The public is invited to Women’s Fund El Dorado’s annual Grants Gala, set for June 5 at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills. The $20 ticket price includes a buffet dinner; tickets and information are available online at womensfundeldorado.org.
“We welcome everyone to attend and learn more about Women’s Fund as well as the local nonprofits receiving $40,000 in Focus Grants this year—organizations that provide solutions to mental health challenges,” said Cabinet Chair Maureen Carter of Women’s Fund El Dorado. “No region or family is exempt, and mental health issues affect residents of El Dorado County regardless of age or income level.”
Additionally, Impact Grants of $5,000 each will be awarded in three member-selected areas of need: breaking the cycles of poverty, promoting senior services, and supporting women and children.
WFED is a collective giving organization. Open to all, members pay dues starting at $200 each year, which are then pooled and leveraged in the form of grants that support community philanthropy to enhance the quality of life on the western slope of El Dorado County. Since it was founded in 2007, WFED’s membership has grown to more than 300. To date, the organization has awarded more than $255,000 in grants and boasts a growing endowment.
Each member, no matter her (or his) monetary contribution, is entitled to a vote. Members vote twice a year: first to determine the area of funding focus (in the case of 2014, mental health issues), then, following a request-for-proposals process on which grants to fund. June’s Grants Gala is one of three member events held each year.
WFED has entrusted the El Dorado Community Foundation with overseeing its endowment fund and investing monies appropriately to diversify income and ensure its longevity. Just a few of the past grant recipients have included CASA of El Dorado County, Placerville Union School District, Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado and Food Bank of El Dorado County.