District 1's total (individual and club) contributions are $18,094. While overall donations to the Foundation are down 1.7%, our district individual donations are up 31%; and while club donations are down 11% over the same time period last year, we do have one less club this biennium.

Our biennial goal is $60,000. Given the history and timeline of giving within the district, we are certainly in line with achieving this goal, but we will need all members and clubs to support the Foundation to do so. In addition, we want to continue to meet the long standing goal of having all clubs within our district donate to the Foundation and increase the number of clubs that have 100% member donation. Last biennium, three District 1 clubs were recognized at convention for the latter achievement. There is no doubt in my mind that we can meet or exceed that accomplishment.

 

The Zonta International Board has recognized the concerns that members had regarding the minimum donation of $1,000 needed to allocate donations to more than one fund. The board has approved a new minimum of $500. Now, any donation, club or individual, totaling $500 or more may be allocated, at the discretion of the club or individual, to the ISP, ZISVAW, Rose Fund, YWPA, JMK, and/or AEF.

With Mother's Day right around the corner, this is a perfect time to ask your members to consider a donation to honor a special woman in their lives. I will also be accepting donations at our area's upcoming spring workshop. Download the donation form now if you want to get a head start in filling it in!

As you know a donation to the Foundation not only makes a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world, but also right in our own backyard. Money from the YWPA, JMK, and AEF have supported women in our own district, areas, and clubs.

Mary Ann Rubis, Foundation Ambassador, District 1