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For 20 years, The Women’s Fund has worked to create a just and safe Miami-Dade, where power and possibility aren’t limited by gender.


Miami-Dade’s only

organization directing all our energy toward creating equal opportunity, access and influence for women and girls. Through research, collaboration, and grant-making, we expose the issues, give voice to the silent majority, and pool our collective giving power to provide grassroots solutions. By doing this, we make our community a better place for everyone.

MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I was thrilled and honored when I learned that The Women’s Fund had selected me to be their Executive Director. My research into the work of the past twenty years had convinced me that the mission is work I want to be associated with. In 1993 a small group of dedicated women made a decision that transformed the lives of many women and girls in Miami-Dade County. They founded Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. With just $5,000, they began to fill the huge funding gap that existed for programs working exclusively with girls and young women. The Women’s Fund initially focused on grants for pre-teen and adolescent programs. In subsequent years, they have continued to grow and have focused their grant-making to developing women and girls as leaders, ending violence against women, fostering reproductive and healthcare justice and increasing economic security for families. Poised to begin our next twenty years, The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade continues to support programs and initiatives, to advocate and to lead on behalf of the women and girls in our community. My vision for Miami is a community where one thing can be taken for granted about women: they can do anything. This is a vision shared by the staff, board members and supporters of The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. Together, with the help of our community, we will work to transform the lives of women and girls in Miami-Dade County by providing hope, opportunity and empowerment. We welcome you to learn more about our work by reading this annual report, by engaging with our team, by volunteering or donating to support our many programs and initiatives. Whatever means you choose, I know that you will find what I have found – that our women and girls are our community’s most valuable resources. Join us as we continue to empower them with advocacy and to fund innovative initiatives that build equality, foster social change and create community partnerships.

Marilyn Fizer March Executive Director


< REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE MIKISHA, 17 Mikisha is a founding member of Passage 2 Womanhood, a signature Hands 2 Help program. Raised by a single mom on public assistance due to medical issues, Mikisha came to the program to counteract neighborhood influences, and has done extremely well in school and in the community. But this year she gave birth to a baby boy. It was the first teen pregnancy for the program. Passage 2 Womanhood has stepped up to this challenge by changing their focus to teen pregnancy and the dangers of unprotected sex. Mikisha has remained in high school with the encouragement and guidance of the program, as well as the loving support of her mother. In June 2013, Mikisha will graduate from high school with not only a diploma, but also a four year paid scholarship to the university of her choice. Hands 2 Help: A Women’s Fund Grantee Partner since 2006

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ENBAR, 16 > At 16 years of age, I sat in front of 40-60 teachers I had never seen before and shared my story of the struggle I had coming out to my parents as a lesbian. I shared the pain, the betrayal, the emptiness that I felt as my Conservative Jewish parents disowned me as their daughter after I told them I was gay. This was the beginning of my life journey with Safe Schools South Florida as a youth panelist at teacher training workshops. Sharing my story served as my personal therapy. After 4 years of sharing my story, I found my inner peace. At the age of 20, I was invited to join the board of Safe Schools and I was proud to serve as Assistant Director. And further, I am now an Aventura City Commissioner. Safe Schools South Florida: A Women’s Fund Grantee Partner since 2012

WHEN WE INVEST IN WOMEN AND GIRLS, IT GETS BETTER FOR EVERYONE. We believe that Miami-Dade can be a place where women need not fear violence at home. We know it can be a community where girls see a path out of poverty. We actively pursue and protect justice for women and girls in our county and our state, including our rights to reproductive freedom, healthcare and education. We know that by identifying, funding and mentoring best-in-class programs that build opportunities for women to lead, we make this vision real.

< FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE MARIA Maria, a young woman with Down syndrome, came home from school crying. A male student sexually harassed her when the staff stepped out of the classroom. The sexual name calling, exposure to pornographic images, and explicit language describing how he would abuse her caused tremendous fear. When she reported this in school, the teachers did not take her seriously. She was terrified to ride the school bus because this same student followed her onboard. When her mother contacted the school and asked for action, Maria was called out of class and intimidated. She was put in a room with the bully and two male school police officers who kept telling her to deny what happened and even suggested to her that she had initiated the harassment. The Center for Independent Living is fighting for Maria. Their actions on her behalf ensure that these issues are being dealt with in the Miami-Dade School District. Center for Independent Living: A Women’s Fund Grantee Partner since 2010

ECONOMIC SECURITY KIMBERLY > Kimberly began using drugs at 12 and found herself in trouble over and over again. She ended up in prison. “I was ready to give up. I thought that I did not have any good in me and that I would always be the same.” Then she met the people from LEAP (Ladies Empowerment and Action Program). Very soon after she began the entrepreneurship program, she began to get hope back into her life. Released from the Broward Correctional Institution in 2011, she now works and attends school. “I honestly believe that if it were not for them I would not be where I am today.” LEAP: A Women’s Grantee Partner since 2010


Over the past 20 years, the Women’s Fund was there to help 400 organizations and more than 60,000 women and girls benefit from the collective support of our generous members and supporters.

1993 1996 First Annual WOMEN’S FUND FOUNDED

Luncheon. Grants expanded to


include women as well as girls.

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997




First grants First research project

awarded as a

establishing the need

result of the

for programs serving


at-risk girls.

First CREW event.

1997 2002


Women’s Fund cumulative grant awards top $3 million.



Women’s Fund

Women’s Fund

creates endowment.

wins Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce NOVO Award.

Women’s Fund presents In Our Own Backyard: Girls for Sale in Miami and Across America, a town hall



meeting. Making the Case report is published

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

2008 First Raise the Women’s Fund publishes

Bar event.

The Portrait of Women’s


Economic Security in Greater

Women’s Fund


celebrates 20th Women’s Fund publishes Adolescent Girls in the Sex Trade research






Jean Ryan

JoAnne Chester Bander

Joann Soman

Marj Adler

Joy Satterlee

Kerrin F. Bermont

Donna Speelman

Rajni Agarwal

Ruth Shack

Judith Bittel

Annsheila Turkel

JoAnne Chester Bander

Virginia Shipley

Joan M. Bolotin

Kathryn Lotspeich Villano

Dr. Kate Callahan

Ellen Shishko

Kay F. Carpenter

Carol R. Von Arx

Sydney C. Carpel

Lois Siegel

Judith Chorlog

David Wilson

Judith Chestler

Jacqueline Simkin

Lucette B. Comer

Betty N. Wohl

Jocelyn Chong

Linda C. Singer

Marty E. Davis

Jessie F. Wolfson

Kathleen H. Close

Rhonda Smith

Amy Dulin

Evelyn Cohan

Ronni Smulian

Colleen Fain

Sheila de Lemos

Sharon G. Socol

Andrea Finck Bishop

General Membership ($100-$499)

Edward S. Moore Family

Marsha Soffer

Nadine Foldes

Linda Koobrick Adler


DiAnne Stebbins

Kristin Francisco

Carol Alexander

Colleen Fain

Leslie Sternlieb

Beverly Greenberg

Monica Alfonso

Pat Fine

Jen R. Steven

Debi Harris

Yvette Almeida

Ronda Fuchs

The Shepard Broad

Wendy Hart

Betty Alonso

Susan Gallagher

Foundation, Inc.

Glenda Henderson

Suzanne M. Amaducci

Nancy Green Gelles

Barbara F. Tria

Commissioner Sally A.

Sharon Andonov

Hilary L. Gershman

Marcia Unger


Laura Arias

Michelle Gersten

Betty Weinkle

Deborah Hoffman

Bonnie Askowitz

Angelique Grant

Faye Wright

Harriet Hyman

Blanche August

Jennifer Gregory

Debby Zabludowski

Tammi J. Jamison

Magalie D. Austin

Jane Megan Kelly

Daisy J. Baez

Tiffany Zientz Heckler Anne Helliwell

Visionaries ($5,000+)

