Recently, the Women’s Fund hosted a community-wide event celebrating historic women of San Benito County—“The Legacies of Women." This special event gave tribute to the remarkable matriarchs of San Benito County from the early1900s.
Our early pioneers were brilliant visionaries of their time and true community champions in their commitment to help make San Benito County what it is today. Historic women such as Julia Bolado, Bertha Briggs, Kate Dunne, Doris Hoyle and Hazel Hawkins, all paved the way for social change and innovation in our community.
The “Legacies of Women” raised $50,000 to support the work of the Women’s Fund in the areas of local grant making and community initiatives.
The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation for San Benito County is the first full spectrum fund in our community dedicated to serving a broad range of issues for women and girls in San Benito County. Through collaborations, strategic grant making, and focused goals, the Women’s Fund tackles the most pressing needs, and 2015 marked the first grant making year of the Women’s Fund, focusing on the areas of violence prevention, youth empowerment, and pathways to citizenship for migrant women.
The Women’s Fund Advisory is looking ahead to 2016 and making a difference in women’s economic self-sufficiency and deepening their impact on domestic violence in San Benito County. (click here to learn more)
Like the early San Benito County matriarchs, the caring women of our community today share in their dream to make a difference. The Women’s Fund Endowment provides an opportunity for all of us to collectively “pay it forward” in a shared vision of change.
The Women’s Fund Endowment has an ambitious goal to reach $1 million in the next three years. With a current start of $118,000, we know that together, with the generous participation of our caring community, we can reach this goal and make a significant difference in the lives of women and girls in our community—today and forever. The Women’s Fund Advisory invites you to start your legacy today with your simple pledge to the Women’s Fund Endowment. Every amount matters and counts!
We are eternally grateful for the very generous donors who helped launch the Women’s Fund Permanent Endowment. (Donor list through November 9, 2015)
Please join these caring individuals in their legacy of support! (click here to request a pledge card)
Larry and Diane Barr
Donna L. Bakich, Attorney At Law
Kristina Chavez Wyatt
Kay Filice, Filice Family Fund
Dr. Parveen Sharma, M.D.
Susan and Charles Thompson
Sharlene Van Rooy
For more information on the Women’s Fund, please contact Stephanie Hicks at the Community Foundation for San Benito County at [email protected] or 630-1924.