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Press Release: Battelle donates eight scholarships for low-income women in STEM fields

Press Release: Battelle donates eight scholarships for low-income women in STEM fields

JRF | Apr 23 2014 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – The Atlanta branch of Battelle, an Ohio based nonprofit research company, awarded a $20,000 grant to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships and support to eight low-income women 35 and older.

 

The women will each receive $2,000 scholarships to support them toward their technical and undergraduate programs. These awards are designated for women entering STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – areas where women are underrepresented.

 

A former recipient of a Battelle Award, Rhonda, recently graduated with her Master’s in Geography and is now working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

“I was working at a hotel aquarium at the top limits of position and earning potential. Now I am in a position with unlimited upward movement and earning potential,” Rhonda said.

 

“Battelle’s generous gift to Jeannette Rankin Fund will have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of the women we serve. The U.S. has an urgent and growing need for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and thanks to Battelle, eight women will build futures in these fields,” Tracey Worthington Stice, Chief Operating Officer of ArunA Biomedical and Jeannette Rankin Fund Board Member, said.

 

“We’re very excited that Battelle is sponsoring women toward their college degrees in STEM careers so they may become financially secure and contribute to the U.S. economy,” Sue Lawrence, executive director of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, said.

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was founded in 1976 and 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.

 

Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 130 locations globally. A 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change. Today, Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security. To learn more about Battelle, visit www.battelle.org.

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Moving to an online application and review

JRF | Mar 05 2014 |  · · · 

Here at JRF, we’re excited to announce that we’ve just wrapped up our 36th scholarship application cycle and are about to begin the application review process. Last year, this involved sorting and screening more than 700 paper applications, organizing and distributing the eligible applications to teams of reviewers then sorting everything again when those reviewers were finished.

 

All told, JRF staff spent an estimated 116 hours coordinating the application review process. And that’s just on our end! Women downloaded paper applications from our website and often completed the application by hand. Because we required two copies, they either photocopied their entire application or transcribed a second copy by hand before organizing everything, driving it to the post office and sending it to us.

 

Often, applicants asked the same question we were asking ourselves: Can’t this be done online? This year, thanks to a generous grant, we made that happen.

 

Transitioning to an online scholarship application shows that the need for support for low-income, non-traditional students is tremendous—more than 3,700 women signed up on the new application system, and more than 1,500 of those women started applications! In total, 694 women submitted applications for Jeannette Rankin Fund scholarships for 2014. We are proud to provide scholarships and support to 87 applicants, and continue to work hard to serve more women who want to conquer poverty.

 

The online application process has already saved staff and volunteers over 30 hours of work, and we know the new system will only continue to increase our efficiency. Application review will take place online from March until May and gives us the opportunity to reach out to volunteers and supporters on a national scale, introduce more people to our mission, and help more women build better lives through college completion.

 

Moving online is a huge step forward, and we’re grateful to supporters across the country for making it possible. Thank you!

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Remembering the Jeannette Rankin Brigade

Remembering the Jeannette Rankin Brigade

JRF | Jan 16 2014 |  · · · 

In January 1968, at 87 years old, Jeannette Rankin led five thousand marchers through Washington, D.C. to protest the Vietnam War, culminating in the presentation of a peace petition to the House Speaker.

Her legacy of strength, passion and determination live on through JRF scholars across the country.

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Press Release: $10k from Caterpillar Foundation will help low-income women conquer poverty

Press Release: $10k from Caterpillar Foundation will help low-income women conquer poverty

JRF | Dec 04 2013 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – Caterpillar, a leading manufacturer of heavy equipment, awarded a $10,000 grant through the Caterpillar Foundation to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) to provide scholarships and support to four low-income women 35 and older.

 

The women will each receive $2,000 scholarships to support them toward their technical and undergraduate programs. The four JRF scholars were selected from hundreds of applicants for the prestigious JRF awards. They live in communities where Caterpillar plants are located: Athens, Ga.; Cary, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; and Minneapolis, Minn. The scholarships can be used for tuition and/or living expenses to best meet the needs of mature, adult students.

