The Women’s Legacy Fund, a non profit organization which is committed to supporting and promoting women in our community. The 2019 luncheon raised $60,000 for the work that WLMF has done so far and will continue to do.
As keynote speaker, almost 350 people came. The Skirball Cultural Center’s President and CEO, Jessie Kornberg, spoke on the drivers of giving.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) of the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County (CFSLOCO) held their 19th annual luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 28, giving five local non-profits $60,000 in grants that directly benefit women and girls in the county. WLF tackles a variety of challenges that this population encounters, as well as supporting non-profits that provide vital programs to empower girls in our communities.
One of the luncheon sponsors, Bob Wacker, Chairman and CIO of Wacker Wealth Partners, discussed the importance of local groups that promote women and girls. Wacker invited participants to “honor [the ladies in your life] by helping the Women’s Legacy Fund develop more strong women who can flourish and be an inspiration and guiding light for others in their lives.” “Be a mentor by your acts and words—be a role model and inspiration to others.” We all, women and men, have a duty to help others who aren’t as fortunate as we are by shining the path a little.”
The WLF has given more over $500,000 to local non-profits that help women and girls throughout the years. The following groups have received funds this year: Jack’s Helping Hand Aid Program will receive $20,000 to give financial assistance and support to single moms who are responsible for caring for a kid with special needs on their own. Cultivating Awareness, Living Mindfully (CALM) Teen Wellness initiative of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) receives $15,000 to assist young women overcome hardship, heal trauma, and develop resilience. RISE San Luis Obispo County will receive $10,000 to offer free individual and group counseling in both English and Spanish to women and girls who have been directly or indirectly affected by intimate relationship abuse and sexual assault. $10,000 to People’s Self-Help Housing’s CELEBRE (College Enrollment for Latinas Entering Bright Rewarding Educations) Program, which will work with students, families, and program staff to support participants’ academic progress and match students with mentors who will work one-on-one with them, providing the support that first-generation Latina college enrollees require. Friends of Camp Natoma will receive $5,000 to offer a rustic overnight experience for adolescents to connect with nature, participate in deliberate community-building activities, and interact with good adult mentors.
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The highlight of the evening was Jessie Kornberg, President and CEO of The Skirball Cultural Center, who gave an amazing keynote address. Kornberg is the creator of Ms. JD, an online community committed to supporting and furthering the careers of women in the legal profession, and a longstanding anti-poverty, prison reform, and civil rights campaigner with over two decades of civil rights work for groups such as the NAACP and NOW.
Kornberg is able to address several key issues that directly align with the Women’s Legacy Fund’s mission: to be a catalyst for philanthropy that improves the lives of women and girls in San Luis Obispo County while leading one of the world’s most dynamic Jewish institutions, the Skirball Cultural Center. Kornberg urged the audience to speak up for what they believe in and work for equality in all spheres of life.
WLF Advisory Committee members Betsy Umhofer and Missy Reitner Cameron emceed the lunchtime program, which began with a chance for participants to interact with this year’s award recipient groups at a Grantee Fair. They mentioned the luncheon’s efforts towards sustainability in their introductory comments, mentioning that all throwaway containers were biodegradable and that the event flowers were recycled from a recent local wedding. Janet Wallace, WLF Advisory Committee Member, touched on the WLF Young 100 program and warmly welcomed the keynote speaker. Jeff Buckingham, Chair of the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County Board of Directors, kindly greeted guests on behalf of the foundation.
Please contact The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County for further information about the aforementioned non-profits or the Women’s Legacy Fund.
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