The Women's Fund El Dorado has awarded more than $200,000 and touched the lives of more than 13,000 members of the county during its first five years, according to Bill Roby, director of the El Dorado Community Foundation. Bill spoke at the Fund's annual membership celebration dinner at David Girard Vineyards in Placerville on Oct. 4. Approximately 175 donors and their guests attended.
Founded in 2007, the philanthropic organization is based on the principal of collective giving in order to address some of the most pressing needs in the county. Each member donates $200 or more annually, and each has an equal vote in deciding how to distribute the year's grant money. The organization's Grants Committee researches various nonprofit and educational requests to fund specific programs and then determines which will appear on each year's ballot. Some of those who have benefited from Women's Fund grants include The Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County, the Food Bank of El Dorado County, the Upper Room, The Center for Violence-Free Relationships, the El Dorado Arts Council, The American River Conservancy and Golden Sierra High School.
The Women's Fund's outgoing chair, Judy Morris, introduced the dinner's keynote speaker, Vicki Barber, El Dorado County superintendent of schools. She emphasized the importance of the Women's Fund El Dorado in creating healthy communities, highlighting three key areas: Leadership, collective action and organizational skills.
"The Women's Fund El Dorado is unique in that we are not fundraisers, we are collaborative philanthropists," said incoming chair Maureen Carter. "The options are many for members who might enjoy an increased sense of involvement; however, some members appreciate the simplicity of making their annual contribution and participating in the online grants voting process. We welcome members at all levels of involvement."
The Women's Fund El Dorado is under the umbrella of the El Dorado Community Foundation. The fund has approximately 275 donor members with membership open to anyone.
For more information about the Fund, go to www.womensfundeldorado.org or call 530-622-5621.