Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 10, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
Please join us for a casual information session about the Foundation and membership. We invite all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective grantmaking!  
 
To WWF members, please pass this opportunity along to friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about what we do.
 
Please register if you plan to attend.  We will have light refreshments and coffee available.
 
We look forward to seeing you!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Becoming Your Best Leader: Cultivating Courage, Compassion and Connection

What kind of leader do you want to be? How do we become leaders or strengthen our leadership? Washington Women's Foundation presents its second 3-part series of Women in Leadership programs created by WWF member Janet Boguch.

 

 Janet is the dynamic CEO of Non-Profit Works who has provided strategic planning, consulting and coaching to nonprofit organizations and individuals for more than 25 years. In these three sessions, we will explore different approaches, philosophies and ideas that can assist us to grow into our best selves and into authentic leaders.

Register for each session a la carte or attend all 3 - whatever fits your schedule!

Session 1: Discovering Your Strengths and Putting Them to Work
Thursday, September 17
Early Evening: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
WWF Members: Free / Guests: $10

An effective leader displays confidence in her personal strengths and abilities and utilizes them in the service of an inspiring purpose. In this interactive session, we will learn about and discuss what authentic leadership means, how we can assess who we are as leaders, and how we want to show up. Participants will gain tools and resources to:

  • Identify personal strengths
  • Build confidence in your voice
  • Reflect on experiences and build a path forward to strengthen leadership muscles

Other Sessions in this Series

Session 2: Building Your Resilience Through Change and Transition
Monday, October 26
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WWF Memberst: $15 to cover lunch expenses / Guests: $25

Session 3: Self-Care As An Essential Leadership Tool
Wednesday, November 18
Morning: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
WWF Members: Free / Guests: $10

A portion of the costs of this program have been underwritten, thanks to a generous contribution from the Lewis Greenwood Foundation. This sponsorship was made possible by WWF member Toby Donner.

Friday, September 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bellevue LifeSpring, 13122 NE 20th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005

Limited capacity – only 10 volunteer spots available!

Get ready to play Santa in September - we'll provide the milk and cookies! Bellevue LifeSpring's Holiday Adopt-A-Family program matches community sponsors with families in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many sponsors participate as part of a holiday tradition.

Ten WWF volunteers will arrive at Bellevue Lifespring's office to call last year's sponsors and invite them to join us again in giving the gift of the holidays. You'll even receive Santa hats and some tasty treats to help get you in the holiday spirit! These phone calls are a vital step in ensuring that every child has the opportunity for a great holiday season. Click here to learn more about Bellevue LifeSpring.

This opportunity was arranged through Day of Caring, the biggest volunteer event in our state. Organized by United Way of King County, Day of Caring mobilizes over 10,000 volunteers to spend Friday, September 18 participating in volunteer opportunities around our region. Washington Women’s Foundation is excited to lend a hand in this large-scale day of volunteering.

Lunch will be provided at no cost. WWF members welcome!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
 
Are you interested in leading a committee at WWF in 2016? Please attend this session to ask questions and learn more!
 
Washington Women's Foundation has several leadership positions open each year on operating committees: Pooled Fund Grants, Impact Assessment, Discovery Days, Partner Grants, Member Engagement, and Committee Cabinet. WWF staff will address the following questions:
 
  • How are leadership decisions made at the Foundation?
  • What is expected of members who are serving in leadership positions?
  • How can a member nominate herself or others for a leadership position?
 
All WWF members welcome! Please register if you plan to attend.
Friday, September 25, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

This workshop is offered as part of United Way of King County's board partnership series, a forum for executive directors and board chairs or key board members to network with colleagues, learn about specific governance topics and discuss issues facing their organizations. All WWF members are invited to attend!

Financial statements can be intimidating, yet they contain enormously valuable information. More importantly, they are used by external decision-makers who hold your organization’s financial well-being in their hands. 

