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Michigan Women's Foundation
Spring/Summer 1994

MWF Awards 1994 Grants

The Michigan Women's Foundation is proud to announce our 1994 grant awards to nine outstanding organizations. With nearly 90 proposals totalling over $700,000, competition for these grants was strong this year. We are proud to announce this list of projects an are enthusiastic about their potential outcomes.

Grants to Projects for Girls:

Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, a primarily African American social action sorority committed to public service, was awarded $3,500 for PROJECT SOS! (Save Our Sisters!). This nine-year project will target fourth grade Washtenaw County African American girls, placing them in supportive mentoring relationships at a critical age and continuing to provide this support through high school. Many urban African American girls experience lack of self-esteem, academic success and positive support which leads to frustration, failure and violence. Through involving the girls in mentoring activities which will address their own individualized needs, Delta Sigma Theta will provide positive influences and concrete learning opportunities so that their participants can be empowered to make positive and healthy choices about their lives.

Dominican High School & Academy, Detroit
The majority of Dominican High School and Academy's students, who are girls in grades six through twelve, come from the poorest and most violent areas of Detroit. They live with substance abuse, child abuse and other forms of violence. Over 48% of their students have personally been exposed to violence, a known factor in the perpetuation of the cycle of youth violence. With their $7,000 grant, Dominican High School and Academy will teach their entire student body, faculty and staff conflict resolution skills. This collaborative effort, which includes resources from Wayne State University, Detroit Urban League, Warren Corner Development, mediation centers, Detroit Public Schools and local police departments, develops problem-solving skills and self discipline, focusing on alternatives to violence and valuing differences.

Michigan Pine and Dunes Girl Scout Council, Muskegon
The Msukegon Heights Schools had overall the lowest science test scores in the Michigan Educational Assessment Program -- only 21.9% of female students scored 75% or better on the test. Michigan Pine and Dunes' Summer Sensations is an interdisciplinary science program for Muskegon Heights' at-risk, inner city, minority girls. A $4,430 grant will help Michigan Pine and Dunes expand and develop the young women's self-confidence, self-esteem, knowledge of science and math, and problem-solving and team work abilities through hands-on and interactive activities.

Mitten Bay Girl Scout Council, Saginaw
Migrant girls are the most at-risk population in Michigan and face a multiplicity of problems. Many drop out of school, many have low self-esteem and all are at high-risk for early pregnancy. Mitten Bay's Developing Tomorrow's Leaders received a $4,100 grant to develop their program designed to combat these problems by providing an environment of migrant girls which will increase their leadership, achievement and performance through making their school experience more than textbooks and theory. Designed and developed by older girl scouts, Developing Tomorrow's Leaders will focus on leadership development while addressing the factors known to place migrant girls at risk: low income and minority status, and educational discontinuity.

YWCA of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
Science Camp is a component in the YWCA's summer camp program for girls eight to fourteen years of age. Targeted to reach girls at young age, this program will help open the doors of opportunity for girls so that they believe that a nontraditional career in a science or math filed is possible. Through a $4,460 grant from MWF, the YWCA will heighten girls' interest in science activities, build girls' self-confidence for pursuing science careers, and provide information about science careers and college curriculums through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Grants to Projects for Women:

Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center, Ferndale
Although lesbian women have taken leadership roles, leadership by open lesbian women is still not prevalent in Metropolitan Detroit, both within gay/lesbian organizations and in the community at-large. Lesbians who are in leadership positions are faced with many challenges. If they decide to be open about this integral part of their identity, they face potential backlash. This includes loss of influence in the community and organization or of the leadership position itself, loss of housing nd other necessities of life, and the risk of violence directed against them. Affirmations, with their $6,500 grant, will launch Building Lesbian Leadership, a project designed to build leadership skills and address the barriers to leadership positions for lesbians open about their sexual orientation. By addressing these barriers and building skills through training seminars, community projects and mentorship, Affirmations will further develop the potential of lesbian leaders, enabling them to better contribute tot he diversity of their organization and communities by further integrating their lesbian identities into their work.