 

Caterpillar and JRF are joined in their goals to promote economic growth, to provide an educated workforce and to contribute to the quality of life and prosperity of communities.

 

“We are excited to provide assistance to support education as a long-term strategy against poverty,” said Deb Walock, manufacturing engineering manager at Caterpillar Athens and board member at JRF. “The gift of an education lasts a lifetime and these four women's lives will be forever changed.”

 

“We thank Caterpillar for this wonderful grant because education has the power to transform lives. JRF scholars are overcoming challenges and lifting themselves and their families up out of poverty,” said Sue Lawrence, JRF executive director. “Molly is one of the Caterpillar grant recipients. She rode freight trains across the country to escape poverty and violence in her childhood. Today Molly is turning her life around. She says, ‘Education impacts my quality of life, not just financially but spiritually and emotionally. I have it in my power to break a cycle of poverty and to raise children free from violence.’”

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was founded in 1976 and provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. This year, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. JRF 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 JRF, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.

 

Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines and diesel locomotives. The Caterpillar Foundation, founded in 1952, is helping to make sustainable progress possible around the world through support of environmental sustainability, access to education and fulfillment of basic human needs. For more information about Caterpillar, visit www.cat.com. For more information about the Caterpillar Foundation, visit www.caterpillar.com/foundation.

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Major Gifts Officer

JRF | Nov 18 2013 |  · · · 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) is seeking a dynamic major gifts officer to help JRF provide scholarships and support nationally for low income women ages 35 and older. We’re looking for an innovative and resourceful major gifts fundraiser with passion and commitment to lift up motivated women who are building better lives for themselves and their families.

 

Job Summary:

The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for soliciting gifts of $1,000 and more for ongoing operations, scholarships, and campaigns by designing and implementing approaches to engage current, lapsed, and new  donors  around JRF’s core mission and vision. Approximately 90% of her/ his time will be spent contacting, meeting with, or soliciting donors with measurable outcomes as outlined by the Executive Director.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1.       Responsible for soliciting gifts of $1,000-$100,000 and more.

2.       Develop and manage a portfolio of 100+ donors and prospects capable of making outright gifts of $2,500 and more and multi-year or planned gifts of $50,000 and more; work with JRF team to formulate a long-range business plan for increasing fundraising significantly over the next five years.

3.       Solicit annual scholarships, endowed scholarships, and operating support

4.       Establish and carry out donor cultivation and solicitation strategies including personal visits, events, letters, e-mails, and phone calls. Implement a calling schedule averaging 20-30 contacts per month. Qualify and recruit key prospects including individuals, family foundations, corporate foundations and others.

5.       Develop multi-year fundraising strategies and goals for selected donors across the U.S.

6.       Develop a system for upgrading donors to progressively higher giving levels.

7.       Prepare progress reports and funding proposals for select $2,500+ donors.

8.       Research donor, program participant, event attendee, and friend pools to identify new prospects.

9.       Work collaboratively with the JRF team, board members, and volunteers to meet fundraising targets.

10.   Promote and solicit deferred and planned gifts.

11.   Travel (up to 50% of time) regularly to engage donors and solicit major gifts.

12.   Ensure that fundraising work complies with all regulations and best practices in relation to donor solicitation, acknowledgement and public recognition processes, and capturing donor information in our database.

 

Qualifications:

1.       Must be a high energy professional who is a self-starter with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts.

2.       Three to five years successful experience in major gift fundraising.

3.       Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university; an equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed.

4.       Strong interest in the work and mission of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund and the ability to represent JRF externally to a wide variety of constituents.

5.       Superior communication, organizational, and writing skills.

6.       Ability to balance the needs and interests of major donors with needs of the organization.

7.       Keen sense of personal integrity and discretion.

8.       Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences and promotes a harassment-free environment.

9.       Proficiency with MS Office.

10.   Ability to travel.

11.   Delightful sense of humor.

 

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, fundraising writing samples and salary requirements to development@rankinfoundation.org. No telephone calls please. JRF is an equal opportunity employer.

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