January 2014: Fundraising update, supporting new initiatives

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

I just had a baby. My first.

His name is Malcolm. He has 10 perfect long fingers and 10 perfect long toes and wants to eat every second of the day.

Knowing he will be watching me closely, listening to how I describe the world makes me want to be even more deliberate about how I spend my time. I’ll proudly tell him that I am a member of a kickass group of women journalists that is trying to create a more accurate portrayal of society through our work. I’ll proudly tell him how I’m working with a brilliant team to help make that happen.

We didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl until he came out and I lifted his slippery body up onto my chest. With my incredible husband, I’m looking forward to raising a boy who is proud to be honorary nephew to 700 or so JAWdesses nationwide. And yes, I’ve already ordered him a onesie that reads “This is what a feminist looks like.”

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In addition to my big life change, my other baby (as my friends lovingly call JAWS) is also growing and thriving!

To everyone who gave to JAWS in 2013: THANK YOU!  We raised $54,000 in individual contributions. (See Ambassador Kat Rowlands’ summary in this newsletter.) Because of you, JAWS remains financially stable and is poised to become an even more effective voice for women in journalism.

We will continue to diversify our revenue streams to support several new initiatives:

  • A new digital platform that will enhance and broaden features for the members-only side of our website.
  • Expanded regional trainings.
  • Expanded mentorship program set to launch on Valentine’s Day!

For a detailed look at what we did last year and an overview of plans for this year, take a look at our 2014 fundraising plan.

As I review the many accomplishments of 2013 and look forward to continued progress in 2014, it is gratifying to review our 2012-2017 Strategic Plan (approved by the Board of Directors in June 2012). I am pleased to report that we are on track to achieve almost all of our goals on membership growth, programming enhancements and staffing additions. We have also taken steps to elevate the profile of JAWS. I am floored by our accomplishments!

Every small thing we do is dictated by the guidelines in this planning document; I encourage all JAWS members to read the full document or the executive summary.

When the board meets for its annual spring retreat in April, we will review our goals and assess whether we have made sufficient progress to craft a new Strategic Plan in 2015. This would be two years ahead of schedule and nicely tied to the 30th anniversary of JAWS.

As always, I welcome your feedback (whaley@jaws.org) about how we can better serve our members and the world!

And now, back to breastfeeding.

All my best,