Suzy Lacher

Maribel Balbin

Deborah Hoffman

Janet Kyle Altman

Robin S. Landers

Gloria Barbier

Celia Hogan

Marjorie Baron

Katherine Lary

Rhea Beck

Suzanne Hollander

Alexandra and Margarita

Tracy Leinbach

Natalie R. Benitez

Betsy Hoover Thomas


Mayor Cindy Lerner

Pat Berman

Harriet Hyman

Anne Helliwell

Fredda A. Levitt

Katherine Bernstein

Claudia Kitchens

Norka Iglesias Munilla

Marile Lopez

Risa Berrin

Kathie Klarreich

Kerin McCarthy Fredman

Marika Lynch

Gemma Betancourt

Dana Kulvin

Kirk Landon and Pamela

Ann P. Machado

Nicole Bible

Robin S. Landers


Melanie Pratt Merriman

Maria M. Blet

Kirk Landon and Pamela

Jerry Lindzon

Marcia Olivo

Kenneth Bloom


Gail Mixer

Nancy Pastroff

Patricia Boden

Diane Levi

Jacqueline Simkin

Nancy Perez

Elise Scheck Bonwitt

Ann P. Machado

Andrew and Ronni Smulian

Julie Petticone

Carol Boston

Dolly MacIntyre

Leslie Sternlieb

Aletha Player

Tracey Bowen

Joy McKenna

Faye Wright

Shari Porter

Gwendolyn V. Boyd

Sandra B. Powell

Lisa Brayer

Charlotte Rose

Ashaki Bronson-Marcellus

Mary Lou O’Brien

Donors Council ($1,000-$4,999)

Jacci Suzan Seskin

Tamela T. Byrd

Nancy Pastroff

Marj Adler

Lois Siegel

Dr. Kate Callahan

Kimberly Prebish

Lisa Schejola Akin

Alicia Sirkin

Sydney C. Carpel

Diane Preuss


Sharon G. Socol

Misha Charles

Hunter Reno

Evelyn K. Axler

Sara Solomon

Helen S. Chaset

Jane A. Robinson

Yvonne Bare

Gerrie Soman

Judith Chestler

Virginia S. Mead Miller Family Foundation

Many of us choose THE WOMEN’S FUND to honor our mothers, stand with our sisters, and protect our daughters; to maximize our impact; to play an active role; and to identify the most pressing issues and bring people together to find solutions.

Jane S. Cohen

Bonnie Green

Kevin Lawhon

Bette Parsons

Nancy Luria Cohen

Nancy S. Green

Maureen Lawless

Ansley Peacock

Phyllis Cohen

Eveyln Langlieb Greer

Hon. Cindy S. Lederman

Melba V. Pearson-Mecham

Eva Cooperman

Greg Griffin

Rochelle Lessner

Andrea Pelt

Debbie Sampieri Corbishley

Caryl Myers Grof

Judith Lieber

Marlene Perez

Debra Cortese

Shelley Nicely Groff

Danet Linares

Susie Picar

Tamara Crespo

Henny Groschel-Becker

Stella Logan

Marianne “Mimi” Pink

Monica Cunill-Fals

Alice Gruber

Malvina C. Longoria

Lisa Marie Platske

Mary Anne Danguillecourt

Rosemary Guilfoyle

Beth Lotspeich

Jan B. Pollack

Lucia Davis-Raiford

Johnette Hardiman

Nicole Lozano

Diane Preuss

Sheila de Lemos

Diane Harloe

Angela Macrina

Linda S. Quick

Clara Diaz-Leal

Gail Harris

Sherman J. Maisel

Ann Raff

Christophe L. Difalco

Jacqueline Hea

Maruta S. Mang

Margarate Ralph

Sarah Doss

Tiffany Zientz Heckler

Senator Gwen Margolis

Bindu Rammohan

Charles Downs, Jr.

