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2007 Annual Report


Letter from CEO and Chair Dear Friends, As we enter 2008, we reflect on the many successes of 2007, especially the incredible alignment of circumstances that has enabled us to advance our social change agenda beyond our expectations. We reached for the moon, applied for a generous grant from the Catalyst Fund of the Tides Foundation and were awarded the largest grant ($140,000) this year! By doing so, we have catapulted light years ahead in starting a Women’s Policy Institute. Over the past year, our Board reevaluated how to best serve women and girls in New Jersey, restructured our priorities and resolved to invest in helping women leaders do more of what they do best. In 2008, we will give capacity building grants to women-of-color led organizations engaged in the work of the Policy Institute. The Policy Institute will bring positive change and improve the overall health and well-being of women and their families in New Jersey. We believe that community leaders — those who work in the communities and provide services to families — are best equipped to raise awareness and inform the public debate about issues and laws that affect women and girls. Therefore, Women’s Fund plans to bring community leaders, policy experts, and legislative staff together to improve conditions for families in New Jersey. In 2007, Women’s Fund collectively invested over $180,000 in our 17 membership organizations. These organizations provide advocacy, programming and services to over 220,000 women and their families each year. The Golf Outing and Annual ASK Breakfast were a tremendous success. The Fall Gala made Women’s Fund history by surpassing its goal of raising over $215,000! The success of these events adds to the overall strength of Women’s Fund of New Jersey and every one of the organizations we fund. We are grateful for the generosity of friends and supporters, like you, who share our vision. We invite you to come along with us as we continue on our nonstop course of being a catalyst for change for New Jersey women and girls.

Sincerely, Myra Terry, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Sally Glick, Board Chair


About Women’s Fund of New Jersey Mission:

To invest in women and girls

Vision:

To create a world where women and girls thrive, live confidently and achieve their potential.

Women’s Fund is leading the way for women and girls in New Jersey by:

• Empowering women to build self-sufficient families and prosperous communities • Supporting grassroots organizations and diverse leadership to activate social change • Promoting philanthropy by and for women to create long-term stability

Women’s Fund of New Jersey is moving a social change agenda forward by building upon strategies that:

• Cultivate and leverage partnerships among grassroots, legislative and financial organizations in order to change the broader social, political and institutional landscapes • Evaluate success by requiring member organizations to measure social change accomplishments • Fnd change-oriented organizations and initiatives to empower women and girls, especially those with economic need, to achieve their own remedies

What We’ve Accomplished Since 1995, Women’s Fund of New Jersey has worked to empower women and girls across economic classes throughout the State—to become self-sufficient and free from violence and discrimination. Women’s Fund has helped women and girls to overcome many barriers to independence and growth— from the professional glass ceiling to the cycle of poverty. To date, Women’s Fund of New Jersey has invested over $1 million in organizations that provide housing and health care, counseling and education, and job and life skills training to women and girls in diverse communities. During 2007, Women’s Fund disbursed more funds to member organizations than in 2006; achieved record success at the annual fundraising breakfast; and honored 28 women in the field of finance at the annual “Women of Influence” fall gala. In additional to providing financial resources, Women’s Fund provides technical assistance and support to its 17 member organizations such as pro bono legal counsel, marketing and fundraising training. While our investments have had an immediate and critical impact upon individual women and girls, Women’s Fund intends to work for systemic changes that will benefit women, families, and the communities in which they live. Women’s Fund is leveraging its investor and stakeholder partnerships to make them part of a catalyst for wider social change. Our overall goal is to accelerate change by harnessing women’s financial power and leadership positions to create social justice for all women in all communities.


Our Member Organizations Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey, Inc. 908-788-5489 The Network is committed to improving the quality of life for New Jersey women by providing leadership and technical assistance to statewide Displaced Homemaker Programs. www.dhnj.org Eating Disorders Association of NJ 800-522-2230 EDANJ is dedicated to the study, prevention and treatment of eating disorders by offering support groups, referrals, conferences, advocacy and other services. www.edanj.org Education and Training Fund of the Women’s Political Caucus 908-227-9034 Multi-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. www.wpcnj.org Girls on the Run NJ East 973-379-5078 Educating and preparing girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living through a life-changing, experiential running and selfesteem enhancing program. www.girlsontherunnj.org Horizon Health Center 201-451-6300 Provides comprehensive health care and related services to over 60,000 women, men and children each year, regardless of their ability to pay. www.horizonhealth.org League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund 609-394-3303 Encourages the active and informed participation of citizens in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. www.lwvnj.org Manavi, Inc 732-435-1414 Offers counseling, advocacy, education, legal services, shelter, and interpretation to women of South Asian descent who are experiencing violence in their lives. www.manavi.org My Daughter’s Keeper, Inc. 732-565-9313 An educational and self-development organization providing support to mothers and daughters, women and girls to strengthen individuals, families and communities. www.mydaughterskeeper.org NARAL Pro-Choice New Jersey Foundation 609-581-7171 Provides free educational programs and materials regarding every woman’s right to comprehensive reproductive health care, including, birth control, family planning and safe, legal, accessible abortion. www.prochoicenj.org

