Fundraiser for the IWF at Ten Thousand Villages!

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!

EVENT DETAILS:

Store: Ten Thousand Villages

Location: 206 South Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Time: 3:00-7:00pm

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 Endowment Expands 

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.

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Consider giving to the Mennonite Women USA endowment.

#GivingTuesday Results :: WOW and THANK YOU!

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.)

 

Special Invitation from Executive Director, Marlene Bogard for #GivingTuesday

Dear Friends,

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,

Marlene Bogard

Mennonite Women USA Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

We are overjoyed to join #GivingTuesday this year–a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Mennonite Women USA wants to raise $5,000 for our International Women’s Fund. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their world and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Why #GivingTuesday?

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A Word on Giving

Last fall I attended the Anabaptist Communicator’s Conference. This is an annual gathering drawing communicators from MC USA and MC Canada including editors, writers, recruiters, pastors, directors and many more people looking to enhance their communications with our Anabaptist sisters and brothers.

One seminar I attended was lead by Rebekah Burch Basinger. She has been instrumental in guiding Mennonite Women USA in powerful asking which results in generous giving. Her seminar “Fundraising and Storytelling: Asking that Touches Hearts and Inspires Imaginations” was brilliant. Even though I am not at the forefront of asking individuals for support, I am part of the creation of communications, so her seminar was particularly relevant.

Rebekah lead with this truth about storytelling as part of fundraising: Continue reading

Missionary Pension Fund Policy

MW USA’s primary guideline is to use the Missionary Pension Fund interest to meet needs of missionaries not available through mission resource funds. This is keeping with our understanding of the original intention of the Missionary Pension Fund donors when they assisted missionaries with retirement needs, something not available at that time from mission agencies.

At the February 20-21, 2004 board meeting the MW USA board of directors selected two criteria for use of these funds out of six possible ideas presented by MMN directors. The criteria selected are listed here from the minutes of the February board meeting:

Missionary Pension Fund: The Finance Committee recommends using Missionary Pension Fund interest for health/mental health crisis leaves and funeral travel expenses. Funds would be used for both men and women per the original intent of the fund. MW USA would give Mennonite Mission Network the discretion to use the funds with the understanding that they will send MW USA a yearly report about how the funds are used.

ACTION NO. 3: To release interest from the Missionary Pension Fund to Mennonite Mission Network to be used for health/mental health crisis leaves or funeral travel expenses for mission workers. (Nancy Sauder/Juel Yoder Russell). Carried.

If needs such as the above do not occur in a given year, the amount can continue to accrue. Mennonite Women USA requests a report from Mennonite Mission Network annually for the spring board meeting.