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telephone: (616) 742-2389; fax: (616) 459-8460

Michigan Women's Foundation
Summer 1999

"Women of Achievement and Courage Benefit Galas ---
Honor Five Michigan Women

The 10th annual dinners of the Michigan Women's Foundation celebrated the courage and achievements of five Michigan Women. The galas, held in Grand Rapids and Dearborn, broke both fundraising and attendance records. General Motors Corporation, once again, led the way as the Title Sponsor. Netting over $24,000 in revenue, the dinners attracted over 1,400 guests who gathered to pay tribute to these remarkable women.

Erma Henderson,
Recipient of the first ever Trillium Award for Lifetime Achievement
Labor leader, civil rights activist and political pioneer

I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate receiving the Michigan women's Foundation first Trillium Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award came at a point in my life that gave it extraordinary meaning. Who would have thought I would return to the Pantlind Hotel (now the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel) as an honored guest 60 years after staging a sit-in!

Alecia Woodrick,
Philanthropist and community activist

Until women are not disproportionately affected by violence, poverty, and discrimination, they deserve and need resources and programs that improve their quality of life.

Pamela Aguirre,
CEO of Mexican Industries and benefactor to the Hispanic community

Awards were accepted on Ms. Aguirre's behalf by Bill Freehan, President and CEO of Burnside manufacturing in Spring Lake and Migdalia Garcia, Director of Training at Mexican Industries, in Detroit.

Margaret Taylor Smith,
First female Board Chairperson of the Kresge Foundation

There it is: Balance in your life; don't worry when things are not making sense. There is order; dare to be guardians of your own lives; and infuse the joy of humor in all you do.

Elizabeth Upjohn mason,
Committed volunteer and foundation leader

Philanthropy is a state of mind, not just a condition of the pocketbook. make giving to others an integral part of your life. Be generous with your time and your outrage and your compassion and your loving kindness.

MWF Thanks its generous dinner sponsors:
(numbers in parentheses denote years of sponsorship)

Title Sponsor:
General Motors Corporation (5)

Daimler Chrysler Corporation Fund
Detroit Edison Foundation
NBD Banks (5)
Wege Foundation (3)

AAA Michigan
Ameritech (3)
Borgess Health Alliance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Comerica Bank
Compuware Corporation
D & W Food Centers (5)
Ford Motor Company (6)
Harris Marketing Group
Kalamazoo Foundation
Kelly Services
Kmart Corporation
MASCO Corporation
National City Bank (4)

In-Kind Sponsors:
AAA Michigan
Beta Design Group
PQS Printing
Stone, August, Medrich & Company

Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors!

Your hard work and dedication make our Benefit Dinners such a success every year.

Southeast Michigan:
Chairpersons: Deborah I. Dingell, General Motors
Geneva J. Williams, United Way Community Services
Honorary Chairperson: The Honorable Trudy DunCombe Archer

Executive Committee:
Barbara Allushuski, Penny Bailer, Brenda L. Ball, Sharon Banks, Gerry Barrons, Sharon Bernard, Lila Cabbill, Mary Cafferty, J. B. Dixson, Marla Drutz, Kay Felt, Barbara Graham, Marilyn Gusheem Mildred Jeffrey, Helen Katz, Susan Kelly, Renee Killingsworth, Denise Knobblock, Beth Konrad, Barbara Kratchman, Carol H. Larson, Jeanne Leonard, Shirley Maddalena Edson, Aretha Marshall, Alyssa Martina, Sue Marx, Susan Mclanahanm Terry Merritt, Charlene Jones Mitchell, Jennifer Moore, Juliette Okotie-Eboh, Barbara Palmer, Tish Preston, Ann E. Raden, Lynda Haber Ronie, Wendy Rose, Lynne Schaefer, Lorraine Schultz, Tessie Baltrip Sharp, Judith S. Slotkin, Patricia Solomon, Laura Trudeau, Alice Wark, Sheryl Stone Wolberg

West Michigan<
Chairpersons: Fred S. Missad, Heart of West Michigan United Way
Valeria Rhodes, Grand Valley State University

