We introduce Vacha, our featured grantee for the month of February, make a beautiful vegetarian thali platter, and share our appreciation for all you do.

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The Chapter Meeting Menu | FEBRUARY 2016
Vacha Charitable Trust
Vacha Charitable Trust:
Leadership Training for Adolescent Girls
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Vacha Charitable Trust – our featured grantee for February – works with adolescent girls 10 to 18 years of age living in the slums of Mumbai, India and the surrounding areas. Vacha (which means speech, articulation and self-expression) envisions a world without exploitation, oppression, discrimination and injustice against women. Its mission is to empower girls and sensitize boys to become adults who value equality and become productive citizens.

Dining for Women's grant of $39,230 will be used over two years to equip marginalized girls with the skills they need to become active leaders in their communities and effect community change.
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Our Conversation with the Executive Director of Vacha Charitable Trust, Medhavinee Namjoshi, is posted here.
Sustained Grant
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Sustained Funding Grantee: Starfish One by One
Starfish One by One serves rural Mayan girls in Guatemala and was DFW's featured grantee in February 2012. Its mission is to empower young women through education and mentorship to become leaders in their community.

DFW's three-year, $60,000 grant ($20,000 per year from February 2016-2018) will leverage Starfish's success and female leadership to create an all-girl flagship school to empower and educate a generation of female leaders in rural Guatemala. At the completion of this project, Guatemala will have its first all-girl middle school to prepare high-aptitude, first generation girls to be competitive at a local, national and international level.
The Proven Platter
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The Proven Platter – A Vegetarian Thali Platter
By Linda McElroy, DFW Recipe Curator and Chapter Leader of WA, Seattle-1
This month our culinary journey takes us to India, specifically the Maharashtra state in Western India. I got a little ambitious this month though, and rather than present you with one "Proven Platter" dish, I constructed an entire thali platter just for you! I had a lot of fun working on this project, and even more fun eating the leftovers for days!
See This Month's Proven Platter
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Meeting Ideas & Suggestions
Icebreakers Icebreakers
This month, both our featured and sustained funding grantees empower and equip young girls with the skills they need to become active leaders in their communities. An icebreaker suggestion is to ask each of your members to talk about something or someone who helped empower or inspire them when they were young.
Icebreakers Questions for Discussion
  • The girls from Mumbai think they can change the world because they have new skills and ideas. What would you tell them?
  • How will educating girls affect the thinking of men and boys around them?
  • Why is it important to keep girls from marrying before 18 and waiting just 2 years?
Reminder Year-End Giving Statements
DFW will send out 2015 year-end giving statements no later than January 31st. These statements will be emailed to every donor provided we have a valid email address on file. Donors who made a single gift of $250 or more at any time during 2015 will be sent a hard copy statement via postal mail.

2015 giving statements will include all donations (for both programs and the 13th Month Campaign) that were received or postmarked by December 31, 2015. Donations received or postmarked after December 31, 2015 will be included on your 2016 giving statement.

Online, credit card donations through Network for Good will NOT appear on DFW's year-end giving statements. Network for Good issues tax receipts at the time of donations. It does not automatically send out year-end statements, but will do so if requested by the donor. Donors who would like a year-end statement from Network for Good will need to request it by sending an email to

Please share this information with your chapter members. If any of your members do not see their statements by January 31st, please suggest that they check their spam/junk folders in their email accounts. If the statement is still not found, please have them call DFW's home office at 864-335-8401 so that we can verify their email address and re-send the statement.
Sharing Best Practices

Photo Caption: Happy anniversary to the SC, Columbia-2 chapter that celebrated its 7th anniversary in December.  Chapter Leaders are Susan Hendricks and Janie Kerzan. Thank you to all chapter members for your dedication and contributions to DFW over the past seven years. 

Sharing Best Practices – Showing Our Appreciation
Dining for Women relies heavily on our committed and passionate volunteers, especially the 600+ chapter leaders and co-leaders like you. We simply could not achieve all that we do without our volunteers, and we want every volunteer to know that their contributions are recognized, valued and appreciated.

As DFW raises the standards on all aspects of our organization, recognition of our most valuable assets, our volunteers, is an urgent priority. With our large and growing volunteer base, we need a more standardized approach to ensure that ALL volunteers are recognized in a manner that is consistent across our organization. CONTINUE READING »
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