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April 15, 2004

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Heather Z

I have a friend whose mother just passed away after a three year battle with cancer. Her family wants to set up a foundation celebrating her life not her cancer. They would like to do something with women returning to the wrok force after being out for a while and helping single moms get into work to support themselves. (the mother was a single mom before meeting her husband). ANy ideas or direction would be very helpful. Thank you
HZ

Heather Z

I have a friend whose mother just passed away after a three year battle with cancer. Her family wants to set up a foundation celebrating her life not her cancer. They would like to do something with women returning to the wrok force after being out for a while and helping single moms get into work to support themselves. (the mother was a single mom before meeting her husband). ANy ideas or direction would be very helpful. Thank you
HZ

Phil Cubeta

Council on Foundations at http://www.cof.or has a wealth of publications on philanthropy. The association of small foundations http://www.smallfoundations.org/ is another resource. Your friend might also get in touch with her local community foundation. They might well know funders in her area who could talk with the family about the causes they care about, and how best to have an impact. Depending on the amount of money involved, and other things (such as desire for perpetuity) she might find a donor advised fund at a community foundation would work as well as a private foundation and have lower setup cost. The real key, I think, is to get in touch with the "mission driven," "passionate" funders before she locks things in with an attorney drafting a foundation, or other legal docs. Her sense of what needs to be done and how will change and grow when she meets with others who are engaged in "the work of the work," making grants, volunteering, working with charities and through them with the who are served. Have her ask at the community foundation about "RAGS," Regional Association of Grantmakers," in her interest area. Members of these funding groups may or may not be open to talking with her until she is herself a funder, but such a conversation would be helpful to her. Better not to get hung up on the legal intricacies until she is clear about her real world goals - how she will help whom and when with how much money. Then she can give direction to her advisors on mission, vision, goals, timelines. And they can help her with the hows.

Lori Anthony

After a separation and divorce based on domestic violence, I have been single for three years. For the last two years I have accumulated approximately 1500.00 in legal fees. The lawyers have been very patient but as I make only 750.00 a month I currently have been unable to send them anything. I was wondering if there ia a foundation of some sort that might beable to help me with htis debt. The fees and such can all be verified and they can speak directly to the lawyers involved. Any help you can provide would be muchly appreciated. Thank you very much for your time, Ms. Anthony

Lori Anthony

I am also interested in starting my own non-profit organization for child survivors of sexual abuse, non-offending partnets and affected children. when I wanted to leave my ex-husband due to extreme abuse on my children and myself I turned to a local group but their only solutions were to send us to a homeless shelter and to a pro-bono legal service. I was more terrified of going to the homeless shelter than I was of staying in my own home. I'd like to beable to provide these women with more alternatives than that. A safe clean place to stay, in their own apartment? Real help with their legal problems, child custody..etc. and I'd like to get connected with foundations or grants that can help that happen. It saddens me that other women from not just poor families but middle class families as well feel they have no place to turn that is safe for themselves and their children. Thank you for your help, Ms. Anthony

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