Huge thanks to everyone who joined us at our annual reception on Monday. It was wonderful to celebrate another incredible year with 200+ Foundation members and their friends. If you were not able to join us this year -- don't worry! In this month's newsletter we'll show you what Monday night was all about: our terrific members and all that their collective giving has made possible this year.
Check out the articles below for the winners of this year's grants, a behind the scenes mini-mentary from the Listening Tour, and much more. As always, enjoy reading and keep in touch with us about what you'd like to see in the monthly newsletter!
Warmly, Emily Evans Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Oregon
P.S. See all the photos from the 2nd Annual Celebration here!
In keeping with our statewide mission, we decided to make all our grants this year to organizations outside of Multnomah County. We increased our giving by $10,000, and have plans to increase it even more next year. Best of all, hundreds of members voted again this year in an extraordinary example of collective giving.
In response to some really insightful member feedback last year, we changed our grants voting process so that all members got to actually rank each finalist, instead of just choosing two out of three.
As part of that change, all three of our finalists received awards: one of $10,000, one of $20,000 and one of $30,000. This revised process feels great to us because it preserves the ability of members to choose the grants that they find most compelling, but it also acknowledges what we all know: that each of our finalists does incredible and valuable work, and is more than deserving of our support.
It’s our pleasure to announce our first place finalist, who will receive a $30,000 grant:
Meet Stacey Radinovich: salon owner and hairstylist extraordinaire and proud Women’s Foundation member living in Burns.
Name: Stacey Radinovich Age: 37 Occupation: Hairstylist and Salon Owner Member of the Women's Foundation since: May 2016
What’s your favorite spot in Oregon? In the winter, it's snowmobiling in the Strawberry Mountains. In the summer, it's boating and fishing in the Snake River Canyon.
What quality do you most admire in others? I admire accountability in others. From completing a task you have agreed to take on, to acknowledging your mistakes, to owning your convictions.
Which talent would you most like to have? I wouldn't say this is a "talent" but I really wish I could split firewood. I have tried so many times. Can't do it. It's now a joke between me and my husband.
What was your first volunteer experience? My first experiences volunteering started when I was pretty young and revolved around coaching kiddos for Parks & Rec. Volunteering with youth is still what I enjoy most.
What’s the best place to eat in our great state? I personally love Marco Polo in Downtown Salem, maybe followed by dessert down the street at Konditorei!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I suppose it's opening my salon, and keeping it successful for the last 7 years.
Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire? That's so hard to answer... I find Gertrude Stein to be very interesting. Her salon was the meeting place of some of the "Lost Generation's" most influential artists and authors.
What’s your most treasured possession? I don't have a single possession I treasure most, but I have a borderline obsession with my family's antique dishes. I love the idea of serving people I care for on dishes that have served generations before on some of their most special occasions.
What is your personal motto? Feel the fear and do it anyway!
What’s your idea of perfect happiness? A warm sunny day on one of Oregon's beautiful golf courses, followed by a relaxing stop on the 9th hole to enjoy a local microbrew.
What makes you laugh uncontrollably? Movies with raunchy humor. Embarrassing, but true!
Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation? After taking part in the "Listen to Her" event in Burns, I really wanted to be part of and support an organization that supports women of all walks of life.
Make a Difference
A 2015 grantee of the Women's Foundation, Innovative Changes has helped change the lives of Oregonians through programs and services that enable financial stability and well-being. Over the past year, they've offered new chances to more than 1,300 of our most financially vulnerable Oregonians through small dollar loans, credit building, matched savings and financial coaching and education.
Join their celebration and share in the success stories, which are woven in the stories of clients who have taken chances and made significant and positive changes to their lives. Please join this year’s event as they showcase, “Amazing women who were given a chance and ran with it.”
Did you see our mini-mentary by award-winning filmmaker and foundation member, Dawn Jones Redstone? Get a behind the scenes look at our tour across the state to hear from 1,000 women and girls.
Your support makes all this exciting work possible. If you joined the Foundation last spring, be on the lookout for your renewal letter in the mail on your 1-year anniversary as a member. We can't wait to have you with us for 2016!
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