Catherine M. Hedglon

Carolina Mata

Barbara Jean Raskin

Adrian Dubow

Lynn Anne Herald

Nanette Mayer

H. Frances Reaves

April Boyer Duff

Cynthia Barnett Hibnick

Janet R. McAliley

Ninfa Riley

Martha Eiriz-Weintraub

Jennifer Hill

Margaret McCaffery

Dinorah Rivera

Elizabeth Espinosa

Suzanne Hodes

Betty McClaskey

Ellis Robinson

Michelle L. Esposito

Raquel M. Honan

Suzan McDowell

Gloria Romero Roses

Cynthia Everett

Shelley M. Hornik

Joy McKenna

Patricia Rosello

Carol Faber

Sherry Horwich

Margaret McMahon

Sheryl G. Rosenfield

Robert Feltman

Peggy A. Hudson

Michael Merren

Mayor Roxanna Ross

Sylvia Feltman

Natasha Hylton

Cheryl Miller

Barbara Rostov

Tanya Ferreiro

Florence Jacobson

Michael Miller

Bernice Y. Matalon Roth

Nancy Finer

Shelley Jacoby

Caryn Schaffel Miller

Alana Rothlein

Sandy Finn

Elizabeth Janowitz

Lisa Cole Mitchell

Mio Santana

Judith Frankel

Tom & Mindy Jennings

Sima Miska

Hon. Olga Santini

Penny M. Freedman

Susan Joch

Lisa Cole Mitchell

Maria Santovenia

Ellen Freidin

Arlene Johnson

Melissa Moonves

Linda Schejola

Cherry K. Fulcher

Patricia Joseph

Kathleen Moorman

Suzy Schumer

Elayne Furst

Maria Juncadella

Stacy L. Morris

Barry Schwartz

Russell Galbut

Julie Kane

Manuela Mueller

Gail D. Serota

Sophia Galvin

Mayra Kavan

Jacquelyn Munilla

Joseph H. Serota

Chanelle Gandy

Susanne Kayyali

Laura Munilla

Lily Serviansky

Aimee Garcia

Hon. Carroll J. Kelly

Edie A. Murphy

Brenda B. Shapiro

Janet Gardiner

Patricia M. Kennedy

Leslie Neal

Kara Sharp

JoAnne Gardner

Leila Kight

Kesan Nedd

Andrea H. Heuson Sharp

Barbara Garrett

Bernita King

Lynn Neifeld

Paula Shaw

Frances Gaynes

Claudia Kitchens

Carolyn Kiani Nesbitt

Detra Shaw-Wilder

Nancy Green Gelles

Deborah Koch

Stanley M. Newmark

Susan Shelley

Rita Glassman

Laura Koffsky

Eileen Nexer

Sandi Shevin

Hon. Mindy Glazer

Carol Krech

Tamara Nixon

Kerry Shiller

Aminda Marques Gonzalez

Marilyn Kreisberg

Jill Nolden

Ellen Shishko

Sandy Goodwin

Thamara Labrousse

Mary Jo O’Sullivan

Estrellita Sibila

Sharon G. Goodwin

Lynn Laeser

Ana T. Paranzino

Rabbi Judith Siegal

Maureen Gragg

Linda Landy

John H. Parker

Leigh Siegel

*Please forgive any inadvertent omissions or errors. Please contact The Women’s Fund with any corrections.

Randie Siegel

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

Maria Sierra

Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee

Precision Legal Services

L. Jana Sigars-Malina


Research Management Corporation

Leda I. Silver

The Children’s Services Council of

Richard and Karen Razook Family

Alison W. Simon

Julie Simon

The Ethel & W. George Kennedy

Robert Half Legal

Sandy Simon

Ruth’s List Florida

Vicki Simons

The Miami Foundation

Sabadell United Bank

Lisa Sloat

Wells Fargo

Saks Incorporated

Elizabeth Smith

Women’s Funding Network

Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre &

Broward County Family Foundation

Libby Smith

Foundation, Inc.

Sobel, P.A.

Lindsay Smith

Corporate and Event Partners

Solowsky & Allen, PL

Marianella Solis

Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena &

Tenet Healthcare Corporation - Florida

Morgan Soumah


Margaret Spence

Baptist Outpatient Services

U.S. Credit Defense, LLC

Rhonda Spero

Blackwell Law LLC

U.S. Legal Support

Joy Peltz Spill

Blas Cueto, Esq., Weiner

Veritex Florida Reporting Co.

Myra Spindel

The Victoria Law Group

Joseph Steen

Buckner, Shifrin, Rice, Etter & Kohlman, P.A

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Carol Stepick

Judith Jackson Chorlog, P.A

Worldwide Reporting Service

Michele Stone

Colson Hicks Eidson

John Strickroot

Commercial Interior Contractors, Corp.


Diane Sugimoto

ComputerPro of Miami

Marilyn Fizer March, Executive Director

Dawn Thompson

Dade Recycling

Joann Soman, Vice Chair

Diane M. Thurston

Dade League of Prosecutors, Inc.

