The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation celebrated seven years of collective philanthropy by awarding grants totaling $45,000 to four local non-profit organizations. The grant recipients were announced at The Women’s Fund’s Annual Membership Celebration, held at the Atrium in downtown Redding, on October 27. The focus area for this year’s grant funding was Fostering Self Sufficiency, which was chosen as usual by The Women’s Fund’s 350+ members during the annual May voting cycle.

The grant winners for 2016 are:

  • The California Heritage Youth Build Academy (CHYBA) — $16,000 for a “Basic Need Training Program” for young women ages 16 to 24 years old. The students will receive support for basic life skills training and necessities such as transportation, child care, etc. to remove barriers to education and employment and help them achieve increased financial self-sufficiency;
  • Girls Inc.—$11,000 to offer six “Dream It, Be It” career mentoring programs to girls throughout the Redding area. “Dream It, Build it” is a program of Soroptimist International. The programs will be offered in local schools and community centers.
  • The Shasta Community Health Center—$10,000 from The Women’s Fund in support of its Restorative Dental Program. This funding will enable and additional 10 low-income women to receive major dental restoration, increasing their employability along with their physical and emotional health, and
  • One Safe Place—$8,000 to pay utility deposits for female heads-of-household. This funding will allow 15 women to move their families into permanent housing.

Approximately 100 people attended the Annual Membership Celebration of The Women’s Fund. In addition to learning the grant award winners for 2016, the audience also heard inspiring stories of lives changed by previous work supported by grants from The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. The Shasta County Arts Council shared its successful summer program teaching filmmaking to area women, an industry where men greatly outnumber women professionals.

“We are very proud that The Women’s Fund has awarded 20 grants totaling $215,000 since 2010. Thanks to support from our members, our collective philanthropy has had a broad impact in helping local programs address the critical needs of area women and their families,” said Denise Yergenson, Chair of The Women’s Fund. “When we reach our goal of $500,000 in our endowment fund, well before our original goal of 2019, The Women’s Fund will be able to increase its annual grant-making by an estimated $20,000 per year.”

The Women’s Fund’s grants are currently funded by membership and sponsorship revenue. The organization’s endowment fund reached a total of nearly $425,000 this fiscal year and was recently boosted by another $15,000 in revenue from local fundraisers featuring syndicated newspaper columnist Sharon Randall.