End of Year 2018-2019 Philanthropy Summary:
The 2018-2019 year was filled with fun events and enthusiasm from our generous members. The White House ornament sales sold out again, enabling us to donate a considerable sum to a local women’s shelter. We had two main events, a Holiday Tea in the winter and a naturalist-guided walk during the Bluebell bloom in the spring. Member feedback on these two events was overwhelmingly positive and requests were made to keep them as annual events. Philanthropy members also attended the Women’s Conference to represent our “Executive Sponsor” status. We thank Linda Cameron for her leadership and dedication to these causes. Our new VP of Philanthropy, Adrienne West, looks forward to continuing these events in the upcoming year. Please reach out to her at email@example.com with your ideas and suggestions, and plan to attend her philanthropy meetings throughout the year - all GFFN members are welcome!
The Scholarship Fund Board
A completely separate Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund Board was established in 1983 out of a desire to provide financial aid for women pursuing degrees in higher education. The GFFN Scholarship Fund is a separate, 501(c)(3) organization (Great Falls Friends and Neighbors is a 501(c)(7) organization) that is run by a seven-member Scholarship Fund Board of Directors approved by the GFFN club's board. The Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to deserving women over the age of 25 who are residents of Northern Virginia and attend George Mason University or Northern Virginia Community College.
In 2016 The GFFN Scholarship Fund Board established $25,000 endowments at both George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. These endowments ensure perpetuity of donated monies and reflect a strong desire to invest in women, children, and the community at large. To further supplement the 4% yield paid by the endowments each year, fundraising activities are developed and sponsored by this GFFN Scholarship Fund Board. These activities are determined by scholarship needs as well as the interest of GFFN club members and the public in supporting specific Scholarship Fund fundraisers.
The GFFN Scholarship Fund Board is proud to give back to the community by making a difference for other women, and touched by the testimonies we hear from the women the fund has sponsored. Donations are always welcome. Please visit the GFFN Scholarship Fund website at gffnsf.org to learn more about its mission or volunteer.
Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund
On Friday, September 13, GFFN began another year at their annual “kick-off” luncheon held at Riverbend Country Club. It was a wonderful showcase for the GFFN Scholarship Fund and its recent recipients. Mary Lou Christy, the new Scholarship President, expressed gratitude toward Missy and Erin, and their respective boards, for fostering a terrific spirit of cooperation and support of our scholarship efforts.
Mary Lou welcomed the 2019-2020 Scholarship Fund board: Christie Lavin, Candace Bovee, Lissa Carter, Adrienne West, and Kathryn Tucker Rutkowski.
Approximately 60 ladies attended the luncheon as well as reporters from The Great Falls Connection and The Sun Gazette. Please read their articles on the event! A 50/50 raffle was held by the Philanthropy group resulting in sales of $696 of which theygraciously donated 50% to the GFFN Scholarship Fund. A great way to start out our year!
This year, the Fund awarded 12 scholarships (up from 7 in previous years) totaling $17,500. “We could not have increased the number of scholarships without the commitment and support of GFFN,” Mary Lou reiterated. GFFN membership strongly supported our Spring Tea fundraiser, held in April 2019, from which we raised over $9,000 for scholarships. For a more detailed update on the Scholarship Fund click here
For bios of the Scholarship Recipients click here
The articles were written about the event. Click below to read them.
Sun Gazette September 19-25, 2019 page 1 and Page 10