The Women's Fund of Weld County, Inc. was founded in 1999 by women from the community dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. The Women's Fund was established with the purpose of creating a permanent fund to find, fund and nurture programs that address unmet needs of women and girls in Weld County to enable them to become self-confident, independent, contributing members of the community.  The Women's Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County.






STEM6 RESIZEDThe Fund supports projects and programs which are sensitive to the cultural and special needs of women and enhance women's educational success and self-sufficiency. Projects which may:

  • enable girls and women to become self-supporting through job training, education and job placement, 
  • support women in their combined roles as workers and head of household, 
  • focus on economic development, such as job creation 
  • assist women and girls in career counseling, business planning and job seeking skills.

 Immediate Objectives:

  • Raise an initial endowment to distribute grants made from the earnings of the fund.
  • Pool the fund's assets with endowed funds located in the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County in order to maximize investment return while prudently managing risk and minimizing administrative overhead.
  • Create a financial means to address gender-related problems particular to women, focusing on education for women and girls and economic self-sufficiency. 
  • Further opportunities for individuals, corporations and foundation to improve the well-being of area women and girls.


Board of Directors meets the 3rd Monday of each month at noon.


Ladies Night Out - Fall 2018

Decadent Desserts - Spring 2019



Our e-newsletter is sent quarterly to keep you up-to-date on projects and events of the Women's Fund of Weld County.

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Our Yearly Newsletter Mailed September 2017

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The Women’s Fund of Weld County is an endowment fund; a permanent source of community capital, helping to do good work today and in the future. Earnings from the Fund are used to make annual grants addressing community needs.

Since 1999, the Fund has grown to over $600,000 through many generous donors and successful fundraising events and has distributed grants totaling more than $256,000 since 2002.

The Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County handles the investment management and administrative responsibilities of the Endowment Fund enabling the Women’s Fund Board of Directors to concentrate on fulfilling our mission.

Community Foundation

The Women’s Fund of Weld County is a component fund of the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County. The mission of the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County is to promote philanthropy to build resources, develop partnerships and provide leadership that will be of lasting benefit to our communities.

The Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County is a non-profit organization established to help people make an impact through lasting and meaningful contributions to meet needs throughout Weld County. The Women’s Fund of Weld County is managed and carefully invested by the Foundation. Endowment gifts are never spent and the earnings from investing endowment assets are used to benefit the community through annual grants.

Please visit the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County at their website:, call (970) 304-9970, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Women’s Fund of Weld County is completely volunteer. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to become a Board member.


Michelle Aguirre



Goldie Augustmoon

 “I care about the women and children in Weld County and I want to be involved with organizations that care about them too.  The Women’s Fund is addressing the needs of these women and children and improving their lives.”



Christine Casaceli



Stephanie Crabtree



Jane Elworthy

"I was honored to be asked to be on the board of the Women’s Fund of Weld County.  I love to help people, and the WFWC helps the women and girls of Weld county in so many different ways.  I can’t wait to help make a difference."



Brooke Gardner

 "I’m excited about becoming a member of the Women’s Fund because I want to be involved with a group that truly makes a difference in other women’s lives.  This group has definitely done just that for women and girls of Weld County.  As the population grows in Weld County, the needs of women and girls will only grow larger, giving this group more and more opportunities to make a difference!"


Kelli Helzer - Past President

 “The Women's Fund of Weld County helps support and enhance the opportunities of our very own women and girls.   I am honored to be involved with an organization that serves and provides opportunities that will forever impact the lives of women and girls in Weld County."




Karen Horn

 “I was thrilled to be asked to join the Board of the Women's Fund of Weld County, as I believe in the mission of this organization.  Working to improve the lives of women and girls in Weld County not only benefits them, but the community as well.”



Julie James

 A third generation Colorado native, Julie was reared in Fort Collins and received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado. Awarded an Emmy for her work on Frontier Airlines' wildly successful "Whole Different Animal" campaign, Julie brings nearly 30-years of marketing and advertising experience to the Women's Fund of Weld County. Currently in the communications department at Woodward, Inc., in Fort Collins, Julie's tenure at Frontier Airlines, Karsh & Hagan Advertising and Thomas and Perkins Advertising, proved highly profitable for business as she developed cost effective media, marketing, and branding campaigns resulting in new levels of market share, awareness and profitability. "I am honored to be part of this incredible group of women whose main focus is the enrichment, encouragement and empowerment of women in Weld County, I look forward to working with such an amazing charity."


Julia Karlin Roche - Vice-President

 "Growing up in Weld County, I believe that I have a unique perspective on the needs of the women and girls of this region. From an early age I have had a passion to give my time and resources for programs such as The Women's Fund of Weld County who focus on giving a hand up and not a hand out. I first heard of the organization when I attended the University of Northern Colorado; however, I attended my first Decadent Desserts event years later. It was during the presentation that I found my passions, values, and morals aligned with what the organization strives to accomplish. Having a young daughter, nothing is more important to me than providing opportunities that benefit women and girls in our very own community."



Henley Paradis



Bryndi Peif-English

"Growing up in Greeley, I have seen so many wonderful changes in our community, as well as changing needs. For many years it has been my pleasure to serve Weld County in various ways since returning here after college. Volunteering, teaching English classes, serving on various boards, and working for different non-profits that serve Weld has opened my eyes to the needs around me. I am excited to be serving as a board member for the Women's Fund and working to benefit members of our own community; directly impacting their future and that of our community!"



Patricia Richard

 "I sought out board membership with the Women’s Fund of Weld County because I wanted to contribute in helping support women and young girls in Weld County.  The program is diverse with its startup funding that positively affects many different organizations.  These then continue to grow and blossom and women benefit exponentially.  Women are disproportionately exploited throughout the world and face numerous inequalities. The funding and support provided by WFWC educates, empowers and supports women in the area to be independent and self-confident.  I’m honored to share in these goals."



Katie Shilts - Board President

 Katie is a northern Colorado native and grew up in Fort Collins. She received her undergraduate degree at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and upon returning to Colorado, her career moved its focus into the nonprofit realm. Katie recently joined Colorado Health Medical Group as a Program Outreach Manager where she engages the employer community to help them find innovative ways to lower their healthcare costs and offer their employees the best care possible. In addition, Katie is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Management through Colorado State University. Katie volunteers on the Women’s Fund of Weld County’s board because she loves the impact the fund has across the broad spectrum of issues women and girls face. "When you’re looking for a fund with meaningful, innovative impact, the Women’s Fund is where it’s at!"


Paige Thomas


Carrie Walker


Emily Wiedeman





Jeanna Whipple

 "I have been a Possibility of Three donor for the past three years, plus I have had a wonderful time attending the Decadent Desserts Event during the past 5 consecutive years. I wanted to do more to help women and girls in my community so I decided to join the Board of Directors.  The non-profit organizations that we award grants to are truly amazing and help in so many different ways."