Blossom is committed to continuing our mission to bring women together and inspire them to raise funds through our giving circles which address the needs of women and girls in the Puget Sound and globally. We know in the coming months philanthropy will be critical to preserving the social service safety net that women and girls depend on here in our community and across the globe. Our giving focus for 2020 is more important than ever given the impact of this pandemic.


MAKING A DIFFERENCE

While the impact of COVID-19 is extraordinary, each of us can all make a difference by supporting the people, organizations, and causes that create thriving communities. Blossom encourages each of you to give generously in any way you can. As this time and as you are able, give to organizations you know and care about so they can continue to provide critical supports to our community.

COVID-19 AND THE IMPACT ON WOMEN AND GIRLS

Global pandemics affect every aspect of our lives and women experience a deeper and disproportionate impact given our predominant roles as caregivers. Women also work in the fields most impacted by this crisis including health care, childcare and the service industry. To learn more about how COVID-19 impacts women and girls:



Women and girls who are already more vulnerable to economic and health insecurity are facing additional challenges during this time. Women and girls who are surviving violence in their relationships may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing and survivors, in particular, may have special needs around safety, health and confidentiality which are being unmet. To learn more about far reaching consequences and challenges:


OUR PLAN IN 2020 – GIVING SOONER TO MAKE AN IMPACT WHEN IT IS MOST NEEDED

Blossom is continuing to invest in organizations that uplift women and girls and we hope you will consider joining us to pool our contributions and have an even bigger impact. Our plan is to keep our giving focus on personal safety for our 2020 giving cycle, but to move up our timeline for selecting organizations to receive our donations so that we can provide support throughout the year during this crisis when many nonprofits are unable to raise funds that they typically rely on to keep their doors open.

JOIN US TO LEARN MORE AND MAKE AN IMPACT

Please plan to join us for a virtual Founder's Giving Circle meeting on Friday, April 3rd at 7 pm. We will have a virtual icebreaker, lively conversation, and the opportunity for you to share information about nonprofits you think we should consider supporting this year, with a focus on personal safety during this global pandemic.


Please use the link below if you plan to join us - and let us know if you have an organization you would like to share information about so we can plan the agenda accordingly.


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/939333026?pwd=RjdHKzU1VUdCNUhRMCt1dGRqeW5Cdz09



Thanks for all who came to our founders circle meeting it was so fun connecting with such a wonderful group of women! Please remember this is open to everyone if more of you would like to join us at our next meeting.

PLEDGE FORMS - PLEASE RETURN BY MARCH 15TH

Circle leaders please confirm your circle members and send us your pledge form. For more resources go to https://www.blossombenefit.com/giving-circle-resources.

THIS YEARS FOCUS IS PERSONAL SAFETY - PLEASE SUBMIT CIRCLE NOMINATIONS BY APRIL 10TH

· Identify potential grant recipient organizations related to the annual giving focus (Personal Safety). Each woman is encouraged to research and identify an organization that personifies the annual giving focus to submit to their circle for consideration.

· Circles are encouraged to use consensus voting to narrow choices.

· Each Giving circle may submit one local and one international non-profit organization to the Board for consideration as a grant recipient.

UPCOMING FOUNDERS CIRCLE DATES

Open to all, come join us at the Founders Circle which includes members of the board and anyone who wants to be a part of blossom. We will be meeting 4-5 times per year focused on learning, connection in a fun casual environment. All Founders circle meetings are held on Friday night at 6:30 at Kim’s house (the Green Bar) for more information please go to https://www.blossombenefit.com/calendar

· March 27th

· May 8th

· July 16th – BBQ (this is a Thursday)

STAY CONNECTED

Please like our Blossom Facebook page – we will start communicating more there!

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

If not us… who? We are not just talking about the women of Blossom. We believe the world needs more caring, compassion and empathy; whether your jam is helping women and girls (like ours), clean water and air, mental and physical health, global warming, schools or poverty … the list goes on. We have chosen not to wait for “somebody else” and encourage others to learn and get involved in whatever calls to them. Educating ourselves is a big part of being a part of Blossom and each year we learn about the issues that impact women and girls and support organizations that make an difference.



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead


OUR JAM... SUPPORTING WOMEN AND GIRLS LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY


YES, our work matters.

YES, collectively we make a difference.

YES, the women of blossom are a small group but part of a bigger picture and larger movement.


There is a movement happening all over the globe that recognizes, and now data backs up, the connection between supporting women and girls and the lasting impact on communities. We know that supporting women and girls in specific areas like education, healthcare and personal safety (more reading) can make a big impact locally and globally.



2019 RECIPIENTS

In 2019 the Women of Blossom’s focus was “Education” and through our collective giving process we will be donating nearly $20,000 to two incredible organizations that help women and girls. Please visit their websites for more information.


Kakenya’s Dream - International Organization

https://www.kakenyasdream.org/


The Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS) - Local Organization

https://fepps.org


2019 BLOSSOM GIVING CIRCLES GIFTS WILL PROVIDE

  • Eight girls in rural Kenya with a year of schooling

  • Protection from female genital mutilation

  • Five incarcerated women with one year of college

  • Skills needed to obtain meaningful employment for women post release

  • Preparation for women in prison to become providers, leaders, and examples for their families and communities

WHY WE DO THIS WORK - WORLDWIDE STATISTICS

  • 1 out of 3 women worldwide will be physically or sexually abused in their lifetime

  • 31% of US households headed by women are in poverty

  • 2/3 of all adults who cannot read are women

  • 70% of human trafficking are women or girls (2 out of 3 being girls)

  • 1 woman every minute dies from complications pregnancy or childbirth

  • 91% of all refugees are women

  • Women hold:

- 10% of world income


- 1% of world property


GOOD NEWS - HELPING WOMEN AND GIRLS MAKES A BIG IMPACT!

  • Women reinvest 90% of their income to their families (compared to men @ 30-40%)

  • Healthy, educated and empowered women have healthy, educated, and empowered Sons and Daughters

  • When women participate in public life, government corruption declines

2019 GIVING - IT'S NOT TOO LATE!

You do not need to be a part of a circle to be a part of the collective giving power of Blossom and you can still give to make an impact. Go to our donation page: https://www.blossombenefit.com/donate

Blossom Benefit is a non-profit 501(c)3 registered in the State of Washington.

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