In February 2006, women who love the North Tahoe – Truckee region came together with a similar dream. Our goal to attract 1,000 community-minded women to donate $1,000 each to raise $1 million within a single year was not only met, but exceeded. Queen of Hearts supporters came together to share a purpose, to make a bigger impact collectively than we could individually. And it has worked. To date, with over 1200 supporters, we have raised more than $1.3 million and granted over $508,000.
The Joy of Generosity
This year, the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund celebrated our ten year anniversary. To honor this auspicious time, we successfully implemented the Joy of Generosity 10-year Campaign that focuses on:
- Inspiring women to join together and make their voices heard for the community
- Deploying our unique and invaluable skill sets and talents through volunteer opportunities
- Increasing our impact by growing our endowment and grant making funds
Through the campaign’s effort and through personal outreach to community-minded women in our region, we have welcomed twelve new supporters – six of them since the Annual Event on August 4th.
Funding for Sponsored Supporters
In 2016, we secured generous grants to grow our supporter base. These grants allowed us to invite eleven local female service leaders and changemakers to the table that would not have been able to join the conversation otherwise. Each new member we’ve welcomed in 2016 unlocked funding to invite another Queen of Heart supporter to the table.
Grantmaking for Impact: Our Largest Grant Cycle to Date
In 2016 the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund facilitated our largest grant cycle to date and awarded $60,000 in grants to eight local non-profit organizations. This year we are happy to announce that through the generous contributions of existing and new supporters, we were able to double the grant size of our second place finalists to $5,000 each. See all of our grant recipients here.
Empowering Women through Leadership Training
To encourage service leadership in our Queen’s community, we provided scholarships to supporters that were interested in taking part in attending TTCF’s 2016 Board Governance Series. The series is designed to help new and seasoned board members advance the mission-based work of their organizations.
What’s next for the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund?
As we look forward, we envision creating an even greater presence and impact in the future of our region. The Women’s Fund is poised to grow with the goal of engaging the next generation of women philanthropists, create larger, more impactful annual grant cycles by growing our endowment and deploy our talents and skill set through volunteer opportunities.
The Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund aligns its grantmaking with four areas of impact in order to best serve the collective interests of its membership and the needs of the region. Read our stories of impact to learn more about out grant history. See a list of all our grants.
Investing in Innovation
In 2012, Queen of Hearts supporters saw an opportunity to change the lives of our community’s youth and signed up to support a three-year initiative to bring the award-winning program, Aim High to our community. The goal of our $75,000 seed funding commitment was to join other funders in helping the program become self- sustainable and five years later, it is.
Girls Giving Back
Girls Giving Back (GGB) is a youth philanthropy project of the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund (QoH) that began in 2014. It had long been TTCF’s dream to organize a youth philanthropy project and the moment arrived when many young Queen of Hearts supporters demonstrated passionate commitment to impacting our community. To date, GGB has completed two annual grant cycles and infused $5,000 into youth projects that benefit our region. Their membership grew by 50% in 2015 alone with perhaps the greatest accomplishment being the maturation and empowerment of our youngest generation of philanthropists. Learn more about GGB here.
If you’re already a supporter of the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund, there are lots of ways to stay engaged.
More ways to stay engaged:
- Inspire your friends, family, and professional network to get involved by sharing the Joy of Generosity pamphlet or bringing them to an event.
- Become a Sustaining Donor by making an annual donation to help us grow our grantmaking and community impact.
- Attend annual donor events such as the GEMS Grant Showcase and the Annual Event.
- Volunteer through www.givebacktahoe.org which currently has over 80 volunteer opportunities in our region. You can even organize a group of fellow supporters to join you!
- Sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay connected and learn about events, grants and the impact we have in our community.
- Join our Facebook group to stay connected with other like-minded women, up to date on small events and volunteer for upcoming opportunities.
Are you ready to support the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund? Join Now! As one, we are strong- together we are powerful. Join us as we build on the past to strengthen our future.