National Council of Jewish Women/NJ 201-836-2467 Volunteer organization inspired by Jewish values working through research, education, advocacy and community service to improve the quality of life for women, children and families. www.ncjw.org National Organization For Women NOW- NJ Foundation 609-393-0156 Informing and empowering women; overcoming barriers to full participation in society with services, programs and educational materials that expand opportunities and choices wherever discrimination exists. www.nownjfoundation.org New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) 609-631-4450 Advocates for sexual violence survivors and their loved ones, represents sexual assault programs, works to eliminate sexual violence against all people through individual and social change. www.njcasa.org New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women 609-584-8107 Advocates for policies that benefit victims of domestic violence and provides training and public education on violence in the family. www.njcbw.org New Jersey Coalition on Women and Disabilities, Inc. 732-323-8600 Promotes greater participation of women and women with disabilities in their communities and encourages each person to seize opportunities to bring about positive change. New Jersey Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 973-656-9494 Works to ensure that people are free to make decisions about when and if to have children according to their own conscience and religious beliefs. www.njrcrc.org New Jersey Women and AIDS Network (NJWAN) 732-846-4462 The only female specific, private, non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization dedicated to support, advocate and address needs of NJ women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. www.njwan.org South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition 856-768-9028 Focuses on eradicating breast cancer by involving advocates for education and awareness who act as a collective voice demanding increased influence, involvement and research dollars. www.southjerseybcc.org


Creating An Impact Programs Supported by Women’s Fund of New Jersey Our 17 member organizations reach over 220,000 individuals My Daughter’s Keeper Founder & CEO, Stephanie Clark wrote and published a book, “Life as a Single Mom: It Isn’t Easy, Or Is It?” The book provides single moms practical steps toward reclaiming their parent power and raising healthy, productive children. Through proceeds from book sales, Stephanie created an emergency and empowerment fund for single moms called “A Hand Up” Fund. The fund will support single mothers both nationally and internationally. Manavi held its 3rd Annual Silent March on October 20, 2007. The Silent March began in 2005 as a way of saluting South Asian survivors of violence scheduled appropriately during October which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The March raises awareness about the issue of violence against women and informs the South Asian community about Manavi and the services they provide. The South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition helps women diagnosed with breast cancer who are dealing with financial difficulties associated with their illness. Each year the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition pays for a variety of everyday costs, ranging from mortgage payments to travel expenses for treatments. This funding allows women to focus on their recovery and treatment without having the added stress of bills.

At Manavi’s 3rd Annual Silent March on October 20, 2007, South Asian survivors of violence were saluted and passersby learned about violence against women.

Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey awarded seven women, from seven different counties, New Beginning Scholarships at its Nineteenth Annual Legislative Reception. Six of these scholarships were made possible through the funding provided to the Displaced Homemakers Network of NJ as a member organization of the Women’s Fund of New Jersey. Each woman who received a scholarship overcame enormous obstacles on her way to personal and economic selfsufficiency. National Council of Jewish Women- West Morris Section is one of the founding members of the Rachel Coalition, a domestic violence service agency that specifically serves the suburban and Jewish populations of Essex, Morris, Sussex and Hudson counties. Every year the Rachel Coalition holds a free community forum in October that features a speaker or program that focuses on an aspect of domestic abuse. This year Alpha Kappa Lamda, a fraternity at Fairleigh Dickinson University whose motto is “These Hands Don’t Hurt”, assisted in a performance focused on “dating abuse”. Due to the overwhelming success of the event, Alpha Kappa Lamda fraternity has invited Rachel and Jersey Battered Women’s Services to work with them again in 2008.


