Join us for a GIVING WoMN Small Grp Event on 4-14-2019

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Members and guests are welcome to attend a small group gathering on 4/14/2019

On Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2pm Josie Tober and Roseanne Cheng are hosting a small group gathering at Josie’s home in Edina. The executive director of Emma Norton Services will be discussing their organization and their use of our February 2018 grant to them. An emailed invitation was sent to members with information.

About our grant To Emma Norton Services:

The mission of Emma Norton Services is to provide transformational housing for homeless women and families on the journey of recovery. Most of the women served are also challenged with mental illness. GIVING WoMN Funding helped grow a new service model which continues support as women and families move to permanent housing after being at ENS. In addition to extending stabilization services, this new model also provides beds sooner for additional homeless women. County/State funding which can applied for after service delivery will help sustain the program going forward. 

Small group gatherings are events held in private homes throughout the year that spotlight one of our prior grant recipients in a casual, friendly gathering with food and refreshments. These gatherings serve as a great way to get to know fellow members and introduce friends and neighbors so they get a feel for what GIVING WoMN is all about. It is also a great opportunity to meet one of our grant recipients and learn what they were able to accomplish as a result of our grant.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Roseanne at 650-213-6181 or .

GIVING WoMN Announces February 2019 Grants of $137,000

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ANNOUNCING OUR LATEST GIVING WoMN GRANTS! We had a fun and educational event at YWCA on Tuesday 2/26 where we not only learned about the YWCA and their Girls Inc. Eureka! STEM Program, but we also announced our 2019 grant recipients!

Since our first grants in 2006, GIVING WoMN a group of approximately 100 women, has donated over $1,506,000 dollars to Twin Cities community-enriching programs. This year we are making 8 grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 and totaling $137,000. Grant projects/organizations and amounts are determined based on member votes/rank and our published funding principles (available on the Grants tab on our website).

Here are this year’s grant recipients:

  • Breaking Free: $35,000
  • Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: $25,000
  • Guild Inc. Youth Mental Health Program: $17,000
  • Washburn Center For Children In-Home Therapy Program: $15,000
  • Treehouse, Treehouse Next Program: $15,000
  • Cristo Rey AP Course Expansion Program: $10,000
  • St. David’s Center for Child/Family Dev.: Harmon Center: $10,000
  • KIPP MN, KIPP Through College Program: $10,000

GIVING WoMN is also thankful for our partnership with The Collabrium, who volunteer their services to provide coaching to each of our grant recipients! In addition to their grant, GIVING WoMN grant recipients also receive the benefit of organizational development!

Bring a Friend for a casual small group GW event – January

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Small Group Gathering in Edina – THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE HELD ON TUESDAY JANUARY 15.

On January 15, 2019, Ready Set Smile, a February 2017 GIVING WoMN grant recipient will be reporting back at an event co-hosted by PK Kriha and Sharon Secor.

All members are welcome as are their guests. The event will take place starting at 6:30 pm at Sharon’s home, 5008 Ridge Rd, Edina, MN 55436. Please contact PK at  or Sharon at  for more information or to RSVP.

You may also contact GIVING WoMN Communications at .

Come to the 10th Annual GIVING WoMN Eye Opener, Saturday 11/3

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You won’t want to miss the 10th Annual Eye-Opener on Saturday November 3rd. We have an important topic, amazing presenters, tasty breakfast and a beautiful venue at the Minikahda Club.

Please join us for “Affordable Housing: It’s More Than Just a Home”

Where would you be without the safety and security of your home? We will offer a panel of distinguished experts including:

  • Anne Mavity, Executive Director of Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Deidre Schmidt, President & CEO of CommonBond Communities.  

They will lead the discussion as we delve into the topic of Affordable Housing and help us understand what is being done on a state level to supply more options as well as what we can do to help those in need. We will also hear first-hand from someone who has be affected by this issue.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Registration and Breakfast 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Program: 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Minikahda Club, 3205 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55416

WHO: GIVING WoMN members and guests are invited free of charge

Invite your friends and come be part of the conversation as we all learn what role we can take to help. RSVPs can be submitted now until Tuesday, October 30th with information emailed to members or by emailing us at info@givingwomn.org.

