Founded in 2008
The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation was founded in 2008 to address the persistent challenges facing women and their families in the Redding area. The North State area has fewer women college graduates, more teen pregnancy, and higher unemployment and poverty levels than California as a whole. The Women’s Fund supports finding solutions for women struggling to break generational cycles of poverty and underachievement.
A New Venture in Collective Philanthropy
The Women’s Fund is a new venture in collective philanthropy for the Redding area. It is an advised fund and program of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation (SRCF) and the non-profit status is provided by the SRCF. The Women’s Fund has a three-pronged strategy of education, grant-making and endowment building.
Speakers and Public Forums
The Women’s Fund holds speakers forums with local and outside experts that provide members and the community an opportunity to better understand the issues and challenges facing women and families in Shasta County. Our annual grant making program targets local nonprofit programs that address the underlying factors contributing to low incomes and poor life choices for women and their families.
The Women’s Fund raises funds primarily through annual memberships at the $200 and $1,000 levels. A portion of these monies are invested each year to build an endowment that will sustain the Women’s Fund grant making.
Our annual grantmaking provides funding to local non-profit organizations to promote preventive solutions and increased options for women and their families. The Women’s Fund members vote in April each year to determine the annual areas of focus for targeting the grantmaking, which results in membership buy-in of resource distribution.
The Women’s Fund has awarded total grants of $170,000, 2010-2015, and is poised to award an additional $45,000 in 2016.