Hatcher Consulting Engaged for Strategic Review

Cathy Train for webHappy New Year to all Women United Members,

In recognition of our 10th year, we celebrated by giving $60,000 in grants in November for a total of $372,825 year to date. Congratulations to you our members and donors!

Our ten-year anniversary presents a perfect time to pause and reflect on how to make the next 10 years as successful as the first. To that end, we have engaged Holly Hatcher, Hatcher Consulting, to facilitate this review and visioning exercise.

Over the next couple of months, Holly will:

  • Scan women’s giving circle models and best practices;
  • Conduct focus groups with founders, steering committee members and random groups of current, past, and potential members;
  • Ask you to complete a succinct and important anonymous survey;
  • Present findings and recommendations at a Women United Spring Event (TBD).

This is an important time for Women United. On behalf of the steering committee, thank you for your interest and participation.

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Cathy Train
President
United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area

 

2015 Grants Awarded

On November 5, 2015, Women United was thrilled to announce our 2015 Human Services Grant Award Recipients! This year we awarded two $25,000 grants to Charlottesville Works Initiative and Foothills Child Advocacy Center.  And, in honor of Women United's 10th anniversary, we awarded an additional $10,000 grant to City of Promise. 

Charlottesville Works:  $25,000 grant
In the Charlottesville region, 5,281 families (17 percent), mostly single mothers and their children, do not make enough money to pay for the essentials of life-food, shelter, clothing and utilities-and the added costs associated with working-childcare and transportation.  The goal of the Charlottesville Works Initiative is to identify these families and increase their income to a level of self-sufficiency by identifying jobs within their reach and positioning them to secure and excel in those jobs.

Foothills CAC: $25,000 grant
Foothills Child Advocacy Center will use their grant to provide training for professionals who serve child abuse victims and their families so that they can continue to provide a coordinated, evidence-based, culturally competent, and compassionate response that helps reduce trauma for these children, ensure their healing, and keep them safe. These trainings will address two new and significant challenges in child abuse intervention: (1) identifying and providing an appropriate response to victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and (2) improving medical care of child abuse victims in the community.

City of Promise: $10,000 grant
Charlottesville's City of Promise (CoP) will use their grant to provide evidence-based academic coaching for 20 youth ages 12-17 in the City of Promise Neighborhood (Westhaven, 10th& Page, Starr Hill). Students will be selected on the basis of need, and will also receive wrap-around supports through City of Promise and its community partners to ensure their ability to thrive academically, personally and eventually professionally.

 

Including these grants, Women United has awarded $372,825 to local non-profits serving women and children in our area! All of this has been accomplished through Membership and Collective Giving.  For information on how you can be a part of our 2016 Membership visit our Membership page.

2015 Luncheon Announced

SAVE THE DATE - NOV 5, 2015!

Women United's 10th Anniversary Luncheon

Margaret May DamenOur keynote speaker is Margaret May Damen, founder of the Institute for Women and Wealth and Co-Author of Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation. 

Her focus on women’s financial and philanthropic issues began in 1990 with the publication of her book, Money$ense for Women. Today, her renowned workshop series, “The Life You Live is the Legacy You Leave,” and “You are the Pebble in The Pond” inspire and empower women and men to identify and embrace their psychological and emotional essence that enables them to excel in meaningful individual and family philanthropic giving by using tools from the 10 Steps to Living the Three Principles of Abundance. ™

Her 35 year career in education, finance, and philanthropy started as an Associate Vice President for Development at Boston University and continued as public relations director for New England Conservatory of Music and Executive Director of Arts/Boston., and included 18-years as a Senior Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors. She is Past President of the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council, and serves on the national board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, PPP (formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving, NCPG). She has presented at national AFP, AHP and NCPG venues.

Damen holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree from Boston University where she is a member of the National Alumni Council Board. She is listed in “Who’s Who in Finance in America,” a recipient of the Boca Raton, Florida Chapter Brandeis Women of the Year award, and the Executive Women of the Palm Beach’s Leadership Award. She is a flutist and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

To learn more about Ms. Damen and her work, CLICK HERE.

To register for the luncheon, CLICK HERE

We will be awarding more LOCAL grant money than ever before! This is our 10th Anniversary Luncheon and the day will be full of surprises. Put this on your calendars now so you don't miss it!

Special thanks to our 2015 Luncheon Sponsors:

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 Sponsorships are still available. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

2015 Grant Finalists Announced

Presentations on Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm

Omni Hotel Charlottesville, Salon C

This year on our 10th Anniversary, we are thrilled to be awarding $60,000 in grants to local human service organizations! Our Grant Committee received 12 excellent proposals, and has carefully reviewed and narrowed down to a selective group of 5 finalists:

Charlottesville Works:

In the Charlottesville region, 5,281 families (17 percent), mostly single mothers and their children, do not make enough money to pay for the essentials of life—food, shelter, clothing and utilities—and the added costs associated with working—childcare and transportation.  The goal of the Charlottesville Works Initiative is to identify these families and increase their income to a level of self-sufficiency by identifying jobs within their reach and positioning them to secure and excel in those jobs.

City of Promise:

Charlottesville’s City of Promise (CoP) is seeking a grant to provide evidence-based academic coaching for 20 youth ages 12-17 in the City of Promise Neighborhood (Westhaven, 10th& Page, Starr Hill). Students will be selected on the basis of need, and will also receive wrap-around supports through City of Promise and its community partners to ensure their ability to thrive academically, personally and eventually professionally.

Club Yancey:

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Albemarle School Board created a workgroup through charter to explore and recommend potential community wide use of B.F Yancey Elementary School. This application is based on the nine- month process of that workgroup to identify needs, interests and potential partners to create an intergenerational education center for the Southern Albemarle Community and funding to support these expansion efforts.

Foothills CAC:

Foothills Child Advocacy Center respectfully requests a grant to provide training for professionals who serve child abuse victims and their families so that they can continue to provide a coordinated, evidence-based, culturally competent, and compassionate response that helps reduce trauma for these children, ensure their healing, and keep them safe. These trainings will address two new and significant challenges in child abuse intervention: (1) identifying and providing an appropriate response to victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and (2) improving medical care of child abuse victims in the community.

Piedmont CASA:

Piedmont CASA recruits, screens, trains, supervises and supports community Volunteers who advocate in Court for abused and neglected children. CASA Volunteers conduct independent investigations and make recommendations to the judges regarding the children’s best interest, always promoting safe, permanent, and nurturing homes.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm at the Omni Hotel to hear presentations from these wonderful organizations and learn more about the impact they have on our community.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to attend.

2015 Human Service Grant Award Recipients will be announced at our 10th Anniversary Luncheon on Thursday, November 5th at Farmington Country Club.

Life, Work, Love, and Play: Finding Balance

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Join Women United at City Space on Saturday, March 21, 2105 at 2:00 as we co-host "Life, Work, Love, and Play: Finding Balance", a Virginia Festival of the Book panel event.

Authors Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin (coauthors of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life) and Brigid Schulte (Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time) will share their research, illuminating examples, and their own experiences about finding work-life balance.  Moderated by Women United Membership Co-Chair and Owner/President of Champion Tutoring, Dr. Anna Patchias, this event promises to be a fabulous and insightful discussion.

Find more information on this great event, as well as the hundreds of other Virginia Festival of the Book activities at http://vabook.org/program/life-work-and-play-finding-balance/

Women United serves to engage and educate our Members and our community. This is just one event dedicated to that mission. Be sure to check our website for other opportunities and follow us on Facebook.

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