Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Seattle Foundation's Community Room, 1200 Fifth Avenue Suite 1300, Seattle, WA 98101

One key component to strong leadership is self-awareness. To build effective women leaders, we must first start at the foundation: knowing ourselves. This workshop provides tools and exercises to help you identify your strengths and values, cultivate self-awareness, and make a plan to enhance your leadership "superpowers" to become the leader you are meant to be. This is an interactive, participatory and fun session that will focus on the importance of learning more about and embracing our authentic selves so that we can live and lead with confidence. Wine and appetizers will be served.

No prior attendance is necessary to participate - all are welcome! For those who have not attended previous sessions, below are resources that have shaped our conversations about women's leadership:

About WWF's Women's Leadership Series: At the core of the Foundation’s mission, values and practice is a strong commitment to women’s leadership. New this fall, we designed a special 3-part workshop series to focus on women’s leadership. We hope you will join us to engage in hearty conversations, to feel inspired, to reflect deeper about women's leadership, and to gain motivation and encouragement to reach leadership goals with confidence and joy. This 3-part series will cover various topics that relate to developing ourselves as leaders, with specific articles and videos serving as launching pads for our conversations. Each gathering will include time to share and reflect on personal leadership; to go deeper on the 'topic of the day'; and to consider a commitment to a 'next step' for our own leadership development and growth. Although serious topics, the gatherings will be fun and build on the WWF commitment to inclusion of women of all ages and who are in different chapters of their lives.

Featuring WWF member Janet Boguch, 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.

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

The Pooled Fund Grant Committee is the cornerstone of the Foundation's work, and 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. Click here for full 2015 Grant Committee Calendar.

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

Monday, December 8, 2014
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

Join and meet fellow WWF members for a casual discussion featuring member Susan Heikkala, who traveled as part of a women’s delegation to Vietnam to visit with a wide array of organizations working to advance women’s rights and alleviate poverty in this country. Their itinerary took them to visit PeaceTrees Vietnam, an organization funded by the WWF International Partner Grant in 2010.

Susan will share first-hand insights about this amazing organization as well as other highlights from her trip. This will also be a special opportunity to meet Ha Pham, Peace Tree’s In-Country Program Officer, who happens to be in Seattle participating in a leadership fellowship through mid-December.

Bring a brown bag lunch! WWF members and guests welcome.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Rainier Club, 820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

The Foundation's new President, Beth McCaw, wants to hear from you! What are your thoughts about your membership, WWF’s mission and vision, our programming, our collective community impact? Please join Beth for light refreshments and share with her your WWF experience.

If you aren't able to attend this session of CONNEXT with Beth, please plan to attend a future session: 

  • -January 14, 2015 from 9 am-10 am at the 2100 Building
  • -February 25, 2015 from 5 pm-6 pm in Bellevue at Cornerstone Advisors, 225 108th Avenue NE Suite 400, Bellevue, WA 98004
Thursday, December 11, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, 719 S King Street, Seattle, WA

Please attend a special grant award celebration and learn about the work of WWF’s fourth Diversity Partner Grant Committee. Through an advanced and accelerated grant making curriculum, the 12-member committee is helping to make WWF's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness actionable by learning more about critical needs and the work of inspiring nonprofits in Washington's Asian American & Pacific Islander community. At this Showcase, the committee will award a $15,000 grant to one or more organizations - scroll down to read more about the finalist organizations being considered.

This Showcase offers an advanced learning opportunity to all members. We will hear from our "partner" in the grant making process, Alice Ito (national board member, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; Director of Community Programs, The Seattle Foundation). Alice will share her deep experience and broad perspectives on funding needs in this community. WWF's Diversity Partner Grant Committee members will highlight key insights gained through evaluating proposals and conducting site visits.

WWF members and guests are welcome, and there will be an opportunity to continue conversations and socialize over lunch in the International District afterwards.

About WWF Diversity Partner Grant:  The Diversity Partner Grant was developed to make our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness actionable, and to learn more deeply about the needs of specific communities. Building on the best practices of our well-established Pooled Fund grant process, these initiatives provide an advanced curriculum of hands-on grant making to our members, and enable an accelerated, nimble response to critical needs. To read more about the Diversity Partner Grants, and other advanced grant making initiatives, please click here.

This year, the Diversity Partner Grant Committee focused on the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. After much research and discussion, the committee will conduct site visits to three finalist organizations serving critical needs in the community:

  • API Chaya provides a broad range of support, counseling and advocacy support for survivors of domestic violence in the AAPI community.
  • InterIm Community Development Association promotes resiliency in the Asian, Pacific Islander, immigrant and refugee community through culturally and linguistically appropriate housing and community building.
  • International Community Health Services (ICHS) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community. They operate four major community health centers throughout King County; they are specifically seeking funding for a Women’s Preventive Health initiative.
Friday, December 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
2100 24th Ave 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!

Sunday, December 14, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Field Roast Warehouse, 1440 S. Jackson St Seattle, WA 98144

The holiday season can be especially difficult for families living in poverty, as parents feel pressure to create a festive atmosphere while struggling to meet basic needs. Washington Women's Foundation is pleased to offer a service event with the YWCA Adopt-a-Family program that will help bridge the gap for these families — plus, it's a fun and meaningful way to get into the holiday spirit while helping families in need.

20 WWF volunteers will act as Holiday Donation Helpers to act as YWCA ambassadors and enthusiastically accept holiday donations. Volunteers will greet, thank, and assist donors in dropping off gifts, as well as organize, wrap and label packages for the families. Please note the following :

  • Volunteers are asked work a 2-hour shift between the hours of 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Please indicate your arrival time on your registration.
  • We are seeking only 20 volunteers (a waitlist will be available for those interested after capacity is reached)
  • Frequent bending and lifting of 10-25 pounds is required.
  • Children over 12 are welcome, if they are accompanied by an adult.

Coffee will be available to volunteers. We hope you will join us for a festive, social, and meaningful opportunity.

If you cannot volunteer, but would like to donate or sponsor a family in need, you can click here for more information on Adopt-A-Family.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

The Pooled Fund Grant Committee is the cornerstone of the Foundation's work, and a great way to connect with other members and learn about innovative nonprofits.  This is the first meeting of the 2015 Pooled Fund Committee, and will cover the Grant Committee process, schedule, and great rewards that come from participating. 

Click here for full 2015 Grant Calendar.  Please mark your calendar for all required meetings, and be sure to look at page 2 for Phase 1 (January/early Feb) and Phase 2 (March/early April) Work Group meeting dates . 

All WWF members are invited to participate - no experience necessary. Attendance is mandatory for all Grant Committee members.*

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
2100 Bldg: 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

The Foundation's new President, Beth McCaw, wants to hear from you! What are your thoughts about your membership, WWF’s mission and vision, our programming, our collective community impact? Please join Beth for light refreshments and share with her your WWF experience.

If you aren't able to attend this session of CONNEXT with Beth, please plan to attend this future session: 

  • February 25, 2015 from 5 pm-6 pm in Bellevue at Cornerstone Advisors, 225 108th Avenue NE Suite 400, Bellevue, WA 98004
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Bellevue at Cornerstone Advisors: 225 108th Avenue NE Suite 400, Bellevue, WA 98004

The Foundation's new President, Beth McCaw, wants to hear from you! What are your thoughts about your membership, WWF’s mission and vision, our programming, our collective community impact? Please join Beth for coffee and tea and share with her your WWF experience.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

This workshop will enhance your nonprofit expertise and improve your ability to review grant proposals and understand nonprofit financials. 

All WWF members welcome!  Attendance is required for all 2015 Grant Committee participants. Guests are asked to contact the WWF office (206-340-1710) before registering.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144
A great opportunity to enhance your knowledge about some exciting new nonprofit projects, as well as the most critical needs in our community. The Grant Committee will report on the 25 proposals that they reviewed, and we will also announce the 15 nonprofits moving on to the Site Visit stage of the grant process. 
 
All WWF members welcome! We ask all guests to call the WWF office before registering - 206-340-1710.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144
The site visit is not only an important aspect of grant making, but often the most inspiring and energizing. Join us for this workshop that will provide the do's and don'ts for effective site visits.
 
Attendance required for 2015 Site Visit participants.  All WWF members welcome!  We ask all guests to call the WWF office before registering - 206-340-1710.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

The Grant Committee will report on the 15 Site Visits made - it's a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge about our finalist nonprofit projects, as well as the most critical needs in our community.

Please note that we ask only WWF members to attend this event due to the confidential nature of the reports.

Guests are welcome to celebrate at the Grant Award Celebration on June 10.