From Generation to Generation

From Generation to Generation

In our first five years, Women4given has tripled – from 17 to 52 members – by the grace of God and word of mouth. You have shared the joy of collective giving with friends, and your friends have brought along other friends.

Our goal for the 2015-2016 grant year is to grow inter-generationally! We invite you to bring along your mother or stepmother, your daughters or granddaughters – in addition to your sisters and friends.

We are excited to announce a special Mother-Daughter Membership this renewal season. For the discounted rate of $600, a current member may add her mother or daughter as a new member of Women4given.* Each woman will enjoy the full rights and privileges of membership, including serving and, of course, voting on grant recipients.

The Mother-Daughter Membership rate is available only this grant year 2015-2016, so be sure to gather your loved ones for the season kick-off at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 22 at Fairview Heights Public Library to take advantage of this $130 discount! Or join now by mail.

marsha and daughters“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:3-4

*Additional mothers and/or daughters may be added at the discounted rate of $235 each.


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:


Five-Year Flashbacks

Five-Year Flashbacks

Happy New Year!

Can you believe 2015 is the fifth anniversary of Women4given? It seems like just yesterday this organization was a dream growing in the heart and mind of founder Kathy O’Dell.

One of the early tasks of making W4G official was to create a seven-member Board of Directors. Thank you, Deborah Clark, Emily Climaco, Ann Duncan, Christine Kirchoff, Jenny Schroeder, Valerie Thaxton, and Mary Ann Turner for leading Women4given’s board off to a great start!

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Mary Ann Turner, founding board member, with Christine Kirchoff, our first treasurer
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Our first vice president, Deborah Clark
Founding board member Valerie Thaxton
Our first president, Emily Climaco
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Founding board member Ann Duncan with a youngster at the Christian Activity Center

Here’s to many more years of generosity and service!