Executive Committee:
Deb Bailey, Juli Castillo, Jane Chappell, Christine Eberhard Mulka, Elizabeth English, Jean Enright, Beth Goebel, Lisa Gruner, Terri Handlin, Janice Hanley, Sandy Henderson, Carol Hendricks, Dr. Linda H. Hollies, Kimberly Hughes, William W. Jack, Jr., Jo Ann Jullette, Leslee Lewis, Deb Minton, Julie Petrie, Bettegial Shively, Sharon Spungen, Maribeth Wardrop, Richard T. Wachter, Kate Washburn, Lisa Wurst

Dinner Highlights

At the Grand Rapids event, emceed by Carole Morgan Williams of the Black Education Excellence Program (BEEP), guests were treated to the music of the Grand Rapids Women's Chorus and grant presentations by MWF's girls' grantmaking group, Young Women for Change of Kent County. Erma Henderson reminisced about the time she was denied a hotel room at the Pantlind Hotel (now the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel) in 1938 because of the color of her skin.. In protest, she and her friends sang "God Bless America" until the manager found them a room. so moved by her story, the audience spontaneously broke into "God Bless America after her speech.

The Dearborn event was held at the Ritz-Carlton. Robbie Timmons, of WXYZ-TV acted as the event's emcee. This event marked the first ever appearance of the Young Women for Change of Southeast Michigan. The girls' grantmaking committee recited the moving poem, A Prayer for a Girl by Ina Hughes. Enter-tainment was provided by the West Michigan Academy for Music for Girls, acurrentMWF grant recipient.

Most guests agreed the most memorable parts of the evening were the thoughtful, humorous and reflective remarks given by the honorees upon receiving their awards. To receive a copy of their speeches, please call the Michigan Women's Foundation office at 616-459-6281 or 734-542-3946.

Michigan Women's Foundation
1999 General Grants

The following 18 grants totaling $100,029 were awarded by the Michigan Women's Foundation Board of Trustees on March 11, 1999 based upon the recommendation of the General Grants Distribution Committee. The committee is chaired by Tish Preston and is composed of 25 volunteers from around the state.

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, Rochester Hills
Assault Survivor Kits
Assault Survivor Kits provide clothing and personal items for women after an assault since clothing is often kept for investigation purposes. This grant will expand the number of hospitals to which the League supplies assault survivor kits and enable them to serve up to 600 women.

Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, Ann Arbor
Women's Business Center of Michigan
This grant will fund a center to address the barriers that prevent women in business from expanding their businesses. It will increase the access of existing women business owners to training, counseling, financing and market opportunities.

Center for Women in Transition, Holland
Infrastructure Development
This organization is facing unprecedented growth. The grant will allow the agency to seek assistance in doing a service gap analysis, develop a mechanism to address those gaps, evaluate implementation, develop a future business plan and implement ongoing assessment.

Family Planning of Allegan County, Allegan
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
This is an educational program to further reduce teen pregnancy for 1200 youth in and around Allegan County. Targeted for middle and high school youth, the program will focus on abstinence, developing decision making skills, self esteem and goal setting.

Child and Family Services, Saginaw
Sexual Assault Outreach and Prevention Project
This grant will expand outreach and prevention services to include an acquaintance rape prevention program for 800 young women and men, and an assertiveness training component for young women in high school and college.

Choices of Manistee County Inc., Manistee
Choices Retail Shop
This grant will provide start up costs for a resale shop in Manistee County that will address the needs of low income individuals and families, women in transition from welfare to work, migrant workers and young women in the alternative high school.

Developmental Disabilities Institute, Detroit
Women and Disabilities: Legislative Action Team
Women with disabilities face enormous barriers. This grant will enhance educational opportunities and system change while developing a common ground for 300 women and girls with disabilities, their family members and friends, policy makers and interested professionals and students.

Dial Help Incorporated, Houghton
STAR Empowerment Groups
This grant will provide a facilitator for sexual assault prevention programs for 100 girls in foour counties in the UP. This program is growing dramatically and is the only one of its kind in a very rural area.

Mercy Education Project, Detroit
Girls' and Women's Education Project
This program works with women and girls in southwest Detroit to increase their basic skills, especially reading and math, and to offer family support services. This grant will support tutor training for volunteers and staff.

