The Women’s Fund Awards $48,000 in grants

Author: Denise Yergenson

The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation celebrated nine years of collective philanthropy on October 17, 2018 by awarding grants totaling $45,000 to three local non-profit organizations. The grant recipients were announced at The Women’s Fund’s Annual Membership Celebration held in Redding. The focus area for this year’s grant funding was Developing Economic Opportunities which was chosen as usual by members of The Women’s Fund’s during the semi-annual May voting cycle. Developing Economic Opportunities supports women who have a vision and need help taking steps to reach that goal, creating economic opportunities for women and/or developing skills to increase financial solvency.

The grant winners for 2018 are:

Pennies on Purpose – $12,500 to provide financial literacy programs to children in Redding area schools.

Empire Recovery Center – $12,500 to provide tuition and educational assistance to women interns working to become drug and alcohol counselors.

California Heritage YouthBuild Academy – $20,000 to fund a Job Development Trainer position to connect female students to work opportunities, assist with programming, and provide transportation to female students.

Annual grant making provides funding to local non-profit organizations and public entities to improve the lives of women and families in the greater Redding area. The Grant Committee solicits member input to form focus areas and members vote each May to select the focus area that will guide grant making for the upcoming year. Local non-profits and public entities are invited to apply for funding through The Women’s Fund each summer.

In addition to learning the grant award winners for 2018, the audience also participated in a new grant funding mechanism called The Member’s Choice Bonus Award, a $3,000 grant voted on by the membership at the event and presented to Children First Foster Family Agency.

“It is exciting and rewarding not only to award $45,000 to three very deserving grantees, but to also initiate the new Members’ Choice Bonus Award of an additional $3,000 to help one of last year’s grantees continue their service to our community.”, said Lori McNeill, Chair of The Women’s Fund. “Every year at the annual event it is so wonderful to hear success stories from those groups who benefited from the collective giving of The Women’s Fund Membership.”

For more information on joining The Women’s Fund, please visit our webpage.