About Us


The Women’s Fund was established through the Wayne County Foundation to support creative and innovative efforts to enhance the lives of women and girls.

The lives of women.

The Fund provides grants, gifts and education that give opportunities, encouragement, knowledge, and hope to women and girls. The Fund strives to empower women and girls to become strong, active citizens. The flexible structure of the Women’s Fund is designed to give credibility to women’s philanthropy and women’s challenges, assure sustainability, maximize community impact and ensure grantee success. Local business and community women who care deeply about the issues of women and girls form the Advisory Board that directs all activities, seeks funding proposals, and facilitates grant awards.

Women’s Fund Structure

Premise:  

The Women’s Fund is a way to encourage women to help women and to promote the concept of philanthropy among women.   The structure of the Women’s Fund will give credibility, assure sustainability, and ensure an impact.  Funds will be distributed based on identified needs.

Purpose:

The Women’s Fund will grant funds that give opportunities, encouragement, knowledge, and hope to women and girls.

Board Members

Co-chairs:  

Mary Jo Clark
Robin Weinert

Members:

Pat Heiny
Katie Reising
Francie Klinge
Aleasia Stewart
Amanda Marquis
Jennifer Bales Phillips
Beth Harrick
Courtney Evans
Becky Sprague
Jennifer Ferrell
Michelle Holliday
Roxie Deer
Tamara Brinkman
Tricia Sheridan
Valerie Westbrook
Pamela Harth

“When we started, we had no idea it would grow to be what it is. We just thought that there was a need. We had seen women’s foundations in different places, and we wanted this. We’re a small community of 35,000, our county’s about 50,000. We wanted it to make a difference in our community. I’m proudest of women who have been changed.”

— Mary Jo Clark, co-founder Women’s Fund

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We have given more than $304,283.25 in grants to causes supporting women and girls!