Embrace

The Hollywood Star News, which is a local Portland neighborhood newspaper recently featured the Embrace Necklace that was designed by Laurie Ann Greenberg and her partner.  The article highlighted the work that Laurie Ann and her partner do and their contribution to Women for Women International.  When each necklace is sold, 15% of the sales goes to the program.  Laurie Ann is excited to be supporting and helping WfWI’s programs expand.  The Embrace necklace provides a great example for other entrepreneurs seeking to combine business with a social cause.  

Thank you for your tremendous effort!

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Embrace

The Hollywood Star News, which is a local Portland neighborhood newspaper recently featured the Embrace Necklace that was designed by Laurie Ann Greenberg and her partner.  The article highlighted the work that Laurie Ann and her partner do and their contribution to Women for Women International.  When each necklace is sold, 15% of the sales goes to the program.  Laurie Ann is excited to be supporting and helping WfWI’s programs expand.  The Embrace necklace provides a great example for other entrepreneurs seeking to combine business with a social cause.  

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Friends + Fashion = FUN!

What started as a small idea, grew into a HUGE SUCCESS! 

Kathy Scudieri, a supporter from New Jersey asked friends and family to donate new and gently used fashion accessories for a WFWI fundraising event that she planned on hosting. The response was overwhelming. She received beautiful items many of which were brand new. She collected purses, jewelry: real gold, silver and many costume pieces, silk scarves, pashminas, leather gloves and designer clothing.

On Thursday, June 7th she opened her home to 55 women who came to support her effort. She charged a $15 donation at the door and she had four floors of beautiful fashion accessories for everyone to buy. She also had a large silent auction where people could bid on special trips, gift certificates, Waterford items, golf foursomes, cameras, kindles and special events. She even had the opportunity to sell several “Safari” trips – Half the amount was given directly to WFWI.

They had cocktails, wine and beautiful food which her dear friends donated. Her home was a buzz with lovely women who were quite generous and very happy to buy lots of goodies at bargain prices. Overall, it was fantastic!

She’s glad to report that so far she has raised close to $7,000 which she considers a miracle. She has many left over items and will be having other parties in different locals to continue to raise more money. What a fun way to bring women together, have fun and support such an incredible organization.

She wants to thank all of the women who came out to support her and for making this a huge success. More to come in the coming months.  To view pictures of her event, please click here.

Thank you for your amazing effort, Kathy! 

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A Letter from Supporters

On Sunday, April 29th, Stephanie, Kimberley, and Stephanie D held a one hour yoga class at Tranquil Space Yoga Studio in Washington DC with all proceeds and donations benefiting Women for Women International (www.womenforwomen.org). We began the class by providing an overview of Women for Women International, passing out brochures as well as sharing personal stories of what it is like to sponsor sisters and volunteer in WfWI’s DC office.  We were also gratified to answer questions about the organization from class attendees after the class as well! In total, we raised over $200 for Women for Women International! 

We wanted to take a moment to thank all those that helped organize it and get the word out-including Women for Women staff in the DC office, Jennifer Morabito and Sara Grigera. We’d also like to thank all those that attended the class on Sunday and donated to the organization, including several family members and friends! Last but definitely not least, we’d like to thank all of the Tranquil Space teacher trainee colleagues as well as all the Tranquil Space teachers for their continual support and inspiration.
 
Warmly,
 
Stephanie, Kimberley, and Stephanie D
 
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Webinar with WfWI’s Chief Information Officer

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, WfWI has made critical improvements upon our technological infrastructure and equipment while also providing our field-based staff with enhanced training. 

Over the last 12 months, WfWI has made key improvements in program delivery (improved tools for data entry and analysis), sponsorship operations (redesign of central donor database to allow greater flexibility, new credit card processing partner, etc), and engagement of supporters (new and improved sponsor login portal on our website with exciting upcoming features). 

