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About Us

The Women’s Fund is changing the lives of women and girls right here in our community because of your support.

Together we are making a difference. 

Mission

The Women’s Fund exists to enrich the lives of women and girls so they can do the same for others.

Vision 

The Women’s Fund exists to encourage the advancement and full participation of women and girls in society by promoting their full range of choices and to fund projects in the community which:

Foster an impact on attitudes and actions that benefit women and girls

Promote opportunity, health and self-sufficiency for women

Encourage women and girls to develop as philanthropists

Executive Director – Kaycie Green

Kaycie is the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse. Prior to joining the Women’s Fund, Kaycie worked in state level policy and politics in New York, New Hampshire and Vermont. Kaycie brings enthusiasm and experience with nonprofits including Main Street Alliance and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to the Fund.

Kaycie attended Syracuse University and has a background in communications. She lives in La Crosse with her husband and dog.

Get in touch with Kaycie at executive_director@womensfundlacrosse.org or 608-780-5710.



Intern – Kaylee Mulholland

Kaylee is a senior at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse majoring in Communication Studies with an emphasis in media. Kaylee is passionate about critical media studies, particularly how media portray sexual violence and the implications representations has on justice, social stigma, survivor healing and empowerment. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate school to further her education and continue her research. Kaylee is also an active member of the community and her college campus. At UW- La Crosse, Kaylee helps lead a local IJM chapter to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking. 

 


 

Intern – Taylor Moore

Taylor has been living in the La Crosse area for the past three years as a student at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Taylor is studying Marketing with an emphasis in Art Studies. As a future marketer, Taylor looks forward to having the ability to reach and interact with all different kinds of people. She hopes to make an impact on society with her work while using sustainable practices. As an active participant in art, Taylor looks forward to communicating with individuals through different mediums aside from the spoken word. Taylor brings innovative ideas and bountiful energy in her efforts to empower women and girls by encouraging them to tell their stories.

 

 

2019 Board Members

Amy Every, President

Eileen Carns, Vice President

Tammy Wills, Treasurer

Erica Rytilahti, Secretary

Reggi Johnson, Past President

Flo Aliesch

Jen Jones

Kenna Christians

Erica Rytilahti

Ruthann Schultz

Cheryl Neubauer

Ilene Kernozek

Barb Kruse

Courtney Daniels

Renee Dehn

Pat Heim

History: 20 Years Supporting Women and Children in the Coulee Region

1998 – Signe Schroeder and Roberta Gelatt create The Women’s Fund within the La Crosse Community Foundation.

September 1998 – The first Fall Luncheon is held with Carol Gilligan, chair of Gender Studies at Harvard, speaking on “The Validity and Value of Women’s Voices.”

1999 – The Women’s Fund endowment is established through a challenge grant by the La Crosse Community Foundation. The total grant is $19,000. This grant continues today and the earnings are used for the yearly grant distributions.

1999 – The Women’s Fund awards its first grants totaling $2000.

2003 – First Artist of the Year Award presented to Eileen Daily for her artwork inspired by the Women’s Fund’s “helping others bloom” theme.

2005 – The Women’s Fund receives a bequest from the estate of Roberta Zurn and creates the Roberta Zurn Women in Leadership Award. The first winner is June Kjome, missionary, nurse and social activist.

2010 – The Women’s Fund establishes itself as its own nonprofit organization.

2013 – The Women’s Fund hosts its first Spring Fling to celebrate what unites us as women.

September 2013 – The Women’s Fund hires its first Executive Director to support the organization’s continuing growth.

2015 – The Women’s Fund creates a quasi-endowment to ensure the organization’s ability to provide grants in perpetuity.

2018 – The Women’s Fund celebrates 20 years of supporting women and children in our community.

The Women’s Fund hosts fun and fabulous events that fund our mission to support projects in our community that promote opportunity, health and self-sufficiency for women.

Please join us at an upcoming event!

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