Since its inception in 2002, the Women’s Business Council’s Adopted Nonprofit Program has raised more than $50,000 for local nonprofits and has helped raise awareness about many worthy organizations in our region. The program began as a means to educate and increase awareness of local non-profit agencies, and to provide volunteer opportunities for members of the Women’s Business Council (WBC). The Regional Food Bank was selected as the first adopted organization. It proved to be a rewarding experience for both the WBC members and the Food Bank, and it was decided to continue the program.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the WBC will raise money for the organization at its programs and the WBC Holiday Fundraiser in December. The organization and the WBC will collaborate during the year on other opportunities to generate donations and raise awareness.
The Women’s Business Council is now accepting applications for its 2017 and 2018 Adopted Nonprofits. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 31, 2016. For more information about the partnership, click here. To see a list of previous Adopted Nonprofits, click here.
For additional information, contact Brandi Landy at 518.431.1414.
“Being selected as WBC’s adopted nonprofit provided Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) with the opportunity to increase the awareness of the issue of homelessness and the work that we do to fight it. We were proud to be working with the members of the Women’s Business Council; the relationships that we built continue to help us succeed in our goal. The group provided encouragement, compassion, talent and creativity, and proved to be one of the most worthwhile partnerships that IPH has experienced.”
– Bonnie St. Onge, Director of Development, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, 2011 Adopted Nonprofit
“Being the recipient of the WBC’s 2014 adopt a not for profit program has exceeded my expectations. Not only did we surpass our funding goal, but more importantly the Bus Stop Club has gained an abundance of exposure and support from the Women’s Business Council. While attending, networking and speaking at the programs we gained two new board members, a staff member and Bus Stop Club members. The Bus Stop Club was also awarded a donation of $1,500.00 due to the recognition that we received as the WBC’s adopted nonprofit. Our overall goal at the Bus Stop Club is to continue to expand and share our mission, the Women’s Business Council has provided us with such a platform that we’ve done just that. It was an amazing year with an amazing group of professionals.”
– Angela Tobin, Executive Director, The Bus Stop Club, 2014 Adopted Nonprofit
As the 2015 Adopted Non-Profit, the WBC membership mobilized behind the St. Paul’s Center mission in many impactful ways. The monthly raffles and the holiday party were effective in raising funds – but really, the benefits go beyond that. The longer-lasting impact came by way of Board member recruitment, ongoing committee participation, and increasing awareness. Speaking at each WBC program and participation in shelter activities brought to life the impact of homelessness. And most importantly, each member understands the impact one person can make in changing the life of a homeless family.
– Tracy Pitcher, Executive Director, St. Paul’s Center, 2015 Adopted Nonprofit