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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 $900,000.

MORE INFORMATION

NEWSLETTERS

E-Newsletter

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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Annual Newsletter (Mailed Dec '22)

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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 $450,000 to 190 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.

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Meet The Board

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Chelsea Dodge

Board Member

Cars and helping people are big passions of mine which has led me to open my own business, The Car Lady - Education & Vehicle Services. I help teach the general public things they should know about their vehicles, how to plan for emergencies, how to be confident when taking your vehicle to the shop, and so much more.

 

I’m so proud to be serving on the board for the Women’s Fund of Weld County, it’s an incredible organization!

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Erin Biwer

Board Member

Since 2015, I have been working at Weld County Department of Human Services and witness the growing need in our community every day. My job has given me the chance to listen to women and girls experiencing difficult times and inspired me to get involved with the Women’s Fund of Weld County. I am a proud wife and mother of two toddler-aged boys as well as a Jazzercise instructor for eight years. I feel honored to serve on a board filled with passionate women who come together to empower and help other women and girls.

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Jeanna Whipple

Board Member

 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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Julie James

Board Member

I am a third-generation Colorado native raised in Fort Collins bringing 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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Miranda Carbaugh

Board Member

I am honored to be on the board of the Weld Women's Fund. My family has called Weld County home since 1920. I am a fourth-generation entrepreneur in the beverage industry. My family owns a dairy farm in Milliken, and in 2013, I started Wiley Roots Brewing Company with my husband in Greeley. I am excited to be part of a wonderful group of women that empower women and girls in Weld County!

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Sandra Martinez

Board Member

It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to sit on the board of The Women’s Fund.  As a proud Greeley resident, a business owner, and most of all the mother to my young daughter, I acknowledge that our world has faced many challenges over the past couple of years.  I feel as if we are in a new age, there should be no limit to what we can accomplish… the future is so bright for the women and girls of Weld County and I am excited to be a part of that progress! I hope to bring energy and excitement to the board and make sure that the women and girls of Weld County know that they have our support and we value them always.  As Serena Williams said, “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.”

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Stephanie Woodard

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.

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Taylor Pribble

Board Member

I am passionate about advocating for gender equality and women's empowerment. With my education and background in Human Resources I have an understanding of some of the unique challenges and barriers faced by women. With a deep commitment, I am looking forward to making steps in the right direction to help create a more inclusive and equitable society. It is an honor to be on the Board for the Women's Fund and am excited to bring my skills and perspective to help support and empower women.

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Wesley Kunzman

Board Member

I am honored to be on the board of such a profound organization that empowers women and girls.  As a mother of a young daughter who is growing up in Greeley, Colorado, I am passionate about being an advocate for issues that contribute to the health and independence of women in Weld County.  I look forward to cultivating opportunities for both her and others alike to become successful female leaders of society through the efforts and actions of the Women’s Fund.

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Kelsey Vandemark

Board 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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Barb Campbell

Vice President

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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Carrie Walker

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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Myranda Dabney

Secretary

I have called Northern Colorado home since 2015 and am excited to plant my roots deep in this amazing community with my husband and growing family. My passion has and always will remain with people. While attending college at UNC I felt the most connected to the Weld County community when donating my time to the school districts where I was teaching, tutoring, and coaching young girls. My career has lead me to the mortgage industry and as my career has grown I’ve realized that we should all feel empowered to give back to the same community that surrounds us. It is an honor to be a apart of this board and work with other women that are committed to the same mission of serving women and girls of Weld County!

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Kassie Godo

Treasurer

I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be part of a group within Weld County that has such an astounding impact on the community. I have always been passionate about helping to empower women and girls and I am so grateful for the opportunity to give back to so many amazing non-profits. In my spare time, I love to travel with my family, play with my fiercely independent young daughter, and run around on our cattle ranch in eastern Colorado.

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Amy Tallent

Board Member

My passion in life is helping people achieve their next level of success and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring that passion to the Women’s Fund. My husband and I are raising 3 babies and 3 businesses including a realty firm, a marketing firm, and a hunting apparel company. I love giving back to the community and recently completed my term as Johnstown Councilwomen. In business I’ve been honored to receive the 2020 Women of Distinction Business Award, 5280 Top Producer, and named Agent of the Year in Johnstown. I believe in relationship building above all else and look forward to building relationship through the Women’s Fund.

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