Have you ever noticed that when someone wins a Grammy or an Oscar, they always thank the myriad of people who have supported them along the way? Sometimes they go on a bit too long and the music begins to play, but they almost always utter, “I just want to thank my mom.”
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Every year, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington chooses our region’s best, brightest and most promising nonprofits to feature.
The list is a prestigious one given that organizations are vetted by a diverse, knowledgeable group of stakeholders throughout the community who know our region, its issues and the organizations and work that is making a difference–much like the volunteer committees and giving circles that participate in The Women’s Foundation’s grantmaking processes.
The DC Abortion Fund (DCAF) is devastated and appalled to know that our most skilled and intensely dedicated late-term abortion provider, a beloved partner to DCAF, Dr. George Tiller, was fatally shot in the lobby of his church in Wichita, Kansas on Sunday morning, May 31, 2009.
Well, the Interwebs are certainly all abuzz this week with talk of women’s philanthropy. And the talk is good.
Okay, we knew that.
Friends of Guesthouse is the only program of its kind in all of Northern Virginia.
We provide support and resources to formerly incarcerated women convicted of non-violent crimes, so that they may more successfully integrate back into their communities. The women work hard to progress through the program and work hard on improving themselves.
Pat Summit reached 1,000 wins last week – the first coach, male or female, in history to reach this milestone.
She has coached 12 Olympians and 18 All-Americans and has a 100 percent graduation rate of student athletes – an amazing summary of success.
On the day after President Obama was sworn in just a few blocks from our office, the staff of The Women’s Foundation thought we’d offer our congratulations, along with (of course) a few items for our wish list of action on the part of the new President.
I’m so thrilled to hear of Doreen being recognized as a 2008 Washingtonian of the Year! This is so well-deserved.
I recall first meeting Doreen in an early round of the Rainmakers Giving Circle, and was so impressed by how thoughtful and engaged she was in the circle’s work, which was fairly demanding, time-wise. Knowing how complicated her schedule was, her example motivated me to strengthen my commitment to The Women’s Foundation.
It is just like Doreen to accept an honor as huge as being named Washingtonian of the Year by turning the attention back to The Women’s Foundation and the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo—two community efforts she supports tirelessly.
Last Friday, several District of Columbia students, myself included, filed onto the 8th floor of the Watergate building. We were all interns with The Urban Alliance Foundation, and were there to get professional help from newspaper editors, lawyers, and other successful people, including my mentor Lisa Kays, on our college essays.