Family Service and /Children's Aid, Jackson
Born Free
This program is dedicated to providing support and assistance to women struggling to overcome a substance abuse problem. The grant will provide a parent education component for 55 women integrated into the treatment program.

Family & Youth Resources of MetroMatrix Human Services, Detroit
Empowerment Through Expression
After school programs are often developed around sports that boys play while girls sit around and watch. This grant will provide visual arts training and experiences to two groups of at-risk adolescent African-American girls in an after school program in Northeast Detroit.

Michigan Capitol Girl Scout Council, Holt
Camp Deer Trails Technology Update
This grant will install a computer at the council owned and operated Camp Deer Trails. it will enhance communication between camp, council and membership, and provide better programming for new camp events.

Shelter Incorporated, Alpena
This grant will expand and enhance the Homemakers and children's program services by implementing a pre-academic/vocational component and simultaneous child care and tutoring services to the existing program.

Southwest Alliance for Neighborhoods (SWAN), Detroit
Women's Ownership Initiative Phase Two
This grant will provide home buyer training to 100 women over the course of a year resulting in 65 pre-approvals and 50 actual mortgage approvals in 1999.

Saint Rose Senior Citizen Center, Detroit
Seniors Helping Seniors
This grant will provide options for independent living for 300 elderly and/or disabled women, through home visits and volunteer services which assess needs and provide medial and social support referrals as needed.

Visiting Nurse Association Incorporated, Oak Park
Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan Training Institute
This program is designed to be SE Michigan's premier home health training program: training annually 60 low income women on public assistance as Medicare-certified home health aides and offering VNA employment to all graduates at a minimum of 32 hours per week at competitive wages and with full benefits.

YWCA of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo
YWCA Mentoring Program
The mentoring program that provided personal support and encouragement to women and girls seeking financial and personal self-sufficiency and improved self-esteem. The mentoring program is a proven success in the community.

Wild Swan Theater/Raising Strong Daughters, Ann Arbor
"It's great to be a girl" After-School Mentors
This mentoring program will link University of Michigan undergraduate women as mentors to middle school girls in an after-school discussion format. Training and curriculum materials will be developed for replication statewide and a comprehensive research component will evaluate the impact of the program.

Michigan Women's Foundation Annual Grant Cycles

General Grant Cycle

Women's Health Initiative Young Women for Change-Southeast Michigan and Kent County Committees For more information on the Michigan Women's Foundation's guidelines and priorities, please call 734-542-3946 or 616-459-6281.

1999 Young Women for Change
Southeast Michigan Grant Awards

Note: Operational and grantmaking support provided by Bank One. Endowment funding patially by the Dsvid M. Whitney Fund

Operation Get Down
B.I.R.T.H. Program
The B.I.R.T.H. Program is a structured mentoring program for 30-50 teen moms in the African-American community. The program pairs the teens with adult women who were teen parents. The program's goals are to reduce the rate of child abuse and neglect, reduce the rate of subsequent teen pregnancies, to enroll the teens and their children in health care,a nd to enroll the teens' children in child care programs while their mothers focus on their education and career goals.

Women's Justice Center
Rights of Passage
The Women's Justice Center provides shelter to women and their children who have been victims of domestic violence. the program provides services to over 350 young females (ages 7-14) through a series of 12 sessions. the sessions are designed to enhance the female youths' overall self-concept and positive development and to initiate emotional growth and well-being. This intervention is planned to break the cycle of domestic violence among the children of abused women.

Affirmation Lesbian/Gay Community Center Inc
Girls Together in Mind, Body and Spirit
This program entitle "Girls Together in Mind, Body and Spirit", will provide accurate information and a support structure to lesbian youth in Metro Detroit. The program's goals are to provide peer education, counseling and issue-specific workshops to high-risk lesbian youth. The funds from YWFC will be used to bring in speakers and presenters, add materials to a resource library, provide two workshops for over 40 young lesbians, and to purchase videos and books that will be used in the Affirmations Reference Library.

Deaf Options
Take a Stand
Deaf Options will provide an educational workshop called "Take a Stand" for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing females in Wayne County from ages 13-19. The workshop is designed to impact self-esteem and personal growth among the participants, as well as to provide them with information about issues related to sexuality. YWFC funding will support the workshop expenses.