Click Here for a printable invite you can share with guests.If you are interested in helping with this event in any way, please contact Kaari Miller at  or Renee Macomber at .

GIVING WoMN Summer 2018 Updates

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Summer is here and it is a busy time for GIVING WoMN.  A few reminders:

  1. Grant Nominations are currently OPEN and close on Saturday June 30 at midnight.  As a reminder, only Twin Cities serving organizations nominated by our members can enter our grants process for our next grants in February 2019.  Information about nominations was in the June Newsletter emailed to all members.
  2. We have an upcoming Small Group Gathering in St. Louis Park on Tuesday July 17 hosted by Lynn Giovanelli and Laurie Hassenstab.  Boys and Girls Club will be reporting back about our 2017 grant to them for their reading program with Groves Academy.  RSVP to one of the hostesses with contact information included in the June Newsletter or by emailing us at info@givingwomn.org. These events are a great casual, low-pressure way to introduce friends to GIVING WoMN.  Join in on the fun!
  3. All members are welcome to serve on our Grants Team and help prioritize our grants candidates based on our criteria for the all-member vote next January.  Work begins this fall and involves attending 4 key meetings and some work individually scheduled.  If you are interested, please contact Mary Weber or Mary Routhieaux, our Grants Team Co-chairs.
  4. Mark your calendar for our Fall Events:
    1. GW Fall Education Event at Youth Farm on Tuesday evening 9/11/2018.
    2. Annual GW Eye Opener breakfast symposium: “Affordable Housing: It is more than just a Home” Saturday November 3, 2018.

Small Group Gathering – in Victoria with Sheridan Story -Bring Friends!

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Calling all GIVING WoMN members!  Have a friend whom you would like to introduce to GIVING WoMN in a low-pressure, casual setting and meet one of our past grant recipients?

On Thursday, May 10th – Sheridan Story will be presenting at Laura Moore’s home in Victoria MN with Barb Hallowell co-hosting. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Laura at or GIVING WoMN Communications at  for more information.

Congrats all members and our latest GIVING WoMN Grant Recipients!

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We are Very Pleased to Announce Our 2018 Grant Recipients

Thank you to all GIVING WoMN members all for your engagement and involvement over the past year, helping to make our community stronger! And thank you to all our members who voted in our recent ballot!

We had a fun and educational event at Perspectives on Tuesday 2/27 at which we not only learned more about Perspectives and their Children’s Mental Health program that we funded 2 years ago, but we also announced our grant recipients who will be receiving their grants from us in upcoming weeks.

Since our first grants were made in 2006, including this year’s recipients, we will have donated over $1,369,000 dollars to Twin Cities community-enriching programs. This year we are making 6 Community grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 and totaling $128,000. Grant projects/organizations and amounts are determined based on member votes/rank and our published funding principles (available on the Grants tab on our website).

Here are this year’s grant recipients of grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000:

  • Banyon Community: After School Program
  • Minnesota Life College: Vocational Certificate Program
  • Family Partnership: PRIDE program
  • Emma Norton Services: Supportive Housing Model
  • Episcopal Homes Minnesota: Scholarship Program
  • Second Harvest Heartland: Food+You Program

The funding amounts were determined based on the weighted membership voting of the 89 (out of 116) members who voted. Member votes were spread among all ballot candidates so the grant amounts reflect these weighted votes.  The final member-chosen grant recipients represent a diverse set of services serving youth and their families in our community.  Note that these recipients are representative of the majority of nominations made by members last May through June.

We Are Pleased to Announce our 2017 GIVING WoMN Grant Recipients!

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Thank you all for your engagement and involvement over the past year, helping to make our community stronger! And thank you to all our members who voted in our recent ballot!

