The Women’s Fund | Nonprofit spotlight

Helping at-risk women and children is the intention of The Women’s Fund, a permanent endowment of the Stark Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund aims to increase funding for programs that advance the economic, educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women — while also educating and inspiring women to become leaders in philanthropy.

Helping at-risk women and children is the intention of The Women’s Fund, a permanent endowment of the Stark Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund aims to increase funding for programs that advance the economic, educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women — while also educating and inspiring women to become leaders in philanthropy.

The initiative began with a group of 12 women who were concerned about the increasing poverty status of women and children in Stark County. The group researched ways to establish a charitable resource to enable women and children to reach their full potential.

Established in 2006, The Women’s Fund now has an endowment of more than $205,000 and more than 100 members. The fund has awarded 20 grants totaling $25,850 to a variety of Stark County nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services for women and children.

“The ability of The Women’s Fund to have a lasting impact on the clients of the nonprofits in our community is of motivational importance for the Advisors Committee members, as they encourage co-workers, acquaintances, friends and family members to join in their efforts to make a difference,” said Natalie Weinsz, chairwoman of The Women’s Fund.

“Though the monies granted to date have not been large grant awards to each of the nonprofits, their clients have reported that skill sets have been strengthened, practical information has been gleaned, and life lessons have been enhanced.”

Anyone interested in joining The Women’s Fund can do so by going to www.starkcf.org or contacting the Stark Community Foundation at 330-454-3426 to receive informational brochures and contact information for a member of the Advisors Committee.

THE WOMEN’S FUND

WHAT: A permanent endowment that makes annual grant awards to nonprofit organizations that benefit women and children. The fund is administered and invested by Stark Community Foundation.

BOARD MEMBERS: The 2012 Advisors Committee is Candee Bishop, Judy Grisez,Vicki Haines, Faye Heston, Nancy Leach, Sharon Luntz, Louise Mahoney, Pat Miller, Kathy Poporad, Rosemary Vandegrift, Candy Wallace and Natalie Weinsz.

PROCEEDS: Benefit local women and children.

DONATIONS: Stark Community Foundation, Attention: The Women’s Fund, 400 Market Ave. N., Suite 200, Canton, OH 44702.

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