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/
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Michigan Women's Foundation
Summer 1998

"Women of Achievement and Courage Benefit Galas a Success---
Thanks to Volunteers, Donors

This year, the ninth annual MWF benefit galas in Grand Rapids and Dearborn broke fundraising and attendance records by raising over $272,000 and attracting over 1100 guests. As in past years, the event was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all Michigan women, as well as to honor four “Women of Achievement and Courage.” This year’s honorees were Gladys May Beckwith, Vernice Davis Anthony, Eleanor Josaitis, and Joan Luedders Wolfe.

The continuous success and growth of the Michigan Women’s Foundation Benefit Galas are due to the tremendous commitment of our volunteers. Special thanks to both of our benefit dinner committees!---See back page for a list of volunteers. In-kind contributors included: AAA Michigan, Bluewater Visual Services, Falcon Printing, J.A. Francis & Associates, Metro Girl Scouts, Naked Plates, PQS Printing, Photolithe, Rose Public Relations, Terryberry, United Way Community Services, & WXYZ-TV.

Also, MWF extends its gratitude to our corporate sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Chrysler Fund, Detroit Edison Foundation, NBD Bank, St. John Health System, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System, Ameritech, Comerica, First of America, Ford Motor Company, Harris Marketing Group, Kelly Services, Masco, and the Wege Foundation. A special thank you to General Motors Foundation, our Title Sponsor for the third year in a row!

Perspectives: The Value of Equity

Equity was adopted as one of MWF's core values because it sums up the purpose of gender focused grantmaking. The Board defined equity as "assuring justice and fairness to those we serve and for all who work for and with us." In other words, equity is a goal and an attitude; a process and an outcome. MWF must consistently pursue equity through our projects as well as our relationships with staff, donors, board, and peer organizations.

One grant that typifies this value is described in this Trillium. ‘Communities for Equity' was selected for funding by the Young Women for Change in Kent County because it will literally level the playing field for girls in high school sports. Despite the 25 years of impact of Title IX, the Michigan High School Athletic Association's sanctioned calendar has forced several girls' sports to play off-season, giving priority to the needs of boys' sports. This means that a sport like volleyball is played off-season in Michigan and players are not seen by college coaches during their normal recruiting times. In turn, this prevents Michigan girls from receiving college scholarships they deserve, giving the sport a kind of second class position. Young Women for Change and MWF have said NO MORE! Read about their actions and many more details in the accompanying article.

Our grants underscore other aspects of equity. They include several programs which focus on economic equity such as ‘Making Child Care Pay' in Alpena or the ‘Women's Home Ownership Initiative" in southwest Detroit. Other grantees focus on social equity. These include the ‘Women's Leadership Training Program' which promotes collaborations among homeless women in Ypsilanti; or the ‘Women's Sentencing Advocacy Program' for indigent female inmates in the Wayne County jail. And finally, a whole cluster of programs offers development equity for girls. ‘Advanced Leadership Training for Girl Scouts' throughout the state, ‘An Income of Her Own' in the southeast area are fine examples of building justice for tomorrow's women today, not to mention all of the programs funded by Young Women for Change in Kent County. Each of these programs has the potential to serve as models for similar needs throughout the state. And in each, we believe, you'll see equity in action.

Young Women for Change Target Problems through Grantmaking

The YWFC of Kent County announced their choices for funding for the 1998-99 year at the Grand Rapids benefit dinner. The committee, made up of nineteen high school students, prioritized what they perceived to be the most pressing problems facing young women and girls in West Michigan. A few of those are: negative body images, unequal treatment in sports and the classroom, pressure to experiment with sex, drugs & alcohol, lack of wholesome activities, being a strong girl and being labeled “too masculine”. They also identified solutions: supportive friends, teachers, families, jobs, and taking a leadership role in sports and clubs.

The Kent County Young Women for Change committee of 1997-98 includes: Crystal Andrews, Nabiha Azam, Rebecca Bernard, Katie Bode, Jennifer Bryant, Janis Craft, Katie Crawford, Rachel Dooley, Megan Florentine, Danielle Gantos, Jill Inghram, Tarah Lowell, Alison McDonnell, Lauren Mishkind, Sonya Palit, Emily Parker, Rachel Paul, Alexis Williams, Perry Williams.

