Chair's Letter

WIN grants extend reach, impact

In marketing, we talk about reach and impact. Reach describes the extent to which people hear about or are touched by a marketing message, while impact is the way that message causes some change in behavior or well-being.WIN's 2019-2020 grants offer impressive potential for reach and impact in Nebraska.WIN's $84,000 nonprofit grant will advance Legal Aid of Nebraska's expansion of the Help, Education, and Law Project into the Veteran's Administration Health Care Center in Omaha. This program, … Read More

Previous Messages from the Chair

NCHS program goes virtual

WIN’s 2018-2019 grant recipient Nebraska Children’s Home Society has shared that they adapted the Raising Your Grandchildren educational and support program to an “at-home” version

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Messersmith webinar University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Instructor Amber Messersmith shared information about the student grant-making program she coordinates during WIN’s first webinar May 21.

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Membership Update

WIN finished the 2019-2020 membership year on June 30 with 179 members, down 14 from 2018-2019, but strong enough to provide $168,000 for grants. As of November, 81 women have joined or renewed their membership, contributing to the total grants that will be available to award in the fall of 2021.

Committee Update

As a WIN member, you can join one of WIN’s three committees anytime! Help us plan programs, review grant proposals and keep our membership engaged and growing, while learning more about WIN! Let us know at if you are interested in joining a committee or have questions about the groups.

Here’s an update on what’s happening in each group:

Education Committee
Chair: Susan Rosenlof; Chair-elect: Meg Lauerman; Immediate Past Chair: Shannon Sands
Next meeting: Feb. 15, 3:30 p.m. (Zoom)
The Education Committee met Nov. 16 to further plans for opportunities for members to learn and connect with each other. A WIN Webinar featuring a University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communication course that spent months researching and reporting on climate issues will be at noon Dec. 2. Other virtual programs are in the works for January and February.  WIN will continue to post learning opportunities for members and occasionally schedule WIN Chats for discussion afterwards. The group also debriefed the WIN Grant Awards Celebration. for which members planned the keynote presentation. Positive comments were received about the speaker and the breakout sessions offered at the end of the program. Meeting dates set: Nov. 16, Feb. 15, May 17 and Aug. 16, all at 3:30 p.m.

Membership Committee
Chair: Ann Bruntz; Chair-elect: Emily Allen; Immediate Past Chairs: Kathy LeBaron and Courtney Kreifels
Next meeting: Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m. (Zoom)
The Membership Committee met in June to discuss ways to encourage members who had not yet renewed for this year to renew. The committee would like to expand its membership by seeking other WIN members interested in connecting with new and renewing members. Future meeting dates to be determined.

Grants Committee
Chair: Cassie Kohl; Chair-elect: Vanessa Denney; Immediate Past Chair: Linda Hoegemeyer
Next meeting: March 3 (Subcommittee), May 11 (Full committee) 3:30 p.m. (Zoom)
The Grants Committee met via Zoom Aug. 25 to debrief the 2019-2020 grants cycle and make plans for the 2020-2021 cycle. The use of Zoom for site visits offered some time advantages for members participating and went well for the committee and grant seekers. The downside was the lack of personal interaction with grant seekers and other committee members and the informal time to discuss proposals with other committee members. Next year’s grant application timeline was set and will be posted on WIN’s website before Jan. 1. A subcommittee effort to contact past grant seekers and grant recipients about their experiences and the impact of their grants will be planned. Selection of the next committee chair was discussed. Meetings set for 2021: March 3, subcommittee for letters of inquiry review; May 11, full committee for proposal review; Tuesdays and Thursdays in June reserved for site visits; July 13, full committee for review of site visits.