Great Things Happen When Caring Women Gather
One Night. 100+ Women making $100 gifts.
Three compelling proposals that will support Olathe students.
One $15,000 grant winner.
Spring 2018 Gathering
Call for Proposals
And the winner is...
On Tuesday, October 24, more than 70 women gathered to hear three compelling proposals from Olathe educators that addressed student need. A $10,000 grant was awarded to Making Music an Instrumental Part of Students’ Lives. The grant was presented by Martha Gable, the Fine Arts Coordinator for the district.
As student interest in instrumental music programs has grown, so has the number of students who want to be in band or orchestra but cannot afford an instrument. The funding will help to ensure that any student who wants to be a part of band or orchestra has that opportunity, regardless of their ability to provide their own instrument. The grant will be used to purchase additional instruments, both affordable new or quality used/refurbished instruments, necessary repairs on donated instruments, and purchase new cases for those instruments if needed.
Matching Grants to Meet the Need
The Women's Giving Circle committee also announced that night that if a grant earned at least 30% of the vote, they would award that proposal with a $5,000 matching grant. Ultimately, two matching grants were awarded.
One grant went to Cyclone Calming Room presented by Jennifer Slaven, Social Worker at Santa Fe Trail Middle School, which proposed creating a sensory room at the school. The other matching grant was awarded to Lights Up on Olathe Middle School Theatre presented by Dana Davis (Prairie Trail), Rachel Hoyer (California Trail), and Jodie Buster (Indian Trail). This grant will be used to purchase new, modern lighting equipment and software for all Olathe middle schools.
Fall Gathering By the Numbers
More than 70 women attended the Fall gathering
156 Members total
121 Sustaining Members
28 new Members
6 new Sustaining Members
Become a Sustaining Member
OPSF Women's Giving Circle Sustaining Members commit $100 twice a year, for the Spring and Fall gatherings. These generous women listed below have pledged their ongoing support - and you can join them!
Contact the Foundation at 913.780.8222, make your commitment and have your name added to this list of extraordinary women. Your continued support is needed to maintain our tradition of awarding one deserving project funding of $10,000 or more!
Dr. Pat All
Dr. Alison Banikowski
Dr. Joan Gilson
Dr. Tes Mehring
Dr. Jamie Smiley