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Past articles about the WF

  • 01 Aug 2013 12:16 PM | Deleted user

    The Letter of Interest form became "LIVE" on August 1, 2013.

    It is due in the Rancho Santa FE offices by 12PM on September 5th.

  • 21 Apr 2013 5:05 PM | Deleted user

    Do you want to learn about another culture, hone your language skills, build relationships, become part of a community, increase awareness, make an impact?  Voluntourism, whether for a few days on a family vacation trip or for a few months, whether alone or with family members lets you have this extraordinary chance.

    On Friday, April 19th, our own Shari Sapp gave an excellent presentation of her adventure teaching young children and living with a family in a Peruvian village.  Her daughter went with her, but worked on an ecology project in a different village and with a different family.  That should enhance any student’s college application!

    Shari has done extensive homework and published her findings on voluntourism resources: books, websites, even a long list of voluntourism organizations and their special focus that she will make available to RSFWF members.  See life as another culture lives it, you will be forever changed!

  • 26 Mar 2013 12:30 PM | Deleted user
    Gillian Gillies writes this on our Member Forum:

    "We had a couple of great suggestions today during the advisory meeting.  We discovered we are only two degrees away from Maria Shriver, who our founder, Gayle Gillies Mize, is going to see if we can invite to be a guest speaker.  We have so many interesting women in our group.  I would love to hear who they would like to see present at one of our meetings."

    Check out the "Speaker Ideas" topic on our Member Forum and reply to Gillian here
  • 14 Mar 2013 12:37 PM | Deleted user

    You may have seen the monthly posts on this blog from the RSF Foundation Facebook Page in their Notes section.  Each month the Foundation features a "note" about the RSF Women's Fund.  Be sure to go to the page and "Like" them.

    Here is a link:  https://www.facebook.com/RSFFoundation/likes#!/RSFFoundation


  • 20 Feb 2013 1:54 PM | Deleted user

    Angels Foster Family Network (Angels) wants to change the future for babies and toddlers in the foster care system.

    This organizations reports that of over 4,500 foster children in San Diego County, at least 1,000 are between birth and three years of age. These babies and toddlers are bounced from home to home in the foster care system.


    Find out how you can help: www.angelsfoster.org/

  • 31 Jan 2013 10:46 AM | Deleted user
    Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:01pm 

    When the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund gives a grant during its annual grant cycle, grantee organizations agree to complete an evaluation of the program that received the grant after one year. It is important and exciting for us to see the impact of our grants. Here’s one we received from our 2011 granting cycle:

    ACE Scholars Services is a program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) that supports former foster youth in their efforts to obtain a college degree.

    The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund gave a $48,600 grant to help ACE Scholars Services launch the Working-Scholarships program as a regular component of services to former foster youth enrolled at CSUSM. The program funded was for 16 students.

    Through the Working-Scholarships program, 94% of participants worked two full semesters, maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Since then, the 94% of students have been incorporated into their department budgets or have federal work-study support.

    As a result of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund grant, ACE Scholars Services saw another highly successful outcome. "We have received a $250,000 grant over five years from The Shiley Foundation that will help to sustain our efforts. The program will continue and expand and grow," according to program director, Jim Mickelson.

    This program is internal to the University, and ACE has received inquiries from a number of other universities about this program and how it operates. CSUSM has 50 ACE Scholars; it serves more former foster youth, per capita, than any other university in the nation.

    Find out more: www.csusm.edu/ace/

  • 31 Dec 2012 9:11 AM | Deleted user
    According to the most recent issue of The Spectator, the Year 2012 should be celebrated worldwide: global poverty has been halved and global inequality is the lowest in history; medicine and technology have reduced deaths from malaria, AIDS and the people of Africa can expect longer lives; the Peace Research Institute of Oslo reports that deaths from war (the biggest killer of people) are down dramatically (in spite of the Syrian conflict); in the USA our energy consumption is down 4%, not due to government environmental activism, but due to consumers; and finally, USA energy resources are now thought to be enormous, again, in spite of government interference.  
         The Spectator reports that "in spite of all our problems, the forces of peace, progress, and prosperity are prevailing," not because of government politicians but because of private individuals, people who have organized their power in such form as to them seems most likely to effect safety and happiness. 
         Rancho Santa Fe Womens Fund is part of that force of people dedicated to improving lives.  Congratulations!  
  • 28 Dec 2012 11:46 AM | Deleted user

    For those of you who attended the meeting in February 2010 General Meeting which featured Bonita Chamberlin of the Inside Afghanistan --Afghan Jewelry Project........a nice success story.

    Here is an update on the project:

                    Small Beginning . . . . . Great Success

    To help the Afghan people earn an income and a means of support, in 2002 I brought over used tools and equipment for the purpose of the Afghans learning how to make jewelry. Then in 2003, I established the non-profit Inside Afghanistan project to inform through presentations, as well as sell jewelry with gemstones and silver mined by the men, then designed and handcrafted by the women. Since then $1,500,000 has been sent back to the village in Afghanistan. This income-generating project has succeeded beyond my highest expectations and now no longer needs my direct involvement.

    The win-win success is that the Afghans have taken their business worldwide, continuing to grow the jewelry project and prosper.   Many of you may have perhaps seen the traveling show at Costco –well, the Afghans themselves arranged that lucrative contract and are now looking to QVC!  Bonita is currently selling off her jewelry inventory and looking to her next project.

    For more info:           http://www.insideafghanistan.org/

  • 21 Dec 2012 3:32 PM | Deleted user
    Photo: The Salvation Army recognized Sharon Considine as a Woman of Dedication for 2012. We also know Sharon as a dedicated volunteer for the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund.

Sharon has been the historian for the Women’s Fund for two years. Since joining the Women’s Fund in the spring of 2007, she has seen the organization reach the $1 million milestone in giving, and she will be on hand in May when we reach $2 million. As historian, Sharon has taken on the daunting task of organizing and compiling our nearly 10-year history into digital and print media for future generations of RSF Women’s Fund members. 

A primary focus for her over the next year and a half is to document our history for the 10th anniversary in 2014. To do this, she has been contacting Charter members who began with the group in the fall of 2004, many of whom are still Women’s Fund members. She will interview them about their early experiences in building the organization, where they thought it would be in 10 years, and memorable stories of the lives that have been touched by RSF Women’s Fund grants. 

Sharon, like many of our members, is active in other organizations and causes as well, including the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, Rally for the Cure and the Salvation Army.

Find out more about the RSF Women’s Fund: http://rsffoundation.org/womens-fund/

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