1998-99 YWFC Grant Awards

Arbor Circle Corporation $7,000 The Bridge & Homeless Youth Group Services

Arkenya Magazine $3,000 Work-Willing & Ready Project

Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council $5,000 Schuler Books & Music Girls Matter! Book Project

Heartside Ministry $1,000 Domestic Violence Support Group Childcare

The Salvation Army Booth Services $2,000 Teen Living Center Education Library

Townline Elementary $2,000 Go For It Girls! After School Project

Endowment Funding provided by Frey Foundation, Educational funding by Smith Barney

MWF Volunteer Star

“I have found myself becoming increasingly involved with MWF because the mission is so straightforward: to promote self-sufficiency among women and girls. This is critical to our society,” remarks Wolberg, an MWF donor and volunteer.

Ms. Wolberg, a resident of Huntington Woods, and an Associate Media Director at Stone, August, Medrich & Company, fits the definition of “MWF Superwoman” in more ways than one. Sheryl began her volunteer career with MWF several years ago with her involvement with the annual benefit dinner. Sheryl served on the committee, where she focused on attracting young women to the event. During this year’s dinner, Sheryl co-chaired the “Young Women’s Subcommittee,” along with Veronika Quaroni, another benefit dinner committee member.

As Sheryl learned about the difficulties in attracting young women to a large benefit event, she began to form ideas about how young women could become engaged in MWF. Along with a committee of several young women, Sheryl was part of establishing the new “Young Professional Women” effort.

In addition to her work in development, Sheryl is serving as a member of the Women’s Health Funding Initiative grantmaking committee, where she evaluates proposals, conducts site visits, and contributes to decisions about where MWF dollars go. And, if you thought this was all, you are wrong! Sheryl is also a committed donor to MWF. And all of this at age 29. Sheryl Wolberg is truly an MWF superwoman!

Grantee Spotlight: Communities for Equity

Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 states: “No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Proclaimed more than 25 years ago, Title IX is still not fully realized by Michigan girls. In fact, Michigan may be one of the least compliant states in the nation. YWFC selected Communities for Equity for funding because of the inequities they have personally experienced. CFE, a statewide advocacy group for equity in athletics, received $10,000 to educate superintendents, coaches and parents about compliance to Title IX and how to implement equity in their own schools.

A few examples of inequity the young women identified are:

  • Michigan is 1 of 4 states where females play basketball and volleyball, as well as 4 other sports, in non-traditional seasons; thus damaging their chances for collegiate athletic scholarships;
  • shorter athletic seasons for girls than boys by number of days or by time played; (E.g. many girls play 9 holes of golf, while boys play 18 holes of golf; boys basketball lasts 113 days, girls 99.).
  • inequitable support of cheerleaders, pep bands, and concessions, as well as less financial and booster club support for girls’ sports;
  • academic hardships due to more school night contests and later starting times, while boys enjoy Friday night contests:
  • assigning girls’ teams to inferior athletic facilities for state tournaments and qualifying events.

    Why is this so important to YWFC? High school female athletes are less likely to use drugs or to get pregnant. They are also more likely to graduate from college and become business leaders in Fortune 500 companies. “I was excited about making this grant because I could really personally relate to what it’s about,” says YWFC member Rachel Dooley, “People don’t want a change because they haven’t thought of it any other way. If you look at other states’ programs, it’s completely unfair. This grant could be a big step for young female athletes in Michigan.”

    Some superintendents, along with parents, have been working for years to promote change in their own districts by forming gender equity committees and making sure any new facilities, such as locker rooms, are equitable. However, schools say their hands are tied by Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines that dictate the seasons and tournament location. The MHSAA claims that most people, for a variety of reasons, do not want the seasons changed. However, in September of 1997 all 20 superintendents of Kent Intermediate Superintendents’ Association signed a letter to the MHSAA, urging a change in seasons for girls.

    Compliance to Title IX has culminated into a very controversial issue. Tired of waiting and “working within the system” to effect change, CFE, along with Jay Eveland and Diane Madsen, parents of female athletes, have, as a last resort, filed a law suit against the MHSAA, its individual representative council members, and its executive director, Jack Roberts. The law suit alleges discrimination against Michigan female students. Plaintiffs Jay Eveland & Diane Madsen state, “Girls’ sports seasons should not be treated as mere after thoughts, scheduled to accommodate the boys’ preferential use of facilities. Our daughters are entitled to the same rights and benefits as ours sons.”

    Regional News

    Adrian - The Adrian Public Schools, with the support of MWF, held a successful Women’s Getaway Day with 137 women at Drager Middle School on March 7th.

    Allegan County - During the past school year, Family Planning of Allegan County held 78 presentations, reaching 2361 students, with their Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP.)

