We Need You! (to be involved as much as you want)

We Need You! (to be involved as much as you want)

In Women4given, we want our members to be involved as much or as little as they want.

We are asking you to let us know how much you want to be involved during the 2015-2016 year by filling out this survey. There are three levels of involvement:

1. Financial Membership
Our membership requirements are simple: over the course of a year, give a dollar a day. Many of our members are involved at the financial level of membership, simply writing a check annually. Without these Financial Members we wouldn’t have the funds needed to give impactful grants.

Financial Members form the bedrock of Women4given’s structure.

2. Activity Membership
Some members are invested a bit more, giving their $365 per year as well as serving on the Program, Membership, or Communications Committees, participating in volunteer activities, or attending quarterly programs. Activity Members become informed about the needs in our community and accordingly give their time to serve agencies that help women and children.

Activity Members are the strong steel beams of which our walls are built, making internal growth and community impact possible.

3. Leader Membership
A number of members contribute to Women4given by leading. Leadership Members join or co-chair the Grants Task Force (which steers the annual grant-awarding process); lead Volunteer, Program, or Membership Committees; or serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Leadership Members have the unique opportunity to work together as a team of architects, designing a giving circle that builds upon bedrock and coordinates steel beams—all to the glory of God.

essence and chrisPlease read the survey and send your response via our Contact Page. Membership Chair Linda Duncan looks forward to your response. We appreciate your taking the time to “declare a major” this season!

From volunteer activities to the Program Committee to Chaplain to Chair of Communications (and many more opportunities), there’s a place in Women4given just for you.

Our No-Guilt Philosophy

Our No-Guilt Philosophy

In Women4given, we want our members to be involved as much or as little as they want.

Back when the founders were dreaming up this organization, they decided there should be no mandatory meetings for members—or other requirements, such as service projects or committee involvement.

potato drop 3After all, it’s tough to be a cheerful giver when you feel pulled in many different directions. Women are busy enough, and they were determined that Women4given not become a source of guilt in members’ lives.

Since we’re a giving circle, our membership requirements are incredibly simple: over the course of a year, give a dollar a day to Women4given. Many of our members are involved at the financial level of membership, simply writing a check annually. Without these Financial Members we wouldn’t have the funds needed to give impactful grants.

In a way, Financial Members form the bedrock of Women4given’s structure.

spring program 2015iSome members are invested a bit more, giving their $365 per year as well as serving on the Program, Membership, or Communications Committee, participating in volunteer activities, or attending quarterly membership programs. Activity Members make an effort to become informed about the needs in our community and accordingly give their time to serve agencies that help women and children.

Without the time and energy investments of such women, Women4given would be a check-writing club, with little understanding of the non-profits in our community.

Hence, Activity Members are the strong steel beams of which our walls are built, making internal growth and community impact possible.

deb linda bonnieA number of members roll up their sleeves and contribute to Women4given by leading the giving circle. Leadership Members join or co-chair the Grants Task Force (which steers the annual grant-awarding process); lead Volunteer, Program, or Membership Committees; or serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Leadership Members have the unique opportunity to work together as a team of architects, designing an entity that builds upon bedrock and coordinates steel beams—all to the glory of God.

Are you as involved as much as you’d like? From volunteer activities to the Program Committee to Chaplain to Chair of Communications (and many more opportunities), there’s a place in Women4given just for you. Just keep in mind: no pressure, no guilt—that’s our philosophy.

To get further information or become involved, e-mail: women4given@gmail.com.

-Emily

Leading Women – Five-Year Flashback

Leading Women – Five-Year Flashback

In our brief history, we’ve been blessed with capable and generous leaders. These women include educators, executives, mothers, nurses, retirees, and others who volunteer their time and talent with open, giving hearts.

March 2014 event marsha
Marsha, fall 2014 program

Marsha Heffner, current president of the board of directors, has worn many hats over the past five years. She helped establish W4G, then served as the first chair of Volunteer Services, laying the groundwork for a relationship with the girls we sponsor at Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis. She then joined the board as a voting member and will finish her term as president at the end of 2015.

She is married to Chris Heffner, and they have two grown daughters, Lindsey and Jackie. She also dotes on her dog, Bentley, and cat, Mister Sophia.

I mention these details because Marsha’s such a serene, unassuming person you might not know these things. Still waters run deep, however, and she has a gift for leading with a strong vision balanced by personal humility and deep faith in God.

Here, she offers her reasons for giving to Women4given:

I was recently asked the question, “Why should I give money to Women4given as opposed to just giving it directly to the charity? After all, the money goes to the same place.”

I have several reasons:
One: I can directly see the impact from my money. For example, I could give $365 to CAC’s general fund, but it would blend in with all the other donations. However, pooled with other W4G members I can see the library we funded and observe children reading quietly in that library any time I visit.

Two: I have learned to be a responsible philanthropist. I used to blindly write checks to charities and organizations, but now I know how to look at their 990 tax forms and research how they spend their donations.

Three: I have broadened my awareness of local charities as well as international organizations. For example, I didn’t know Fontebella (a home for young expectant mothers) was literally down the street from me. I had never heard of KIVA (loans for women to start their own businesses in other countries).

Last but not least, I have developed relationships with other members and truly enjoy serving alongside them! I think that is money well spent … or should I say granted!

cac girls party at marsha's
Christine, Marsha, Essence, Jamiah, Jalyn, & Jerrica

 

Thanks, Marsha, for your wise and conscientious leadership of Women4Given.

-Emily