WHO WE ARE

Building a Stronger

Weld County

The Women's Fund of Weld County, Inc. was founded in 1999 by women from the Weld County community dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. The Women's Fund was established with the purpose of creating an endowment fund.

 

This fund supports programs that address the unmet needs of women and girls in Weld County to enable them to become self-confident, independent, contributing members of the community.  Currently, the endowment balance is over $700,000.

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ENDOWMENT

The Women’s Fund of Weld County is an endowment fund; a permanent source of community capital. Earnings from the Fund are used to make annual grants to programs that address unmet needs of women and girls in Weld County.

Since 1999, the Fund has grown to over $700,000 through many generous donors and successful fundraising events and has distributed grants totaling more than $377,000 to 169 programs in Weld County.

The Women's Fund is a component fund of the Weld Community Foundation which manages the endowment fund, enabling the Women’s Fund Board of Directors to concentrate on fulfilling our mission.

OBJECTIVES

The 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 Weld Community Foundation 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.

Meet The Board

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Barb Campbell

Board Member

I was raised in Eastern Colorado and attended college at UNC. I am honored to serve on the Board for the Women’s Fund of Weld County as I love helping my community and inspiring women and girls to be confident and successful.  As the mother of a teenage daughter and most recently being blessed by the birth of my granddaughter, it is more important than ever to me to make sure our girls are strong and self-sufficient.

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Emily Kincaid

Board Member

Being asked to serve on the board has been a honor and I couldn’t be more impressed with the integrity of the foundation and the impact it has in our community. In 2017 I started Elevate Energy Services, an oil and gas service company, and we have thrived in Weld County now employing about 50 people. My husband and I have called Windsor, CO home for the last ten years and now our young son also calls Windsor home. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and girls locally as a volunteer for the Women’s Fund of Weld County.

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Joy van den Berg

Board Member

The world around us fights, hates, and divides while the hurting keep hurting and are in need of an extra hand.  The Weld Women's Fund provides that extra hand to the women of Weld County, providing more communities, more love, and more unity.  Coming onto the board with the Weld Women's Fund, I am overjoyed to partner with them and their vision to better the lives of women and create a safe place for communities and cultures to thrive in Weld County.

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Julie James

Board Member

A third-generation Colorado native, Julie was raised in Fort Collins. Julie brings nearly 30-years of marketing and advertising experience to the Women's Fund of Weld County. "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.

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Karena Downey

Board Member

Over the past decade, I have lived and worked in Weld County and watched it expand. During these years, I have been fortunate enough to participate in many non-profit organizations' events. I have a deep passion for my family, my education, and my community. Being part of the Women's Fund board is an incredible opportunity and I am so grateful for the chance to empower the women and girls of Weld County.

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Stephanie Woodward

Board Member

 Multiple generations of my family have lived in Northern Colorado creating life-long memories for my family. It's always been important for me to give back to the community that my family has given to. I'm so proud to be on the Board for the Women's Fund. For me, it's important to continue the legacy my family has given to Northern Colorado - and even more important that as a single mom I can help the women and girls of Weld County reach their full potential.

 

A third-generation Colorado native, Julie was raised in Fort Collins. Julie brings nearly 30-years of marketing and advertising experience to the Women's Fund of Weld County. "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.

 
 
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Kelli Riley

Board President

I'm honored to serve on the board for the Women's Fund of Weld County. I have an employment law practice in Greeley, where I fight for equality and justice for women in the workplace across Northern Colorado. I'm excited to use my fighting spirit to help empower women and girls in our community.

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Kelsey Vandemark

Board Vice President

I have always been passionate about being involved in my community. I am the person I am today because I have been in the presence of many strong women, from growing up to the present day. I appreciate being a part of an organization that allows me to make a difference and empower the women and girls of Weld County.

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Carrie Walker

Board Past President

It is an honor to be a member of the Board of the Women’s Fund of Weld County.  As a mother of two grown daughters, I am excited to be involved with an organization where I can give back and provide a positive influence for the girls and women of Weld County!

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Deb Augenstein

Treasurer

I am honored to be a part of the Women’s Fund of Weld County Board.  The women who founded this endowment did a spectacular job at building it to grow while at the same time give. I have lived, worked, worshiped, and raised my family in Greeley.  I am thrilled to help make a difference in the lives of women/ girls of Weld County, and also to give back to this wonderful community I am proud to say I live in.

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Jeanna Whipple

Secretary

 I have been a Possibility of Three donor for six years, plus I have had a wonderful time attending the Decadent Desserts Event during the past 9 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.

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Alise Evans

Board Member

Working in the Greeley real estate market over the past 9+ years has been a joy and a pleasure. I have loved immersing myself in the community in various groups. In my downtime, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and my dogs!  I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and girls locally as a volunteer for the Women’s Fund of Weld County.

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Wesley Kunzman

Board Member

I am honored at the opportunity to serve the community that I have chosen to call home and have my financial planning business in, and it excites me to do it with an organization that has such an impactful reach.