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Press Release: Prosperity Together

JRF | Nov 16 2015 |  · · · 

Local Organization joins $100 Million Pledge to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Their Families in America

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund Joins the Partnership to Demonstrate the Collective Power of Women’s Foundations in Effective Grantmaking

Athens, Georgia—Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, a member of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of public U.S. women’s foundations, announced a collective five-year, $100 million funding commitment. The funding will create pathways to economic security for low-income women and their families.

Jeannette Rankin Fund, founded in Athens, Georgia in 1976, has helped 47 Georgian women and provided a total of 1,236 scholarships nationally. Currently, two women are receiving scholarships to attend Athens Technical College.

The Prosperity Together partnership will fund local programs with a proven track record in providing women with access to higher education, job training, and child care, among other supports. Prosperity Together made the announcement at the White House Summit on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color on November 13, 2015, which focused on a wide range of issues including the barriers and solutions to economic security confronting millions of low-income women living in America.

While women account for 57 percent of the workforce, they too often occupy minimum wage or part-time  jobs, with little to no employer-sponsored benefits, and limited opportunity for growth and advancement. In Georgia, 19.7 percent of women live in poverty.

"Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund has been helping women improve their lives through college completion for almost 40 years," Karen Sterk, Executive Director of Jeannette Rankin Fund, said. "We are encouraged by the potential of Prosperity Together to maximize our collective impact and significantly improve so many more lives."

Prosperity Together will harness the collective power, leadership and proven effectiveness of women’s foundations working together to ensure women’s economic security in America. The partnership will also issue a call to policymakers, business leaders, the philanthropic community and the public to understand that economic prosperity for all is guaranteed only when economic security and equal opportunity are guaranteed for low-income women. 

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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 www.rankinfoundation.org.

Prosperity Together is a nonpartisan partnership of public U.S. women’s foundations dedicated to improving the economic security of low-income women and their families in America. Prosperity Together demonstrates the critical role and power of women’s foundations to drive this work in communities, state by state, across the country. For more information, visit http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/initiatives/prosperity-together/.

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Press Release: Battelle donates $20,000 to help women secure STEM careers

JRF | Jun 05 2015 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – Helping to fill the shortage of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the Atlanta branch of Battelle awarded a $20,000 grant to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund. It will provide scholarships and support to eight low-income women 35 and older who are currently pursuing their degrees and plan to enter the workforce in a STEM field.

The women will receive $2,000 each toward their technical and undergraduate programs. Battelle has provided a total of 30 Jeannette Rankin Fund scholarships from 2008-2015, helping women enter a variety of STEM careers.

Rhonda Suka, a former a Battelle Award recipient, graduated with her master’s degree in Geography and is now working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rhonda is part of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division. She participated in several research projects and recently helped map sea floors around Mo’orea and O’ahu.

“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 says.

Cheryl Jackson, another Battelle recipient, is a Process Line Manager at Kellogg where she leads 14 supervisors who each manage six to eight other workers. Cheryl earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Once her children graduate high school, she plans to return to school to earn her doctorate.

“I cannot tell you what it means to not have to fill out the free lunch form for my children or worry about how I am going to pay the electric bill and buy the supplies my children need for a school project,” Cheryl says. “Our lives have been forever changed and it is a direct result of the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund.”

“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, women will build futures in these fields,” Sue Lawrence, executive director of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, said.

Frank Pasztor, Regional Manager for Battelle, met Cheryl at a Jeannette Rankin event. He responded, “Battelle’s mission includes a strong commitment to STEM education programs, and we’re pleased to support the Jeannette Rankin program and highly motivated women like Cheryl.”

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. 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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Mundito Foundation funds fifteen scholarships to help women conquer poverty

JRF | Apr 30 2015 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – Mundito Foundation, an Atlanta-based private nonprofit foundation, is awarding a $30,000 grant to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships and support to fifteen women 35 and older who have low incomes. The women will receive $2,000 each in scholarships toward their technical and undergraduate programs.


“Life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan, and Jeannette Rankin scholarships function as a reset button for women who are determined to turn their lives around,” said Margaret Graff and Richard Higgins, Founding Directors of Mundito Foundation. “Lean-and-mean doesn’t begin to describe the efficiency of Jeannette Rankin Foundation:  with only three full-time employees, they recruit and train almost two hundred volunteers to evaluate applications.”


“We’re inspired by the incredible drive and persistence of Jeannette Rankin scholars. They finish their college degrees while balancing school, work and family responsibilities, and then they go on to contribute to society,” said Sue Lawrence, Executive Director.


After graduation, Jeannette Rankin scholars become business owners, social workers, chefs, writers, scientists, teachers, nurses and so much more. They give back to their communities and encourage other women to achieve for themselves and their families. Grants like this one have provided the resources for Jeannette Rankin Fund to award more than $2 million in scholarships since 1976.


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. 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.


Mundito Foundation seeks to change lives of individuals who live with inadequate resources, public health care, or education. Mundito serves as a “giving group”, undertaking projects with partner nonprofit organizations that meet the objectives:  Specific. Efficient. Changing lives. Since its launch in 2007, $349,000 has been donated to fourteen organizations. For more information about Mundito Foundation, visit www.munditofoundation.org.

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

JRF | Mar 12 2015 |  · · · 

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 www.statusofwomendata.org 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 www.rankinfoundation.org.

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Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

JRF | Dec 05 2014 |  · · · 

ZoomWorks Photography, an Athens based studio, takes on a creative project annually and this year the focus was the celebration of women.  The company, owned by Shannah Montgomery and Marisu Wehrenberg, has many specialties.  One of them is Boudoir. In the spirit of how they have seen that photography genre boost self esteem, Marisu and Shannah came up with the idea of a feminine Zodiac Calendar, showcasing the beauty and power they find in all women. 

The launch party for the 2015 calendar will be Thursday, December 11th, from 7-9pm at Hendershot's on Prince Avenue. Calendars are $20 each and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jeannette Rankin Fund, a non-profit that helps women fulfill their dreams of higher education.  Come meet the beautiful women in front of and behind the camera for this project, get a jump on your holiday shopping and support a great cause.

DETAILS:
ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party - No cover
December 11 - Hendershots on Prince Avenue - 7-9pm
Jeannette Rankin Foundation benefit     www.rankinfoundation.org

If you can’t come to the party, but would like to order a calendar, simply call or write ZoomWorks and they’ll gladly get one out to you.  We take most major credit cards.  Shipping not included.   For delivery in time for Christmas, orders must be placed by December 16th.

info@zoom-works.com      706-227-3777

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