A Women’s Fund Founder is one of the initial one hundred women who pledged $500 in 5 years in order to form the fund in 2005. These Founders wanted to make a difference in the lives of women and their children in Lapeer County for many years to come. They are the original legacy of the Women’s Fund; helping those in need in the areas of health, human services, education, and enrichment.
The Women’s Fund
The Women's Fund
The Women’s Fund is an endowed fund at the Lapeer County Community Foundation, it is a unique legacy established by the generosity of 100 founding women who wanted to make a difference in our community. Current members continue the tradition of leadership and service to Lapeer County by shaping the present and future just as their mothers and grandmothers did before them.
The Women’s Fund awards grants which support and enhance the lives of women and their children in the areas of health, human service, education and enrichment.
The Women’s Fund motto is “Every woman must have a purse of her own . . .” –Susan B. Anthony
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. Although circumstances are much improved for the women of today, there remain many within our community who are in need of a “purse”.
The Lapeer County Community Foundation Women’s Fund is designed to be a celebration of our past, a voice for our present, and a gift to our future. We invite YOU to give to this legacy!
2021 Women’s Fund Steering Committee Members
Dana Miller, Chair
Betsy Felton, Vice-Chair
Kristi Kigar, Secretary
What is a Founder?
Our Original Women’s Fund 100 Founders:
What is a Friend?
A Women’s Fund Friend is a 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 the Donate Now button at the top of this page.
Our Women’s Fund Friends:
Lois Atkins ^
Susan P. Beal
Marilyn Buchanan ^ **
Mary Beth Callahan
Kristen Cassabon **
Mary Ellen Clements
Kate Fisher Karen Fitzgerald
Jackie Gibbons **
Sally Hallen **
Claudia Helser ^
Susan Helser **
Donna Hoisington **
Kristi Kigar **
Arla Lewis **
Patricia Lucas +++
Carol Lyons +++
Jill Lynn Lyons Claudia Mann Vickie Mello
Laura Mikus +++
Kay Morris **
Lynn Oberhausen **
Carol Pariseau **
Marilyn Pearson +++
Marguerite Pope **
Linda Priestap +++
Jayme Resnik **
D’Ann Sabada-Davey **
Doris Sharkey ^ Miriam Shay
Anne L. Shenck
Stephanie Simmons Barbara Skirmants Cindy Smith ** Kathy Smith
Nancy Smith +++
Julia Sullivan **
Ada VanDyke ^ Fran Van Haaften +++
Robie Wagester **
Kelly Watson **
Ashley White **
Jacquie Wilson **
Karen Zdroik **
Silver Friend **
Gold Friend +++
In Memoriam ^
The Women's Fund Silver Level Program
In 2010 the Silver level of giving was established. Individuals who have completed their initial pledge can choose to make a second $500 five year pledge (or lump sum pledge), bringing their total pledges to $1,000.
The Women's Fund Gold Level Program
In 2016 the Gold level of giving was established. Individuals who have completed their Silver pledge can choose to make a third $500 five year pledge (or lump sum pledge), bringing their total pledges to $1,500.
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.
What is a Funder?
A Funder is anyone who contributes to the Women’s Fund. As a Funder, your gift of any dollar amount will be used immediately to support women and their children in Lapeer County. Working in partnership with local non-profit organizations and agencies, the Women’s Fund address emergency needs for Lapeer County women and their families and provides these women with the tools they need to improve their lives.
Please know that no amount is too small. Each dollar you give becomes part of the endowed fund. This fund continually generates interest which is given back to the women and children of Lapeer County. Gifts to the Women’s Fund may be tax deductible for Federal income tax purposes.
GIVE TODAY. IMPACT TOMORROW.
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. Please download and review the Education Grant Guidelines prior to completing and submitting the Women’s Fund Education Grant Application.
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.