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Archive for 2006

Thanks, Anne, for making D.C. a better place for us all!

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

 A Message from Donna Callejon, Board Chair , The Women’s Foundation 

As Board Chair of The Women’s Foundation, I am honored to share with the The Women’s Foundation community, that our very own Anne Mosle has been selected as a 2006 Washingtonian of The YearRead the story here! 
Anne is being recognized for her singular vision, inspiring leadership and profound commitment to meeting the needs of women and girls in the D.C. metropolitan area. This honor is a terrific affirmation of what we all have known for so long: that Anne’s leadership has been a key component in the success of The Women’s Foundation and our partners, making the D.C. region better for all of us… one woman, one girl and one family at a time.
As Anne is always the first to say, The Women’s Foundation’s success is due to the many grantee partners, donors, staff, board members and friends who share in our mission:  to both build a powerful wave of philanthropy and better serve the needs of low-income women and girls. Under Anne’s leadership each of us has had the opportunity to connect with the work of the foundation while sharing in a vision of the kind of community we can create when we invest – and give – together. 
Please join me in congratulating Anne by sharing your own stories of Anne’s inspiring leadership by commenting on this blog! 
The Women’s Foundation also extends its sincere congratulations to this year’s other Washingtonians of the Year: Vivian G. Bass, Jacquelyn Davis, Ricardo Drumond, Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Natwar M. Gandhi, Jean Guiffré, Terrence D. Jones, James Larranaga, Joseph Mornini, Charlene R. Nunley, Earl A. Powell III, Andrea Roane, Zainab Salbi, W. Christopher Smith Jr. and Keely Thompson Jr.

2007: Your Year for Helping Women and Girls!

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

2006 hasn’t been a bad year for us girls.   

  • The Nobel Prize went to Dr. Muhammed Yunus, father of micro-credit and the Grameen bank, of which 90 percent of small business loans go to women lifting themselves out of poverty and onto the pathway of possibility. 

Search, and they shall fund…us!

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

I love Google.

Possibly too much. I’m an addict. If they had Google Anonymous, I would probably need to go.

This occurred to me one night when I asked my husband what we should have for dinner, and he responded, “I don’t know, but I’m sure you could find the answer on Google.”

At a workshop last Friday…

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

At a workshop last Friday, a Grantee Partner turned to me and said, “I love that The Women’s Foundation doesn’t just give money but that they also give us the tools needed to be successful.”

After attending the same workshop she did, I couldn’t have agreed more!

Constructing futures, one woman at a time.

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Eleven weeks doesn’t seem like enough to contain it all.

Which is probably why a latecomer asked me afterwards, “Now, how long were they in this program?”

“Eleven weeks," I respond.

His shocked expression confirms that I’m not out of line in thinking that it just doesn’t seem like enough to contain it all.

Battling season-induced smallness.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

‘Tis the season. There’s eggnog and lights and holiday parties a plenty. Merriment and jingle bells and a gift giving frenzy.

But let’s not forget the annual reports, holiday mailers, mass appeals and, of course, the multitudes of holiday address labels, personalized just for me, to remind me to give, give, give.

The “p” word and polite society.

Friday, December 1st, 2006

At this week’s Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Annual Meeting, Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, noted that it seems that it’s not okay to say the “p” (poverty) word in polite society. That it’s right up there with the other “bad” words: politics, race, class, sex.

Philanthropic leaders salute Stepping Stones!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Philanthropic leaders gathered today at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Annual Meeting had many different opinions and thoughts on issues of local and national poverty, but they all seemed to agree that The Women’s Foundation’s Stepping Stones program is to be lauded as an effective, innovative leader in transforming lives.

Same Story, New Terrain

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

This is my first blog to introduce myself as the Communications and Marketing Officer of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Whether in the United Arab Emirates or the United States of America, Windhoek or Washington,DC,it is undeniable that where women thrive, so do families, communities and countries.

Giving Out Loud!

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Marjorie forwarded an article entitled “Women’s Philanthropy Group Goes Public with Causes; Menlo-based Network Enters Political Fray With Ad” that got me thinking; what is the difference between the power of philanthropy and the power of openly, PUBLICLY, using money?