Strategic Plan 2015-2017

JRF | Apr 07 2015 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news, supporting jrf

The Jeannette Rankin board and staff have been working together and in small groups to achieve the three goals above. Five main strategies have been outlined to meet the goals:

1. Define high-level measures of success aligned with our vision
2. Develop our “Go National” plan
3. Create the funding plan to achieve our goals
4. Create “the package” to explain our program
5. Shape the organization’s board and staff


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Executive Director job description

JRF | Apr 06 2015 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news, supporting jrf

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The Executive Director is the key leader of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, and is responsible for strategic implementation of the organization’s programs, administration, resource development, marketing and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.


Founded in 1976, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund is named to honor the legacy of the first woman elected to U.S. Congress, a proponent of women’s and children’s rights. The mission is to provide scholarships and support for low-income women age 35 and older through college completion. To date, 1,202 scholarships have been awarded with a total of more than $2 Million to women across the country. The scholarship program has developed over 39 years to help women build brighter futures. They are succeeding, with 95.2% reporting they had earned degrees since receiving their Jeannette Rankin awards. The program was cited for excellence with the 2014 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award, and HBO host John Oliver recommended the organization to his viewers for their support.  As a rare program focusing on older women students, this is a leadership opportunity for the right candidate to launch this cause to a new level.


The organization seeks a visionary leader who can build on this history of success to increase the Fund’s national presence and recognition, and mobilize new resources to serve many more women.



1) Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through implementation of the strategic plan, program delivery and expanded stakeholder outreach and engagement.

2) Financial Performance and Viability:  Retains existing financial supporters and aggressively develops additional resources to ensure the health and growing impact of the organization; oversees budgeting process and compliance, financial systems and accountability, and financial statements/reporting.

3)  Operations: Oversees the organization’s operations including hiring and retaining qualified staff.


Professional Qualifications:


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher

  • High integrity leadership

  • Five or more years senior management experience

  • Ability to convey a vision of Jeannette Rankin Fund’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors; a track record of strategically growing an organization’s reach and impact

  • Knowledge of fundraising and other revenue-generating strategies, and commitment to effective donor relations for the nonprofit sector, with a track record of successful fundraising

  • Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, task facilitation and accountability

  • Effective program development and delivery, with commitment to programming excellence, industry best practices and rigorous program review and improvement

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers, to engage diverse volunteer and donor groups and to oversee and collaborate with staff

  • Strong public speaking ability


Job Responsibilities:


  1. 1. Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization has a long-range strategy to achieve its mission.  Seek board involvement in decisions, fundraising and to increase the organization’s overall visibility across the U.S.

  2. 2. Serve as Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.

  3. 3. Establish and maintain relationships with national organizations, corporations and foundations to strategically grow Jeannette Rankin Fund.

  4. 4. Plan and monitor annual budget.

  5. 5. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.

  6. 6. Strategic planning and implementation. 

  7. 7. Provide staff support to coordinate board and committee meetings.

  8. 8. Oversee marketing and other communications.

  9. 9. Maintain official records and documents, policies and procedures for operations, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

  10. 10. Review and approve contracts for services.

  11. 11. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in higher education, women’s issues and poverty as they impact and influence the organization’s program.

  12. 12. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


More information:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


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Announcement about our leadership transition

JRF | Apr 01 2015 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news

From my first day at Jeannette Rankin Fund, I knew I was fortunate to be part of an organization with such passionate supporters working for this important and life-changing cause. We’ve accomplished so much together! Hundreds of women have received scholarships and support, they’ve gone on to secure careers, break the cycle of poverty and give back to their communities. They are thriving because of their hard work and the generosity of Jeannette Rankin Fund friends like you.


After 11 years as Executive Director, I know it’s time for new leadership to take Jeannette Rankin Fund to the next level. The board and staff have been crafting a strategic plan that provides the perfect opportunity for someone to use their skills and networks to grow the organization and help more women conquer poverty.


While I’ll be stepping down later this year, I’ll never leave this cause. I’m excited about JRF’s next chapter with new leadership that will bring fresh ideas!


With deep appreciation for your generosity and your continued commitment,

Sue Lawrence


You can read the Executive Director job description by clicking here.


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Press Release: Georgia’s Gender Wage Gap Not Expected to Close Until 2055

JRF | Mar 12 2015 |  · · ·  Tags: jrf news, women, press release

Athens, Georgia —According to a new report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), Georgia ranks 26th in the United States earning a C on women’s employment and earnings. The report finds that if progress continues at the current rate, women in Georgia will have to wait until 2055 to make as much as men.

In Georgia, women earn 82.4 percent of what men in the state earn. The report findings show that a typical working woman in the United States loses more than $530,000 over her lifetime due to the gender wage gap.

Women’s earnings vary substantially by race and ethnicity. The national median annual earning for African American women is $33,555, for Hispanic women is $28,410, and for Native American women is $32,000, while Asian women earn $45,000, and white women earn $40,586.

“We must make wages equitable for all Georgia women, because this will strengthen our local economies and help women and their families be financially secure,” Sue Lawrence, Executive Director of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, said.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund helps low-income women go to college, earn degrees, and enter the workforce. In addition to closing the gender pay gap, it is imperative that women are able to earn college degrees and living wages so they can become self-sufficient. Women who received Jeannette Rankin scholarships have gone on to become doctors, scientists, managers, accountants, professors, executive directors, and much more. Nine out of 10 Jeannette Rankin scholars are more financially secure after receiving their awards according to respondents to annual surveys.

The report on women’s employment and earnings in the United States is the first in a series of releases from IWPR’s Status of Women in the States: 2015 project. Throughout the spring, IWPR will release additional reports with state-level data on Poverty & Opportunity, Violence & Safety, Health & Well-Being, Reproductive Rights, Political Participation, and Work & Family. Since the first Status of Women in the States, the reports have been used to increase community and private investment in programs and policies that improve outcomes for women throughout the United States. Visit for more information about the Status of Women in the States project and upcoming releases.

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 across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion. Jeannette Rankin scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their determination 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


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