We had a fun and educational event at KIPP Minnesota on Tuesday 2/21 at which we not only learned more about KIPP Minnesota and their KIPP Through College program that we funded 2 years ago, but we also announced our grant recipients who will be receiving their grants from us in upcoming weeks.

Since our first grants were made in 2006, including this year’s recipients, we will have donated over $1,241,000 dollars to Twin Cities community-enriching programs. This year we are making 6 Community grants ranging from $14,000 to $30,000 and totaling $115,000. Grant projects/organizations and amounts are determined based on member votes/rank and our published funding principles (available on the Grants tab on our website).

Here are this year’s grant recipients:

  • Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: 66 West Youth Housing
  • Sheridan Story: General Operating
  • Boys and Girls Club: Reading Proficiency with Groves Academy
  • Ready Set Smile: General Operating
  • Youth Farm: General Operating
  • YWCA: Girls Inc. Eureka! STEM program

The funding amounts were determined based on the weighted membership voting of the 84 (out of 103) members who voted. Member votes were spread among all ballot candidates so the grant amounts reflect these weighted votes.  The final member-chosen grant recipients represent a diverse set of services serving youth and their families in our community.  Note that these recipients are representative of the majority of nominations made by members last May through June.

GIVING WoMN Winter Education Event Celebrates latest grants of over $115,000 on 2/21/2017

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 GIVING WoMN members will meet at KIPP Minnesota’s offices at KIPP Northstar Academy to announce our GIVING WoMN 2017 grant recipients as well as hear the report from the KIPP Minnesota Team about the February 2015 grant they received from us for their KIPP through College Program.
Registration, social and food and beverages will begin at 5:30 pm and the program will begin at 6:15 pm. Social time will resume at 7:30pm following the program. Please join your GIVING WoMN friends for an educational and FUN evening!
Remember that guests are always welcome. This event is a great way to illustrate first hand the impact we have made previously and the impact we will have over the next year.

Hearty appetizers and beverages will be served.

GIVING WoMN members have received an email invitation with the link to register for this event.  Members can also register by emailing .  Please register by Thursday 1/16/2017.

Nominations are in, Fall Education Event on 9/27 at Genesys Works, Eye Opener on 11/5

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Hello GIVING WoMN Members and Friends.  Here are few Fall 2016 Updates!

We sent out a newsletter last week to all members.  If you did NOT receive it, please email us at or call Barb at 612-964-6199.  We want to ensure our emails reach all members!

The newsletter has many details about reports back from former grant recipients, news around town regarding some of our former grant recipients, upcoming calendar items and more. Please check it out for more details, but in the meantime, here are a few highlights:

Grants Process: Thank you to the 29 members who submitted nominations for qualified 501(c)(3) organizations serving our community from members this spring!  The Grants Team has started their preliminary work and have requested Letters of Inquiry and hope to have those received by next week.  The first Grants Team meeting is on 9/8 and the fun work to understand these organizations and their projects proposed to us begins then.  As a reminder all members are welcome to join the Grants Team but it is important to be able to make most of the meetings.  If you are interested, please contact Ruth Bowman at .

Fall Education Event on September 27:  The year following receipt of a grant from GIVING WoMN, organizations agree to report back to our members about the work we funded.  At our Fall Education Event on Tuesday 9/27/2016, two of our February 2015 grant recipients, Genesys Works and Store to Door, will be presenting.  An invitation was sent to members on 9/1/2016 for this event.  There is also information and the link to RSVP in our last newsletter.  Questions? Email us at info@givingwomn.org.

GIVING WoMN Eye Opener on Saturday November 5:  We are very excited about how the event is taking shape!   It will again be a morning event held at The Minikahda Club with a tasty breakfast and beautiful venue. This year, we have chosen the important topic of “America’s Addiction to Opioids: What can be done?” and the committee is busy finalizing a great panel of notable experts. We look forward to providing an eye-opening experience for members and guests. Please invite friends and mark your calendar!