This workshop teaches financial statement speed-reading tricks and outlines some of the key indicators that Board members sometimes overlook when they are exercising their fiduciary duties. We will talk about what the numbers mean, how they can be improved by your organization and how to spot the issues that catch the attention of external financial statement users. 

By the end of the session participants will:

  1. Understand non-profit accounting terminology
  2. Understand and interpret basic non-profit financial statements and Form 990
  3. Be empowered to ask questions and identify 'red flags' in your organization's financial statements and Form 990.

This workshop has sold out quickly each time we offered it earlier in the year, and is sure to sell out again quickly.

Trainers:

Erin Welch, CPA, is a financial statement auditor and consultant, working with not-for-profits to prepare financial statements that accurately and effectively communicate to external audiences. She also helps clients implement internal controls and other processes, facilitates board financial training and communications, and conducts financial health assessments for not-for-profits. In addition to her professional service, Erin is Treasurer of the Mockingbird Society board and serves on the United Way Audit Review Committee.

Howard Donkin, CPA, specializes in serving not-for-profit organizations’ tax-related needs. Howard has served on a number of federal and state advisory panels contributing to the development and interpretation of tax laws impacting not-for-profits, including the Redesigned Form 990. He is also a frequent author and speaker on federal, state and local tax issues. In addition to his professional service, Howard has served on several not-for-profit boards.

This is part of our board partnership series, a forum for executive directors and board chairs or key board members to network with colleagues, learn about specific governance topics and discuss issues facing their organizations.  

Cost: $45 per person.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

This program was offered in Spring 2015 and is back by popular demand!

As parents and mentors, we want to develop good financial habits in the young people in our lives and hope they grow up to be responsible and thoughtful with money. For girls, who have historically been left out of many financial conversations, the education they receive from parents and role models is even more important. But how do we teach these skills and when should we start?

Join the Kids & Money team from our corporate partners Laird Norton Wealth Management and members of the Philanthropic Services group at The Seattle Foundation for a 2-hour session on how you can model and build great financial skills for any child from the pre-school through the post-college years. In this session, participants will learn:

  • Establishing values and messages around money
  • Linking financial goals to values
  • Money personalities and what to look out for in each of them
  • The importance of raising financially fit girls
  • Financial and philanthropic concepts, skills and activities for each stage of development
  • Recommendations for a variety of resources that can help adults start conversations and take action

Program presented by: Laird Norton Wealth Management and The Seattle Foundation

   

Cost: 
WWF Members: $15 to cover lunch expenses. Guests: $25. Please register if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Are you interested in making collective impact in education? Have you heard of "the Road Map Project" and wondered what it was all about? Are you considering joining the Education work group on the Pooled Fund Grant Committee? Then this event is for you!

The Road Map Project is a region-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle through college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside schools.

Join Washington Women's Foundation members and other fellow philanthropists as we hear about The Road Map Project from Mary Jean Ryan, Executive Director of the Community Center for Education Results, the nonprofit supporting the Road Map Project. Attendees will:

  • Gain understanding of the work of The Road Map Project in South King County and South Seattle
  • Learn how nonprofits and community-based organizations enhance the work of the Road Map Project and where philanthropy can help
  • Become aware of opportunities to advocate for goals of The Road Map Project

WWF members and guests warmly welcome. We hope to see you there!

Friday, October 16, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
 
Please join us for a casual information session about the Foundation and membership. We invite all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective grantmaking!  
 
To WWF members, please pass this opportunity along to friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about what we do.
 
Please register if you plan to attend.  We will have light refreshments and coffee available.
 
We look forward to seeing you!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

Ginny Gilder, WWF founding member, Olympic rower, and co-owner of the Seattle Storm joins us to speak about her new memoir, Course Correction. Leadership and personal growth are at the heart of Ginny’s story of elite rowing and her experience with Title IX. At this program, Ginny will speak about her experiences, read an excerpt from her new book, and engage in a Q & A session.

Cost: $20 for WWF Members/$25 for guests. This is a brown bag lunch event. Each attendee will receive a copy of Course Correction signed by the author.

