Michigan Women's Foundation, 17177 North Laurel Park Dr., Suite 445, Livonia, MI 48152
telephone: (734) 542-3946; fax: (734) 542-3952; URL: http://www.miwf.org/
Center for Women, 25 Sheldon Blvd., SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
telephone: (616) 742-2389; fax: (616) 459-8460

Michigan Women's Foundation
Spring/Summer 1996

MWF Grants $170,000 in 1996

General Grants Cycle

ACCESS, Dearborn; $5,700
The Octee project ("my sister' in Arabic) will empower teen girls in the Arab American community by giving access to life skills information with the goals of raising self-esteem, developing leadership, and employing women in meaningful, satisfying, and educational jobs within their community.

Caring House, Iron Mountain; $4,700
For a community education project regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. Caring House is the only shelter in a 2,000 square mile radius.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services, Inc., Statewide; $5,000
For a health care series which will teach deaf and hearing impaired women how to become advocates for themselves in the medical setting as well as in their own homes. Special emphasis will be placed on domestic violence issues.

Freedom House, Statewide; $6,100
For development of a pamphlet, translated into several languages, in forming immigrant women of their rights in a domestic violence situation. This pamphlet will be distributed to domestic violence shelters across the state and will help increase these shelters' capacity to assist immigrant women.

Fair Winds Girl Scout Council, Flint; $3,000
To implement an entrepreneurship component at a Girl Scout summer camp. Girls will learn about teamwork and partnership as a function of business, basic concepts in business, creation of a business plan, presentation skills, and more.

Marquette-Alger Planned Parenthood, Marquette; $6,000

For a part-time Education and Development Director. This coordinator will provide school and community education programs ad will expand a local fundraising program. (This is the smallest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country!)

Minerva Education and Development Foundation, Detroit; $5,000
For the Delta Summer Alternative Program for forty teen girls from Detroit Area C middle schools. The program will focus on increasing self esteem, conflict resolution, mediation skills, and academic tutoring. College women will serve as interns to this project and will be able to serve as mentors to the girls.

Project Transition, Statewide; $4,500
For Women and Infants at Risk (WIAR), a component of Project Transition, a long-term residential treatment program for pregnant and postpartum women involved in the criminal justice system. WIAR will provide day care for the women in this program so that they can further their job training skills, complete their GEDs, and seek employment.

Simon House, Detroit; $5,000
For purchase of computer hardware which will provide this organization the ability to better serve client needs. Simon House is a community-based emergency/transitional housing facility providing shelter and a continuum of care for homeless HIV-positive women and their children.

Women's Resource Center, Grand Rapids; $5,000

General operating support for Women in Skilled Trades Preapprenticeship Program (WIST). WIST includes a nontraditional career fair for women, career education sessions and a five-week, 175 hour preapprenticeship training program.

Women's Health Funding Initiative

Midwest Migrant Health Information Office, Monroe; $48,000
Based in Monroe, MMHIO serves migrant workers statewide at various sites. Migrant workers are trained to become camp health aides who are able to provide health education and access to health services to migrant workers in their communities. This grant will enable MMHIO to collaboratively develop an expanded training focusing specifically on women's health issues including reproductive health, family violence and female leadership. MMHIO is collaborating with six organizations on the development of this curriculum, including Planned Parenthood and the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, Petoskey; $47,000
The Women's Resource Center is collaborating with Northern Michigan planned Parenthood, probate courts, the local health department, and other community organizations to design a Teen Health Promotion Program. This program for adolescent girls will work to educate local health care professionals about the unique needs of rural teenage girls. Goals include affecting a reduction in negative teen health behaviors; removing barriers to teen girls;' access to local mainstream health care providers; and developing an effective model for rural teen health promotion and pregnancy prevention.

YWCA of Grand Rapids; $5,000
The YWCA counseling center is establishing the first freestanding Nurse Examiner Sexual Assault Program in the State of Michigan. This is a comprehensive, collaborative community-based program which will provide 24-hour care to victims of sexual assault. The program is designed to increase access to health care and reduce the trauma of victimization by providing timely and comprehensive exams in a quiet, subdued, victim-focused setting. This grant will allow for the production and printing of brochures and other public relations material so that he community may become aware of the availability of this new service.

Young Women for Change (Kent County) Grants

Grand Rapids Blaze; $500
This grant will help support the operating budget of Grand Rapids Blaze, a junior Olympic all-girls' softball league which competes throughout the Midwest.

Grand Rapids Public Schools; $2,000
Grand Rapids Public Schools will hold a one-day conference entitled Girls' Day Out for 100 at-risk female students addressing issues of school transition, self-esteem, leadership and puberty.

Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council; $2,400
With the help of the American Association of University Women and the Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, resource kits on women's history, including videos, books and games, will be collated and distributed to elementary schools throughout the Grand Rapids district.