    Ann Arbor - a reception featuring artist Nancy Drew brought in $9,220 in donations for MWF, with 80 attendees.

    Grand Rapids - At a Detroit Shock game, Young Women For Change members presented “Equity in Athletics” awards, on behalf of Communities for Equity, to Dr. Patricia Oldt, superintendent of Northview Schools, Bob Becker, sportswriter at The Grand Rapids Press , Chuck Erbe, volleyball coach at MSU, and to Jack Doles 7 Wood TV 8 for their promotion of gender equity for Michigan girls in sports. To learn more about Title IX & Communities for Equity, contact the MWF Grand Rapids office at 616-458-1557.

    Detroit - Michigan Women’s Foundation has received an endowment gift from the David M. Whitney Fund to begin a “Young Women for Change” in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Selection of the girls’ grantmaking committee will begin this fall.

    Detroit - Pearl Holforty, MWF board member, received a 1998 Corporate Leadership Award from Wayne State University on May 21, 1998. The Corporate Leadership Award is given to alumni of WSU who have distinguished themselves as leaders of business and industry. Pearl Holforty is the President, CEO and founder of Liberty BIDCO Investment Corporation.

    Farmington Hills - a reception hosted by Marcia Stroko attracted 75 donors.

    Livonia - 45 grant requests were received for MWF’s Statewide Women’s Health Funding Initiative grant cycle. These requests totaled over $1.2 million dollars. Final grant decisions will be made in September.

    Muskegon - a city reception, hosted by Nancy Crandall & LaDon Gustafson, featured Peggy Scouten, Executive Director of Michigan Pines & Dunes Girls Scout Council.

    Statewide - The Michigan Assemblies Project, developed by Groundwork for a Just World and in-part funded by MWF, concluded its extensive inquiry into the status of Michigan’s low-income families and the barriers they face in their effort to become self-sufficient at its June 12-13 state assembly. Delegates from around the state reached consensus on a package of recommendations which they believe will increase affected families’ chances of becoming permanently free of the welfare system.


    August 6th-8th 1998 - MWF Board Retreat at Yarrow Conference Center in Augusta, Michigan.

    September 15, 1998 - MWF General Grant Cycle concept paper deadline (must be postmarked by 9/15/98).

    September 16, 1998 - Bingham Farms City Reception hosted by Lynda Ronie. For an invitation, contact Michigan Women’s Foundation at 734-542-3946.

    Fall 1998 - Lansing City Reception organized by Cheryl Ronk. For an invitation, contact Michigan Women’s Foundation at 734-542-3946.

    October 1998 - “Securing Your Future” Detroit area seminar. For more information, contact Peg Talburtt at 734-542-3946.

    Women of Achievement & Courage 1999 Call for Nominations!

    Please contribute to the selection of this year’s MWF Women of achievement & Courage honorees.

    The objectives of this prestigious award are: to bring deserved attention to Michigan women who have performed supremely in their roles as professionals, volunteers, or agents of change; to celebrate the diversity of the accomplishments of women across this state; and to encourage young women to pursue roads of achievement now and in the future.

    The criteria on which the nominees will be selected are:

  • Genuine commitment to community service as evidenced by time and resources given;
  • Outstanding achievement within her profession or community as noted by her impact, demonstrated success, recognition by her peers, and the difference she has made to others;
  • Demonstrated leadership as indicated by her innovation, strength, flexibility, and risktaking;
  • Empowered and inspired other women as a mentor, role model, and friend.

    The awards will be presented at the annual dinners in Grand Rapids and Detroit. Winners are expected to attend both dinners.

    Deadline for Nominations is August 18, 1998
    Awardees will be notified by October 1, 1998

    Please complete this form and fax or mail to:

    Margaret A. Talburtt, Executive Director, Michigan Women’s Foundation, 17177 N. Laurel Park Drive, Suite 445, Livonia, MI 48152 Or fax to: 313-542-3952

    Nominee information---Deadline August 18

    Name: _______________________________________________________
    Title (if applicable): ____________________________________________
    Company/Organization: _________________________________________
    Organization Address: _________________Phone(day): _______________
    City: ____________________ State: ________ Zipcode: ______________
    Home address: __________________________Zipcode: ______________

    Please explain why your nominee meets the criteria of the award as stated on page 4:

    Nominator information

    Your name: _____________________________Relationship to nominee: _______________
    Address: ___________________________________________________________________
    Day phone: _________________________________________________________________

    A Personal Definition of Philanthropy
    by Abigail Disney

    Philanthropy is the quiet work of grantmaking. It requires diligence, patience and perseverance, and enough strength of character to not to need a parade in your honor every time you do something nice.