More about Course Correction:

Ginny grew up in an era where girls mostly stayed on the sidelines in the gym–as observers and cheerleaders, not competitors and champions. Raised in a family where business acumen was treasured as the ultimate trophy, she toed the line of her father’s expectations. To Ginny, that meant the pursuit of academic excellence. However, her operating assumptions changed nearly overnight in 1975, as a freshman at Yale when she discovered rowing. From her first strokes as a novice, Ginny found herself in a new world. At Yale, she trained with two Olympic rowers and participated in the famous Title IX naked protest, which helped mold the future of women’s crew and helped define the Title IX movement.

Course Correction recounts the physical and psychological barriers Ginny overcame as she transformed into an elite athlete who reached the highest echelon of her sport. Taking place against the backdrop of unprecedented cultural change, Ginny’s story personalizes the impact of Title IX, demonstrating the life-changing lessons learned in sports far beyond the athletic fields of play. Her journey wends its way to the Olympic podium in 1984, carries her through family tragedy, strengthens her to face her own demons and truths, and ultimately frees her to live her life despite her persistent fear of loss.

Monday, October 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Becoming Your Best Leader: Cultivating Courage, Compassion and Connection 

What kind of leader do you want to be? How do we become leaders or strengthen our leadership? Washington Women's Foundation presents its second 3-part series of Women in Leadership programs created by WWF member Janet Boguch.


Janet is the dynamic CEO of Non-Profit Works who has provided strategic planning, consulting and coaching to nonprofit organizations and individuals for more than 25 years. In these three sessions, we will explore different approaches, philosophies and ideas that can assist us to grow into our best selves and into authentic leaders. 

Register for each session a la carte or attend all 3 - whatever fits your schedule! 

Session 2: Building Your Resilience Through Change and Transition
Monday, October 26
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WWF Members: $15 to cover lunch expenses / Guests: $25

Strong leaders demonstrate the ability to adapt to change and to build the resilience to move ahead during challenging times. In this session, we will learn the about the way external change triggers a responding personal transition that is internal, emotional and personal. Participants will gain tools and resources to:

  • Build resiliency and strengthen ability to adapt
  • Adopt a more constructive way to view your world
  • Develop skills to navigate successfully on the transition path

 

Other Sessions in this Series

Session 1: Discovering Your Strengths and Putting Them to Work 
Thursday, September 17
Early Evening: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
WWF Members: Free / Guests: $10

Session 3: Self Care As an Essential Leadership Tool
Wednesday, November 18
Morning: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
WWF Members: Free / Guests: $10

A portion of the costs of this program have been underwritten, thanks to a generous contribution from the Lewis Greenwood Foundation. This sponsorship was made possible by WWF member Toby Donner.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Curious about what's new at the Foundation? What happened in 2014? What's next for 2015/2016 and beyond?

Please attend this Annual Meeting to hear a report on the status of the Foundation from President Beth McCaw, socialize with fellow WWF members, and connect to WWF's Board of Directors. We will elect 3 new members to the Board.

Lunch will be served. There is no charge to attend this event.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

How do you build a more effective, engaged Board? Do your Board members understand the difference between governance and management? Are your Board members aware of their legal obligations and areas where they may potentially be liable for the activities of your organization?

This workshop examines these questions and using the concepts of governance from Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (Chait, Ryan & Taylor 2005), provides a framework for more effective not-for-profit governance. By the end of the session participants will understand:

  1. What federal and state laws require of a “fiduciary” responsible for the governance of a not-for-profit organization.
  2. How to build a more effective Board by strengthening Board member recruitment, orientation and ongoing training
  3. How to train your Board to think and govern like leaders, not managers.

This workshop is designed both for those who are new to boards as well as to more experienced board members wanting to shore up their knowledge and educate fellow board members.

"Beth is wicked smart and an interesting presenter. This was an extremely clear and useful 101 presentation. I didn't want it to end!"

