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Women of Achievement 2017

Published by Christina on May 1, 2017, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

The annual Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon is NWF’s signature event that honors women in the region for their professional, personal and community achievements. Honorees participate in a day of professional development activities and a recognition luncheon honoring them.

Nevada Women’s Fund Announces 2017 Salute to Women of Achievement Hall of Fame Honoree Norma Webster as the 2017 Nevada Women’s Fund Hall of Fame Honoree. Webster will be honored at the 2017 Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon on May 25th at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Norma Webster

“Norma Webster’s appetite for community service is immense,” Isabelle Rodriguez-Wilson, President and CEO of the Nevada Women’s Fund said. “Her leadership has resulted in significant community programs serving thousands of residents and innovative programs that support women and girls globally. We are deeply grateful for her leadership and her support over the years and so very pleased to honor her in this way.”

Webster, who began her career by starting her own business, has since inspired organizations to develop needed and effective services not previously offered. Over the years, Webster has given freely of her time and talents to the Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada and Sage Ridge School, among others. She has served on the boards of KNPB, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows. Webster was also instrumental in creating the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s first Youth Giving Circle.

“Norma recognizes that it is not just funding that will improve our society, but funding in combination with leadership and personal guidance,” nominator Chris Askin, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada said. “As a direct recipient of Norma’s support and leadership, we at the Foundation have seen firsthand how Norma truly exemplifies the spirit of this Hall of Fame award and we congratulate her on this honor.”

Spin Games is proud to honor A.J. Long, 2017 Woman of Achievement

AJ Long is the Lower and Middle School Director for Sage Ridge

A.J. Long

School, a nationally recognized college preparatory school nestled in the foothills of south Reno. AJ is dedicated to nurturing each and every child in grades 4 – 8, so that each student realizes his or her fullest potential. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, AJ has a B.S. (H.D.F.S.) from Colorado State University and an M.A.T. from Sierra Nevada College. She began her career at Sage Ridge in 2000 as the 6th grade math and science teacher, then became the Middle School Algebra teacher before emerging as one of the school’s strongest leaders.

2017 Nevada Womens Fund

Nevada Women’s Fund Board Appointment, 2016

Published by Christina on February 1, 2016, in General, Recent Projects

I was recently invited to join the Nevada Women’s Fund (NWF) Board of Directors, a new position that I’m honored to hold. This particular organization holds a very near and dear place within my heart. In the 1990’s, I was honored to graduate from the Nevada Women’s Fund Professional Development Series. The course, which took place over the course of almost one-year, changed my life for the better in so many extraordinary ways. I was challenged, professionally and personally, and was fortunate to experience the program with extraordinary women, all fellow leaders within our community. Empowerment was the name of the game and identifying needs while providing opportunities within our region was our first priority.

Since 1983, approximately $3.4 million in grants has been awarded to 150 community organizations or programs providing assistance to women and children. NWF has awarded nearly $3.6 million in scholarships to 1,480 women. Most NWF scholarship recipients are re-entry women and single mothers who have not had the opportunity to complete their educations due to family issues and/or financial constraints.

The Nevada Women’s Fund works with community donors and supporters to raise financial contributions and other resources to support northern Nevada women and families. Critical social needs are identified and addressed through awards of individual education scholarships and community grant making to community non-profit organizations that share the NWF mission to strengthen and empower our community.

Mission

The Nevada Women’s Fund is dedicated to strengthening our community by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families.

HistoryCo-Founders

Founded in 1982 by concerned women who wanted the best for the women and families of northern Nevada, NWF was established to correct the then national imbalance of financial distribution from traditional resources that resulted in less than 6% of grants going to women and children.  Since 1983, NWF distributions are near $6.9 million.

NWF works with community donors and supporters to raise financial contributions and other resources to support northern Nevada women and families. We identify critical social needs and address them through award of individual education scholarships and grant making to northern Nevada non-profit organizations that share the NWF mission to strengthen and empower our community.

The Nevada Women’s Fund makes philanthropy simple to inspire achievement in hopeful women and families.

I look forward to further serving my community through this new appointment, I know the organization will continue to change lives. NWF welcomes contributions at all levels. Read more about our work and how you can help at Nevada Women’s Fund.