We are committed to keeping you, our loyal supporters, updated about WfWI’s recent and upcoming technological enhancements. Our CIO, Nicole Weaver, will hold a webinar on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 3:00pm EST to discuss the current state of WfWI technological infrastructure and answer any and all questions you may have. To RSVP, please contact Joanna Valdivieso – Gonzales at JValdivieso-Gonzales@womenforwomen.org.

Hope you’ll join us!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with WfWI!

This Mother’s Day, honor the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and wives that are special to you by giving them a special gift. With a donation to WfWI to support the women we serve, you can send an eCard or mailed card to that someone special in your life. Learn more and choose your card now! www.womenforwomen.org/mothersday

And if you don’t want to stop there, consider shopping with our partner, Prosperity Candle. Ten percent of your candle purchase will benefit WfWI. To learn more and start shopping to support WfWI, visit www.prosperitycandle.com. Be sure to choose Women for Women International in the “How did you hear about us?” section during checkout to send a donation to us!

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A Conversation with “Model Citizen” Josie Maran

It takes more than a pretty face to be a model citizen—but in the case of supermodels Josie Maran, Petra Nemcova and Angela Lindvall, it sure helps. They may be famous for their beauty, but these three activists are committed to improving the world we live in, brining new meaning to the term “model citizen.” That’s why the eco-beauty maven behind Josie Maran Cosmetics tapped fellow models Petra Nemcova and Angela Lindvall to join her in creating limited edition artwork for the bottles of her signature Argan Oil to benefit the causes they believe in. Josie, a committed supporter of Women for Women International, chose to dedicate her limited edition bottle to the organization.

We recently had a little Q&A with Josie to get her thoughts on the inspiration for this fabulous project.

Why did you choose Women for Women International for this project?

The mission of Women for Women speaks to me on a really deep level. When I reflect on the times in my life when I needed support and guidance, it was the women in my life who uplifted me. As a strong woman,  I wanted to pay it forward. I truly belive that women supporting one another can really change the world.

What do you find inspiring about the work WfWI does?

I love that Women for Women inspires and supports women worldwide to become self-sufficient. I think women are born creators, so giving them the tools to rebuild their lives in the wake of disaster is a a beautiful way to help them recover. It also encourages men to recognize women as leaders in their community.

How does this tie in with your Model Citizen campaign? What are the key goals of the Model Citizen campaign and why was it important for you to create this initiative? As a model, I’m always asked what I think “beauty” means. To me, doing good is a beautiful thing. That’s why I set out to make healthy, natural cosmetics that make women look and feel great, and are also great for the planet.  To celebrate Earth Day this year, I wanted to give back in a bigger way, so I teamed up with two supermodels who feel as strongly as I do about natural beauty and sustainability. 

I want our Model Citizen campaign to bring awareness to the causes the campaign supports: Women for Women International, Happy Hearts Fund, and Healthy Child Healthy World.  I’m thrilled that Josie Maran Cosmetics will be donating 10% of the price of each of our bottles to these organizations. Making a difference in people’s lives and for the environment is one the things I love most about my job, so I’m hoping our first Model Citizen campaign will lead to more collaborations like this in the future.

How can women here and worldwide be model citizens in their communities?

Becoming a model citizen means being aware of the world outside of your own little bubble, and doing what you can to improve it. One of the simplest ways to contribute to positive change is to vote for what you believe in by shopping with socially and ecologically responsible companies, making better choices for ourselves and the planet.

What design did you choose for the limited edition 100% Pure Argan Oil bottle that will benefit women survivors of war through WfWI? What do you hope it conveys to consumers?

My bottle shows women hand in hand. I wanted my bottle to be a celebration of women lifting each other up. When I think of the people I turn to for advice, inspiration, and support, it’s the women in my life who come to mind.

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Josie Maran is a supermodel, mother, and the founder and Chief Eco Officer of Josie Maran Cosmetics, a company committed committed to creating Luxury with a Conscience beauty products that are both good for you and safe for the Earth.

You can purchase your Limited Edition 100% Pure Argan Oil at Sephora.com and support Women for Women International!  Make sure to select the purple WfWI design!

http://www.sephora.com/model-citizen-limited-edition-100-pure-argan-oil-P309335

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