Ever heard of the Pixie Chicks? The Wonder Funders? How about the Tenacious Ten? These are just some of the fun names of groups that make up the OJAI WOMEN’S FUND (OWF), an organization of philanthropic Ojai women who have come together to distribute grants to non-profit organizations in need within our community, be it the arts, education, the environment, health and social services. Sounds great, but I don’t have the financial resources to be a philanthropist, you might argue. Well, as a member of the OWF it’s easier than you might think. Whether you donate $100 or $100,000 you will have a vote in seeing that the money raised goes to an Ojai non-profit nearest and dearest to your heart. To date, the one-hundred plus members of the OWF have raised more than $20,000. But we have a larger goal for 2016 and hope to up our membership to 250 and raise $50,000 by this year’s deadline of September l.
To meet those goals, we welcome with open arms all who would like to become a member now, either as an individual or as a member of a group. The group option allows members an easier way to reach the $1,000 minimum donation. A group of up to ten members (an affordable $100 each) can donate; five members would be $200 each and so forth (of course, individual donations of $1,000 or more are happily accepted). Just complete this form and make your donation. You won’t have to endure a single black-tie event. You won’t even have to wheedle donations of wine and cheese for smaller “fundraising” events or bake a cake.
That’s how easy it is. And, you never need to leave the comfort of your home… unless, of course, you want to!
Don’t want to make a donation online? Take advantage of the option to download the form and send it to: Ojai Women’s Fund, PO Box 310, Ojai, CA 93024. And, with each group donation, please provide whatever clever name you’ve chosen for your group, and indicate your group leader. If you want to be involved in more than one group, go for it. If you want to donate more than $100 to your group, you can do that, too. Each individual membership or group, no matter how much donated over the $1,000 minimum, will have one vote as to how the money will be distributed. One member, one vote. One group, one vote.
Many current members of the OWF have formed groups with an array of whimsical group names as well as the aforementioned Pixie Chicks, Wonder Funders and The Tenacious Ten. We have ABCD, Andy’s Angels, East Enders, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Kick Ass Girls, Ojai Book Women, Ojai Pixies, PAX, The Gratitude Group, Three Generations, Three Generations of O’Connor Women, and the Transplants. Form a group and have some fun doing it!
Here are just a few quotes from some of our members on why they joined the OWF:
“When you’re retired, there’s a limit to how much time you want to spend with your beloved. Now I have a really good excuse to get out of the house and meet some great women!” – Kyle Crowner
“A community is only as good as the people in it. We try to help every endeavor in our community in its goal to be the best it can be.” – Margo Haas
"Timing is everything, as they say. The OWF came along just as I was feeling the need to give back to the community in some way." – Heidi Dietschi
“I joined the OWF to be in the company of women I respect and trust to put my monetary contribution to good use in the areas that need it the most.” – Joy Brown
“What captivated me to join the Women’s Funding Group was to find out areas of need in our community that maybe I wouldn’t have known about otherwise, and the fact that each of our contributions will add up to a sizable amount collectively! It will be wonderful to be able to see that our funds are making a big difference right here in the Ojai Valley – very exciting!” – Liz Forbess
“You can give back and you won’t even need a new wardrobe.” – Ilona Saari
Should you want to form a group and need help to do so, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 805-746-3096.
Ojai’s natural beauty has given our valley the nickname Shangri La ever since Frank Capra filmed “Lost Horizon” here so many years ago. But Shangri La can also describe the beauty of our caring Ojai community as well. And becoming a member of OWF is an important way to give back to the community we all love so much.