    Philanthropy requires self-knowledge. Before I give, I have to decide on my priorities, and how best to accomplish my goals.

    Philanthropy is a quest for efficiency. Wasting money is a major offense in philanthropy. Imagine how sad it is to gift your money to effect change, and then have it wasted. You are out that money and the job still needs to be done.

    Philanthropy is a quest for power. I came to see that if I really cared about an organization or an issue, then I had to get inside it, by serving on its board or by building a relationship with its director.

    Philanthropy is operating from a position of knowledge and empathy. Without viewing the cultural and political landscapes clearly, I can hardly fund what is relevant, and unless I can feel what it is like to be standing out on those landscapes, I can hardly guess what is needed there.

    Philanthropy is understanding the power your money automatically confers, and using that power wisely and with humanity. That means not making grantees perform like seals to get a grant and not moving on to the next organization merely because this one has gotten boring. This “fund and run” approach creates an agonizing hamster wheel of fundraising for people whose time would be far better spent elsewhere.

    Philanthropy is knowing what “resources” means. I must know what time, effort, and influence I can offer an organization to make my money of as far as it can possibly go.

    Philanthropy is balance. There is an old story. Three women see some babies drowning in a river. One rushes to rescue them from drowning, the second starts teaching them to swim, and the third rushes upstream to stop them from being thrown in. I see good grantmaking as a balance of these three acts: service, empowerment, and advocacy. All are necessary and none is enough on it own.

    And most importantly, philanthropy is for everybody. If you have a quarter, you can be a philanthropist. We could sit here all day and lament the shortage of resources for what we believe in, but despair is for chickens.

    Do the math. If 400 people put $5 into a pot, some organization could buy two or three computers. If each put $50 into the pot, we could probably house their operations for a year. For $100 apiece they could hire someone to do counseling, feed hungry people or file briefs on their behalf.

    So I encourage you to look at yourselves, no matter what your resources are, as philanthropists and to go about it with caring, diligence, humility and good humor.

    Abigail Disney is the grandniece of Walt Disney and the daughter of the vice chairman of the board of the entertainment empire. She spoke in Denver on behalf of the Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion Program.

    In her speech she described her struggle to come to terms with her famous name, and to understand herself and her responsibilities as a philanthropist.

    Raised with “no idea or presumption of the privilege we had,” she rebelled against her famous name in college even working briefly as an au pair in Ireland.

    “I became a guerilla giver, throwing checks around,” she said. “It wasn’t bad, just thoughtless, haphazard and wasteful.”

    She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, but it was through volunteer experience, therapy, and timely discussions with Helen Hunt, daughter of another wealthy and famous family, that she developed the definition of philanthropy expressed in this excerpt.

    Reprinted with permission from Women’s Philanthropy Institute News , June 1998.

    Donor Opportunity:
    Strategies for Individuals with Highly Appreciated Stock

    Are you looking for a strategy to:

  • Diversify your assets without incurring capital gains tax?
  • Reduce your current income tax bill?
  • Reduce ultimate estate taxes?
  • Enhance your income stream?

    If so, keep MWF in mind.

    With dramatic advances in the stock market, it has become increasingly common for individuals to experience significant appreciation on particular marketable securities. Experiencing a boon in the stock market while favorable may also alter the allocation of an individual’s net worth. Highly appreciated stock may present certain risks to a financial or estate plan; however, a variety of opportunities is available to better protect and more evenly distribute the risk of appreciated assets.

    Lifetime planning for appreciated stock can include: (1) selling the asset, paying the resulting capital gains tax, and diversifying remainder; (2) giving the asset away to heirs; or (3) donating the asset to a qualified charity. Individuals with appreciated stock should evaluate their personal goals to determine what method best fits. At first blush, donating assets to a charity may not present itself as a viable alternative; however, a charitable donation can provide a flexible mechanism to transfer assets while maintaining an income stream, avoiding or deferring capital gains tax and reducing gift and estate taxes.

    Charitable donations generally take two forms: (1) outright donation, and (2) donations in trust. An outright gift to a charity avoids the capital gains tax, provides an immediate income tax deduction, and reduces an individual’s estate. The downside of an outright gift is that the owner loses any further economic benefit from the asset. Donations in trust, also known as charitable remainder trusts (or CRTs), can provide income and estate tax savings while also permitting the donor to enjoy a continuing limited interest in the asset.