What We’re Planning: Women’s Policy Institute We believe that our Women’s Policy Institute will help create lasting social change by engaging and empowering women leaders to advocate for their communities and influence public policy. Women’s Fund will advance positive social change for women and girls through • Grantmaking: increasing the capacity of 17 member organizations to coalesce and affect public discourse • Policy Institute: intensive training for community leaders to influence laws and policies • Philanthropy: harnessing the financial power of women, for women With the generous support of the Catalyst Fund of the Tides Foundation, Women’s Fund is piloting the first year of the Women’s Policy Institute during 2008 and 2009. Tides’ Catalyst Fund awarded Women’s Fund of New Jersey a $140,000 grant to bring resources to women of color-led organizations dedicated to reproductive justice work. Women’s Fund will re-grant capacity-building resources as well as provide advocacy training to six women of color leaders through the Women’s Policy Institute. Specifically, the institute will recruit and train community leaders to work with legislative staffs and policymakers to achieve positive outcomes for women and girls through legislative and policy reforms. Women’s Fund is poised to leverage its partnerships and connections to grassroots, political, and business leaders at local, state and national levels to strengthen civic engagement and influence public policy to benefit women, families and communities across New Jersey.


Women’s Policy Institute FAQ’s • What is the mission of the Women’s Policy Institute?

The mission is to advance positive social change by engaging and empowering women leaders to advocate for their communities and influence public policy.

• What are the main objectives?

To increase the numbers of community leaders who are actively engaged in advocacy and to bring community leaders—who stand closest to problems—and policy makers together to devise legislation that improves the health and well-being of women and their families; and to build alliances among community leaders and encourage relationships with policymakers that can foster lasting social change.

• How will the program work?

Based upon best practices established by the Women’s Fund of California’s Women’s Policy Institute, the program is a one-year advocacy training including four, 2-3 day retreats.

• Who will be involved with the training?

A core faculty of policy experts as well as a mentor for each team will deliver training and technical support.

• What will the first year look like?

With the generous support of the Catalyst Fund of the Tides Foundation, Women’s Fund will pilot the policy institute during 2008-2009 with one team working on one issue. Pursuant to the aims of the Catalyst Fund, a group of six women of color leaders, whose organizations are dedicated to reproductive justice, will receive capacity-building grants as well as policy advocacy, media and fundraising training.

• What do you mean by reproductive justice?

Reproductive justice includes a broad range of issue such as: reproductive health and rights; reproductive health impacts of environmental pollution; quality and affordable prenatal care; parenting and birthing rights; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; comprehensive sexuality education; ending violence against women; regulation of new genetic and reproductive technologies.

• Will the Women’s Policy Institute work on other issues in the future?

The Women’s Policy Institute may focus on other issues affecting women and girls, such as criminal justice, economic justice, and women’s health.


Events

Photos (L-R): Board Chair Elect Deborah Hurley and current Board Chair Sally Glick at Women’s Fund’s 13th Annual Fall Gala; Board Member and Honorary Co-Chair Patricia A. Bell wih Gala Honoree Patricia Barksdale.

• The Annual Fall Gala is the Women’s Fund premier event. Each year Women’s Fund honors a select group of women that have excelled in a particular career field. In 2007, Women’s Fund honored 28 extraordinary women in the field of Finance and made history by exceeded their fundraising goal to raise over $215,000!

• The ASK Breakfast is an annual event where supporters, friends and new friends of Women’s Fund gather together to become inspired by the work accomplished by our membership organizations. Join us this year on June 16, 2008 at the Hilton at Short Hills.

Former Board Chair and current Board Member Margaret Prentice talking with Lorraine Gibbons at the 2007 ASK Breakfast.

• Each year Women’s Fund holds an Annual Golf Outing at the Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, NJ. Both women and men enjoy a round of golf with lunch and a cocktail dinner reception while supporting women and girls in New Jersey. Don’t miss out, Monday, June 2, 2008. Debra Morrison and Sharon Fordham pose for a photo at the 2007 Golf Outing.

• Our monthly networking and informational gatherings are held at our supporters’ homes

throughout the year. Women from all areas of the state come together to create new business opportunities and solidarity among NJ women.


Take Our Daughters to Work Day Take Our Daughters to Work Day is a program that is designed to help build self esteem and confidence in at risk girls ages 11-14. The day-long program features motivational speakers, mentoring, site tours, empowerment activities and drafting a “Girls’ Bill of Rights.” Girls finish the day praising our program and feel a newfound confidence to meet their goals. Special thanks to Bank of America and State Farm Insurance for continuing to sponsor this worthy event. To find out more details on any of these events, please contact the Women’s Fund Office at 908-851-7774 or email wfnj@wfnj.org. Nicole Williams (top left), former Women’s Fund intern; Mildred Crump (center) Newark...; someone (top right); and Marjorie Perry (bottom right) of MZM Construction pose with a group of girls in the Newark Courthouse at Take Our Daughters to Work Day 2007.


