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