Founded in 1982 by concerned women who wanted the best for the women and families of northern Nevada, NWF was established to correct the then national imbalance of financial distribution from traditional resources that resulted in less than 6% of grants going to women and children. Since 1983, NWF distributions are over $7.7 million.
NWF works with community donors and supporters to raise financial contributions and other resources to support northern Nevada women and families. We identify critical social needs and address them through award of individual education scholarships and grant making to northern Nevada non-profit organizations that share the NWF mission to strengthen and empower our community.
NWF is governed by a volunteer board of directors and its daily operations are guided by a President & CEO, Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. The board convenes 9 meetings annually. Standing committees include: Allocations, Board Leadership, Development, Investment and Finance, and Marketing
Grants are awarded to community organizations or programs providing assistance to women and children.
These dollars have assisted a wide range of groups including the prevention of violence against women and children, adolescent pregnancy prevention, support services for the disabled, childcare, education and mentoring programs, English as a second language, health care and medical assistance to low income, minority families and/or senior citizens.
NWF focuses its grant making in four priority areas: the physical and mental health of Nevada’s women and families; preventative programs that empower women and families prior to a crisis; the prevention of violence for Nevada’s women; and the aging of Nevada’s women.
Most NWF scholarship recipients are re-entry women and single mothers who have not had the opportunity to complete their educations due to family issues and/or financial constraints. NWF scholarships are awarded directly to the recipient. NWF’s philosophy is to continue to allocate scholarships to a deserving woman (given that need and academic performance continue to be proven) until she achieves her degree.
Fundraising Activities and Events
NWF supports its grant making and scholarship activities through two annual fundraising events; contributions from generous individual donors; and earned income from its endowment.
2018 Board of Directors
The NWF Board of Directors is comprised of women community leaders who share NWF’s vision of a brighter world for Nevada’s women and families.
Kristen Chinvarasopak, Chair
Kerry Eaton, Vice Chair
Alexia Bratiotis Jobson, Recorder
Jamie Gazza, Treasurer
Joey Ordunda Hastings, Immediate Past Chair
Christina Stoever Young
Isabelle Rodriguez Wilson
President & CEO
Isabelle brings to the Nevada Women’s Fund more than 30 years of experience and expertise in management and administration, public affairs, public relations, marketing, media strategies and major event planning for corporations and national non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Fund in 2012 she served as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.
Isabelle has enjoyed a fascinating career working with international dignitaries, members of Congress, high-level federal and state government officials, corporate and special interest groups and entertainment celebrities. She started her career in our nation’s capital as a legislative analyst developing and implementing marketing and advocacy strategies to lobby the Legislative and Executive branches of government. She then served the White House as Senior Advisor to the President of the United States. In this role she directed the elaborate details associated with the domestic and international event activities, travel, protocol and media for President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Development and Programs Administrator
Michele is Development and Program Administrator for the Nevada Women’s Fund after many years with the Community services Agency, in Reno, where her work focused on the development of services designed to improve the lives of low-income Nevada families. She holds multiple years’ experience in strategic fund, business, affordable housing, economic and new program development, with a strong emphasis in data analysis. Michele holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno and also a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is active in the community through many professional organizations. Her interests outside of work include yoga, reading, traveling and cycling.
Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator
Stephanie is Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator. A native of Kings Beach and later working in Truckee and Verdi, Stephanie comes to the Nevada Women’s Fund with experience in product and client management, skills in customer service and problem-solving. She is familiar with managing multiple projects. Her prior knowledge and desire to make a difference in her community make her a perfect fit for the Nevada Women’s Fund. Stephanie has previously worked with non-profit organizations including the North Tahoe Family Resource Center and Whole Hearts Minds and Bodies.