Hispanic Woman Center, Detroit
Isolated, with few options for employment and transportation, Detroit's Hispanci women often have limited opportuniites to developt heir skills or support each other. The Hispanic Woman Center, Centro de la Mujer Hispanica, provides an avenue where participants can learn skills from each other -- skills which have been handed down or become a lost art -- in a cooperative cottage industry through which they can sell thierr hand-crafted products. The skills they develop include tailoring and fashion design, lace-making, and crafting pinatas. The Center provides a supportive environment for devvveloping and marketing these creaaft skills. Through their $5,000 grant, the Hispanic Woman Center will teach their participants and board members leadership and marekting skills, so that they can better promote and sell thier hand crafted products.

S.A.F.E. Place, Battle Creek
S.A.F.E. Place responds to domestic violence through shelter, crisis intervention, consultation and advocacy to community care givers; providing community education; and through collaborating on changing governmetnal policies. S.A.F.E. Placace received a grant for $5,100 to upgraade thier computer hardware and software. This upgrade will make the agency more efficient, helping to provide the same quality service with fewer staff.

Women's Justice Center, Detroit
Detroit Institute for Career's Education Designed for Gainful Employment (EDGE) program seeks to assist families twho are recipients of Adi to Dependent Children, helping them to develop practical jobb skills os that htey can become economically self-sufficient. The EDGE job-training program has doccumented that 20% of thier students are forced to drop out because of the threat of or actual physical violence in their homes. They estimate that 50% of hte students have a hstory of family violence. In a collaborative effort, the Women's Justice Ceenter and Detroit Institute for Careers (DIC) have designed WINNING EDGE, a prevention program designeed to prepare women at-risk of leaving home becuse of domestic violence with escape plans, community resources, counselling and other srevices as needed. With a $9,800 grant from MWF, the Women's Justice Center will provide domestic violence outreach ccounselling and supportive services on-site at the training center so that DIC students will be able to continue theire job-training program and become economically self-sufficient.

1994 BENEFITS NET OVER $100,000

The Michigan Women's Foundation's Six for Success benefit dinners honored six extraordinary women entrepreneurs. Principal Presenter Ford Motor Company and Presenters Amway, the Ameritech Company, Detroit Edison Foundation and Varnum, Ridderin, Schmidt & Howlett helped honor the accomplishments of our honorees:

  • Betty S. Burton, COO and owner, Wonderland Business Forms;
  • Esther Gordy Edwards, retired Senior Vice-President of Motown Records and Founder/CEO of the Motown Museum;
  • Irma Elder, owner and President, Troy Ford, Signature Ford- Lincoln-Mercury Jeep-Eagle in Owosso, Jaguar-Saab of Troy, Astin Martin Lagonda of Troy;
  • Edith L. Gorter, President of Thomas C. Gorter Motor Express;
  • Florine Mark, President and CEO, the W W Group, Inc. (Weight Watchers); and
  • Dorothy L. Zimadar, cofounder, owner and President, Frames Unlimited.

    Benefit cochairs in Detroit [Kay Hunt, Mildred M. Jeffrey and Aretha Marshall] and in Grand Rapids [Cecile Cave Fehsenfeld and Margaret R. Sellers] led dedicated volunteer committees whose work yielded record breaking revenue and attendance.

    Detroit's May 4 benefit, emceed by Judge Trudy DunCombe Archer with special entertainment provided by the Cass Technical High School Jazz Ensemble, included introducers Roy Roberts, Vice President/General Manager, GMC Truck Division; Pearl M. Holforty, CPA, President, Liberty BIDCO and Michigan Women's Foundation Trustee; Donna Wegryn, Manager, Small Business Services, Michigan Department of Commerce; Beth Goebel, Executive Director, Dyer-Ives Foundation and Michigan Women's Foundation Trustee; Aretha Marshall, Executive Director, Detroit Public Schools Office of the Superintendent; and Lisa Lis, Member, Board of Directors, W W Group, Inc.

    Grand Rapid's May 17 dinner was emceed by community leader Aleicia Woodrick. Cheryle Keck of WZZM-TV13, Paul Goebel of the Paul Goebel Group and Beth Goebel, Executive Director, Dyer-Ives Foundation and MWF Trustee, participated in a special tribute, with music provided by Second Opinion.

