270 Women Celebrate Foster Youth At United Way’s Annual Women In Philanthropy Luncheon
Annual fundraiser benefits United Way’s foster youth programs

News Release

November 12, 2014 – As 20 foster youth walked the runway at United Way’s 13th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon fashion show, 270 guests cheered and clapped at the teens’ grinning faces. The annual event recently was held at the Arden Fair Mall Center Court and also included a gourmet lunch, drawing prizes, and presentations by local current and former foster youth, some of whom have participated in United Way’s financial stability initiative. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members also discussed their work with the financial stability initiative’s $en$e-Ability project, supporting financial literacy courses and a matched savings program for foster youth.

United Way’s financial stability initiative is working to make sure local households and foster youth can meet their basic needs and plan for their future. Right now, 30 percent of households cannot, and the numbers are worse for foster youth. Part of the initiative includes United Way’s $en$e-Ability project that is helping adults and foster youth learn better financial skills. Ninety percent of foster youth in the program also are participating in United Way’s matched savings program. In addition, United Way leads the Assets & Opportunity Network, a group of nonprofits, companies and volunteers looking at financial stability data in the community and working to increase the number of individuals who are financially thriving, including foster youth.

            “Today you heard four stories about four different people who have risen from their unique circumstances in foster care to become who they wanted to be,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region, addressing guests at the luncheon. “Because of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy, two of our speakers are prepared for success and well on their way. The other two are role models for current foster youth. Because of your support, every one of the foster youth in this room has been given a chance to succeed.”

            The group is now collecting gifts and stockings for local foster youth through its annual Holiday Gifts Drive. For more information and to purchase gifts and stockings, visit yourlocalunitedway.org/women-philanthropy.

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings local women together to help local foster youth across Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members are first responders in repairing the financial stability of local foster youth by raising funds for United Way to provide financial literacy courses and matched savings accounts designed specifically for foster youth. Members also hold drives and provide trainings. Women in Philanthropy is part of United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers and community leaders working to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations in the areas of education, financial stability and health. To become a member, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip .