We’re excited to announce another partnership with Ten Thousand Villages!
Our springtime Community Shopping Event hosted at Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen, Indiana offers 20% of the net of all sales during the event to go towards the Mennonite Women USA ministry: the International Women’s Fund—scholarships that support women around the world in school studying for church leadership.
The best parts? The Ten Thousand Villages artisans are receiving their income in full, you’re purchasing a beautiful piece of artistry AND you’ll give to the International Women’s Fund…all with one purchase!
Store: Ten Thousand Villages
Location: 206 South Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526
Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Can’t make it to the event but still want to give? Visit us online on Thursday, 5/5 and we’ll include your giving in our total donations: mwusa.org/give
Mennonite Women USA received two endowment gifts in 2015 totaling $98,000.
The new funds total is now $161,742. One gift was received through an estate bequest; the other from a couple who sold their farm and shared some of the profit, remarking, “It’s more fun to give when we’re alive.” The funds are invested through Mennonite Foundation, a key factor for the donors, who noted their commitment to sharing their money through socially responsible investing.
“Our endowment goal is $1 million. These gifts help ensure our capacity to continue making a difference for Mennonite women in the USA and globally for generations to come,” says Executive Director Marlene Bogard.
Consider giving to the Mennonite Women USA endowment.
What can we say but: Wow!
Your giving as part of the international day called #GivingTuesday was truly remarkable! We asked to raise money to specifically go towards our International Women’s Fund which disperses $10,000 each year to women around the world training for church leadership.
What we love most is that your gifts directly and powerfully affirm women and their goals of theological study. Women like Fabiola who is seeking education in Colombia so she can continue to effectively serve her community she loves so much. Or Priyanka who is focused her studies to equip her for teaching Mennonite women at the collegiate level in India.
Thank you for your gifts! We raised $2,936!
Women receiving these scholarship funds are able to pay for things like tuition fees, purchase books and buy materials to start, continue or complete their studies. You have made a way for women to succeed and for that the only words are: thank you.
Worldwide, the #GivingTuesday movement raised $116 million dollars in donations to the organizations who participated and we were part of that–YOU were part of that–thank you for your generosity.
(Missed out on #GivingTuesday? That’s okay! You can always contribute to the 2015 #GivingTuesday drive for the IWF scholarships here.)
I can’t stop thinking about the Christian Anabaptist women from all over the world who are so hungry for learning, so ready for study, so able to serve and so very eager to lead. Each year we evaluate applications and choose who to support for our International Women’s Fund scholarships.
Listen to their hopes and dreams:
“I have a clear call from God. There are barriers for me to go to North Korea to share God’s love, but I trust that God will open them.”
“I want to train and teach children and youth, in the field of psychological health, based on biblical perspectives.”
“I am not able to take final exams because I have run out of funds. I want to teach religious studies.”
So here is my special invitation to you: will you support our International Women’s Fund by participating in #GivingTuesday tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1? Today, or tomorrow, just click on this link to our special IWF giving on the Mennonite Women USA website and give so women around the world can continue their theological studies.
Your dollars go much farther than you can imagine to support Anabaptist women in Thailand, Colombia, Korea, Tanzania, Congo, Kenya, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua.
“The light that you plant is going to light up much more than you ever could imagine.” -Alix Lozano of Colombia–church leader and recipient of an International Women’s Fund scholarship.
With a grateful heart,