Upcoming Events

Monday, November 3, 2014
4:00 - 6:00 pm, brief remarks at 4:45
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue | Seattle, WA 98104

The Board of Directors and Member Engagement Committee are pleased to host this fall social in honor of our new President, Beth McCaw. Meet Beth, catch up with fellow members over wine and appetizers and view all of the Frye’s current exhibits during an exclusive WWF members-only opening of the Museum. Thank you to the Frye Art Museum and their employee and WWF member Kate Godman for their generous in-kind support of this event. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

In this second session of our Women’s Leadership series, we will explore authentic leadership and the issues of vulnerability and self-awareness. While there may be the assumption that strong leadership requires an image of perfection and invulnerability, what if, in fact, the opposite is true: that for a leader to be truly engaged, inspired and inspiring, she must be willing to risk vulnerability and failure? That courage is at the core of leadership, regardless of the ultimate outcome?

Together we will view a TED Talk by Brene Brown and, through discussion and conversation, consider how these concepts apply to us in both our professional and personal arenas.

It will be helpful, but not necessary, to  do some pre-reading. Click on the titles below to read articles for discussion:

In case you missed the first Women's Leadership series event, here are some reviews from attendees:

  • -"...the content was strong and the facilitation was excellent"
  • -"I am so happy that I was able to hear insights and ideas from women with different views and experiences."
  • -" Janet was so warm and engaging, and the table discussion was such a nice element. That was a smart way to get us out of our comfort zones and to encourage us to walk the talk of confidence."

About 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. Register for 1 session, or attend all 3, whatever fits your schedule!

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.

Cost for WWF Members is $15 per session, and cost for guests is $25 per session, to offset the cost of lunch and materials. WWF Members and guests welcome!

Thursday, November 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Discovery Days is the Foundation's largest educational program each year, and an opportunity for members and guests to learn about the urgent issues facing our community and how philanthropy can make the most impact. Experts will inform us in each of our five Pooled Grant funding areas: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services.

HUMAN SERVICES: Creating Affordable Workforce Housing
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Healthy communities provide opportunities for all to thrive, yet rental prices for Seattle apartments have soared too high for many low to middle wage earners and their families to afford. Panelists will discuss how philanthropy can support innovative ideas to increase Seattle’s affordable housing and preserve our community’s vibrant diversity. 
Mike O’Brien, Councilmember, Seattle City Council
Christopher Persons, CEO, Capitol Hill Housing

ENVIRONMENT: Sustainable Transportation Solutions
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Studies show that providing efficient public transportation options in high density areas helps to reduce a city’s ecological footprint and improve our environment. Panelists will discuss current and future plans to improve our region’s transportation, as well as the role that philanthropy plays in this effort.
Scott Kubly, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation
Rachel Smith, Government and Community Relations Officer, Sound Transit

12:00 - 12:45 Buffet Lunch served

EDUCATION: Successful Innovation in Schools
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This session will present two local examples of effective research, intervention and leadership that are producing impressive educational results. If all children deserve a quality public education, how can philanthropy play a meaningful role? 
Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools
Dr. Elham Kazemi, Professor, University of Washington, College of Education

Special thanks to
2014 Discovery Days Planning Committee 
and Event Sponsors: Cornerstone Advisors and Boeing
   

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Discovery Days is the Foundation's largest educational program each year, and an opportunity for members and guests to learn about the urgent issues facing our community and how philanthropy can make the most impact. Experts will inform us in each of our five Pooled Grant funding areas: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services.

HEALTH: Research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

In the past decade, TBI has become the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults. This session will examine cutting-edge research providing hope and treatment options for two affected populations: active youth and military veterans, and how philanthropy can help.
Dr. Frederick P. Rivara, Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, University of Washington
Dr. Christine Mac Donald, Assistant Professor in Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

ARTS & CULTURE: The Role of Arts and Artists in Economic Renewal
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In stressed communities, arts and artists can spark renewed economic health. This session will explore examples of arts and artists energizing Washington’s rural and urban communities, and examine how philanthropists can help build thriving communities through strategic support of the arts.
Ed Marquand, Founder, Tieton Arts & Humanities
Marilyn Strickland, Mayor, City of Tacoma

Special Thanks to
2014 Discovery Days Planning Committee
and Event Sponsors: Cornerstone Advisors and Boeing
   

Friday, November 14, 2014
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 coffee and tea 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: 

  • -December 10, 2014 from 5 pm - 6 pm in Seattle at The Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave.
  • -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
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
November 16- 18
Sheraton Seattle, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Washington Women’s Foundation is proud to partner with Independent Sector—the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations—to bring its 2014 National Conference to Seattle this November 16-18.

The 2014 National Conference in Seattle will feature nonprofit and philanthropy leaders from across the country, and will highlight the innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and creativity of our sector. The event aims to inspire new ideas, examine ways to achieve greater impact, and create opportunity for new collaborations that improve the communities we serve. It is also an opportunity for unique, compressed exposure to national-level thought-leaders in the nonprofit sector!

What to expect: The 2014 Independent Sector conference offers customized content for a range of audiences. In addition to the general sessions and plenaries, there are two pre-conference sessions (November 15-16): 

  • Public Policy Action Institute: Join leaders, advocates, and communicators to discuss policy issues vital to the work of our sector and the needs of our communities.
  • NGen: This premier program gathers sector leaders 40 and under to network and develop their leadership skills and capacities. On-line registration for the conference is now open.

As a member of the Washington Women’s Foundation, you are entitled to receive a discounted registration rate. Click here to register - register soon to take advantage of the Early Bird rate (by June 13), or the Summer Special rate (by Sept 5). 

When registering, please use the following codes to receive the discount:

  • NPPAIWWF (Public Policy Pre-Conference, Nov 15-16)
  • NPartnerWWF (Main Conference, Nov 16-18)
  • NNGENWWF  (NGEN Pre-Conference, Nov 15-16)

Let us know you’ve registered so we know to look for you there!

Thursday, November 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.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!

Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

Join Seattle International Foundation for the 5th annual Women of the World breakfast on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00 am at the Four Seasons in downtown Seattle. The keynote speaker this year will be Julie Lewis, founder of the 30/30 Project which supports health clinics in the developing world. SIF will also announce grants to local organizations working to promote the rights of women and girls around the world.

Visit www.womenintheworld.eventbrite.com to register. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Session 3 of WWF's new Women's Leadership series focuses on "Putting the Pieces Together - Your Leadership Commitment." More information coming soon!

About 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. Register for 1 session, or attend all 3, whatever fits your schedule!

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.

Cost for WWF Members is $15 per session, and cost for guests is $25 per session, to offset the cost of lunch and materials. WWF Members and guests welcome!

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!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 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
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!

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.   Phase 1 (January/early Feb) and Phase 2 (March/early April) meeting dates will be announced soon. 

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
4:00 - 5:00 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.