1999 Young Women for Change
Kent County Grant Awards

Note: Endowed by a trustee dictionary fund of the Frey Foundation.

Horizons Community High School
Women in the Wilderness
Horizons Community High School is an alternative high school chartered through the Wyoming Public Schools. Women in the Wilderness is an experiential eight week summer ducation program that offers challenging adventure activities for female students age 13-20. Designed to attack the problem of teenage pregnancy, the project's primary goals are to get students to think through their sexual choices, to understand the risks and consequences involved in each choice, and to help them to make the best individual choice.

Clinica Santa Maria/Saint Mary's Health Services
In Touch with Hispanic Teens
"In Touch with Hispanic teens" is a community project aimed to increase knowledge and awareness of these teens. Due to cultural and linguistic issues that are not receiving the abstinence prevention messages that are being sent to other youth. the 12 session curriculum, targeting young women ages 13-19, will address issues such as: gender roles and equality, healthy relationships, abstinence and birth control, self-esteem and STD prevention. Partners in this project are Central High School, the "Yo Puedo" Program, and El Hispano Newspaper.

Vision Quest Alternative High School
Self-Esteem Project
The Self-Esteem Project will create a partnership between Vision Quest and the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan. Students enrolled in this project will travel to the Franciscan Center to attend workshops about setting and achieving goals, making choices, self-expression, and healthy relationships. The desired out-come is a broader knowledge base, increased goal-driven decision-making, higher self-esteem levels, and decreased pregnancy.

Grand Rapids Metropolitan YMCA
Women in the Arts for Child Care Kids
The Women in the Arts for Child Care Kids project will enhance the curriculum by bringing in female musicians, artists, actresses, dancers, and writers of different cultural backgrounds. The purpose is to expose girls to the many available artistic opportunities and to provide them with real role models and heroines. Children will also be taken on field trips to see performances and exhibits. this project will provide early exposure to the extensive creative energies and possibilities for women beyond the stereotypical and glamorized world of television.

West Michigan Academy of Music for Girls
Grandville Avenue Girls' Choir
The Grandville Avenue Girls' Choir will be a branch of WMAMG with the express purpose of serving the girls of the southwest inner city, primarily a Hispanic section of town. While all who care to participate will be accepted, it is anticipated that the vast majority would be Hispanic. By involving girls in grades 3-5 in this all-girl venue, the WMAMG staff will be able to encourage self-reliance, leadership, and foster the growth of self-esteem.

Women of Achievement and Courage
2000 Call for Nominations

Please contribute to the selection of this year's MWF Women of Achievement and Courage honorees.

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

The criteria on which the nominee will be selected are:

MWF presents new Board President,
says goodbye to Baltrip Sharp

The Michigan Women's Foundation and the Board of Trustees bid a fond farewell to Tessie Baltrip Sharp. Tessie has served a Board President for two years. She has provided leadership and support to MWF for over 13 years as a founding mother and board member. Tessie is retiring from her position as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of the Liberal Arts and Science Doctoral Program at Wayne State. She is relocating to the Phoenix area with her husband, Jim Sharp.

MWF and the Board of Trustees welcome Leslie Murphy, CPA as the new Board president. Leslie is a partner at Plante & Moran, LLP and has been a part of the firm for over 25 years. Leslie joined the MWF as the Grand Rapids benefit dinner co-chair, as well as supervisor of the audit. Leslie brings a keen understanding of West Michigan as well as extensive board experience to this position. She served as co-chair of the Heart of West Michigan United Way Board of Directors and worked for the Grand Rapids Plante & Moran firm for many years. Leslie recently relocated to the Plante & Moran firm in the Detroit area and will provide a unique bridge between the two sides of the state. Leslie is married to Terry and has two grown daughters.

Welcome Rhonda Jordan,
Director of Programs

The Michigan Women's Foundation is pleased to welcome Rhonda Jordan to the staff as Director of Programs. She will provide solid leadership to MWF's Health Funding Initiative and the Southeast Young Women for Change funding committee, as well as to the Trillium and Roadmap publications.

