2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has released their 2014 report on the state of women-owned businesses and the outlook is bright.

“Nearly nine out of 10 women business owners (87 percent) are optimistic about their business’ economic outlook this year, a 12 percent increase over 2013…Women small business owners are not just more optimistic about their own businesses, they’re also more bullish about the prospects for female entrepreneurs who are just starting out.”

Read NAWBO’s full press release here.

Thank You for Loving and Giving to Utah!

Love Utah, Give Utah was a record-breaking success this year, clearing a million dollars from 10,000+ everyday philanthropists. We want to thank the Community Foundation of Utah for founding and hosting Utah’s annual day of giving and the many corporate sponsors who made it possible.

The Utah Women’s Giving Circle raised more than $3,500 during Love Utah, Give Utah, thanks in large part to a generous $1,000 challenge grant from our co-chair, Peggy Hunt. Thank you, Peggy!

We want to thank each donor who helped us reach our fundraising goal on March 20th:

  • LUGUTrish Coughlin
  • Fraser Nelson
  • Ellie Garvin
  • Lynn McCarron
  • Helane Leta
  • Amy Sorenson
  • April Hollingsworth
  • Kim Paulding
  • Jennifer Parsons
  • Alexandra Soran
  • Jenifer Tomchak
  • Kristen Carroll
  • Monica Whalen
  • Suzanne Larson
  • Annabel Sheinberg
  • Pat Bair
  • Pamela Murray
  • Emily Capito

Thank you!

Utah Women on the Front Lines of Suffrage Battle

The Salt Lake Tribune published a unique history piece by Eillen Hallet Stone highlighting the Utah women who were front and center in the battle for the equal right to vote.

Called the “Silent Sentinels for Liberty,” these women of protest included R.B. Quay and C.T. Robertson of Utah. They wore gold, white and purple tri-colored sashes and brandished oversized banners and placards that read, “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”

In a 1917 Salt Lake Tribune article, Quay wrote, “Every woman [was] prepared to die for the cause, if necessary.”

Revisit a critical time in women’s history. Read the full article here.

Status of Women Leaders in Utah Nonprofits

Graph - Utah Women in Nonprofit Leadership 2014The Utah Women & Leadership project took on the task of zooming in on women leaders in the Utah nonprofits following the 2013 report from the Center for American Progress, which ranked Utah dead last in terms of women being in positions of decision making and leadership. This is the second of four reports to be released in 2014, the first provided a view on women in politics in Utah and the two reports to come will take a closer look at the business and education environments.

The results? Approximately 57.8% of Utah’s nonprofits are headed by female executives, just slightly below national averages, marking the nonprofit sector as a bright spot for female leadership compared to other sectors in the state.

Review the full report here.

Free Webinar: Women, Wealth & Impact – Investing with a Gender Lens

From Wesleyan University, join Joy Anderson, founder of Criterion Institute and Women Effect Investments, for a webinar on how to invest with a gender lens:

Women, Wealth & Impact: Investing with a Gender Lens

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 – 1-2 pm ET

“Increasingly individuals, families and foundations are exploring how to use their consumer dollars, philanthropy and now their investment portfolios to address gender inequality.

Join us for a lively conversation and webinar that will outline several easy steps to shift your investments to support & empower women.”

Access the Full Details Here.

Community Foundation of Utah Awards $40,000 through Social Investors Forum

Social Investors Forum SLC Bike Collective PitchOn Valentine’s Day, the Community Foundation of Utah – the Utah Women’s Giving Circle’s homebase – held the first annual Social Investors Forum and invited six of the 150 applicants to pitch their innovative ideas for improving our community.

After the judges deliberated, $40,000 was split between the Green Urban Lunch Box to develop their fruit share program and the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective to expand their Earn-a-Bike Program for local kids.

Read the full article in the Salt Lake Tribune here.

Domestic Violence Growing, but Funding Flat

Domestic violence experts spoke Feb. 10th at the Utah State Capitol about the state's growing problem with domestic violence.

Domestic violence experts spoke Feb. 10th at the Utah State Capitol about the state’s growing problem with domestic violence.

The Salt Lake Tribune published an eye-opening article on the state of domestic violence funding in the state on February 10th, authored by Jim Dalrymple II:

“Jenn Oxborrow — domestic violence program administrator for the Utah Department of Human Services — explained that the people working with survivors of domestic violence are accomplishing tremendous things with limited resources. Over the past five years, she said, funding has remained flat but 13 private domestic violence shelters in the state have managed to house more than 41 percent more survivors — going from 76,767 shelter nights in 2008 to 108,377 nights in 2012.

But despite the increased services, many people continue to fall through the cracks. Oxborrow said that over those same five years the number of people who weren’t served by domestic violence shelters increased by 67 percent. In 2012, that meant 2,809 people — mostly women and children — were turned away by already-full domestic violence shelters.”

Read the full article here.

Coverage on Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle

Linda Watt of the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle wrote this fantastic opinion piece on their giving circle and philanthropy in general in the Three Corners area, published in The Spectrum:

“Washington County is generally considered a difficult place to raise money for charity…I’m convinced that we can do better. Perhaps more financial generosity would be a way for those of us who are relatively new arrivals to demonstrate that we are, indeed, committed to this community. Even people who are part-time residents, who avail themselves of the beautiful weather and the friendly spirit here, could make a contribution to help create a better future for our women and girls.”

Read the full article here.

 

Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org and Getty Images Partner to Eradicate Stereotypical Stock Images

Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times highlights a fascinating partnership between Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In movement and massive stock photo conglomerate, Getty Images.

“When we see images of women and girls and men, they often fall into the stereotypes that we’re trying to overcome, and you can’t be what you can’t see,” – Sheryl Sandberg

The new collection of 2,500+ photos will show professional women as surgeons, painters, bakers, soldiers and hunters. Girls will ride skateboards, women will lift weights, and fathers will change diapers. The partnership also marks the first time that Getty has jointly created a collection with a nonprofit and shared the revenue – LeanIn.org will get 10% of the revenue.

Read the entire article here.

Giving Circles: What Makes Them Powerful

Published in Nonprofit Quarterly, this article by Rob Meiksins highlights coverage from the New York Times on giving circles:

“…with thousands of people coming together in small groups around the country, pooling their financial resources and giving of their time and talent to have a positive impact on their local communities, there is a real power being built quietly.”

Read the Nonprofit Quarterly article here.

Our members may be interested to learn a bit about other the women’s giving circles highlighted in the New York Times article, including Impact100 Philadelphia, a collective of more than 200, and Women for Social Innovation, who award an annual $15,000 prize that comes with mentorship.

Read the New York Times article here.