We set our course for 2020; announce new grantees; explain why we give internationally; and share some powerful results from a past featured program.

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Volume 3, Issue 9 | SEPTEMBER 2015
Executive Director's Blog on Giving Internationally »
New Grantees Selected for First Half of 2016 »
Featured Program »
Sustained Program »
The Proven Platter »
Food For Thought »
Program Reports Posted»
My DFW Story: Leslye Heilig »
Milestones »
Cause Marketing »
Chapter Anniversaries »
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Check out our powerful and emotional interview with Liz Alderman, Co-Founder of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, this month's featured program
A Message from Dining for Women's Board of Directors
Over the past year, our Board has been listening to and reflecting on many points of view from our members, our volunteer leaders, committee members, and our staff. From this, a dream has emerged for the future of our organization, and we want to share it with you.

As DFW members and supporters, we know that you share our passion for improving the lives of women and girls around the world through gender equity and empowerment. No matter how far apart we live, or what our life experiences are, we are all connected in deep and meaningful ways because of our shared vision for what we want DFW to accomplish, and what it brings to each of us in terms of heartfelt connection with each other and the broader world. Continue Reading »
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Director's Blog
Why Is Giving Internationally Important?
By Beth Ellen Holimon | DFW Executive Director
Philanthropic reports tell the story that Americans are among the most generous in the world. Private giving exceeded $358 billion in 2014 with individuals giving 72%, foundations giving 14%, bequests 8% and corporations at 5%. The only category of giving to decline in 2014 was international giving, making it the third year in a row that giving has dropped in this category...Continue Reading »
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Grantee Anouncement
New Grantees Selected for First Half of 2016

Equipping women in rural Mexico to farm a highly nutritious local grain crop; helping marginalized girls in Mumbai, India to complete their schooling; empowering Maasai women in Tanzania to protect their natural resources for themselves and future generations; and helping victims of human trafficking achieve justice and prosecute their traffickers. These are some of the objectives of the six featured programs that you...Continue Reading »

Ever wonder how our grantees are selected? Read this blog about the program selection process.
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Peter C. Alderman Foundation
This month, your Dining for Women donations will support the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF). PCAF was founded in 2003 to honor the life of Peter Alderman, a 25-year-old who was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Peter's family wanted to help those who had survived terrorism but had no access to care.

PCAF's mission is to heal the emotional wounds of survivors of terrorism, torture and mass violence by training indigenous health workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe. DFW's grant will address maternal depression and anxiety in post-conflict northern Uganda. Learn More »
3 Things You Need to Know about our Featured Program
In northern Uganda, the invisible wounds of war – depression, anxiety and PTSD – produce enormous suffering and keep as many as one in four childbearing women from functioning as individuals, mothers, and productive community members.
To date, more than 100,000 survivors of terrorism and mass violence have been treated by PCAF-trained personnel or in PCAF clinics.
In 2007, Barron's magazine named PCAF as one of the ten most effective small charities in America for its sustained, measurable impact on people's lives.
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September Sustained Funding Program
One Heart World-Wide is our sustained funding grantee this month. Its' mission is to decrease maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in remote rural areas of the world.

As a sustained funding grantee, One Heart World-Wide will receive $20,000 per year over a three-year period (September 2015-2017). This grant will train community outreach providers to increase access to safe births in two remote rural areas of Nepal.

One Heart World-Wide was originally a DFW featured program grantee in July 2013. As per its funding agreement with DFW, One Heart submitted its final report last October in which it described the significant impact of DFW's grant.

