Because income, not principal, is distributed, contributions made to The Women's Fund of Weld County will support our daughters, our granddaughters and their daughters.

Gifts can become a catalyst in our community

The Women's Fund is not linked to a particular program or project, and therefore has the opportunity to serve as a community catalyst, bringing together groups to meet the needs of women and girls in Weld County that are not yet being served.

Gifts are tax-deductible

The Women's Fund operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County, a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, which allows donors to receive the maximum deduction allowed by law for their gift.

Contributions to the Fund of any amount are deeply appreciated. Gifts and pledges may be made as simple contributions or in honor or memory of another, or as a means to celebrate birthdays or special days. Gifts of appreciated stocks or other planned giving instruments may also be used to support the Fund. All contributions are pledged to support programs which address the needs of local women and girls.

 

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Why Do We Support Women and Girls?

 

A January 2015 report “Surviving to Thriving” from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy focuses on the high frequency of poverty in families headed by single women in Colorado.  The study concludes that single mothers face the greatest risk of living in poverty while also facing the highest barriers to becoming economically self-sufficient.

 

Recent statistics list some sobering facts about women in Weld County:

  • Median income for women in Weld County compared to men or two-parent households: Median family income for married households with children is $82,100. For male households with childen and no wife, median family income is $41,795. For female households with children and no husband, the median family income is $25,917. (2011-2015 US Census ACS)
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  • Percentage of single women with and without children living in poverty: 11.7% of single women without children are living in poverty. 38.4% of single women with children are living in poverty. Also, 46.2% of children in single female households are living in poverty as opposed to 8.4% in married households and 16.5% overall (2011-2015 US Census ACS)
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  • Percentage of female vs. male head of household with children under 18: There are 24,676 married couple households with children in Weld, compared to 2,678 male householders with children and no wife and 5,794 female householders with children and no husband. Of the households with children, 17.4% are headed by females, 8.1% are headed by males and 74.4% are married couples. (2011-2015 US Census ACS)
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  • Weld County teen pregnancy rate: 1.9% of women 15 to 19 gave birth in the past 12 months. (66 births for ages 15-17 or 10.8 births per 1,000 women in that range. 176 births for ages 18-19 or 32.8 births per 1,000 women in that range) (Colorado Department of Public Health)
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  • Percentage of women over 25 that never graduated from high school: 12% of women 25 and older with less than a high school degree. 10.3% age 25-34, 12.2% age 35-44, 10.8% age 45-64, 16.6% age 65 and over.  (2011-2015 US Census ACS)

 

The Colorado Department of Education states that without high quality early childhood intervention, an at-risk child is:
  •  25% more likely to drop out of school
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% more likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% more likely to never attend college
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime

 

Why Give Locally?

Gifts to the Women’s Fund of Weld County are invested by the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County. The gift principal never gets spent and the earnings are used to benefit our local community through annual grants. Gifts to the Fund will continue to grow and earn resources for the community forever. It is a simple and tax-smart way to fulfill your philanthropic goals and thoughtfully support our region’s charitable needs for women and girls.

You are part of a community of givers who provide a permanent source of money available for charitable investments focused on women and girls in Weld County.

The Board of Directors of the Women’s Fund of Weld County solicits grant applications from area agencies which specifically focus on the needs of and services for women and girls in our community. The Board is often approached to help fund new programs targeting unmet needs of women and girls in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Impact of Your Gift

Examples of 2016 grants:

Assisted victims/survivors of domestic violence in Weld County in obtaining legal assistance and helped with process service fees.

Provided supplies for The Teen Parenting Class which is for teen mothers to learn multiple areas in the early childhood development arena to better themselves as parents.Provided supplies and books for a literacy fair for girls in Weld County.

Funded training classes of civil services employee and the community in spotting the signs of sexual exploitation in women.

Assisted women with the costs of child care classes related to becoming licensed child care providers.

Provided supplies for a two-day workshop for young mothers to understand the importance of self -confidence and self care.