CONTACT: MONIQUE DI CARLO
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
Women's Resource and Action Center endowment campaign approaches
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) began
a three-year, $25,000 endowment campaign in the fall of 1996 in conjunction
with its 25th anniversary celebration. Today, at the campaign's midpoint,
contributors have donated approximately $11,000.
The fund-raising campaign is being led by the center's 15-member advisory
board, which includes university faculty, staff, and students, and members
of the local business community. The endowment campaign will help fund
new educational programming to be offered by the Women's Center.
"Endowment gifts ensure that we will continue to provide lectures,
films, concerts, workshops, art shows, and informal discussion groups that
support women to reach their individual and collective goals," said
Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's Center. "Everyone is invited
to participate in the campaign, and gifts of all sizes are welcomed and
celebrated," DiCarlo says.
The University of Iowa Foundation is assisting in the campaign, and
gifts should be directed to the WRAC Endowment Fund at the Foundation.
In collaboration with other community and university organizations,
two new programming initiatives were implemented by the center this year.
Those initiatives are the Women and Money workshops focusing on financial
management skill-building and the Social Change Training seminars, providing
practical information to social change activists.
"Continuing to be a vital community and university resource that
supports women and encourages social change is dependent upon accessing
additional resources," DiCarlo said.
The Women's Center is a department of Student Services at the university
that has a long tradition of serving both community and university people.
Staff members, volunteers, and interns help provide counseling, advocacy,
information and referral assistance, support and discussion groups, educational
programs, and pro se legal kits. Thousands of people are served by the
Women's Center, and at least 300 people from around the state utilize WRAC's
pro se (do-it-yourself) legal kits each year.
As a department of Student Services at Iowa, the center receives university-allocated
funds. But recently, the center has taken a more active role in generating
other forms of income. There is a strong commitment to provide services
free of charge. However, individuals participating in services are invited
to make donations. In addition, advisory board members, staff, volunteers,
and interns work together to create and complete special events, direct
mail appeals, and cosponsorship opportunities. WRAC also participates in
workplace giving through Iowa Shares, a statewide fund-raising federation.
Approximately 8 percent of WRAC's funds are self-generated. Funding opportunities
through granting foundations and corporate gifts are continuously explored.
In its 25 years, WRAC has given birth to hundreds of community events,
organizations, and to individuals' own growth processes. Today, the community
is richer because of the work done by the Rape Victim Advocacy Program,
the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, the Free Medical Clinic, the
Clothesline Project, the Emma Goldman Clinic, Hera Counseling, the Women
Against Racism Committee, the Iowa Women's Music Festival, and many more
individual and group projects all having roots in the Women's Center.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions
to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni
and friends to provide capital funds, scholarships, and other forms of
support for The University of Iowa. Gifts to the WRAC Endowment Campaign
can be sent to the University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City,
Facts About the Women's Center
The Women's Resource and Action Center exists for, through, and because
of all women. WRAC creates community affirming all people and acts as a
catalyst for social change and for women's individual and collective growth.
WRAC's vision is the elimination of all forms of oppression.
WRAC's goals are to:
* Provide an atmosphere where race, ethnicity, gender, age, economic
status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, religion, and individuality
are respected, welcomed, and celebrated.
* Provide feminist services and programs that support and enhance the
growth of women throughout the university, community, and state of Iowa.
* Create and encourage educational environments that promote non-oppressive
attitudes and behaviors in all individuals.
* Advocate for the removal of oppressive barriers within the university,
community, and the state of Iowa.
* Support the academic success of women and enhance their opportunities
for achieving economic self-sufficiency.
* Support other individual and organizations that engage in social
* Be fiscally responsible.
* Conduct continuous assessment and evaluation of services to meet
the changing needs of university and community women.