Women’s Fund

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About The Fund

Our Mission: To provide a permanently endowed funding source to non-profit agencies serving the needs of women and girls in Rock County.
To provide hands-on grant-making and leadership experiences through volunteer opportunities for Fund donors.

The Women’s Fund seeks to reflect the population it serves in its make-up of donors and volunteers. Donors who wish to participate in activities will be encouraged to do so regardless of their political views, sexual orientation, race, age, economic status, political or religious views.

How does the Women’s Fund work?

The Women’s Fund is a component of the Community Foundation. The Advisory Board is comprised of community volunteers and Community Foundation staff. The Advisory Board raises money for the endowment as well as recommends grants from the Women’s Fund in support of priorities they set related to the current needs of women and girls in Rock County Wisconsin. Are you interested in serving on the Advisory Board? Call Sarah Lee at (608) 314-2667.

In 2007, a Task Force of the Women’s Fund developed the Status of Women in Rock County report to include basic demographics, employment and earnings, social and economic autonomy, health and wellbeing.

Why women and girls? Why not a fund for women and children? Or women and families?

Forty years of research shows that social investments in women reduce poverty, raise productivity and accelerate economic growth. Encouraging women to build on their strengths increases self-worth. In addition, a higher level of self-esteem is passed along to future generations.

Investing in girls yields even higher returns in terms of the effect on women’s wages, the decisions better educated women make about having children, and their capacity to raise healthy, educated children who go on to make good wages, choose smaller family size and invest in their own children.

Support for women and girls ultimately benefits men and boys, too. By strengthening and enabling women, we can break the cycle of poverty in our community.

About Our Awards

2019 GRANT APPLICATIONS:  Seeking proposals from 501(c)(3) charitable Rock County organizations and municipalities offering projects or programs that serve the mental health needs of women and girls. Services and programs eligible for grant funding may include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, caregiver stress, addictions, work/family stress, isolation, and human trafficking.Both prevention and/or response programs are eligible. Training programs for targeted audiences, support groups, mentoring programs, resource identification, and other related programs are examples for possible grant support. Collaborations throughout Rock County are encouraged.Requests from individuals are not eligible. Grant applications are available here and must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM September 15, 2019. Proposals of $500 to $10,000 will be considered.

Check Out Our Impact: Grant Awards

The 2018 grant recipients are:

  • Edgerton Community Outreach-YES! Rock County has the highest rate of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) of any county in Wisconsin. Research has demonstrated that ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) have a harmful effect on health and wellbeing throughout a lifetime. At over 23%, poverty in young children is higher in Rock County than the national average. In a recent survey of child care providers, state wide, 52% have responded that they have seen childhood expulsion over the last 2 years, related to challenging behaviors. All of these data suggest that children in Rock County are at very high stress levels, and need educational opportunities to learn coping skills as soon as possible in their young lives. YES! program provides methods for both mental health prevention and intervention.
  • CASA of Rock County Protecting the rights and safety of abused and neglected children is one of society’s most fundamental obligations and is a crucial component of a healthy community. Children that are removed from their homes have already been subject to abuse or neglect, as well as the trauma of the removal from their parents. Empirical evidence and statistical analysis confirm CASAs positively impact the lives of children in the child welfare system. No child placed in an overburdened “system” should be without a CASA by their side; especially young girls who have significant mental health challenges.
  • HealthNet of Rock County provides addiction screenings for as many as 300 uninsured low income women in Rock County. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) screenings will be part of HealthNet’s Women’s Clinic beginning in January 2019 and will be used to help identify women who may be suffering from addiction. The SBIRT evaluation will help identify women who need intervention and treatment in order to be better for themselves and their families. Services provided will help low income and uninsured women throughout Rock County, Wisconsin.
  • The Micah Project helps women transition from treatment to community living. This grant helps residents of the Micah Project House, but also their families, employers, and friends who have been, and continue to be, impacted by their addiction. Successful recovery, improved emotional regulation, and life skills will positively impact all of the people in the personal and extended networks of individuals with substance use disorders.

Application Info

Annual application deadline: September 15

Scholarship Guidelines

Tips and tools for you to use as you prepare your application. Print out this PDF as you prepare your grant for a quick checklist of your progress.

Invest In Your Community

Donations to the Women’s Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible. Mail a check to this address, or click the button to donate online.
The Women’s Fund
c/o The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
26 South Jackson St.
Janesville, WI 53548

Donor Services Representative

Sarah Lee
Sarah Lee
Phone: (608) 314-2667

Advisory Board Members

The Fund is advised by a committee of community volunteers who initiate fundraising activities and determine grant awards:

Kelli Cameron
Sue Conley
Mary Frederick
Jennifer Johns
Lucy Newell-Anderson
Camilla Owen
Lori Stottler
Wendy Tupper
Jan Witt
Jane Maldonis (CFSW staff)