Financial Highlights

Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2007 Support Revenue

Contributions * Events In-Kind Donations Investment Income Miscellaneous Total

Income

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$274,623  172,547  21,600  24,278   4,475 497,793

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Expenses

Expenses

Program Services and Distributions Management and General Fundraising Total

$340,977 40,975 53,850 435,802

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* Contributions include individual contributions, workplace giving donations and Women With Vision donations.


Distributions to Member Organizations Every year, Women’s Fund of New Jersey distributes funds to our 17 Member Organizations that allows them to educate and improve the lives of women and girls. The graph below represents all the funds allocated to our member organizations in Fiscal Year ending June 2006 and Fiscal Year ending June 2007.

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Foundation, Corporate and In-Kind Sponsors Foundation and Corporate Sponsors Bank of America Wachovia Corporation JP Morgan Bloomingdale’s Inc. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. JH Cohn Deloitte & Touche Lassus Wherley & Assoc Inc. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Chubb Federal Insurance Company State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company Capital Financial Advisors, LLC CIT Ernst & Young, LLP Goldman Sachs & Co. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ ING Life Insurance KPMG LLP Merrill Lynch North Fork Bank NRT Incorporated PNC Financial Services Group Sovereign Bank Wiss & Company, LLP RegentAtlantic Capital, LLC WithumSmith+Brown Bressler, Amery and Ross New Jersey Natural Gas Company Massey Insurance Agency McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter PSE&G

Somerset Hills Bank TD Ameritrade Marcous Brody Eisner LLP Sobel & Co. Pfizer The Sharon A. Fordham Foundation PS White Associates In-Kind Sponsors Bank of America Star Ledger Joy Markel Elaine Welsh Helen La Kelly Hunt Betty Hutcheon Jane Greenblatt Sue Marsh Joyce Friedman Lowenstein Sandler PC Elaine Flynn Marcia Marley Lori Evangel Suzanne Balian Lori Wolf Robin Gray Kean University Wilentz, Goldman, and Spitzer PA Sobel & Co., LLC


Individual Donors $10,000 and Above Patricia A. Bell** Lori Evangel**

$5,000 and Above Pat White** Lorraine Gibbons** Stephanie Fein**

$1,000 and Above

Myra Terry** Kaysie Uniacke Christan E. Horne Judith F. Lutzy** Deborah Rivosa** Diahann Lassus John Brennan Margaret Prentice** Ethel Love** Jean Burgdorff** Patricia Parente Deborah L. Morrison** Kate Sweeney** Sheri and Marc Urowski** Donna GrifďŹ n** Margaret C. Martin Deborah Hurley Caroline Gundeck** Laurie Lowenstein** Jennifer Coultas** Lynn Lagomarsino** Marianne Doherty** Cheryl A. DaViega** Delight W. Dodyk Laurie L. Germain** Lisa J. Peterson** Lucia Dinapoli Gibbons** Mary L. Zaks** Maureen C. Mingle** Michael W. Goldberg** Susan Mamis*?

Beki Perkins** Zulima Farber** Loretta McLaughlin** Lauren Goldfarb** Margie McDonald** Cathy Ludwig** Dr. Marj Lewis Steinfeld** Mary Giovinazzo** Sally Glick** Deirdre LaRue**

$500 and Above

Jane Greenblatt Richard Less Sharon L. Weiner Monica Slater Stokes Brian Kazanchy Avianca Hansen Bouchedid Christopher Cordaro Sumeet Rawla William T. Knox Edward M. Stuart Deborah Factor Kim Logsdon Miriam Cyntryn Deborah Kolsovsky Jennifer Papadopolo Maryann Miller Pat Daniels Kathleen P. Sweeney Dawn L. Thorn Felice Londa Jane Brody Jayne Mackta Jo Ann Burk Judith A. Newman Marcia Marley Margaret Stone Marjorie Perry Heather Suarez * Rosalie Baker Shelby Mobley Stephanie and Jon Hauge

Steohen H. Monson Susan Keller

$250 and Above

Daria Placitella Barbara Caines White Fran Butensky Gwynneth M. Green Kathryn Harvey Hinton Linda M. Chelotti Anne B. Hennessey Jo-Ann C. Dixon Linda M. Orlando M. Moloney Emelie Smith Calbick Reed Smith Roger Burgdorf Beverly J. Luehs Carolyn Baranowski Debra A. Keiser Karen Grexa Mary Earl Paula Filler Ronnie Powell Nicole Bearce Albano Sybil Kramer Vicky Hayes Pamela Werner Sharon Fordham Arlene Packles Darciena Christell Jean Ray Campbell Lisa Rasp Margaret Helmig Mary Jane McDonough Constance Loosemore Clare Wherley Mnisha Khadse Barbara A. Hanson Bernadette Countryman Carla Bond Carol Kennedy Cathyann Frank

