Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
It is with much sadness and heavy hearts we write to tell you that June Tuttleman, our dear friend and Women Give San Diego Founding President, passed away yesterday (Monday, October 29, 2012). June was comfortable, surrounded by family; she passed peacefully.
June was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage IV in August 2011. She was truly an amazing brain warrior, maintaining a positive attitude, as she and her family pursued every possible treatment option. She beat the odds and was able to enjoy many family milestones including her daughter Sophie's graduation from NYU and her daughter Emma's 21st birthday!
As you know, June was the inspiration behind Women Give San Diego. Helping women was of paramount importance to June. She was deeply proud of what we have accomplished together - truly above and beyond any of her other remarkable philanthropic contributions. We remain committed to carrying on June's legacy through our work to support women and girls in our community.
June also served in leadership roles for many organizations in San Diego and California, including the Women's Foundation of California, the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County, the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, the San Diego Jewish Women's Foundation, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and the Vision of Children. She was the Founding President of the Jewish Women's Foundation of San Diego, the past President of the San Diego United Jewish Federation Women's Division, the President of the Tuttleman Family Foundation, and the CFO of the San Diego Community Mikvah and Education Center.
This summer, June was recognized as a 2012 UCSD Alumni Honoree, receiving the very prestigious Distinguished Leadership Award.
We know you join us in sending our warmest personal regards and deepest sympathy to June's husband, Craig Lambert, daughters Sophie and Emma, and the entire Tuttleman Lambert families. We will all miss June terribly. We are most grateful for the opportunity to have become friends with June and work with her in founding Women Give San Diego. We remain committed to continuing June's legacy, in particular, developing the June Tuttleman Mentorship Program.
June's compassion yet tenacious spirit will continue to shine through the glorious impact members have today - and every day. Thank you for joining us in continuing June's legacy. We will continue to share any additional information we receive.
Warmest personal regards,
Linda & Gayle
P.S. Cards can be sent to Craig Lambert, or Sophie and Emma Tuttleman at:
7791 Starlight Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
Friday, October 26, 2012
Sharing a blog from Bright Funds, which speaks to presence and force of women in philanthropy.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Membership Meeting Recap
October 8, 2012
Hosted at Hera Hub
By Renee C. Herrell
Monday night’s Women Give Membership Meeting was a successful gathering of our new and seasoned members. A special thanks to Megan Lim and Amy Harmon for organizing the meeting and the agenda!
Linda Katz and Gayle Tauber gave an incredible oral history of Women Give San Diego beginning with Linda’s rendition of June Tuttleman’s inspiration to fund women and girls in San Diego.
“If we have economic stability for women and girls in California, we have health and education as well as a reduction in abuse. This levels the gender playing field.”
- Linda Katz
At first, June was hoping that there was already an organization in San Diego doing just this, but after meeting with other philanthropic groups funding women and girls in San Diego, she realized she was just going to have to start her own organization!
“There was a real gap in our community to provide economic stability for women and girls in San Diego and June wanted an organization to fill this gap.”
- Linda Katz
June decided to link arms with the Women’s Foundation of California and become a donor circle. She then commissioned Valerie Nash to research and write a report on the status of women and girls in San Diego. This report became the ‘road map’ for Women Give San Diego and the organization was born.
The mission of Women Give San Diego (WGSD) is to fund non-profit organizations in San Diego County that offer underserved women and girls the opportunity to become fully engaged in the prosperity of their local communities. We also advocate for public awareness of women’s economic issues and policy change at the local and state level. WGSD's model for change balances education, community collaboration and strategic and effective grantmaking.
Gayle Tauber continued the Women Give story and June’s passion to found Women Give San Diego.
“We are a village. There are no stars.”
