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Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

JRF | Dec 05 2014 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news, supporting jrf, press release

ZoomWorks Photography, an Athens based studio, takes on a creative project annually and this year the focus was the celebration of women.  The company, owned by Shannah Montgomery and Marisu Wehrenberg, has many specialties.  One of them is Boudoir. In the spirit of how they have seen that photography genre boost self esteem, Marisu and Shannah came up with the idea of a feminine Zodiac Calendar, showcasing the beauty and power they find in all women. 

The launch party for the 2015 calendar will be Thursday, December 11th, from 7-9pm at Hendershot's on Prince Avenue. Calendars are $20 each and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jeannette Rankin Fund, a non-profit that helps women fulfill their dreams of higher education.  Come meet the beautiful women in front of and behind the camera for this project, get a jump on your holiday shopping and support a great cause.

DETAILS:
ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party - No cover
December 11 - Hendershots on Prince Avenue - 7-9pm
Jeannette Rankin Foundation benefit     www.rankinfoundation.org

If you can’t come to the party, but would like to order a calendar, simply call or write ZoomWorks and they’ll gladly get one out to you.  We take most major credit cards.  Shipping not included.   For delivery in time for Christmas, orders must be placed by December 16th.

info@zoom-works.com      706-227-3777

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Make a Difference with End-of-Year Gifts

JRF | Nov 24 2014 |  · · ·  Tags: supporting jrf, year-end giving

No checkbook needed! Here are two easy ways to make gifts that don't involve cash, but give needed help to women conquering poverty:

Appreciated Stock

A Jeannette Rankin Fund supporter is donating appreciated stock worth $5,000 as an end-of-year gift. Not only is that a great help for the scholarship program, but also for the donor's taxes -- plus the gift is doubled. Donations through Dec. 31 are matched 1:1, so this gift doubles to $10,000!

Read more about donating appreciated stock here -- Gifting Appreciated Securities: A Win-Win-Win Scenario

 

Automobiles

Have an older car and don't want to go through the hassle of selling it? We've got an easy way for you to donate your automobile. Fill out the online form by clicking the link below or give a call. The process is quick, and they'll arrange for your vehicle to be picked up and auctioned off -- whether it's running or not. Proceeds will benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund and you can write-off what it sold for!

Click here to learn more.

 

Bonus: Holiday Gift Idea

Giving in Honor of Someone Special

You'll likely be pulling out that credit card to buy gifts for family and friends for the holidays, but there's an alternative. Why not make a donation in their honor that will be matched 1:1 during our $100,000 Challenge? Your gift will make a difference for women and families across the country, and we'll send a card letting the honoree know about your thoughtful donation.

Our online donation form is simple. After you enter your donation information, tell us the honoree's name and address and we'll handle the rest. Click here to get started!

Gift photo by asenat29/Flickr.

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Up to the Challenge

JRF | Nov 10 2014 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news, supporting jrf

Update -- From November 1 - December 31, 2014, donors contributed $106,638.50! Thank you for helping us beat our $100,000 Challenge.

Exciting news: your gifts will be matched until December 31st!

 
Generous supporters are providing funds for a $50,000 match to help raise $100,000 by the end of the year. Please join them in supporting women like Sharon:
 
“Twenty years ago when I stepped out of a Greyhound bus, it wasn’t to attend college, but to go to the battered women’s shelter.  I’m happy to report I just became a volunteer at the same shelter where I once lived. I feel so encouraged that I can give back all these years later. It means a lot -- I’m making a difference in the lives of women who are in a place I was once in. My story can also serve to encourage women to never give up.”
 

Together, we can do it!

The $100,000 goal sounds big, but with your help, we can do it. Please, make a donation that will be doubled today!

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Press Release: Jeannette Rankin Fund receives Scholarship Provider of the Year Award

Press Release: Jeannette Rankin Fund receives Scholarship Provider of the Year Award

JRF | Oct 16 2014 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news, press release

Athens, Ga. – Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund was recognized for excellence with the 2014 National Scholarship Provider of the Year Award. April Greene, Program Manager for the Rankin Fund, received the award in Pittsburgh at the annual National Scholarship Providers Association conference.

 

According to the NSPA website, “This prestigious award recognizes scholarship providers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, efficiency, and impact in their support of higher education.” The award comes with a $2500 cash prize in addition to the national recognition. NSPA selects from nominations in two categories of scholarship providers, College and University Providers and Independent Scholarship Providers.

 

During the past year, Jeannette Rankin Fund enhanced its program through an online application system and by creating an Alumnae Advisory Board.Scholarship Provider of the Year badge

 

“In 2013, we launched our first fully online scholarship application and review system,” Greene said. “We estimate this saved staff about 71 hours of work in its inaugural year, and we know it will only continue to increase our efficiency. The new system is more efficient for women applying as well. Before we implemented the online application, women downloaded paper applications from our website and often completed the application by hand.”

 

Members of the alumnae advisory board will represent Jeannette Rankin Fund in their communities, connect with new Jeannette Rankin volunteers and donors, and support current scholars through mentorship and fundraising initiatives.

 

“Through their experiences as low-income, nontraditional students, Jeannette Rankin scholars and alumnae have the best understanding of the support they need to truly change their lives through education,” Greene said.

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was chartered in 1976 and is named after the first woman elected to U.S. Congress. The 501(c)3 charity provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. In 2014, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most to support women while in school. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. Jeannette Rankin scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their desire to break the cycle of poverty, better provide for their families and give back to their communities. To learn more about Jeannette Rankin Fund, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.

 

Covered by:

Athens Banner Herald

Oconee County Chamber of Commerce

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Press Release: TV show encourages donations for women’s scholarships

JRF | Sep 25 2014 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news, supporting jrf, press release

Athens, Ga. – HBO TV host John Oliver prompted a spike in gifts to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund on his show “Last Week Tonight.”

 

Viewers from across America have responded to John Oliver’s call to support women’s scholarships programs not contingent on women being contestants in beauty pageants. Jeannette Rankin Fund serves low-income women 35 and older who do not already have a bachelor’s degree.

 

So far, more than 100 people have donated $6,300. Web traffic has also increased substantially for Jeannette Rankin Fund, jumping from around 100 visitors a day to more than 1,100 the day after the program aired.

 

Oliver referred viewers to three women’s scholarship organizations – Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, the Patsy Mink Foundation and the Society of Women Engineers. He said donations should be made “if you want to change the fact that currently the biggest scholarship program exclusively for women in America requires you to be unmarried with a mint condition uterus and also rewards working knowledge of buttock adhesive technology, which is just a little bit unsettling.” Oliver’s segment has gone viral with postings on other news sites and through social media.

 

“With a tiny staff of three full-time employees and one part-time employee managing our national program, this endorsement means a lot,” Sue Lawrence, Executive Director of Jeannette Rankin Fund, said. We were stunned to hear Jeannette Rankin Fund mentioned on Oliver’s TV show. Although we give scholarships to women all across the U.S, most of our supporters are in our local community in Athens, Georgia. We just can’t afford marketing, so Oliver’s shout out to support us is reaching many new people who’re sending support for our cause. Their donations are for $15, $20, and more. They’ve added up quickly, and we’re grateful for every gift.” 

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was chartered in 1976 and is named after the first woman elected to U.S. Congress. The 501(c)3 charity provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. In 2014, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most to support women while in school. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. Jeannette Rankin scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their desire to break the cycle of poverty, better provide for their families and give back to their communities. To learn more about Jeannette Rankin Fund, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.

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