Michigan Trails Girl Scout Council; $5,000
The Growing Up Smart: Giving Girls the Tools They Need project will train peer leaders and increase awareness of adult volunteers to implement contemporary issues programs, addressing issues such as teen pregnancy, substance use, diversity, the environment and others.

Michigan State University Kent County Extension; $3,500
The Leadership, Education, Experience, Practice program will be implemented at Directions High School for pregnant and parenting teens., This ten-week leadership development program includes experiential learning, parent involvement, and community service for 45 students.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Of West Michigan; $1,606
Twenty overweight girls will participate in the Kent Hearts and Horses program, a six-week riding program to improve physical condition, self-esteem and leadership skills.

Urban Produce, Inc.; $5,000
Ten girls will learn entrepreneurial skills by meeting four days a week to tend garden and sell their produce. They will additionally receive academic tutoring and training in leadership skills, self- confidence and health.

"Women of Achievement and Courage"
......a Record-Breaking Success......

The 1996 MWF Benefit Dinners broke attendance and revenue records once again this year, attracting over 1,000 guests and grossing almost $225,000. We were proud to honor four extraordinary Michigan women: Alexa Canady, M.D., Hortense Canady, Dorothy Johnson, and, in Dearborn, legendary singer Aretha Franklin. It was a special treat to honor a mother and daughter this year: Dr. Canady, a Detroit-area neurosurgeon; and her mother, Hortenxe, a Lansing community leader. Guests at each event listened attentively as mother and daughter "roasted" each other at the podium.

"The dinners surpassed even our most ambitious fund raising goals," said Deb Bailey, co-chair of the Grand Rapids event along with Leslie Murphy. We should like to particularly thank our corporate sponsors, whose generous support pushed us over the top in revenue goals. They are: the General Motors Foundation, Event Sponsor; the Chrysler Corporation Fund and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Benefactors; and Detroit Edison, First of America, Ford Motor Company, Kmart Corporation, Kelly Services, NBD, St. John Health System, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett.

The Southeast Michigan event, which took place on May 9, 1996 at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn, was masterfully hosted by Mort Crim and chaired by Debbie Dingell and Geneva Williams. Approximately 650 guests overcame a driving rainstorm and flooded freeways to attend the event, which attendees called "inspiring" and "uplifting".

The Grand Rapids dinner was held on May 21 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and was co-hosted by Faye Richardson of Steelcase and Rachel Dooley, a young woman who is part of MWF's Young Women for Change grants committee. Guests had the opportunity to hear about the endeavors of this new committee and to cheer for their "hometown" honoree, Dorothy Johnson, who is President of the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Special thanks to all who supported the 1996 dinners, which raised needed funds for the Foundation's programs benefitting women and girls. MWF is delighted to have had the opportunity to honor such outstanding women and to publicize their great accomplishments.

Corporate Sponsors

General Motors
Chrysler Fund
Detroit Edison Foundation
St. John Health System
Kelly Services
Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, Attorneys At Law
First of America

Our Volunteers Make It Happen!
Southeast Michigan Executive Committee

Co-Chairs: Debbie Dingell and Geneva Williams
Committee: Penny Bailer, Brenda L. Ball, Gerry Barrons, Sharon E. Bernard, Lila Cabbil, Alice Combs, Michelle DeLand, J.B. Dixson, Marla Drutz, Vickie Elmer, J. Kay Felt, Carolyn Forrest, Joan Gehrke, Marilyn Gushee, Vera Heidelberg, Perl M. Holforty, Kay Hunt, Mildred Jeffrey, Patricia L. Jeffs, Helen Katz, Susan L. Kelly, Beth Konrad, Bunny Kratchman, Kathleen McCree Lewis, Helen B. Love, Aretha Marshall, Susan McClanahan, Susan McNish, Terry Merritt, Charlene Mitchell, Jennifer Moore, Tish Preston, Lynda Haber Ronie, Tessie Sharp, Judity S. Slotkin, Patricia Solomon, Jane Thomas, Suanne Tiberio Timmer, Renee Walker, Alice Wark, Sue Ann Whitley, Patricia Williams-Tait

Our Volunteers Make It Happen!
West Michigan Executive Committee

Co-Chairs: Deb Bailey and Leslie Murphy
Committee: Connie Bellows, Terry Decker, Bob Eleveld, Nancy French, Jean Enright, Judith Frey, Beth Goebel, LaDon Gustafson, Terri Handlin, Joyce Hassen, Carol Hendricks, Bari Johnson, Martha Johnson, Fred Missad, Bonnie Nawara, Kathleen Stewart Ponitz, Vlaerie Rhodes, Faye Richardson, Carol Sarosik, Sandy Sefton, MAry Seeger, Gloria Tate, B. Margaret Voss, Maribeht Wardrop, Sandy Weir, Mary Williams, Lisa Wurst
Thanks to everyone!

MWF Volunteer Profile: Tish Preston

As Chair of the Grants Distribution Committee the Women's Health Funding Initiative Committee, Tish Preston spends most of her volunteer time for MWF reading grant proposals, traveling around the state to site visits and committee meetings, and making difficult decisions.