Beth McCaw is the President of the Washington Women’s Foundation. An attorney, Beth retired in 2011 from the Seattle law firm of Stokes Lawrence, P.S., where she was a shareholder in the estate planning group. Beth focused her legal practice on estate planning, gift and estate taxation, probate and trust administration, charitable giving and the law of tax-exempt organizations. Beth also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County and is a past President of the Washington Planning Planned Giving Council, Book-It Repertory Theatre and The Rainier Club. She also serves on advisory committees for The Seattle Foundation and the Seattle Humane Society.

This program is presented by United Way of King County as part of its board partnership series, a forum for executive directors and board chairs or key board members to network with colleagues, learn about specific governance topics and discuss issues facing their organizations. Cost: $45 per person

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
 
Please join us for a casual information session about the Foundation and membership. We invite all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective grantmaking!  
 
To WWF members, please pass this opportunity along to friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about what we do.
 
Please register if you plan to attend.  We will have light refreshments and coffee available.
 
We look forward to seeing you!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Becoming Your Best Leader: Cultivating Courage, Compassion and Connection 

What kind of leader do you want to be? How do we become leaders or strengthen our leadership? Washington Women's Foundation presents its second 3-part series of Women in Leadership programs created by WWF member Janet Boguch.

Janet is the dynamic CEO of Non-Profit Works who has provided strategic planning, consulting and coaching to nonprofit organizations and individuals for more than 25 years. In these three sessions, we will explore different approaches, philosophies and ideas that can assist us to grow into our best selves and into authentic leaders. 

Register for each session a la carte or attend all 3 - whatever fits your schedule! 

Session 3: Self-Care As An Essential Leadership Tool
Wednesday, November 18
Morning: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
WWF Members: Free / Guests: $10

“Above all, self-care involves actively setting intentions for yourself - being honest with yourself and others about your needs, desires, fears, and dreams. From this place, we can be authentic leaders, engaged partners, and productive members of any team.” (Joanne Heyman, Huffington Post, Own Self-Care: It’s simple – and essential). Building upon the theme of authentic leadership, this session will help us begin to find a healthy sense of integration among the different facets of our lives. Participants will gain tools and resources to:

  • Identify and manage your personal sources (and drains!) of energy
  • Take responsibility to integrate self-care into your life
  • Develop your own self-care commitment and action plan.

 

Other Sessions in this Series

Session 1: Discovering Your Strengths and Putting Them to Work
Thursday, September 17
Early Evening: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
WWF Members: Free / Guests: $10

Session 2: Building Your Resilience Through Change and Transition
Monday, October 26
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WWF Members: $15 to cover lunch expenses / Guests: $10

A portion of the costs of this program have been underwritten, thanks to a generous contribution from the Lewis Greenwood Foundation. This sponsorship was made possible by WWF member Toby Donner.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

The Pooled Fund Grant Committee is at the cornerstone of the Foundation's work - plus, it's a great way to connect with other members and learn about innovative nonprofits in our community. All WWF members are welcome to serve on the committee - no experience necessary!

This session will answer all of your questions about the Grant Committee process, the schedule, and the great rewards that come from participating! The committee is active from January - June, with many of its meetings taking place in January/early February and March/early April. 2016 Pooled Fund Grant Committee calendar coming soon!

WWF members or guests who are interested in joining the Foundation are welcome!

Thursday, December 10, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144

 

Please join us for a casual information session about the Foundation and membership. We invite all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective grantmaking!  

To WWF members, please pass this opportunity along to friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about what we do.
 
Please register if you plan to attend.  We will have light refreshments and coffee available.
 
We look forward to seeing you!
Thursday, December 17, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the Treehouse Wearhouse on the first floor of our office building? Sign up to volunteer with us on December 17th to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Wearhouse; a unique store where foster children shop for free for new and gently used clothing and other essentials. Volunteers sort, tag and restock merchandise, and work on readying the store for shopping days.

This volunteer opportunity is limited to 15 volunteers – please sign up today! Children over the age of 7 are welcome to join. Please help Treehouse spread holiday cheer to foster youth by joining our holiday volunteer service project.