The Women's Fund
The Women’s Fund is a unique legacy established by the generosity of 100 founding women who wanted to make a difference in our community. These special women continue the tradition of leadership and service to the Lapeer community by shaping the present and future just as their mothers and grandmothers did before.
Members pledged to give $500 in 5 years to build the endowment. The interest will be used each year to make grants supporting and enhancing the lives of women and their children in areas of health, human service, education, and enrichment.
The Women’s Fund motto is “Every woman must have a purse of her own . . .”
When Susan B. Anthony declared that every woman must have a purse of her own, she may not have considered how her words would continue to resonate through the ages. She lived in a world in which women could not inherit property from their parents or husband, could not vote, and were not encouraged to have careers outside the home.
The Lapeer County Community Foundation Women’s Fund is designed to be a celebration of our past, the voice for our present, and our gift to the future. We invite all women in our community to make a gift to this legacy!
2017 Women’s Fund Steering Committee Members
Dahna Loeding, Chair
Della Hammond, Vice Chair
Arla Lewis, Secretary
What is a Founder?
The Women’s Fund is an endowed fund at the Lapeer County Community Foundation, established by one hundred women who pledged $500 in 5 years. They wanted to make a difference in the lives women and their children in Lapeer County today and into the future. Interest from the fund will go to make grants to those in need in areas of health, human service, education, and enrichment.
Our Original Women’s Fund Founders:
Mary Lynne Carter
Tracey M. Chapman
Chapter DX P.E.O.
Lisa deBeaubien Conaway
Betty Jane Dutko
Jo Ann Ethridge
Mary Ann Harrington
in memory of Isabelle
Kordos & Alice Johnson
Mary Ellen Kernan
Lapeer Business & Professional Women
Lapeer Tuesday Club
Mary Shaw Moore
Laurie Muir Morris
Carol Lynn VanNorman
Tracey deBeaubien Walker
Kimberly Grinnell Young
Zonta Club of Lapeer
What is a Friend?
A Women’s Fund Friend is a special donor that continues the tradition of the one hundred Founders. As a Friend, your gift will be held in endowment, contributing to the permanent legacy that will be passed on to future generations of Lapeer County women. Only the earnings will be distributed, but as the Women’s Fund grows, so does our ability to help.
- Become a Friend with an outright gift of $500.00 or a 5-year pledge of $100.00 per year.
- To make a pledge to become a Friend of the Women’s Fund, click on this link.
Our Women’s Fund Friends:
Mary Beth Callahan
Shelly Childers-In honor or Faye Stoll
Mary Ellen Clements
Kristi Kigar-In memory of Sara Coulter
Rose Neuhard-In honor of Helen Siegrist
Patty Reaves-In honor of Jacquie Wilson
Bernie Talaski-In memory of Rhonda Bucholtz
Fran Van Haaften
The Women's Fund Silver Founder Program
In 2010, those who had completed a Founder or Friend commitment were invited to renew their $500 in 5 years pledge. These SILVER FOUNDERS of the Women’s Fund strengthens the legacy that the original Founders began.
In honor of Gaye Butterfield
In memory of Patty VandeVeere
Michele Filipiak-In memory of Betty Jacobs
P.E.O. Chapter DX
Marguerite Pope-In honor of Kristin Pope
Kim Van Sickle
Zonta Club of Lapeer
Coming from all walks of life, representing multiple generations, our Founders and Friends share a common vision…to build a permanent resource that will help women and their families now and long into the future.
The Women's Fund Gold Founder Program
In 2016, those who had completed a Founder or Friend and Silver Founder commitment were invited to renew their $500 in 5 years pledge. These GOLD FOUNDERS of the Women’s Fund continue to strengthen the legacy that the original Founders began.
Mary Ann Harrington
Kathryn Lawter-In memory of Beatrice MacNeven
Laurie Muir Morris
Linda Priestap-In memory of Vera Moore
What is a Funder?
As a Funder, your gift will be used immediately to support the Mini-Grant Program. Working in partnership with local non-profit organizations and agencies, our mini-grants address emergency needs for Lapeer County women and their families or give these women the tools they need to improve their lives.
Although the dollar amounts for the mini-grants are modest, the impact in human terms is huge. With each Mini-Grant award, we send a message to the recipient that she is not alone; there are many Lapeer County women who care. Become a Funder with a gift of any dollar amount.
Gifts to the Women’s Fund are tax deductible for Federal income tax purposes.
Women's Fund Educational Grants
The Women’s Fund, through the Foundation for Mott Community College awards $1,000.00 education grants to assist “non-traditional” Lapeer County women attending Mott Community College with non-tuition expenses including: books, fees, child care, and transportation costs. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.5 grade point average. There is no application deadline.
Agency Partner Information
The Women’s Fund seeks agency partners for our Mini-Grant Program and Wardrobes for Work programs. These programs help meet the emergency and professional needs of Lapeer County women and their children.
Agency Partners submit mini grant requests for applicants that cannot be funded through any other assistance program. Although meeting agency screening standards , these individuals would not qualify for funding due to federal regulations, fund amounts needed, timing, etc. Agency partners serve as the fiscal sponsor and receive payment of funds for mini grants and then make payments for the services needed.
The Women’s Fund Mini Grants assist Lapeer County Women and their children in areas of “crisis concern” with awards of $1,000 or less. Applicants must be referred by one of our Agency Partners. Grants are for last resort funding for emergency needs that cannot be met by partner organizations.
“Wardrobes for Work”
The Women’s Fund “Wardrobes for Work” program allows a Lapeer County female resident to choose a gently used outfit at the New to You consignment store in downtown Lapeer for a job interview or other situation requiring professional attire. Applicants are referred to this program through one of our Agency Partners.