Women's Fund 2017 Fall Newsletter

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

Tami Erickson

Nancy Smith
Jacquie Wilson

Della Hammond, Vice Chair

Kathryn Lawter

Arla Lewis, Secretary

Dana Miller

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:

Helen Arnold
Renee Badertscher
Laura Barnard
Joan Bates
Cathy Benton
Dora Bianchini
Judith Brecht
Cynthia Brown
Trisha Burrough
Amie Butterfield
Gaye Butterfield
Mabel Butterfield
Pamela Butterfield
Deborah Cady
Phyllis Caley
Mary Lynne Carter
Tracey M. Chapman
Chapter DX P.E.O.
Kathy Churchill
Christina Clark
Corrine Conaway
Lisa deBeaubien Conaway
Elizabeth Cross
Gertrude Cynowa
Deborah DeSantis

Melanie DiCenso
Genevieve Dorr
Wanda Dowdall
Pamela Duke
Betty Jane Dutko
Carol Ehman
Jo Ann Ethridge
Charlotte Ewing
Michele Filipiak
Irma Gelhausen
Susan Griggs
Lorraine Grinnell
Pat Hackney
Della Hammond
Mary Ann Harrington
Jan Herrick
Christine Higgins
June Holen
Kathleen Holowka
Cheryl Howell
Judy Jacobson
Florence Johnson
in memory of Isabelle
Kordos & Alice Johnson

Melissa Johnston
Suzanne Joseph

Mary Ellen Kernan
Barbara Klocko
Jeannene Koprowski
Yvonne LaClair
Carol Lambert
Patricia Lamoreaux
Linda McAlpine
Lapeer Business & Professional Women
Lapeer Tuesday Club
Kathryn Lawter
Carol Little
Dahna Loeding
Hazel Mabery
Janet Manning
Debbie Marquardt
Nan Marvicsin
Eleanor Mendola
Karen Mersino
Mary Shaw Moore
Laurie Muir Morris
Colleen Muir
Molly Muir
Sharon Muir
Delynn Nass
Juanita Oesch
Nina Page

Pauline Preisel
Nancy Ransom
Carole Robson
Doris Rolland
Judy Rozanski
Karen Rykhus
Bonnie Schiedegger
Cheryl Shaffer
Lois Shaffer
Justine Speer
Mary Stone
Margaret Supernault
Nan Toppin
Ruth Tucker
Kimberly VanSickle
Carol Lynn VanNorman
Edith Walker
Tracey deBeaubien Walker
Abi Warner
Peggy Warner
Janet Watz
Patricia Whelan
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:

Lois Atkins
Catherine Bostick-Tullius
Cheryl Bowman
Constance Brotzke
Anissa Buffin
Cheryl Butterfield
Mary Beth Callahan
Kristen Cassabon
Emily Caswell
Shelly Childers-In honor or Faye Stoll
Phyllis Clark
Mary Ellen Clements
Marcia Dorman
Tami Erickson
Kate Fisher
Linda Forys
Heather Frayer
Jackie Germani                                         

Shirley Gunter
Vicki Harrington
Claudia Helser
Susan Helser
Donna Hoisington
Catherine Hurst
Rita Jones
Kristi Kigar-In memory of Sara Coulter
Rose Klein
Claudia Mann
Vickie Mello
Dana Miller
Rose Neuhard-In honor of Helen Siegrist

Jennifer Phillips
Patty Reaves-In honor of Jacquie Wilson
D’Ann Sabada-Davey
Donna Scott
Doris Sharkey
Stephanie Simmons
Cindy Smith
Nancy Sommerville
Judith Sutherland
Bernie Talaski-In memory of Rhonda Bucholtz
Ada VanDyke
Fran Van Haaften
Sandra Vukonich
Robie Wagester
Ann Zettle

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.

Helen Arnold
Joan Bates
Cindy Brown
Marilyn Buchanan
Amie Butterfield
Mabel Butterfield
Kathy Churchill
Christina Clark-
In honor of Gaye Butterfield
Corinne Conaway
Liz Cross
Wanda Dowdall
B.J. Dutko
In memory of Patty VandeVeere
Carol Ehman
Joni Ethridge
Charlotte Ewing
Michele Filipiak-In memory of Betty Jacobs

Jackie Gibbons
Susan Griggs
Pat Hackney
Sally Hallen
Judy Jacobson
Melissa Johnston
Jeannene Koprowski
Bonnie LaClair
Arla Lewis
Carol Lyons
Hazel Mabery
Janet Manning
Linda McAlpine
Karen Mersino
Kay Morris
Lynn Oberhausen
Nina Page
Carol Pariseau
Marilyn Pearson
P.E.O. Chapter DX

Marguerite Pope-In honor of Kristin Pope
Nancy Ransom
Jayme Resnik
Carole Robson
Karen Rykhus
Cheryl Shaffer
Julia Sullivan
Peggy Supernault
Nan Toppin
Rudi Tucker
Kim Van Sickle
Abi Warner
Ashley White
Jacquie Wilson
Jane Yorks
Karen Zdroik
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.

Dora Bianchini
Gaye Butterfield
Debbie Cady
Genevieve Dorr
Sue Griggs
Della Hammond
Mary Ann Harrington
Florence Johnson
Carol Lambert

Kathryn Lawter-In memory of Beatrice MacNeven
Dahna Loeding
Patricia Lucas
Deb Marquardt
Laurie Muir Morris
Colleen Muir
Molly Muir
Sharon Muir

DeLynn Nass
Linda Priestap-In memory of Vera Moore
Doris Rolland
Bonnie Schiedegger
Lois Shaffer
Nancy Smith
Peggy Warner
Pat Whelan

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 Projects and Applications

Mini-Grants
Our 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 our agency partners*.  Agency Partners may download a Women’s Fund mini grant application using this link.

Also through Agency Partners’* referral, the Women’s Fund “Wardrobes for Work” program allows an individual to choose a gently used outfit at the New to You consignment store in Lapeer for a job interview or other situation requiring professional attire.  Agency Partners may download a Women’s Fund “Wardrobes for Work” voucher using this link.

Education 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.

Education Grant GuidelinesWomen's Fund Education Grant Application

*Agency Partners
The Women’s Fund seeks agency partners for our Mini-Grant Program, which helps meet the needs of Lapeer County women and their children.  These women do not meet criteria for agency assistance and would otherwise “fall through the cracks” when emergency funding is needed.  Mini-grant requests must be for less than $1,000.

Agency Partners:
1) Refer grant requests 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, amounts, time period, etc. See link above for mini-grant application.
2) Receive payment of funds for mini-grants and then make payment to the individual or business.

To download a Partner Agency application for the Women’s Fund, click on the button below.

Partner Agency Application