On Thursday, September 26th , The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County’s (CFSLOCO) Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) hosted their 17th annual luncheon and awarded six local non-profits $60,000 in grants that directly impact women and girls across our county. The highly successful luncheon brought together over 720 women and men to raise over $70,000 to support the needs of women and girls. Grants from the WLF to local nonprofits provide funding for essential programs to empower women and girl across our communities.
The luncheon was emceed by mother-daughter duo, Linda Reitner and Missy Reitner-Cameron, both WLF Legacy Leaders and Advisory Committee members. The inspirational opening featured the duo dressed as Wonder Women as they welcomed the crowd to the event. CEO of The Community Foundation, Heidi McPherson then introduced the recipients for the 2019 Women’s Legacy Fund support.
Attendees were offered a taste of the incredible impact these organizations create through a powerful video that shared their work. Following the video, Bob Wacker, Chairman, CIO and Partner of Wacker Wealth Partners, reminisced about the giving environment fostered by his mother. Today, he and his wife strive to instill similar qualities in their own family, and he attributed his giving spirit to the strong women in his life.
The event’s highlight featured an inspiring speech by Tuti Scott, founder of Changemaker Strategies. An energizing author, Scott assists individuals and foundations to resource critical work using their values to influence their investments, as well as promoting values-based leadership, team building and relationships. Scott encouraged the audience to stand behind what they believe is right, and strive for equality in all aspects of life.
Over the past 17 years, the WLF has granted more than $400,000 to local nonprofits that support women and girls. This year, the grants have been awarded to the following organizations:
- $20,000 to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing for C.E.L.E.B.R.E. (College Enrollment for Latinas Entering Bright Rewarding Educations) – The program coordinates students, family, and program staff in support of participants’ academic progress and with mentors, providing support needed by first-generation Latina college enrollees.
- $10,000 each to Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast and Boys & Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County – The SMART Girls program, a small-group self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8 to 12.
- $10,000 to Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc. – The “Dads with Daughters” program with Parent Cafés will enhance daughters’ self-esteem, confidence, and future relationships with men.
- $7,500 to French Hospital Medical Center Foundation – Their Dove Girl’s Self-Esteem Program empowers girls ages 8 to 12 with the skills, knowledge, and support to overcome gender inequities and stereotypes while building resilience through workshops at participating SLO County schools.
- $2,500 to Transitions-Mental Health Association – Funding will provide a group of young women in the Youth Treatment Program (YTP) with a curriculum and series of experiences that will provide room for positive growth and greater self-esteem.
For more information on the above non-profits or about the Women’s Legacy Fund, please contact The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.
About the Women’s Legacy Fund
Established by The Community Foundation in 2003, the Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) has grown to a $1.5 million-dollar endowment which provides grant funding to local programs into perpetuity that help local women and girls move out of poverty, establish safe relationships, choose healthy behaviors, and strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual and financial well-being. Visit www.wlfslo.org.
About The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County is a grantmaking and education foundation supporting charitable work across our county. For more than 20 years, The Community Foundation has supported our county with grants and scholarships totaling almost $35 million. The Foundation’s charitable assets under management have grown to nearly $60 million and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. For more information or to donate to any fund or establish a new fund, visit www.cfsloco.org or call 805-543-2323.