel for the Future of Philanthropy. As I look at all of you at our Educational Focus Groups, at our M&M’s, and at all events where we come together, I see the wave of women who are empowered to enter into the realm of collective giving. We are women who are dreaming big and bold. We are the rocket fuel for the future of collective giving.
Peggy Grove, Ph.D.
WRWF President

Peggy Grove, President

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Mark Your Calendar:

Thursday, December 6th, 4pm

Focus Forum

Hailey Elementary School Library. Members and guests welcome. No RSVP, no fee.

Thursday, December 13th, 5pm

WRWF Annual Holiday Social

Penny Weiss’s home at 10 River Sage Court, East Fork. Members and guests invited. Fee $20 per person. Please RSVP here.

Thursday, January 24th, 5-6:30pm

Meet & Mingle

Christine Warjone Studio

Thursday, February 7th (Time TBA)

Winter Educational Forum with Teresa Younger, Executive Director of the Ms. Foundation

The Community Library

Tuesday, March 5th, 1-5pm

Grant Finalists Presentations

The Community Library


Welcome New Members

Jenni Riley
Ketchum, ID


News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats


Judy Cahill

Charlotta Harris