Women Give San Diego’s 10 Year Anniversary

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In honor of our 10 Year Anniversary coming up later this year, we’ve added in this new section of our newsletter with special, fresh content including fun facts about our organization, reflections on the last decade, and shared memorable moments all in celebration of 10 Years of Women Give San Diego.

“WHAT WE’VE LEARNED”: Linda Katz and Gayle Tauber shared with us more insight into what they’re learned over the past 10 years…
“WGSD’s mission of being a model for change by balancing education, community collaboration, and strategic and effective grant-making has had one continuing challenge over the 10 years, that is: community collaboration is more difficult to implement than originally ever imagined. “-Linda and Gayle

FUN FACTS: In our May Newsletter we started including a “fun fact” about WGSD in our 10 Year Anniversary section. In case you missed it, below are fun facts #1-5 followed by our fun fact (#5) for this month! 

Fun Fact #1: Including our current grant partners, Women Give San Diego has contributed $810,000 to 30 organizations focused on lifting up the vulnerable women and girls of San Diego.

Fun Fact #2: Originally, Women Give San Diego operated in partnership with the California Women’s Foundation, which is based in the Bay Area. But beginning in 2017, Women Give San Diego now partners locally with San Diego Grantmakers instead. This local collaboration has further strengthened our ties to the San Diego community! 

Fun Fact #3: The implementation of the co-leader model for all leadership positions – one leader over 40 and one under 40 – supports the goal of generational diversity in the most positive way. This concept came about as leadership recognized the challenges and personal needs of members who were in differing stages of their life cycles.      

Fun Fact #4: Pam Mudd had been serving as Treasurer, and because she was doing such a remarkable job, we told her she would never be called upon again, as long as she would remain Treasurer.  When co-residential succession was being considered, it was decided that Pam was the right person for the right time.  Sitting president, Merle Brodie, Linda and Gayle planned a Pam “heist”.  We invited her out to wine just to have fun, a girls’ night out.  After several glasses of wine, we had weakened her enough that she agreed to the request. 

Fun Fact #5: At the request of Founding President, Jan Tuttleman, a meeting facilitated by Nancy Jamison, San Diego Grantmakers President & CEO at the time, was convened. 
The meeting convened leaders of all women-centered organizations, including the San Diego Women’s Foundation, Foundation for Women, Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Foundation, Hand-to-Hand Coastal Community Foundation, the  Jewish Women’s Foundation, inviting collaboration focusing on women and girls.

Each leader articulated their organization’s mission; only agreed upon opportunity for collaboration was educational event based, which resulted in convening in Rancho Santa Fe, with Helen LeKelly Hunt as speaker. Our Founding President was way ahead of her time, with a vision of women-centered giving circles working together to affect greater equity for all women and girls.