96% said that a Women's Fund would improve Quality of Life. 90% said they would participate in The Women's Fund of Warren County."
-- A recent survey to nearly 500 women in Warren County
The Women’s Fund of Warren County has been established by the Warren County Foundation to involve Warren County women in philanthropy. The Mission of the Women’s Fund is to be the leading advocate through funding of change for women and girls in Warren County. The Fund invests in systems change and programs that improve the lives of women and children in the County. The plan includes engaging women in both the giving and the decision-making process to support Warren County non-profits through grants.
The Women’s Fund is not its own 501(c)(3) organization. The Warren County Foundation is the non-profit entity and has the legal and fiduciary obligations for the Women’s Fund operations.
The Women’s Fund of Warren County is a separate sub-organization operated by the Fund’s Leadership Council. The Leadership Council includes elected officers for Chair; Chair-Elect; Secretary/Treasurer; and Past Chair; and the Chairs of the working committees of the Women’s Fund. Officers and committee members are individuals who have joined the Women’s Fund with three-year financial commitments.
The current working committees include: Governance; Membership; Program; and Grant Review. The Governance Committee is establishing the mode of operations for the Fund and will evaluate the ongoing operations of the Fund. The Membership Committee will promote the Fund and organize ongoing recruitment of new members. The Program Committee will establish the meeting schedule for the Fund and facilitate educational programs, social opportunities and community programs. The Grant Review Committee will review grant proposals, narrow and submit proposals to the entire membership for voting, and oversee the grantmaking process. The Grants Review Committee shall not include any member who is a grant applicant.
Members of the Women’s Fund of Warren County are meeting on June 5. The Metrics for Women in Warren County and other data from the At-Risk Youth Summit on May 10 will be reviewed. A request for proposals will be designed and distributed to non-profit organizations looking for programs that address the identified issues. The Women’s Fund will meet again in September to review proposals and hear from selected non-profits. Members will then vote on the distribution of grant(s).
The Women’s Fund of Warren County met on June 5.
Bobbie Grice is the first chair of the Women’s Fund.
Jane Conn, Executive Director, Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter, presented “Metrics for Women in Warren County”.