Read an update on One Heart »
Read personal stories of the women your donations helped:
Lalita & Kalpana's Stories | Sonam, Nyma & Dorje's Stories
Proven Platter
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The Proven Platter
Cucumber Mango Salad
Recipe and photo credit: Linda McElroy
We are visiting Uganda this month, and I have a fresh new take on a cucumber and mango salad. Persian traders introduced mangoes to Uganda way back in the 10th century! The spices in this dish are reflective of that cuisine as well. This would be a refreshing side dish to go along with any braised meat dish. I've also updated and tested the previously published East African Braised Chicken. View Recipe »
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Food For Thought
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Food For Thought
When War Meets Birth: Postpartum Depression and the Future of a Post-Conflict Generation
By Chris Worthy
The birth of a baby should be cause for joy and dreams of the future. But when the future is uncertain and the past is marred by violence and war, mothers who may be unable to care for themselves find that they are ill equipped to deal with the endless needs of a newborn.
While maternal mental disorders are a vulnerability for all women...Continue Reading »
Program Reports Added to Website:
1.Rubia Sustained Grant 2012-2014: Interim Report April 2014-March 2015
2.Girl Determined December 2012 Featured Program: Final Report
My DFW Story
My DFW story
Hear Leslye Heilig's DFW story. Leslye has been Co-Leader for the Northeast Region since January 2014. She is also Co-Leader of the MA, Great Barrington-1 chapter.
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DFW Board member Barbara Wagner has been selected by the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) to receive the Yale Medal, which is the highest award presented by the AYA and recognizes and honors outstanding individual service to the university. Barbara has served the Yale University in various volunteer capacities for more than 25 years. Congratulations Barbara on this well-deserved award!
Our West Region held a day-long retreat for Chapter Leaders in Northern California on August 15th. The event was organized by Regional Leaders Patty Karabatsos and Linda Dougall and held in San Jose, CA. There were 24 participants representing 16 of the 31 Northern California chapters and 1 Southern California chapter (Simi Valley). Looks like everyone enjoyed the Hawaiian theme!
Patricia Spross, Co-Leader of the NJ, Weehawken-1 chapter, has joined the Board of Directors of PINCC (Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer). PINCC is one of DFW's past funded programs that works to prevent cervical cancer in developing countries. Patricia was first introduced to PINCC through DFW and participated in a DFW trip to support PINCC clinics in rural El Salvador. She has since taken two other trips with PINCC to Central America working as a non-medical support person. Patricia is excited to be organizing a walk for PINCC in Northern NJ on September 19th.
Welcome to the SC, Charleston-7 chapter which is led by Susan Gaddy and Jane Taylor. The group had their first meeting in May.
As an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at Furman University in Greenville, SC, Dr. Veena Khandke, DFW's Program Director, will be co-directing Furman University's Fall Study Away Program to India and Sri Lanka. She will travel with students this October through December. We wish Veena safe travels and look forward to her return in early January! During her absence, Membership Coordinator Justine Allen and intern Megan Priester will be handling the grants process with the support of our Program Selection Committee.
Many thanks to Ricoh of Greenville, SC for their donation of a photocopier for our home office! This is the second photocopier that Ricoh has donated to DFW!
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Chapter Anniversaries This Month
1 Year
CA, National City-1
led by Celestial Alls & Erika Garcia
CA, San Francisco-5
led by Laney Whitcanack
CA, Santa Rosa-2
led by Elly Grogan
CO, Erie-2
led by Candace Payne
CA, Santa Rosa-2
led by Elly Grogan
CO, Erie-2
led by Candace Payne
DE, Newark-3
led by Peggy Dillner & Jean Kutcher
GA, Sandy Springs-2
led by Mary Perloe
MA, Pittsfield-1
led by Michele Krieg Bauer & Jan Zimbler
MA, Westford-1
led by Clare O'Brien
MI, Laingsburg-1
led by Ellen Link & Aspen Bernath-Plaisted
NC, Asheville-2
led by Jennifer Elliott & Sara Martin
NC, Asheville-3
led by Jesse Kitt & Correne Anderson
NC, Charlotte-5
led by Kalie Koivisto
UT, Sandy-1
led by Heather Scott
2 Years
CO, Breckenridge-1
led by Lisa Eurich
MD, Potomac-1
led by Jenny Cohen
OH, Toledo-4
led by Joyce Litten & Denise Johnson
SC, Columbia-7
led by Kimberly Kay
VA, Falls Church-1
led by Tracey Yensen
3 Years
AZ, Gilbert-1
led by Mindy Brown & Tania Barks
FL, Sarasota-2
led by Lois Schaper
3 Years Continued
GA, Athens-1
led by Gwen Bottoms
KS, Lawrence-2
led by Ann Chapman
NE, Ralston-1
led by Judy Dappen & JoAnn Van Fosson
OK, Oklahoma City-2
led by Holly Bray & Jennifer Maynord
TN, Martin-1
led by Sue Byrd
4 Years
CA, Oakland-2 – led by Rachel MQueen & Mary McQueen
DE, Newark-1 – led by Peggy Smith & Judy Christensen
SC, Florence-1
led by Nancy Nelson
MO, Parkville-1
led by Sieglinde Othmer
NC, Waynesville-1
led by Margaret Pennington Roberts & Maria Morgan
NY, Nyack-1
led by Carole Perry
OH, Medina-1
led by Marguerite Frey
PA, Kennett Square-1
led by Sharon Hake
5 Years
CT, Brookfield-1
led by Olivia Quinsland
IL, Springfield-2
led by Julie Krehbiel & Tara McAndrew
SC, Greenville-7
led by Susan Stall & Thayer Fleming
VA, Alexandria-1
led by Maureen McCloskey & Alethea Predeoux
WA, Gig Harbor-1
led by Phyllis Brandt
7 Years
CA, Lafayette-1
led by Patty Hubble, Sunnie Youk & Connie Parchman
8 Years
MD, Rockville-1
led by Peggy Fitzgerald Bare & Merle Steiner
MI, Grand Rapids-1
led by Jill Peirce & Joan DeVries
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