MICHIGAN BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S FOUNDATION, INC.
MERGES WITH MICHIGAN WOMEN’S FOUNDATION
MWF continues MI BPW’s work for women and girls
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (September 29, 2010) – Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF) today announced the merger of The Michigan Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. (BPWF) to ensure a continued positive impact on the lives of young women in Michigan.
The BPW Foundation, Inc. is an 18 year non-profit foundation which has a mission of providing scholarships for education and grants for programs that are focused on building self esteem and the education of young women to obtain economic self-sufficiency. The MI BPW Foundation, Inc. also sponsors the annual University of Life retreat for girls age 10 – 17 which is a weekend on a college campus dedicated to building leadership skills, learning about choices that impacts one’s future and providing an understanding of how those choices will help young women achieve economic self-sufficiency. This program is in its 17th year.
Pam Hankins, president of MI BPW Foundation, Inc. stated, “The Board of the BPW Foundaiton is delighted that the Michigan Women’s Foundation saw what a wonderful future could be achieved through this partnership. The broad reach of MWF will allow the programs of the BPW Foundation to be experienced by and impact so many more young women across Michigan. We are excited about this important collaboration.”
In Michigan Women’s Foundation, BPWF found an organization whose mission mirrors that of BPWF,” said Hankins. “That is reassuring to our members, but in addition, we also discovered that MWF is expanding and growing its mission and reach, something we could not do alone. It was a perfect match for our small Foundation to become a part of Michigan Women’s Foundation.”
“The Michigan Women’s Foundation is pleased to be the recipient of the Michigan Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc.’s financial resources, program expertise and volunteer support. We are proud to partner with such a venerable Michigan institution and we are certain that MIBPWF’s mission will continue to be realized by working together,” commented Carolyn J. Cassin, MWF’s president and CEO. “In this era of limited resources, we want MWF to be a resource to foundations and organizations with similar missions.”
About Michigan Women’s Foundation
Thirty women with a shared vision from various Michigan communities established MWF in 1986 to support programs that meet the special needs of women and girls. MWF is a statewide foundation committed to advocating for women and girls on issues that impact their lives, building the next generation of leaders and philanthropists through education and training and providing economic security for women through a continuum of support, grants, education and programs.
MWF’s signature program, Young Women for Change®, was created to help meet the needs and improve the futures of girls and young women in Michigan and to actively involve young women in leadership and philanthropy. There are currently five chapters in Washtenaw County, Kent County, Grand Traverse area, Greater Lansing and in Eastern Wayne and Macomb Counties.
Since its inception in 1986, MWF has raised and awarded more than $3,200,000 to over 540 programs impacting the lives of women and girls in areas including education, health, poverty, violence and discrimination.
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