Many Junior League of Chicago (JLC) women consistently hear about Annual Fund, it almost seems to be a JLC buzzword. But what exactly is the Annual Fund, and why is it so important to the League? Here’s the 411 on the Annual Fund.
The Annual Fund provides vital unrestricted financial support to the League where it is needed most. Membership dues only cover a portion of the League’s total operating expenses. Your donation to the Annual Fund directly supports the operation of the League’s programs, headquarters, and human resources. The Annual Fund is important to stabilizing the League, helping balance our budget, while also allowing the organization to continue to grow within the community.
The Annual Fund is important to the League’s mission of “promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” People, time, and financial resources are an ongoing necessity to the success of the League’s growth and continued commitment to its mission.
So who runs Annual Fund? Whitney Dawson serves as the Chair of this year’s Annual Fund with Katie Price as Chair-Elect. Both women work in fundraising, and took on these roles to make a tangible impact on the League. Along with their small but mighty committee of eight, the team has worked hard to successfully execute the Annual Fund campaign.
How does your donation make a difference? A gift of any size is significant and benefits the League. The Annual Fund is the League’s largest and most efficient fundraising vehicle. When you make a donation the Annual Fund 100 percent of your donation goes back to the League. Each year, the Annual Fund strives to raise at least $100,000. Currently, the Annual Fund is halfway to this number. If you’re in need of fundraising credits, the Annual Fund is a great way to support the League and earn your credits. Each $50 donation to the Annual Fund counts as two fundraising credits. Let’s help Annual Fund reach the $100,000 mark!
Your gift to the Annual Fund demonstrates your commitment to both the League’s present and future. Help the League continue to make a difference with a gift to the Annual Fund. Visit www.jlchicago.org/donate to make your donation today!
By Elise Houren, 2016-17 Topics & Trends staff member