FAQ

Are you a women’s club?

We are a giving circle for women, and our main focus is awarding grants. We also organize opportunities to volunteer in the community and to fellowship with like-minded women.

sherrell wrappingWhat are you trying to accomplish?

Women4given aims to educate its members about the power of collective philanthropy, broaden awareness of issues affecting women and children, and support non-profit organizations that offer programs to assist women and children.

What is a giving circle?

A giving circle is a group of people who combine their money and decide where to donate it. Giving circles vary in size, structure, and philanthropic mission. They offer members a chance to learn more about giving and community issues. For more information about giving circles, visit the Giving Forum.

Women4given is a giving circle organized for charitable, religious, and educational purposes as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of Illinois and is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

What is Women4given’s mission statement?

We encourage generosity to serve women and children in Christian love!

What does the name “Women4given” mean?

We are an organization for women that focuses on giving. The “4given” is a play on words: we are “forgiven” by God through Jesus Christ, and we are made in God’s image “for giving.” Also, the numeral “4” represents our four key principles: we are all sinners; we are saved by the grace of God found in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone; we love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; and we love our neighbors.

Are you affiliated with a church or denomination?

We are not affiliated with a particular church or Christian denomination. Rather, we wholeheartedly welcome all women who are interested in giving grants in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Villagers in Malawi, Africa enjoying their new well

Is Women4given a non-profit organization?

Yes, we are a 501c3 organization, and all contributions to Women4given are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

We also serve nonprofit organizations, with special attention to those that serve women and children.

 

How is the organization governed?

Women4given is governed by a seven-member board of directors who serve three-year terms. Additionally, an executive director serves as an administrator. There are no paid staff members.

How big are the grants?

Since we are a young organization—founded in October 2010—we are still getting a feel for the impact we can make with the resources we have. Our grants range in size. For example, we awarded a grant of $200 to the Violence Prevention Center for the purchase of an educational DVD collection for its clients. Just last year, we gave $5,000 to Christian Activity Center to build an after-school computer suite for elementary-grade students fully equipped with Google Chrome books. No matter the size of grant, we take the awarding of monies seriously and aim to discern the best uses of funds.

Do you do a lot of fundraising to get the money for these grants?

No, all of our revenue comes from membership and donor contributions. Women join Women4given simply by contributing a dollar a day, $365 per year, due November 1. Beyond this, we do not solicit donations from our members or engage in compulsory fundraising activities. Of course, members are welcome to give beyond the minimum $365—and many do.

How much of my contribution actually goes toward grants that serve women and children?

Our corporate bylaws dictate that no more than ten percent of the funds we collect may be used for administrative expenses. This means that at least 90% of your contribution will go toward grants for organizations that serve women and children.

gerry lindaHow does Women4given benefit its members?

When you contribute $365, as a member of Women4given you are entitled to vote on the ballot of grant awards in late spring. You, the member, generate our funds; likewise you, the member, direct our grant giving. Only those nonprofit organizations and dollar amounts that receive a majority of member votes receive funding. There are also intangible benefits to involvement, such as learning about the needs in our community, participating in volunteer activities, and reaping the joy that comes from helping others in the name of Jesus Christ.

Who decides which organizations and dollar amounts appear on the ballot?

The Grants Task Force researches and becomes acquainted with nonprofits that fit our mission, discusses their proposed projects in great detail, narrows the list down to agencies where we feel we can make a meaningful impact, and ultimately compiles and presents a ballot of worthy nonprofits. That’s where the members come in to exercise the right to vote.

blanket tying3Is the Grants Task Force an invitation-only committee?

Absolutely not. Every member is invited to join the Grants Task Force. It’s a great way to see how nonprofits work, what’s happening in our community, what needs must be met, and how important nonprofits are to the well-being of people all around us. We love nonprofits! When you join the Grants Task Force, you’ll understand why. (Here’s a hint: they’re run by passionate, caring people.)

How do I join Women4given?

Membership is open to all women who are interested and willing to uphold and further our mission through providing financial support of $365 per calendar year.

The annual membership contribution of $365 is due November 1. Or members may choose to donate their membership contributions in two semi-annual payments of $182.50, due November 1 and May 1. Gifts above the $365 membership level are welcome, as are gifts of any size from individuals who want to support our cause of making a difference in the lives of women and children.

Members whose contributions are current are eligible to exercise voting privileges regarding grant awards for a specific year; each member shall have one vote, regardless of the amount of any contribution in excess of $365.

How can members get involved?

Members are invited to serve on a variety of teams, including the Grants Task Force, Volunteer Services Team, and the Membership & Program Committee.

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Before & After – water sources in a village in Africa that received a new well through a grant from Women4given. Photos courtesy of Marion Medical Mission.

For more information or to ask a specific question, please send us a message.