We celebrate a record year of donations, introduce our new Committee Chairs, and try out a popular Nicaraguan fast food.

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The Dish
Volume 4, Issue 3 | MARCH 2016
2015: A Record Year
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DFW National Summit »
New Operational Committees »
Co-Founder's Blog »
The Proven Platter »
Featured Program »
Sustained Program »
Our Corporate Donors »
Updated Branding
Guidelines »
New Grant Cycle Opens »
Grantee Reports »
New Chapters Activated »
Milestones »
Chapter Anniversaries »
International Women's Day
International Women's Day –
Women's Equity vs. Equality
By Beth Ellen Holimon | Executive Director
International Women's Day is March 8th and this year's theme – "Pledge for Parity" – brings up the issue of equality. According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won't close entirely until 2133. We know the benefits of closing the gender gap – Dining for Women Co-Founder Marsha Wallace addressed it in her blog and I addressed it in a blog as well. We know the importance of equality, but we also need to recognize the importance of equity.
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Record Year
2015: A Record Year for Donations
By all accounts, 2015 was an amazing year for Dining for Women! With the grants we awarded in 2015, the total amount we have invested in women and girls since our inception has surpassed $5 million!

In 2015 alone, we received a record amount of program donations totaling more than $1,020,000. This was the first year that we have exceeded $1 million in donations!

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to fund three reserve grants (as announced in the February issue of The Dish) in addition to our monthly featured and sustained funding grants. We were also able to set aside $100,000 in program funds in anticipation of making additional investments as outlined in our 2020 Vision.

As we announced last year, our intent is to invest proactively in issues affecting women and girls in order to increase our impact. Our Board has since determined that DFW will intensify our focus on girls' education and, in an effort to do so, has been seeking potential partners. We will soon have news about an exciting partnership that will allow us to move boldly towards our 2020 Vision.

Once again this is all because of your continued generosity. Stay tuned for exciting news!!
Coming Soon: DFW National Summit
Plans are under way for a DFW national Summit in Washington, DC in the fall of 2017. Watch for dates and more details coming soon.
New Operational Committees
New Committees Set Up to Advance Our 2020 Vision
We are very excited to announce our latest steps toward achieving DFW's 2020 Vision. We are launching a new Operational Committee structure which will allow our members to engage more in the decision-making processes of DFW and influence the directions we will take in the future.

Our new committees will cover the key elements of our 2020 Vision: member engagement (Regional Leader and Summit Committees); grant selection (Grant Selection Committee, formerly known as the Program Selection Committee); diversity (Diversity Committee), and advocacy (Advocacy Committee).

These committees are still in the development stages, but we are thrilled to announce the appointment of the Committee Chairs. These individuals are all long-time DFW members who will lead committees in their areas of expertise. DFW is fortunate to have such talented and accomplished women to lead these important initiatives.

More information on these committees will be available in the coming months.

Advocacy Committee – Diane Smock and Betsy Dunklin
Diversity Committee – Denise Woods
Grant Selection Committee – Susan Garrity
Regional Leader Committee – Mary Liz Jones
Summit Committee – Lynn Broadbent

Read Bios of Committee Chairs »
Co-Founder's Blog
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Connections and Transformation in Senegal
By Marsha Wallace | Dining for Women Co-Founder
When I received a call from Susan Anderson, a board member with The Grandmother Project (GMP), inviting me to travel with her to Senegal to see their work in action, I jumped at the chance. Patricia Andersson, inveterate traveler and trip leader, was up for the adventure too! CREATE!, another DFW grantee, was headquartered within several hours drive of the GMP office, so we were fortunate to be able to visit both organizations to see the projects we've supported with our DFW grants.
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Proven Platter
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The Proven Platter – Nicaraguan Yuca and Cabbage Salad with Pork Cracklings
By Linda McElroy, DFW Recipe Curator and Chapter Leader of WA, Seattle-1
Let's try something new this month! Yuca, (pronounced YOO-ka) is also known as manioc or cassava. Although you will often see this plant referred to in the US as "yucca", that is incorrect. Yucca is a totally unrelated desert plant in the agave family.

The tuberous roots of plants in the yuca family have long provided a carbohydrate-rich food source for indigenous peoples in arid areas of the Americas.
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Featured Grantee
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Our Featured Grantee for March:
Americas Association for the Care of Children (AACC)
This month, our featured grantee focuses on reducing maternal and child mortality in isolated communities of Jalapa, Nicaragua. DFW's donation of $44,003 over two years will fund the implementation of the New Mothers Education Project through the certification of 10 women as ongoing trainers who provide education in prenatal care, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, the new mother's health, nutrition, and infant development in the first year of life.

