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 Making the Most of Your Membership
Save the Date- March 13th, 2017
The Annual WGSD Leadership Retreat will be held on Monday, March 13th, from 5:30- 7:30PM. The location is TBD. 


Volunteer with our Grant Partners
Our Community Engagement team has prepared a wonderful summary of ways to engage with our grant partners ALL YEAR! Please click HERE for volunteer and donation opportunities.
 A Message From WGSD Co-Presidents
 
Dear WGSD Members,

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you at our February 13th membership meeting. The room was buzzing with energy immediately prior to the panel with the table top discussions about our eight leadership teams. There were so many great conversations about the work of our various teams and opportunities to get more involved, which was really the theme of the evening. Active membership on a leadership team is not only rewarding, it allows you to form close connections with our incredible membership. If you have not yet joined a leadership team, we hope that our event last week inspired you to do so!

On the panel we heard from organizations that reflect the diversity of grant making- it was a powerful discussion on the difference these organizations are making today, and given the evolving political landscape, what we can be doing to shape the future through our grant making, our advocacy, and our engagement. Our philanthropic impact in the community is possible due to each of you. Your membership dues and additional financial support above and beyond, provides the funds we grant into the community. And, as we heard during the panel, engagement with our time and talent enhance the impact of our giving via volunteering and advocacy.

Now more than ever, as individuals and as a part of WGSD, we are all striving to understand how we can continue to shape the future for the vulnerable populations in San Diego, and beyond. Over the next several months we will continue to bring those opportunities to your attention. Our Community Engagement team will share volunteer requests from our grant partners, and the Advocacy Team will solicit your feedback on legislation that we can back to further shape the outlook for the communities we support in San Diego.

And to close on a super positive note, we are thrilled to welcome Pam Mudd and Courtney Brown as our incoming Co-Presidents, taking the helm in July. These are two absolutely outstanding women. If you have not met them yet, please seek them out at upcoming events-- you will be blown away by their charm humor, dedication, and commitment.


All the best,
Sabrina Martucci Johnson & Morgan Justice Black
WGSD Team Updates
The Community Engagement Team will be meeting on Monday, March 6 at 5:30pm at residence in La Jolla. The purpose of this next meeting will be to plan a spring volunteer opportunity at the site of one of our grantees for WGSD members. If you are interested in joining the Community Engagement Team, please email Courtney Brown  or Susanne Marczak.
 
The Grants Team has invited select agencies to submit a full proposal for consideration of support. The next meeting will be the evening of March 9th. It's not too late to join the team and help determine where WGSD funding will go. It's a fantastic way to learn about what nonprofits are doing to help women and girls, and truly feel the difference your membership is making. If you're interested in joining the teamplease contact Krista Stellmacher or Marcia Hazan.

The Advocacy Team has been hard at work! They assisted the Education Team with questions regarding advocacy efforts for the panelists at the latest Membership Meeting on February 13th. They have also been working with the Community Engagement Team to get introductions to WGSD's past grantees in order to better understand the organization's greatest advocacy needs and issues their clients are facing. To represent these interests in the public policy arena, the Advocacy Team will then look for ideas for the 2017 legislative session by surveying WGSD membership and asking for ideas from members. The team will be sending a short survey out in the coming weeks, and hope to get all of members to participate. Please contact Virginia Chambers or Jessica Peter with any questions.

 
Membership Meeting Highlights

A special thank you to the Education Team and Events Team for planning an incredible Membership Meeting on February 13th. The meeting included a presentation and panel discussion highlighting the nearly $500,000 WGSD has given to 19 programs supporting women and girls in San Diego. Education Co-chair, Lenise Andrade, facilitated a panel discussion with four WGSD grantee organizations that focus on immigrant/refugee populations, foster youth, and workforce development for low-income women and their families:

  • Casa Cornelia
  • Grossmont College's Office Professional Training Program
  • Just in Time for Foster Youth
  • Community Housing Works
Women Give San Diego members and guests left feeling inspired and ready to do MORE for women and girls in San Diego County in 2017. To learn more about the four grantee organizations and the WGSD grant process, please enjoy the wonderful Power Point presentation developed for the meeting, HERE.
WGSD Grantee Engagement Opportunities
Women Give San Diego is fortunate to partner with many incredible organizations in San Diego focused on empowering women and girls. The Community Engagement Team will be collecting an ongoing list of engagement opportunities for members, beyond the formal volunteer opportunities that are offered several times a year. Please click HERE for February's update and email the appropriate Grantee Liaison if you are interested in deeper involvement with one of these deserving grantee partners!
 
Community News

Public policy at the state and local level is now more important than ever. And philanthropy has an increasingly important role to play. We need community leaders who know how to use the legislative branch of state and local government to shape policies that will make their communities stronger and more just — and they need the knowledgeable and strategic support of philanthropists who can be partners in their work.

The Women’s Foundation of California is excited to announce the launch of the Philanthropy and Public Policy Institute (PPPI). Applications are now being accepted to attend the Institute May 9-11, 2017 in Sacramento, CA.

Built on the tremendous success of the Foundation’s flagship Women’s Policy Institute (WPI), the PPPI is a three-day intensive training for philanthropic leaders who want to strengthen their understanding of the most effective ways to fund and evaluate policy advocacy, how to participate in the policy advocacy process, and strategies to strengthen collaborative networks to advance shared giving priorities. The Institute is design for funders from any part of the country who have an interest in funding policy advocacy as a strategy for change.

Learn more and apply now. Applications are due March 21, 2017. We encourage you to register for our informational webinar on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 10 AM PST.

Due to the lobbying restrictions corresponding to private foundations, the experiential learning component of the program will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in either lobbying activities (permitted for staff of non-private foundations) or educational visits/non-legislative policy projects (permitted for staff of all foundations). PPPI is open to funders from across the United States and people of all gender identities.

We encourage you to apply now as space is limited. We hope to see you in Sacramento!

 

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