Nevada Women’s Fund was founded in 1982 by Lynn Atcheson, Maya Miller and Barbara C. Thornton. These women had a vision to provide the best opportunities for women and their families in Northern Nevada. Through scholarships and grants, Nevada Women’s Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families.
Through scholarships alone, Nevada Women’s Fund has awarded over $3.1 million dollars to 1,350 women since 1983. The majority of these women have faced social or financial challenges that have prevented them from pursuing further education. Many recipients are single mothers and women reentering the workforce. Applications are accepted in January and February each year, with awards announced in July.
Grants account for over $3.1 million in disbursements to 141 community organizations that focus on helping women and children. Whether addressing the physical and mental health of our women, preventing violence for women or addressing concerns of the aging women, NWF strives to strengthen the community. In turn, our community can better support their women in the pursuit of their goals.
Nevada Women’s Fund supports its efforts through the generous donations of individual donors, earned income from its endowments and the hosting of two annual fundraising events.
- The Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon is held every year in May to celebrate women and their professional and personal commitments. The keynote speaker this year will be Lucille O’Neal, author and motivational speaker. (For those basketball fans, she is Shaq’s mom!)
- NWF Power of the Purse is hosted just before the holidays to give women an opportunity to shop some of the fabulous local vendors that Northern Nevada has to offer. With tasty treats and drinks, I’m in!
Nevada Women’s Fund is another great non profit doing some incredible work to encourage women to reach for more that they imagined they were capable of. I’d love to hear about any other organizations that are empowering women. Leave me a comment below.