Cecilia R. Decker Christine Listorti Denise Stires Donna Slane E. R. Scott Ellen Lalwani Gayle Hershcopf Glenda Tavormina Isabel Miranda Joanne Kaiser Judith Mayer Rosen Jule Elien Kathleen Regan Lisa Love Margaret Scopelianos Marilynn Formica Myles Adelman Nita Novy Pamela Whitman Patricia Hoferkamp Peter Brody Roberta Woldow Susan B. kelly Susan E. Regan Joy Markel

* Denotes Women With Vision ** Denotes Pillars of the Community


How Can I Help? Pillar of the Community: Donors at this level pledge to give $1000 or more for five consecutive years. Pillars of the Community receive a special pin designed especially for Women’s Fund of New Jersey. In addition, each Pillar’s name is inscribed on our suffragist’s sculpture that is displayed at all major events. Women With Vision: Donors at this level pledge to give $250 or more for five consecutive years. Women with Vision receive a special pin designed especially for Women’s Fund of New Jersey. Workplace Giving: Make a payroll contribution through workplace giving campaign. It is an easy and effective way to support the women and girls of NJ. Many employers across the state currently include Women’s Fund of New Jersey in their campaign. Others allow write-in contributions to qualified donor choices. Ask about how you can give through workplace giving today. And remember, 100% of work place contributions go to the organization(s) of your choice! Gift Giving Website: Looking for the perfect birthday or holiday gift? Give a gift that gives to others! Visit our Gift Giving Catalog website, www.wfnjgiftgiving.org Informational Gatherings: Want to network & learn more about Women’s Fund? Join us at one of our monthly Women’s Network events! Women from all areas of the state come together in an intimate setting of someone’s home, creating new business opportunities and solidarity among NJ women. Join A Committee: • Donor Breakfast • Golf Outing • Fall Gala

For more information, please call 908-851-7774 or email wfnj@wfnj.org


Board and Staff Women’s Fund of New Jersey’s 07-08 Board of Advisors Chair Sally Glick Treasurer Peggy Murphy Deehan Secretary Heather Suarez Chair Elect Deborah Hurley Vice Co-Chairs Planning and Innovation Monica Slater Stokes Barbara Caines White Vice Chair Events Michele Babakian Vice Chair Development Judy Lutzy At-Large Board Patricia A. Bell Lori Evangel Donna Griffin Margaret V. Prentice Kathleen Regan General Counsel Nancy McDonald At-Large Board Membership Representatives Marilyn Cintron Jyothi Pamidimukkala Susan Waldman Lesley Frost Stephanie Clark

Member Representatives:

Anne Adamiak NJ Coalition for Battered Women Danzey Burnham League of Women Voters NJ Darlene Christmas Displaced Homemakers Network of NJ Marilyn Cintron Horizon Health Center Stephanie Clark My Daughter’s Keeper Sydney Davis Girls on the Run NJ East Lesley Frost NJ Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Monique Howard NJ Women and Aids Network Sarah Gaehring NJ CASA Danielle Stevens Education And Training Fund of Women’s Political Caucus Loretta Mikulski South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition Jyothi Pamidimukkala Manavi, Inc. Elayne Risley NJ Coalition on Women and Disabilities Kimberley Scheper Eating Disorders Association of NJ Dorothy Cohen National Council of Jewish Women Susan Waldman Now NJ Foundation

Staff

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Myra Terry Development Director Mary Giovinazzo Marketing and Events Director Megan Hutton Assistant to the CEO Ashley Marty

Content: Megan Hutton and Mary Giovinazzo Layout and Design: Ashley Marty Photo Credits: •Front Cover - c/o Women’s Fund’s member Organizations •Page 2- About Women’s Fund of NJ c/o Nevin Kurt •Page 5- Creating an Impact c/o Manavi, Inc. •Page 6- What We’re Planning c/o Tides Foundation •Page 14- How Can I Help c/o Bruno Carpitella


Leading the Way for Women and Girls in New Jersey Phone: 908-851-7774 • Fax: 908-851-7775 E-Mail: wfnj@wfnj.org • Website: www.wfnj.org Gift Giving Catalog: www.wfnjgiftgiving.org

Postage

355 Chestnut St. Union, NJ 07083


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