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CINCINNATI (November 23, 2015) — The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is pleased to welcome its new Development Officer, Lauren Jones.
Before joining GCF and The Women’s Fund, Jones was communications and marketing coordinator at Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. She spent two years in the Americorps program at Public Allies Cincinnati.
Jones is an alumni of the 2013 New Faces of Fundraising Class, part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cincinnati Chapter.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren to The Women’s Fund team,” said Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of The Women’s Fund. “She is a natural communicator and fundraiser who is bright and creative. She is a passionate advocate for the issues that are important to women and their families in our community.”
Jones will be responsible for the fundraising and communications for The Women’s Fund in addition to overseeing its volunteers.
The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region and igniting a shared desire to improve it. cincinnatiwomensfund.org
One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
I want to take a moment to thank you for being such an important part of The Women’s Fund family. I’m tremendously honored to lead this organization comprising so many passionate donors and volunteers.
I have been with The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation for more than four years and, quite simply, I live and breathe this work. Investing in women and their families is the strongest, most effective way to make our community more prosperous.
My vision is to make women’s self-sufficiency a community imperative—an issue that is discussed in back yards and board rooms and carried out through a dynamic plan of action.
Thanks to your support, the trajectory of The Women’s Fund has been exceptional. We are changing the conversation about women and girls in Greater Cincinnati.
I am grateful that you understand and appreciate the importance of the systemic work that we do. It makes all the difference.
Although I know many of you already, I look forward to reconnecting over the next few months and discussing your hopes for The Women’s Fund in the years to come.
We have so much more to accomplish together and I’m eager to hear your ideas. You can reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-768-6144.
Thank you for your generosity and your confidence in our work.
The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. cincinnatiwomensfund.org
CINCINNATI (January 13, 2017) - The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation has received $150,000 from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee. These funds will support numerous projects furthering the fund’s mission to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women.
Funding will support research into domestic violence triggered by employment advancement. The Women’s Fund and its community partners have been collecting data on this phenomenon for the past six months. This grant has attracted the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to do a local qualitative study to better understand the situation and provide solutions.
Funding will also support a series of workshops for local foundations on gender lens grantmaking that will help drive more effective investments with non-profit partners.
“The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund was created to honor Jacob Schmidlapp’s daughter, Charlotte and support women’s educational and economic advancement,” said Meghan Cummings, executive director. “We are honored to celebrate her legacy by putting these funds to work on projects that support women and encourage their advancement. This grant is a transformational investment in our work.”
Together, The Women’s Fund and the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund are making a powerful difference by driving top-level change and leadership on these important issues.
We are stepping into 2017 with a strong plan for addressing the most pressing issues facing women’s economic self-sufficiency in our community. To achieve these ambitious goals, we need to grow and shape our team and resources accordingly.
We know the best answers for community change come from those who are closest to the issues.
In the coming year, we will devote more time and resources to co-creating solutions with the women we serve and the agencies that directly serve them. I’m excited to share with you some changes to our team to facilitate our growth and increase impact:
Lauren Jones will be stepping into a newly created Community Engagement Specialist position effective January 31. In this new role, Lauren will be responsible for elevating the most pressing issues affecting women and integrating them into our Fund’s strategy. She will also be responsible for training and mobilizing our growing team of volunteers and ensuring a strong presence for The Women’s Fund in our community. She will continue to lead our signature “Conversation” event featuring soccer legend Abby Wambach.
(Tickets go on sale January 10 at cincinnatiwomensfund.org.) Lauren’s strong background in community organizing and volunteer management will serve the Fund’s evolving needs well.
Felicia Zakem will be joining The Women’s Fund team as Development Officer. Felicia has been serving as the Development Officer for Women’s Philanthropy at the Jewish Federation for the past six years. Before moving into the philanthropic sector, she worked as a marketing specialist and a client relationship manager at several investment firms and earned her MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Felicia will be leading our fundraising strategy and donor relationships. Felicia is a seasoned development professional and her passion for these issues runs deep. Her leadership will inspire a new chapter of the transformational growth we have experienced over the past several years.
Please join me in warmly welcoming Felicia to our team and congratulating Lauren in her new role. Thanks again for your generosity and your confidence in our work.
The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org.
Published January 2017
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CINCINNATI (May 2, 2017) — The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation releases its latest PULSE Report: Applying a Gender Lens to the Wage Gap.
Women in the Greater Cincinnati Region make an average of $0.79 on the dollar compared to men. With UC Economics Center as its research partner, The Women's Fund took an in-depth look at the gender wage gap in our region, including the causes and long-term impacts of the wage gap on women and our local economy.
What the Economics Center found is that the wage gap is not simple; it comprises a complex interrelationship of explained and unexplained differences and the ever-subjective concept of “choice.”
Learn more about our latest PULSE Report on the Gender Wage Gap #cincywagegap
Posted by The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation on Monday, April 24, 2017
Learn more about our latest PULSE Report on the Gender Wage Gap #cincywagegap
As you will see, the results show significant disparities in men’s and women’s wages, even when controlling for variables like education, hours worked, age, marital status, and the presence of children. The remaining disparity amounts to a significant unexplained difference in wages between men and women. Over time, this disparity in wages leads to hundreds of thousands of dollars lost, forcing women to either work longer or retire with less. For women of color, the disparities are even more profound.
Share the research online using the hashtag #CincyWageGap. Visit cincinnatiwomensfund.org/payequity to access the research presented and find more resources on fair pay practices.
View our latest PULSE Report on the Gender Wage Gap [PDF]
The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at cincinnatiwomensfund.org
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