The Ojai Women’s Fund is nothing without our members.
With you, we can award substantial grants each year to nonprofits that provide critically needed services to the residents of the Ojai Valley. Without you, there would be no giving circles to determine how those grants are distributed in our five areas of focus—Arts, Education, Environment, Health, and Social Services. With you, we can inspire and educate women of all backgrounds to become leaders in philanthropy. Without you, there is a gaping hole in the fabric of our community. With you, so much good is made possible.
Over the last seven years, OWF member contributions have funded grants totaling more than $600,000. And in recognition of these impacts on the community, we have been voted the Best Service Organization in the Ojai Valley in 2021 and 2022. None of this would have been possible without you, our members, who numbered more than 400 in 2022.
Membership in OWF is open to any woman interested in supporting our work. We want our membership to reflect the diversity of our community, so we hope, in addition to joining, you will encourage your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to do so.
This year the membership campaign began on March 1 continues until May 31, and is earlier than in years past for several reasons, paramount of which is our need to know earlier what funds we will have available to disburse in grants. Earlier enrollment will also allow the Membership Committee time to acknowledge new members and hold orientation meetings and get-togethers before members vote.
Of course, we welcome new members at any time, but to vote on the 2023 nominees as a Giving Circle member or an Individual Voting Member, you must join by May 31.
You can become a member by contributing as little as $100 and joining a Giving Circle. For a contribution of $1,000, you can become an Individual Voting Member. If you wish, you can elect to join more than one Giving Circle and cast a vote with each, and simultaneously be an Individual Voting Member. There are many ways to join and contribute.
We appreciate your membership in the past and sincerely hope you will join us for 2023 and continue to support OWF as we collectively contribute to helping nonprofit organizations meet the needs of Ojai Valley. For more information on becoming a member visit our website at ojaiwomensfund.org/membership or contact our Membership Committee Co-Chairs Gayle Whitaker and Donna Freiermuth at email@example.com
With much appreciation,
Margo Haas, Co-Chair and Susan Weaver, Co-Chair