WOOD RIVER WOMEN’S FOUNDATION COMMITTEES

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Events Committee

The Events Committee plans four major events each year for the WRWF.

Our four events are:

  • The Educational Event, which usually occurs in February,
  • The Summer Social in July,
  • The Annual Meeting in August,
  • and the Holiday Social in December.

The Educational Event is planned in conjunction with the Educational Committee and the Annual Meeting is planned with the Grants Committee and the President of the WRWF. Two of our events are purely social to give our members a chance to get to know each other better, the Educational Event is planned to educate our members on philanthropy and the Annual Meeting is when we distribute our grant monies. Our committee meets on an as needed basis and often uses email to coordinate events rather than meet in person. This allows committee members who are in the Wood River valley on a part time basis to participate on the committee. To join our committee you can sign up at any event. We can always benefit from additional members on our committee. If you have interest in helping to plan, coordinate, and put on our member events please join the Events Committee! We welcome you and you may sign up for our committee at any event.

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Sustainability Committee

Launched by Barbara Thrasher and Marcia Liebich several years ago, the mission of this Fund is to provide funding for education and services that can enhance non-profit organizations’ governance and internal effectiveness in achieving its mission of sustainability. Examples of capacity building grants include: information technology support and training, fundraising training, PR/communication skills training, financial and governance training, and training regarding ways to measure impact. The Committee is responsible for receiving and evaluating applications for grants from this fund. This is a new committee whose immediate responsibility is to establish specific guidelines for approving grant applications. Members are needed to help establish these guidelines and encouraged to serve on this committee.

Governance Committee

This Committee advises the Executive Committee regarding all board and organizational governance matters. It welcomes input and ideas from all of our members as governance issues are far reaching and can arise in any aspect of the WRWF’s operation. Some examples of our work this year include a review of our bylaws, the development of a “job description” for the Secretary of the board, and a process to solicit nominations for new board members when a board vacancy arises mid year. The committee meets annually one month before the annual meeting to review the state of board and organization governance and periodically when specific issues arise. Current members are Elizabeth Mathieu, Chair, Janet DeBard, Joanne Wetherall, Marcia Liebich, and Lesley Andrus. Please contact any one of us if you would like to join this committee or have ideas or questions about a governance matter!

Education Committee

Education CommitteeThe purpose of the Education Committee is to present educational opportunities to the WRWF members that support the mission of the WRWF, particularly increasing philanthropy by women and information that will lead to wiser, more effective giving. The primary educational event is the winter forum but the committee is not limited to the one event. The Committee works with the Board to develop topics and speakers who will interest and challenge the membership. It is usually presented in the February or March. The Events and Publicity Committees works with Education to make the event a success.

Membership Committee

Talk about a growth spurt! As many of you know, membership in WRWF has grown dramatically in the past year. So it seems the membership committee’s efforts in recruiting new members is working. However, we’re also charged with making sure our members are engaged in our organization and in retaining our members. We accomplish our threefold task through a variety of member/guest orientation-recruitment events, through our mentor program for new members and through smaller “pop-up” events for members. The “team” meets the second Monday of each month; we are a busy group and can use your help!

Impact Teams

The recently implemented Impact Team program gives members an opportunity to see WRWF dollars at work. The teams serve as community liaisons to current grantees with awards above $10,000. Their role is to build collaborative relationships that support grant projects and follow their progress. The three main responsibilities of each team are: to attend special activities or events of grantees to further understanding of the nonprofit‘s mission, the grant project, its objectives and potential for community impact. to conduct a mid-year site visit to discuss the progress and effectiveness of each project and to note any changes necessary. to hold a debriefing with grantees at the end-of-the grant year providing guidance for the grantee’s submission of final reports which focus on outcomes and community impact. Meet our Impact Teams All reports are circulated online to the WRWF membership.

PUBLICITY AND NEWS BRIEF:

Screenshot 2015-03-05 14.22.10(2)Women who love to write are wanted for this committee. If you like to write and send out interesting articles, the local newspapers and magazines would love to hear from you as a representative of WRWF’s publicity committee. Cover the social events of the Foundation, use your photography skills to document events, gather information from WRWF committees and from the President and publish these monthly in the News Brief. Committee meeting dates are flexible and on an as-needed basis each month. Information for publication is gathered throughout the month and edited via e-mail. Creativity is encouraged.

GRANTS COMMITTEES:

The Grants Committee is at the heart of the Wood River Women’s Foundation as it oversees and governs the process of vetting grant applications. This selection process culminates in the presentation of a slate of finalists on which the entire membership is eligible to vote. When the membership has voted, grants are awarded to the top vote recipients. The Grants Committee is lead by an Executive Grants Committee: Peggy Goldwyn and Lynne Heidel, co-chairs in charge of volunteers; Charlotte Unger, co-chair in charge of contact with the nonprofits; and Gail Wilkie, Co-chair in charge of Impact Teams. There are subcommittees which read and evaluate grant applications divided by the broad categories of Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Social Services, and Recreation. Each of these subcommittees is led by a team of two co-chairs. Each subcommittee is made up of 10 to 12 WRWCF members. We welcome the participation of any member who wishes to be involved in the grant selection process. Much of our work is done via email which allows members who travel to have a voice in committee work.

 SOCIAL MEDIA:

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Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Website content management and design, what more could one ask for? On this committee Facebook and Twitter are constantly updated with interesting material relative to our Foundation, newsworthy articles are posted, pictures are taken at social events and posted… Website pictures and content are switched out periodically and new ideas for growing our “Friends” and “Followers” base are welcome. If you have experience, great! If not, but would like to learn, please join in. Meetings happen when needed, but a lot of work can be done via email, text or a call. Have a look at our social media sites to get an idea of what it’s all about.

To join a committee please contact us at wrwcf1@gmail.com.