- Gayle Tauber
When Linda, Gayle and June began to form Women Give, they did not want to create an organization of “old boomers.” One of the biggest challenges was to engage younger people in philanthropy – especially a giving circle. Gayle hosted a pivotal membership recruitment event in her home in May 2010. She utilized her networks and those of YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professional Network) to engage young people to attend the event and learn about membership. The youthful attendance was overwhelming!
And targeting younger professionals worked (along with the tiered membership levels). Members began telling friends because they believe in the work of Women Give. Today, there are 106 members of which 58 members are under the age of 40 years old.
To-date, Women Give has two grant cycles under its belt with $46,000 given in 2011 and $67,000 given in 2012. We expect to be able to give away close to $80,000 in 2013!!
“We are a work in progress.”
- Gayle Tauber
JoAnne Berg, past Grants Chair, and Merle Brodie, current Grants Chair, gave an update on the grantmaking process. The committee (17 members!) read through 33 Letters of Intent and narrowed it down to 12 organizations they have asked for a full proposal (due November 9). The committee looks forward to reading through these proposals and conducting site visits with the top organizations.
“Based on the LOIs, there are very creative entrepreneurs in the nonprofit sector. I am really looking forward to seeing full proposals.”
- JoAnne Berg
The Grants Committee will host its next meeting on Monday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Hera Hub. Sharyn Goodson from the Jewish Community Foundation will be hosting a training on how to conduct successful site visits with potential grant partners.
“I am a philanthropist.”
- Bunmi Esho
Shana Hazen and Bunmi Esho reported on the Women’s Foundation of California Conference held in September. They were able to meet and converse with many different donor circles who have varied focuses like raising scholarships for high school students to raising funds to support women after prison.
“This conference made me realize how unique the Women’s Foundation of California donor circles are and how much we can learn from each other.”
- Bunmi Esho
From this conference, Shana and Bunmi are inspired to host a mini-conference in San Diego for Women Give and our grant partners. They will be hosting a planning meeting on Monday, November 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. for anyone interested in helping.
The evening concluded with a speed dating rotation where each leadership team was able to brainstorm with members and engage them with their team’s efforts.
A final big thank you to Felena Hanson of Hera Hub for hosting us!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Stat: There are three single moms for every single dad in San Diego County. And households led by single moms are twice as likely to live below the poverty line than households with single dads.
“My name is Deedee. Before taking the Office Professional Training (OPT) program I was a single mother on welfare bouncing around from one dead-end job to another. Taking the OPT program is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am happy to report that I am officially off welfare and have a wonderful and exciting new career in the insurance industry. I was able to obtain my job because of all the training and education I received while I was a student in the OPT program. The fact that the program comes at no cost to the students is a miracle in itself.”
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Stat: We’ve learned that education can be a game changer in someone’s life. Unfortunately, in Barrio Logan less than 3% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
“My name is Ariealla. Can you imagine what it would be like to have your father think that college is only for your brother? That your “career” is to learn how to keep house, get married and raise a family? Or that your family doesn’t even want you to move away from home? With the help of Barrio Logan College Institute, I was able to get support to discuss the challenges I’m facing at home. After years in the program, I’m proud to say that I’m a Gates Millennium Scholar and I’ll be leaving to attend Franklin and Marshall University in Pennsylvania. Not only getting a bachelors but having enough financial aid to get a doctorate in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.”
Monday, July 9, 2012
Stat: Women of color are especially vulnerable in San Diego County and are twice as likely to live in poverty than white women.
“My name is Lettice. After my appointment at Dress for Success San Diego, I felt that I could accomplish anything. When I put on my outfit, my daughter paid me the highest compliment: ‘Mom, you look like you could work for President Obama in the White House!’ I succeeded in my job interview, feel good about my new job, and feel blessed that God has structured a plan for me.”
“My name is Maria. I went home and tried on my new outfits from Dress for Success San Diego for my family and they complimented me on how professional I looked. I could not believe they were talking about me. Every interview I attended increased my confidence and self esteem. Within two months I was offered a job with benefits.”