Membership FAQs

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Do potential members need to be “invited” to join?
When can I join?
What is my commitment?
When do I renew?
When do I make my Individual Grant recommendations?
Why is the Individually Recommended Grant important? What is the purpose of this money going through Washington Women's Foundation?
May I suggest a potential project to be considered for a Washington Women's Foundation Pooled Fund grant?
May I contribute more to the Pooled Grant Fund?  
What does my $500 membership contribution pay for?
What is the purpose of the Annual Fund?
What is the purpose of the Endowment Fund?
Is there a way for a member to share information with the rest of the membership?


Do potential members need to be “invited” to join?

Absolutely not. Membership is open to all women interested in philanthropy.  Join online today.

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When can I join?

Anytime! We welcome new membership throughout the year.

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What is my commitment?

When you join the Washington Women's Foundation, you can tailor your involvement based on your schedule and priorities. At a minimum, we ask that you make your annual contribution each year, cast your vote for the Pooled Fund grant awards each June, and continue your membership for at least five years.

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When do I renew?

If you joined the Foundation between January and June you will be asked to renew in May of each year. If you joined between July and December you will be asked to renew annually in November. The Foundation mails and emails your renewal forms and reminders.

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When do I make my Individual Grant recommendations?

We ask that you make your individual grant recommendations within six months of initially joining the Foundation or within six months of your renewal. The office will provide a form for making this recommendation. Forms received by the 15th of each month will go through the due diligence process and be acted upon by the Board of Directors at its next meeting. Checks will be issued  by the 15th of the following month and you will receive mailed confirmation when the grant has been sent.

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Why is the Individual Grant Recommendation important? What is the purpose of this money going through Washington Women's Foundation?

Through participation in the Foundation, our members learn about the breadth of issues and organizations in the community and are better informed in the practice of their personal giving. The Individual Grant Recommendation allows members to demonstrate her impact an individual philanthropist.  Giving through the Foundation also helps raise our visibility in the community so more organizations are aware of our pooled grant program.

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May I suggest a potential project to be considered for a Washington Women's Foundation Pooled Fund grant?

Yes. Members are encouraged to bring projects to the attention of the Grant Committee. Please submit your member suggestion form by November 30 for consideration in the next year’s grant cycle.

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May I contribute more to the Pooled Grant Fund?

Members are welcome to designate their individual grant portion to the pooled fund.  However, during the annual voting, each member receives one vote, regardless of the amount contributed.

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What does my $500 membership contribution pay for?

Your $500 contribution provides critical funding for Washington Women's Foundation programs, continuing our strong trajectory of growth and momentum.

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What is the purpose of the Annual Fund?

The $500 portion of the $2,500 annual contribution from members covers only a portion of the costs associated with the Foundation’s grantmaking and philanthropic education programs. The Board established the $2,500 membership level in order to make Foundation membership accessible to as a broad a group of women as possible, and we rely on the Annual Fund for the balance of Foundation expenses.  Participation in the annual fund is entirely voluntary.

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What is the purpose of the Endowment Fund?

Proceeds from the $2.5 million endowment help support the sustainability and operations of the Foundation for years to come. The endowment is named as a tribute to Colleen S. Willoughby, our inspiring founder and former President  who served the Foundation as an unpaid volunteer leader from 1995 to 2008. The endowment's principle balance is set aside in perpetuity, and a portion of the fund's annual investment performance is released to Washington Women's Foundation to help cover operating expenses.

 

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Is there a way for a member to share information with the rest of the membership?

Yes. The Foundation's Facebook page has a discussion section which allows members to share information about our community and philanthropy with others.

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