Friday, November 9, 2012

Women's Foundation Grant Partners Might Love Your Time, NOT Just Your Money by Patty DeDominic

Give a Dollar or an Hour...   Your time, but more importantly your enthusiastic endorsement and support of women's organizations will pay big dividends for you and for the non profits.

It's time to think about who you will send year end gifts to.  I have supported, and encouraged others to support, the Women's Foundation of California for over 30 years.  I'm proud of the people I introduced to their programs....but most of all, I am proud of the amazing work of the grantees which the foundation was created to support.  

Here are three wonderful women's non profits which have benefited from your donations directed through the Women's Foundation of California.  I hope you will include them in your holiday gifting this year.

Learn more about some of my favorite non profits and some of California's greatest women at our
website for the book.

EmpowHer Institute,  MOSTE   and  HerShe


  • HerShe Mission
    The HerShe Group prepares girls in foster care to successfully transition from adolescence to adult independence through the performing arts, mentorship, college & career readiness, leadership development and exposure to extraordinary experiences. 

    ·         March 2005 – Held HerShe’s first fundraising event which sold out at the Wilshire Ebell – Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues directed by Penny Marshall, starring Mo’Nique, Tracey Ellis Ross, Marla Gibbs, Loretta Devine, Jillian Barberie, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Denise Dowse and more.
    ·         June 2005 – HerShe benefits from a Kenadie Cobbin & Avery Williams stage production of Medal of Honor Rag directed by Delroy Lindo, starring Heavy D and Paul Schackman.
    ·         July 2005 – Kenadie Cobbin receives the Urban Angel Award at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. 
    ·         September 2005 – HerShe files for 501 (c) 3 IRS exemption status (#51-0553656), assembles first active board, and began the strategic planning process.
    ·         December 2005 – HerShe completes its strategic plan and Kenadie Cobbin completed the Executive Service Corps New Executive Directors Institute – a yearlong training sponsored by Wells Fargo.
    ·         February 2006 – HerShe launches the E3 program, Exposure to Extraordinary Experiences. More than 100 youth participate in the first month. 
    ·         March 2006 –
    -       HerShe produces another successful V-Day fundraiser. Vagina Monologuesdirected by Penny Johnson Jerald, starring Meredith Baxter, Ananda Lewis, Victoria Rowell, LisaRaye, MC Lyte, Terri J. Vaughn, Denise Dowse, Natalie Deselle Reid, Dawnn Lewis, and more.
    -       Dr. Dre donates 2006 Chevrolet Suburban to HerShe.
    -       April 2006 – The Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Inc. becomes an organizational sponsor of summer program, Camp Cinderella and the Cinderella Ball.
    ·       May 2006 – Eminem/Shady Records becomes major sponsor.
    ·       June-July 2006 – HerShe partners with Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burkefor the summer program, “Camp Cinderella” held at Pepperdine University. The culmination event, the “Cinderella Ball” was held at the Museum of Natural History.
    -       August 2006 – HerShe Group is featured in many media outlets including the Los Angeles Times (8/14/06) and on Fox Television.
    -       October 2006 – Kenadie Cobbin Richardson honored with Penny Lane’s Blue Skies award at annual gala. 
    -       November 2006 – House of Blues joins HerShe to raise funds and awareness for girls in foster care.

    2013...   the year YOU got involved?


    Mentoring and Education  


    MOSTE middle school scholars attend workshops designed to equip them with a broad base of skills. Some examples of the MOSTE workshop lessons include:
    College 101
    This workshop explains the difference between community colleges, Cal States, UCs and private colleges and universities. Students also learn the A-G requirements—and get a glimpse of what it takes academically to start preparing for a college-bound curricula. Facilitators brief girls on what to expect at a college fair—and what questions they should be asking in evaluating schools.
    Time Management
    This workshop emphasizes skills that are necessary for success both in school and in the workplace. Time management, prioritization, communication and problem solving are illustrated through interactive team games.
    Financial Planning
    In the financial planning workshop, scholars are given a paycheck and asked to create a budget based on the amount of that paycheck that covers taxes, rent, healthcare, transportation, and other costs of living. The girls factor in credit use and the cost of credit to learn the importance of managing their debt-to-income ratio.
    Before attending the annual MOSTE Lanterns Luncheon, the scholars attend a workshop that focuses on dining etiquette and networking.

    EmpowHer Institute

    Mission is to empower girls and women by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and entrepreneurship to seek fulfilling and productive lives.

    EmpowHer Understands That Our Girls Are Our Future

    EmpowHer believes it's our business to connect with at-risk girls, introduce them to their talents and capabilities, and teach them entrepreneurial skills so they'll be less likely to drop out of school and more likely to earn a better future for themselves and for their communities.
    We believe it's not just their future at stake; the future for these girls-our girls-is also our future.

    EmpowHer Inspires At-Risk Girls to Stay in School

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