Help us totally fund our operating budget so that we can start a community based housing project for women! It will be located a block away in an old convent and be called
Keep us going and growing, and invite others to join you! With your gift, you will be investing in a better life and future for women in our community! You can make our dreams come true!
To help our development work, in 2012 the Executive Service Corp (ESC) did a sustainability study for us. Recommendation: work towards additional larger gifts with the goal of two $10,000 or four $5,000 donors annually. We currently have one $5000 donors and several personal gifts of $1000. We started our “Sunflower Circle” to thank these larger donors. We invite you to honor women who have been important in your life, by joining them with a gift of $1000 or more. One way to do this is through planned giving…
Bequests and Deferred Giving – Do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? Are you finalizing your will? Do you have stocks to sell? Through gifts like these, you can reach your giving goal and help us grow! Please contact us for suggestions and to request a form on which to state your intent to make a planned gift to the women’s center. We cannot however, render legal or tax advice. For more information on different types of planned gifts, visit www.EpiscopalGifts.org. Please consult your attorney or financial advisor for further assistance.
Gifts should be made to our fiscal sponsor, Trinity Episcopal Church (247 Bates St. Lewiston, ME 04240) and designated as a restricted donation for The Center for Wisdom’s Women. Thank you for considering our future in your larger giving and long term planning.
SHEROs and other GRASSROOTS SUPPORT
Continuing to build support at the grassroots level is a critical part of our success. SHEROs donate at least $1/day that we are open, averaging $20/month or $240 annually. Those who give 2-4 SHERO gifts are SUPER SHEROs. We have 110 SHEROs now with goal of 250. SHEROS will then be 55% of our income. That along with $25,000 in larger and smaller gifts will cover basic operating costs. SHEROs can be groups as well as individuals. We have begun approaching area banks and businesses for their charitable gifts, and so far thanks go to the following Business SHEROs:
Area churches that are SHEROs include the Park Ave Methodist, Grace Lutheran Church Women and St. Michael’s Episcopal in Auburn,the Unitarian Churches in Brunswick and Auburn and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Rangeley. (FMI on being a SHERO see the SHERO page.)
Grants and Other Income: The ESC study recommended that we not exceed 11.5% of income in grants. We have taken their advice seriously, and apply for grants judiciously. In addition to ongoing support from the Daughters of Wisdom and Sisters of Charity, we have received funding from United Way, JT Gorman Foundation, the Narragansette Fund, the Carignan Fund at Bates College, Women of the ELCA and two grants in our early years from The Maine Community Foundation that gave us a leg up. For information about general fundraising projects and events see the FUNDRAISING page.
THANK YOU! With your help, our development plan will lead us to being self sufficient and assure our long term sustainability. We invite you to join our community of support! You can do so as a smaller donor, as a SHERO by making a larger gift or by including us in your planned giving.
BOARD LEADERSHIP – Our Board is heavily involved in our development work – they ARE the Development Committee. Each Board meeting begins with a 1 hour hands-on task or planning session related to fundraising, followed by a 90 minute business meeting. We have 100% participation from the Board in that they each give and/or raise at least one SHERO gift. They also each cultivating relationships with our larger donors.
ONGOING SUPPORT – Our budget for 2015 is $95,000. How do we cover the costs? The Daughters of Wisdom (our founders) and The Sister’s of Charity, along with a private individual committed 5 years of support so that we could build a donor base. They began their support in 2010 and gave less each year through this 2015. The rest is privately raised or grant funded..
As a small non-profit with a big and growing mission,
we depend on ALL our donors!
EVERY gift has been important.
It is our donors that make this work possible.
We invite you to continue to help us keep going and growing,
and invite you to invite others to join you!