    Charitable remainder trusts as of late, have become the opportunity of choice. An individual can accomplish a number of goals with CRT’s, including selling a highly appreciated stock and possibly avoiding the capital gains tax resulting in diversifying a portfolio while continuing to receive an income stream. This is one way of reducing the risk of a high concentration of appreciated stock and Charitable remainder trusts, as of late, have become the opportunity of choice. An individual can accomplish a number of goals with CRT’s, including selling a highly appreciated stock and possibly avoiding the capital gains tax resulting in diversifying a portfolio while continuing to receive an income stream. This is one way of reducing stock in a portfolio without diminishing its income-generating capacity.

    There are a myriad of ways to structure a lifetime charitable gift to meet your philanthropic and financial goals. To ensure the optimum tax strategy fits your goals, consult your financial advisor, accountant and lawyer and remember ...

    “The future is purchased by the present.” - Samuel Johnson

    Written by Karen Katie, CPA Partner, Plante & Moran

    If you would like to learn more about a gift to the Michigan Women’s Foundation, please send in this form or call an MWF office:

    Name: ___________________________________

    Address: _________________________________

    City: _____________________ Zip: ___________

    Daytime telephone: ________________________

    ____ Please call me regarding a gift to MWF. I have my own financial advisor.

    ____ Please direct me to a financial advisor who can help me make a charitable gift.

    1998 Women of Achievement & Courage Benefit Dinner Committees

    Southeast Michigan Executive Committee

    Co-Chairs: Debbie Dingell, Geneva Williams

    Penney Bailer, Brenda L. Ball, Sharon Banks, Gerry Barrons, Lila Cabbil, J. B. Dixson, Marla Drutz, J. Kay Felt, Joan Gehrke, Marilyn F. Gushee, Rebecca Ingber, Mildred Jeffrey, Helen Katz, Susan L. Kelly, Beth Konrad, Barbara Kratchman, Carol H. Larson, Shirley Maddalena Edson, Aretha Marshall, Alyssa Martina, Sue Marx, Susan McClanahan, Terry Merritt, Barbara Milbauer, Charlene Jones Mitchell, Eunice E. O'Loughlin, Barbara Palmer, Tish Preston, Veronika Quaroni, Lynda Haber Ronie, Tessie Sharp, Judith S. Slotkin, Patricia Solomon, Sheryl Stone Wolberg, Alice Wark

    West Michigan Executive Committee

    Co-Chairs: Terri A. Handlin and Willam W. Jack, Jr.

    Laurie Beard, Joan Bennett, Jeannine Bryant, Judi Castillo, Sue Edema, Jean Enright, Denise Essenberg, Lynnette J. Ferrell, Heather Francis, Beth Goebel, Janice Hanley, Mary Hartfield, Sandy Henderson, Carol Hendricks, Rev. Dr. Linda H. Hollies, Kimberly Hughes, Ellen James, Leslee Lewis, Fred Missad, Bonnie Nawara, Julie Petrie, Valerie Rhodes, Faye Richardson, Susan Shannon, Bettegail Shively, Gloria Tate, Julie Wagemaker, Maribeth Wardrop, Lisa Wurst

    Michigan Women's Foundation Board of Trustees

    Bobbie S. Butler
    Hilda Patricia Curran
    Lynn A Feldhouse
    J. Kay Felt
    Judith Frey
    Beth Goebel
    Sondra C. Hardy
    Barbara A. Hill
    Pearl M. Holforty, C.P.A.
    Mildred M. Jeffrey
    Beth Konrad
    Barbara Goldman Kratchman
    Marjorie Peebles-Meyers, M.D.
    Tish Preston
    Mary Jo Pulte
    Tessie Baltrip Sharp
    Jane R. Thomas, Ph.D.
    Marianne Udow
    Terri D. Wright

    Michigan Women's Foundation Advisory Council

    Julia Darlow
    Teresa S. Decker
    Deborah I. Dingell
    Jean Enright
    Ruth R. Glancy
    Linda M. Gobler
    Kay Hunt
    Florine Mark
    Helen W. Milliken
    Lelie Murphy
    Lana Pollack
    Hon. Maureen P. Reilly
    Margaret Taylor Smith
    Marilyn Steele, Ph.D.
    Geneva J. Williams

    Michigan Women's Foundation Staff

    Margaret A. Talburtt, Ph.D. (Executive Director)
    Vearlina Clemons
    Jennifer Crute Steiner
    Kathy Tkach
    Kristin Van Weelden Gootjes

    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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