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Women’s Fund

Focus of Grants from the Women’s Fund
Grants from the Foundation’s Women’s Fund support programs and organizations that create opportunities for women and children in Kenosha County.

2020 Grants Awarded from the Women’s Fund
In January 2020, the Foundation made the following grants from the Women’s Fund:

• America Legion Auxiliary for the Badger Girls State conference for area Junior high school girls.
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support a self-defense workshop for young women.
• Faith Hope and Love to help expand its Duffels for Kids program with Kenosha County.
• Girl Scouts of Southeastern Wisconsin a second grant to help provide financial assistance to girls to attend its outdoor summer camp.
• Kenosha Achievement Center for its SPROUTS Playgroups Lending Library.
• Kenosha County Association for Home and Community Education to support its participation in Wisconsin Bookworms which provides free books to Head Start students.
• Kenosha Literacy Council for their Women in Focus interactive workshops on women’s issues.
• Kenosha YMCA for its Feeding Families program that targets low-income and female-headed households.
• Sharing Center a second grant for its Preventative Rent / Utility Assistance program.

In addition, the Women’s Fund is a co-sponsor the Kenosha Women’s Network’s 2020 Susan B. Anthony – Women of Influence Awards.

About the Fund
Established by the Foundation as a component fund (also known as a quasi-endowment) in 1997, the Women’s Fund was the idea of a group of visionary Kenosha women, including Connie Ferwerda and Mary Frost Ashley, who were dedicated to improving the well-being and quality of life of women and children in Kenosha County.

The endowment fund was designed so that it would grow through tax-deductable donations from the public and a portion of the income earned by the endowment to be used as grants to local non-profit organizations. Since 1998, the Women’s Fund has distributed over $60,000 in grants to the community.

POAP Photo Held periodically in fall, since 2005, the Power of a Purse event has raised over $100,000 for the Women's Fund.