    These benefits not only helped to raise funds for Michigan's women and girls, but also helped to spotlight the wonderful progress that women have made in the world of business. MWF's Six for Success are an inspiration to all.


    In their May Board of Trustees meeting, the Michigan Women's Foundation Board of Trustees elected new officers. Beth Goebel, Executive Director of the Dyer-Ives Foundation, was elected President. Lending her expertise in fund- raising, grant administration, and nonpartisan networking, Goebel will continue to move the foundation forward in its efforts to address the economic and personal needs of Michigan's women and girls. Other officers elected for one-year terms are: Pearl M. Holforty (Chief Executive Officer, Liberty BIDCO), Vice President; Tessie Baltrip Sharp (Assistant to the Provost, Wayne State University), Treasurer; and J. Kay Felt (Partner, Dykema Gossett), Secretary.

    J. Kay Felt was elected to a three-year Board term in March. Felt has been a partner with the prominent law firm of Dykema Gossett since 19755 and she has been with the company since 1967. She has also been a adjunct assistant professor with Wayne State University's Department of Community Medicine since 1974. She serves on a number of advisory committees, bringing her expertise in health law, and is active in the Detroit community. Felt states ""Working with the Michigan Women's Foundation gives me the opportunity to help empower those capable women who have been conditioned all their lives to accept less than full participation in what our economic system has to offer."

    Kay Hunt was elected for a three-year term with the Board of Trustees in May. Hunt is the Administrator, Corporate Contributions, Community and Governmental Affairs, Detroit Edison; and Secretary, Detroit Edison Foundation. She has a long history of professional involvement in corporate and foundation philanthropy, including positions with United Way for Southeast Michigan and Wayne State University. Her community involvement includes numerous affiliations with committees, service organizations and foundations. She is highly respected in Detroit as a progressive philanthropist and was integral to making the 1994 MWF benefits a success.

    Please Note: Butzel Long, Detroit was incorrectly listed as Butzel, Long, Gust, Klein & Van Zile in "MWF Contributors -- 1992/93," Trillium, Fall/Winter 1993, pg. 3.


    In addition to its two gala benefit dinners in May, this spring has also brought the Michigan Women's Foundation new friends and new support through two fund raising receptions organized and sponsored by community leaders in Flint and Lansing.

    Under the leadership of Naomi Murray, the Michigan Women's Foundation and the Flint Women and Girls Fund sponsored a joint fund raising reception at the University Club of Flint on April 13. With generous support from the more than thirty sponsors, the reception raised almost $8,000; proceeds form the event were shared between MWF and the Fling Women and Girls Fund, a component of the fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Fling. Guests at the reception heard Mary Gian-Norman, Co-Chair of the Fling Women and Girls Fund Advisory Board, discuss the barriers that still confront women and girls in our communities. Then they heard from Mildred Jeffrey, President of the MWF Board of Trustees, about the many excellent programs that are helping them to overcome those barriers. Guests were urged to continue to support both the Women and Girls Fund, which funds programs in Genesee County, and the Michigan Women's Foundation, which supports programs throughout the state.

    MWF Trustee Linda Gobler and Lansing attorney Jean Schtokal co-hosted a reception on April 27 at the law offices of Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith in Lansing. With refreshments contributed by Meijer, Inc. and the hospitality of Foster, Swift, the event raised $5,000 to support the work of the Michigan Women's Foundation. Guests were brought up to date about Foundation grants and programs by Mildred Jeffrey, MWF Trustee Lana Pollack and Executive Director Susan Church. The event was the second annual Lansing area reception; the first, held last spring, set the pattern for receptions in other communities including Grand Rapids, Detroit and Flint. Receptions are planned for Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Detroit and Grand Rapids in the coming months. If you want to be sure to receive an invitation, please call the MWF office at (517) 374-7270.


    The W. K. Kellogg foundation has awarded the Michigan Women's Foundation a two-year grant totalling $150,000 to support the Michigan Women's Self- Employment Network. The Network brings together three Michigan programs currently providing services to women who want to establish their own businesses.