By providing trained healthcare workers and education to under-resourced communities, AACC is furthering the reach of health services, supporting mothers and vulnerable newborns and allowing women and girls in these communities to have opportunities to improve the economic outlook for their families.
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Watch Our Conversation with Debbie Young, Executive Director of AACC »
3 Things You Need to Know about our Featured Grantee
Rural Nicaragua has a maternal mortality rate of 230 deaths per 100,000 live births, with 83 percent of these deaths due to limited prenatal education and access to medical care. Villages are typically located in inaccessible mountainous areas without public transportation or health clinics, requiring residents to walk 1.2 – 12.4 miles for healthcare.
AACC is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization providing services in seven countries to reduce the impact of poverty. It uses the CEPET program model, created by Founder Deborah Young, which allows each international community to self-determine its greatest needs.
An important part of AACC's project is training in kangaroo care, one of the most effective and proven therapies for helping low birthweight babies to thrive. By providing immediate and sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, kangaroo care mimics the closeness a baby kangaroo enjoys from within a mother's pouch.
Sustained Grantee
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Sustained Funding Grantee: Nepal Youth Foundation
In January 2012, DFW supported the Nepal Youth Foundation and its Indentured Daughters Program (IDP). This innovative program has succeeded in ending the practice of indentured servitude called Kamlari and has rescued thousands of girls. DFW is proud to have invested in the work of the Nepal Youth Foundation and is now providing a sustained funding grant of $20,000 per year for three years (2016-2018). These funds will be used to provide vocational skills to freed Kamlaris so they can support themselves and their families.

This sustained funding grant will increase the employability and help end the poverty of the girls freed from the Kamlari system. It will allow the girls to make their own choices and share their own destinies.
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Read the Stories of Kamala, Budhani and Sita »
Corporate Donors
Our Corporate Donors
A HUGE thank you to all our corporate donors who provided valuable products and services to support DFW over the past year. We couldn't do it without you!

A.T. Locke - Accounting Services
Duane Morris - Legal Services
F3 Concepts (Mike Craig) - Office Furniture
Green Leaf Consulting (Cynthia Radford) - Leadership Development
Judy Verhoeven - Artwork
Microsoft - Enterprise-class Collaboration Platform
Nelson Mullins (Ben Barnhill) - Legal Services
Quality Business Solutions, Inc. (QBS) - Payroll Administration
Ricoh USA - Photocopier
Salesforce Foundation - CRM User Licenses
Spicefire - Graphic Design Services

Yella Soft - Website Development

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New Brand Guidelines
New, Updated Branding Guidelines
Thanks to the generous help of Spicefire, a graphic design firm in Cincinnatti, OH, we have updated our branding guidelines. These rules are to ensure that Dining for Women's identity is properly represented in all media.

The updated branding guidelines include a new, stacked version of the DFW logo for use in vertical applications. Either the traditional horizontal version, or new vertical version may be used, depending on the format of the application. This provides us with an additional option for using our logo, while still maintaining the integrity of the DFW brand.

Any questions regarding these guidelines should be directed to Wendy Frattolin, Communications and Membership Director at

See DFW Branding Guidelines »
New Grant Cycle Opens
April 1 marks the opening of our new grant cycle for programs for the first half of 2017. Programs that meet our criteria can submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) online via our application page. Information on the grant criteria is available on the website as well. Many of our best grantees have come from connections with members and chapter leaders, so please pass this information on to organizations you are involved with that may be interested. Questions can be emailed to
Grantee Reports
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Interim Report »
New Chapters Activated
CA, Modesto - 2 led by Lilia Melgoza
CT, Easton - 1 led by Melissa Pearlstone & Martha Borrero
FL, Wellington - 1 led by Angelica Cortez
IL, Belleville - 1 led by Alicia Chillemi Slocomb & Sara Lee
NY, Sag Harbor - 1 led by Christina Lindstrom & Susan McGraw-Keeber
OR, Bend - 3 led by Karen Pollard
PA, Wexford - 1 led by Janet Arida & Kim Winbush
TX, Houston - 6 led by Sandy Lease
VT, Burlington - 2 led by Jodi Breckenridge & Sally Wadhams
The FL, Venice - 1 chapter recently celebrated its 6th anniversary. Congratulations to Chapter Leaders Deirdre Christman and Linda Underwood and all your members!
Congratulations to the MA, Great Barrington - 1 chapter on its fourth anniversary. Chapter Leaders are Leslye Heilig and Barbara Watkins.
Please send photos of your chapter milestones, meetings or special events to:

