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.

Women comprise about half of the labor force in Colorado so they are an essential component of our growing economy.  Yet the median 2013 income for single mothers was only $28,500 compared to the median income for married couples with children of $88,900.   This income disparity resulted in 44% of single mothers and their children living in poverty while single mothers made up a mere 11% of the population.

 

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

  • In 2007 the median annual earnings for a woman were $20,917. For the same period, men earned over $10,000 more per year. (Source: “The Status of Women and Girls in Weld County”, 2008)
  • Between 2008-2010, female head of households made up 16% of all families with children under 18 years old. That compares to 6% for families with male head of households. (Source: 2011 Profile for Weld County, KIDS COUNT Data Center, Colorado Children’s Campaign)
  • Weld’s teen fertility rate (ages 15-17) in 2010 was 21.8 compared to Colorado’s state rate of 17.4. (Source: Colorado Health Information Dataset –CoHID; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
  • Almost 7500 women or 12% of those aged 25 years or older never graduated from high school.(Source: “The Status of Women and Girls in Weld County”, 2008)
  • Women usually outlive their husbands and require extra help to remain independent at home. 86% of the 272 clients that Senior Resource Services assists are women. (Source: Senior Resource Services)

 

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.

Endowment

The Women’s Fund of Weld County is a component fund of the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County.

Please visit the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County at their website: www.cfsgwc.org or call (970) 304-9970 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.