Sharing the joy of giving…
WomenConnected is a philanthropic women’s giving circle within the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation where women have the opportunity to combine their charitable contributions and as a group, manage and grant funds to Sarah Bush Lincoln programs and services.
There are two levels of membership. Women donate annual gifts of $500 or $1,000. Membership contributions are pooled together with 75 percent used to provide grants, the other 25 percent into a temporarily restricted endowment that can be used if a specific need arises at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Some SBL programs and services funded include cardiovascular screenings, nursing education, nutrition counseling for overweight children and diabetes programs. Since its inception in 2003, WomenConnected has granted more than $430,000 to SBL.
In FY16, WomenConnected awarded $52,000 in grants to 18 SBL programs. The following were the awards:
Outpatient Congestive Heart Failure Clinic - $631.50
Living with Diabetes - $655.50
Step in the Right Direction - $375.00
Center for Healthy Living - $3,300.00
SBL Dental Services – Oral Hygiene Kits - $3,875.00
KidsFest - $2,500.00
Healthy Kids/Fitness Equipment - $1,000.00
Peace Meal/File of Life - $4,810.00
SBL Dental Services – Preventive/Restorative Fund - $25,108.55
Care Coordination/FMC - $500.00
Regional Cancer Center - $520.00
Child Psychiatry Lending Library - $500.00
SBL Psychiatry & Counseling - $500.00
Lincolnland Home Care - $5,000.00
Case Management/Heart Failure Project - $1,752.75
Case Management/Diabetic Supply Project - $971.70
WomenConnected meets six times per year with three of those being a members-only “Lunch with the CEO” with SBL President & CEO Jerry Esker.
If you would like to learn more about WomenConnected or to join, please contact Amy Card in the SBL Health Foundation at 217/ 258-2511.
Mary Lou Wild
Lauri DeRuiter Willems