    The Women's Initiative for Self-Employment (WISE) program of the Ann Arbor Community Development Corporation, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) and the supportive Entrepreneurial Program of the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan (Battle Creek area) will each receive substantial funding through this grant and through funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. MWF is coordinating the project.

    The three Network member organizations provide services to women who seek economic self-sufficiency through self-employment. Through the Network, WISE, GROW and SEP are also examining ways to link women business owners within and between each community and ways to improve public policy regarding self- employment, especially as it affects women receiving public assistance.

    "We are grateful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for this significant investment in MWF's work with three outstanding community organizations," says Susan Church, MWF Executive Director. "The Network is concerned with practical and effective ways to help low income women and their families move from poverty to economic self-sufficiency; we thank the Kellogg Foundation for its partnership in this exciting effort."


    In a boardroom just prior to the April 27 Lansing reception, MWF Board member s gathered for a special presentation -- a gift to MWF's endowment fund in honor of our outgoing President, Mildred Jeffrey. Mary Jo Pulte, Trustee and founder of the Michigan Women's Foundation, established the Mildred McWilliams Jeffrey Endowment Fund, in honor of her many years of dedicated service, with a pledge of 10,000 shares of Pulte Home Corporation stock. This fund will help to continue the work of the Michigan Women's Foundation in perpetuity.

    Mary Jo Pulte stated, "We are confident the quality of life for Michigan's women and girls has been greatly improved because of your compassionate and committed spirit. You have worked non-stop your entire life to improve the quality of life for man and womankind, and have especially parlayed your impeccable personal and professional reputation to help women and girls achieve empowerment."


    Bobbie S. Butler, Equal Employment Officer, Michigan Department of Corrections
    Hilda Patricia Curran, Michigan Department of Labor
    Teresa S. Decker, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett
    J. Kay Felt, Dykema Gossett
    Judith C. Frey, President, The Issue Network Group, Social/Political Activist
    Linda M. Gobler, President, Michigan Grocers Association
    Beth Goebel, Executive Director, Dyer-Ives Foundation
    Pearl M. Holforty, C.P.A., CEO, Liberty BIDCO
    Kay Hunt, Detroit Edison Foundation
    Mildred M. Jeffrey, Board of Governors, Wayne State University (Emerita)
    Florine Mark, President, The WW Group Inc.
    Helen W. Milliken, Community Leader and Activist
    Marjorie Peebles-Meyers, M.D., Chief Physician, Ford Motor Company (retired)
    Lana Pollak, State Senator, 18th District
    Tish Preston, Senior Associate, Henry Ford Health Care Corporation
    Mary Jo Pulte, Owner, The Lodge at Yarrow
    Maureen P. Reilly, Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
    Tessie Baltrip Sharp, Assistant to the Provost, Wayne State University
    Marylin H. Steele, Ph.D., C.S. Mott Foundation (retired)
    Jane R. Thomas, Ph.D., School of Medicine - Wayne State University


    Susan Church, Executive Director
    Barbara Vicory, Project Director
    Jennifer McGuigan Babcock, Adminsitrative Assistant

    MWF and Trillium Notes
  • The Michigan Women's Foundation was established in 1986 as a way to increase support for programs and projects that empower Michigan women and girls. One over 60 women's funds in the United States, MWF uses your contributions to make grants to a variety of women's organizations. In addition, MWF provides training and consultation to women's nonprofits through the state to help these groups strengthen their management. The Foundation also works to increase public awareness of the needs of Michigan women and to encourage other foundations, individuals and the corporate community to increase their support of women's programs.
  • MWF is a partnership of donors, volunteers and women's nonprofit organizations from across Michigan. For further information, contact the Foundation office.
  • Trillium is a publication of the Michigan Women's Foundation.
  • Our logo, a trillium, is a wildflower often found in Michigan. It blooms in abundance from early May through late August. It was commonly used by Michigan Indians to ease the pain of childbirth. The trillium is also the symbol for modest beauty.
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