Faye Wright, Treasurer

Debbie Troner

Dillworth & Dorsey

Norka Munilla, Secretary

Nancy Tuchman


Rhonda Smith, Immediate Past Chair

Diana Urbizu

Dolan Law Firm

Ellen Shishko, Alumnae Council

Laura Uriarte

Equivalent DATA

Victoria Usherenko

Ernst & Young

Janet Kyle Altman

Maggie Vassilaros

Florida Power & Light

Gloria Barbier

Beatriz Vazquez

Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Yvonne Bare

Bobbi Wald

Paul A. Garcia CPA

April Boyer Duff

Barbara Wallace

Gerson & Schwartz, P.A.

Judith Chorlog

Suzanne P. Wallach

Marilynn Gladstone

Marty Davis

Betty Weinkle

Goldstein Schechter Koch

Kristin Francisco

Judith Weissel

The Grieco Law Center

Beverly Greenberg

Deede Weithorn

Iris Data Services

Johnette Hardiman

Elaine Whaley

JGL Produce Company, Inc.

Robin S. Landers

Hedy Whitebook

Johnson & Wales University

Rebecca Laracuente-Hernandez

Tori A. Wolan

K&L Gates LLP

Debra Frank Montero

Wendy R. Wolf

Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

Stacy Morris

Yolanda Woodbridge

The Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family

Aletha Player

Laurie A. Zapletal


Marianella Solis

Regina Zelonker

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen &

Manoucheka Thermitus

Jennifer Willliams

Ferri LLP

& Cummings, P.A.

Levine, P.L.

2012 Funding Partners

Lacroix Sparkling Water

Lalita Airan

Law Offices of Humberto R. Dominguez P.A.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Law Offices of William Brady


Level 10 Nutrition

CREW Miami, Inc.


Dickinson Foundation

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Alyson Ginsburg

National Planning Corporation Gabriel A.

Groundswell Fund


Anne Helliwell

Northwestern Mutual - The Miami Group

Rosalind R. Ludwig Children’s Foundation

Northern Trust

Edward S. Moore Family Foundation

Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe

Emerita Member

STAFF Fran Katz, Senior Programs Officer Stacey de la Grana,

Chief Development Officer

Karen Blaire, Development Officer Donys Callado, Project Coordinator




by te NUMBERS 7,000









60,000 40,000



People served








WHY DO WE NEED THE WOMEN’S FUND? The Women’s Fund was there in 1993 to help farm families in South Dade as they struggled to overcome the impact of Hurricane Andrew, and to convene community leaders and law enforcement to create real resources to help women suffering with domestic violence. The Women’s Fund was there to incubate start-up organizations committed to serving women and girls. Programs like Lotus House and Casa Valentina received their first funding from The Women’s Fund. The Women’s Fund was there to produce research that informs and advises community leaders on the status of women and girls, including the Portrait of Women’s Economic Security in Greater Miami, which revealed the stark economic realities facing our community. Over the past 20 years, The Women’s Fund was there to help 400 organizations and more than 60,000 women and girls benefit from the collective support of our generous members, making your dollars work more efficiently and effectively. BUT THERE IS MUCH MORE WORK TO DO There were 9,313 domestic violence related offenses in Miami-Dade in 2011. Our city was #3 in the country for child sex trafficking. We need The Women’s Fund. Women earned just 83 cents for every dollar earned by men in Florida in comparable work. The wage gap is even wider for African-American and Hispanic women in Florida, who earn 62 cents and 58 cents, respectively, to every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. We need The Women’s Fund. Our rights continue to be challenged. In 2012, one constitutional amendment proposed to limit Florida’s participation in federal healthcare reform, which created long overdue healthcare access for women. We need The Women’s Fund. Our voice is not being heard! In our state legislature, just 25.6% of those representing 9,551,065 women are female. In Washington, no Florida Senators and just 6 out of 26 Representatives are women. We need The Women’s Fund. 25.5% of children in our county still live in poverty, and need help finding the path to a better future. WE NEED THE WOMEN’S FUND.

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The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade 2013 Impact Report  
The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade 2013 Impact Report  

In celebration of 20 years of service to the women, girls and their families in Miami-Dade, this report provides a snapshot of the scope of...