Rhonda is committed to social change that will improve the lives of women and girls. Her long history of organizing and advocacy will be a great asset to the MWF staff. rhonda most recently served as Community Organizer for the New Hope Community Development Non-Profit Housing Corporation in Detroit where she engaged the community in effective problem solving and planning. Previously she was Grants Coordinator for the Bread and Rosess Community Fund in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for six years where she was responsible for the management of three grantmaking programs.

Women of Achievement and Courage
Call for Nominations for 2000!

See page 6 for criteria and objectives

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

    Deadline for nominations is September 15, 1999 Awardees will be notified by October 15, 1999

    Pleases complete this form and fax or mail to:
    Margaret A. Talburtt, Executive Director, Michigan Women's Foundation, 17177 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 445 Livonia, MI 48152 Or fax to: 734-542-3952 Questions? Call the MWF office: 734-542-3946
    Name: ______________________________________________________________________
    Title (if applicable): ____________________________________________________________
    Company/Organization: _________________________________________________________
    Organization Address: __________________________________________________________
    City: _____________State: _______Zip Code: _____________Phone (day): ______________
    Home Address: _____________________________________Zip Code: __________________

    Please explain why your nominee meets the criteria of the award as stated on page 6; community service, professional/community achievement, leadership, mentor to other women. Additional materials may be included with the nomination.

    Nominator Information:
    Your name: ________________________Relationship to nominee: ______________________
    Address: ____________________________________________________________________
    Day Phone: ___________________________________________________________________


    Excellent? Valuable? Worthy? MWF settled on quality as one of our core values. We defined it as "expecting that all we do and all we support will adhere to the highest standards of quality." Not as current as "excellence" but a better word to describe what we aim to do through our grantmaking, educational, and philanthropic efforts. Surely, you would agree that this year's honorees represent quality.

    Also, I believe that you'll see this value in action as you read about the programs of our most recent grantees. They are described in this Trillium and we're proud of their diversity, their geographic distribution, and their worthy objectives. We are also proud that yur support allowed us to allocate more than $100,000 in this cycle to improve the lives of women and girls in Michigan. Whether it'' pregnancy prevention, sexul assualt counseling, educational and job training for low-income women, or attention to girls, we believe these are quality responses to the difficult circumstances that challenge too many sisters today.

    By the end of 1999, MWF will distribute nearly $350,000 in grants but we recognize that for every $10,000 we are able to fund we receive $100,000 in requests. this fact is all the incentive we need to continue our work and to thank you, our donors and friends, for all that you do to support MWF.

    Margaret A. Talburtt, Executive Director, Michigan Women's Foundation

    Upcoming Event:

    Lansing City Reception to be held August 19, 1999, 5:30-7;30 pm at the home of Fran Russell. For tickets call the MWF office at 734-542-3946.


    "In Celebration of Michigan Women," the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner will be held October 30, 1999 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. Honorees TBA. Call 517-4484-1880 for ticket or program book ad information.

    MWF Board of Trustees

    Bobbie S. Butler, Hilda Patricia Curran, Lynn A. Feldhouse, J. Kay Felt, Kathleen P. Fochtman, Judith Frey, Beth Goebel, Barbara A. Hill, Mildred M. Jeffrey, Beth Konrad , Barbara Goldman Kratchman, Guadalupe G. Lara, Terry Merritt, Marjorie Peebles-Meyers, MD, Christine Moody, Leslie Murphy, Tish Preston, Tessie Baltrip Sharp, Jane R. Thomas, Ph.D, Marianne Udow, Amanda Van Dusen, Sheryl S. Wolberg, Terri D. Wright.

    MWF Advisory Council

    Deborah Z. Bloom, Julia Darlow, Teresa S. Decker, Deborah I. Dingell, Jean Enright, Ruth R. Glancy, Linda M. Gobler, Julia A. Guevara, Ph.D., Pearl Holforty, CPA, Kay Hunt, Florine Mark, Helen W, Milliken, Lana Pollack, Mary Jo Pulte, Hon. Maureen P. Reilly, Margaret Taylor Smith, Marilyn Steele, Ph.D., Geneva Williams.

    MWF Staff

    Margaret Talburtt, Ph.D-Executive Director.

    Mary Barden , Vearlina Clemons, Katy Frey, Rhonda Jordan, Emily Peggs, Kathleen 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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