Founders celebrate JRF’s 35th with a scholarship

JRF | Dec 01 2010 |

On July 9, 1976, JRF was founded by five amazing women who are still great supporters of the organization. Next year will be JRF's 35th birthday and in celebration, they are forming a Giving Circle to provide an award for one of the strong, motivated women who will be selected in 2011.

Sue Bailey, Gail Dendy, Margaret Holt, Heather Kleiner and Reita Rivers are leading the way for others nationwide. They are showing those who can't imagine raising the $2,500 for a scholarship by themselves, that when you join together, lives can be changed.

Without the Founding Mothers, JRF would not exist today. Our 35th birthday is really a celebration of them, along with the multitude of other volunteers, donors, and friends, who have supported JRF through the years. We came together to make a difference, and we have!

Because of your help, lives nationwide have radically changed; 639 women have now received the JRF scholarship. Women who struggled to provide for their families are now nurses, teachers, chefs, and business owners who are more financially stable and giving back to their communities.

"My nursing career promises wide open horizons — it is the promise of being empowered and finally able to give back to others!”  —2010 scholar Patricia

If you're interested in forming a Giving Circle, you can email info or call 706-208-1211 for more information and a simple how-to guide.


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Where your money goes

JRF | Oct 18 2010 |

We recently got our audit back and we’re excited to share our expense breakdown for 2009.

91.6% was for program expenses
6.2% for management
2.2% for fundraising

Almost 92% of our expenses were directly related to providing scholarships and supporting the women who received them.

The management expense includes salaries and powering the office.

And, only 2.2% for fundraising!

We want you to know that our expenses are in line with our mission to empower women through education. Your investment is being used to impact more lives.

If you would like a copy of the 990 you can download it here or email info[at]rankinfoundation[dot]org. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the same email address or by phone at 706-208-1211.


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Battelle funds two awards

Battelle funds two awards

JRF | Oct 01 2010 |

Executive Director, Sue Lawrence, recently visited the Atlanta branch of Battelle Memorial Institute to pick up their generous donation of two scholarships. Battelle funded two awards in 2009 as well.

The 2010 Battelle scholars are Angie and Devorah. They are both pursuing bachelor’s degrees, Angie in nursing and Devorah in computer systems engineering.

Thank you to all of our scholarship donors for empowering women to change their lives through education.

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Gorgeous necklace is Colorado bound

Gorgeous necklace is Colorado bound

JRF | Sep 21 2010 |

This year John and Patti Reed (of JWR Jewelers) have outdone themselves. This gorgeous necklace has an 18K yellow gold foxtail chain with 13 round brilliant cut fine quality diamonds set in white gold with a total of 1.00 ct. The retail value is $3,495 – and you can win it with a $10 ticket!

If that doesn’t motivate you, you should know that your raffle ticket purchases will directly support Denise. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree and plans to work in an intensive care unit upon graduating. She also plans to continue her education to achieve a master’s degree and become a nurse practitioner.

So, you can win a beautiful piece of jewelry while empowering a woman to earn a degree, change her life and give back to the community.


Our raffle winner is Sarah from Colorado. She purchased tickets online and won the necklace! Congratulations, Sarah. We hope to see pictures soon.


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Annual Dinner is a great success

Annual Dinner is a great success

JRF | Sep 21 2010 |

Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Dinner wonderful. More than 250 guests came out to support JRF and the 80 amazing women who are changing their lives with JRF scholarships this year. We are honored to have your support and encouragement as we continue to grow to help more low-income women nationwide.

Did you come to the Dinner? We want your opinion! Click here to take the survey. It’s really short, and we would appreciate your honest feedback. Let us know if you had a great time or wanted to leave half way through – your thoughts play a role in our planning for next year, so be sure to set aside a few minutes.

If you wanted a copy of the Annual Report, but couldn’t find it, send us an email at info[at]rankinfoundation[dot]org or call the office at 706-208-1211.

Oh, and Dinner picture should be up soon. Look forward to seeing you next year!


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