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Welcome to our new chapter in Belleville, IL which met for the first time in January. Chapter Leaders are Alicia Chillemi Slocomb and Sara Lee.
Several alumni of DFW's travel program to Vietnam (2013 and 2014) reunited on a journey to Myanmar in January. Plans included a visit to Girl Determined, DFW's grantee in December 2012. From left, Linda Dougall, Ronnie Williams, Patty Karabatsos, Susan Rosenberg, Thora Pabst, Marilyn Murphy and Rhonda Grissom.
Happy anniversary to the IN, South Bend - 1 chapter which recently celebrated its 5th anniversary. Our thanks to Corinne Blakemore, Chapter Leader, and all the members of this chapter.
Chapter Anniversaries This Month
1 Year
CA, Marina – 1
led by Nancy Jarvi & Olivia Cruz
CA, Santa Monica - 1
led by Natalie Smith
FL, Fort Myers - 1
led by Barbara Bacon & Christy Holimon
FL, Naples - 4
led by Abbie Sladick
FL, Venice - 2
led by Mary Gibson & Kim Eudy
MA, Wellesley - 1
led by Kiera Carlisle & Dana Brennan
NJ, Montville - 1
led by Ellie Wasserman
SC, Indian Land - 3
led by Judith Stephens
SC, Indian Land - 4
led by Peggie Collins & Ronnie Zevon
2 Years
AZ, Goodyear - 3
led by Beverly Buck & Mary Gangl
CA, Tiburon - 1
led by Dayna West & Cynthia Sawtell
NJ, Tenafly - 1
led by Judy Manton & Sylvie Meyers
3 Years
FL, Naples - 3
led by Lynda Johnson & Celine Godof
NH, Newfields - 1
led by Reiko Johnson & Jenna Roberts
NY, Fairport - 1
led by Susan Prener & Stephanie Anderson
OR, Tigard - 2
led by Leslie Crowder & Catherine Myers
TX, Austin - 4
led by Seema Mehta & Abha Sethi
VA, Fairfax - 1
led by Mary Thyfault Clark & Lorraine Sequera
4 Years
AZ, Scottsdale - 2
led by Susan McAuslan
CA, Danville - 1
led by Maryann Slee
CA, Fresno - 1
led by Rita Bodine-Dei
CA, Lancaster - 1
led by Monika McQuarrie
CO, Erie - 1
led by Sue Garcia & Sandra Haas
CO, Highlands Ranch - 2
led by Julie Hughes
4 Years Cont.
CT, Farmington - 1
led by Tina MacDonald
CT, S. Glastonbury - 1
led by Christine Seethaler
CT, Newtown - 1
led by Barbara Myers
IA, Des Moines - 2
led by Teri Bedard
ID, Hayden - 1
led by Tami Savage
MA, Chatham - 1
led by Sally Davol
OH, Bowling Green - 1
led by Meg Sears & Sandra Mercurio
OH, Sylvania - 5
led by Kathy Benya
OH, Solon - 1
led by Minnie Gautam & Guniya Bafna
OK, Tulsa - 2
led by Anita Hall & Mary Anne Hale
TN, Germantown - 1
led by Joy Cowan & Holly Clark
UT, Bountiful - 1
led by Wendy Petersson & Amy Dexheimer
5 Years
GA, Tucker - 1
led by Emilu Bailes & Laura Rose
IL, Western Springs - 1
led by Laurel Seidelman
MD, Perry Hall - 1
led by Heather Wade
VA, Ashland - 1
led by Nancy Kackley & Ann Martin
WI, Fontana - 1
led by Cherie Ackman
6 Years
CA, Santa Cruz - 3
led by Cherilyn Lippmann
DC, Washington - 4
led by Ursula Daniels & Denise Woods
NC, Greensboro - 3
led by Bruce Anne Shook
7 Years
MO, Independence - 1
led by Suzanne McLaughlin
WI, New Lisbon - 2
led by Teresa Fish-Scott & Gail Novotny
10 Years
IL, La Grange Park - 1
led by Barbara Harris
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