Tish has been an active volunteer for MWF since 1988 when she was recruited by Millie Jeffrey, then MWF President, to help coordinate a series of financial planning workshops for women in Southeast Michigan. These trainings met with great success; nearly 250 women participated in the series. Tish was elected to the MWF Board of Trustees in 1989 and she has served on the Board ever since.

In 1989, Tish volunteered to be the Chair of the newly-formed Grants Distribution Committee. Since that time, Tish has learned a great deal about grantmaking, running efficient meetings, working with volunteer,s, and most importantly, building on previous successes and failures.

In the future, Tish would like to see MWF focus its grantmaking more on systemic change, as opposed to short-term "quick-fix" projects, and on building partnerships. "MWF has a responsibility to help women's nonprofits learn to collaborate with one another. The external funding environment ins highly competitive and MWF would like to encourage groups to work to provide services in the most efficient way possible."

In her spare time, Tish is the Manager of Training and Development for Henry Ford Health System, where she is responsible for the training needs of nearly 20,000 employees. She received her Masters degree from Wayne State University in Guidance and Counseling and her Bachelors degree from Michigan State University in both Education and Psychology.

MWF would like to thank Tish for her hard work and effective grantmaking.

Special Thanks to MWF Grants Committees

In 1996, MWF received 188 proposals requesting funds totalling near $4,080,000. It is the tough job of our volunteer committee members to read each proposal, participate in site visits, and finally, make the ultimate funding decisions. Each of our three grants committees took approximately six months to go from the Request for Proposal stage to the final funding decisions. Special thanks to all of our volunteers - we couldn't do it without you!

Grants Distribution:
Ruth Benedict, Janiki Darity, Susan Hoffman, Marilyn Hubbard, Mildred Jeffrey, Wally Klein, Monica Labe, Barbara Orr, Tish Preston, Loretta Robichaud, Katherine Sauriber, Karen Sherrin, Nancy Smith, Amanda Van Dusen, Jill Warren.

Women's Health Funding Initiative:
Bobbie Butler, Kate Dernocoeur, Jean Doss, Mary Anne Ford, Beth Goebel, Mildred Jeffrey, Judy Karandjeff, Kathrin Kudner, Marilyn Laken, Tish Preston, Marianne Udow, Terri Wright.

Young Women for Change:
Crystal Andrews, Katie Bode, Elsie Boncher, Caroline Crawford, Rachel Dooley, Laura Furst, Linda Karadesheh, Missy Lake, Elisabeth Luong, Leslie Manning, Tracey O'Neil, Lesli Rusche, Kelly Steelman, Lena Zwarensteyn.

Peg Talburtt Joins MWF as New Executive Director

Margaret A. (Peg) Talburtt, Ph.D., has recently been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Michigan Women's Foundation. Peg replaces Susan Church, Director of MWF for over 7 years. Susan died last July after a courageous fight against cancer, having helped establish a strong organization dedicated to the needs of women and girls across the state.

Peg has had an extensive career in the non-profit sector as both a professional and a volunteer. She comes most recently from the University of Michigan, where she directed the Lloyd Scholars Program, an innovative program for first-year students. At Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Peg served as Planning and Development Director. In 1973, she co-founded Formative Education Research Associates, Inc. (FERA), and directed many projects related to university curriculum and gender and other postsecondary innovations. Major clients included the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and corporations. Peg served as partner with FERA for 15 years.

Community involvement has been a priority for Peg for many years. She currently serves on the boards of the Washtenaw Community College Foundation and Comerica Bank Ann Arbor, and is also a volunteer with the Affordable Housing Network, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the NEW Center, Ann Arbor Area 2000, and the Junior League Community Advisory Board.

In her new position with MWF, Peg is committed to increasing our endowment, grant monies and impact. Said Beth Goebel, MWF President, "We've picked a very, very strong candidate. She's going to lead the Michigan Women's Foundation into the 21st century."

Welcome, Peg!

Michigan Women's Foundation Board of Trustees

Bobbie S. Butler, Equal Employment Officer, Michigan Department of Corrections
Hilda Patricia Curran, Michigan Jobs Commissions
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 Pollack, Former Michigan State Senator
Tish Preston, Manager, Training & Development, 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
Marilyn H. Steele, Ph.D., C.S. Mott Foundation (Retired)
Jane R. Thomas, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, Wayne State University

Michigan Women's Foundation Staff

Margaret A. Talburtt, Ph.D., Executive Director
Sandra Bitonti Stewart, Associate Director
Andrea Piotrowski, Development Director
Karen Schoneman, Project Associate
Nicole La Rosa, Office Aide

June Birthdays: Women of Achievement

1880: Agnes Nestor, trade union leader and strike organizer.
1887: Ruth Benedict, anthropologist.
1917: Gwendolyn Brooks, first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Literature.
1956: Mae Jemison, astronaut, physicist, engineer.

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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