The Women Helping Women Fund (WHWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.
1992: Founded in 1992 by six women who wanted to support women and children in need in Spokane—Mari Clack, Marcy Drummond, Vicki McNeill, Shirley Rector, Janet Skaden, and Vivian Winston.
2008: Jeanette Walls speaks at the luncheon. Twenty-seven programs are funded.
1993: First luncheon is attended by 700 people and raises more than $80,000. Alene Moris is the keynote speaker.
2012: The WHWF Luncheon raises a record $335,900! Elizabeth Smart is the keynote speaker.
1999: Gloria Steinem speaks at the luncheon.
2016: To date, the Women Helping Women Fund has raised $6 million, funded 450 programs, and assisted thousands of women and children throughout Spokane County.
2006: Lisa Ling speaks at the luncheon.
2016/17 Board of Directors
Megan Thilo - President
Diane Paxton - Past President
Traci McGlathery - President Elect
Kristi Gravelle - Treasurer
Stacy Destito - Secretary
American Income Life
Fulcrum Financial Group
Red Lion Hotels
Deaconess Hospital | MultiCare Health System
Moss Adams LLP
Downtown Spokane Partnership
Providence Health Care Foundation
Eastern Washington University
Numerica Credit Union
Kristina Van Loben Sels
Arbor Crest Winery
Rachel joined Women Helping Women Fund as the Executive Director in January 2016. An alumnus of Gonzaga University, Rachel has a passion for service and community enrichment. She spent time in Uganda, Africa teaching math to secondary school students and has served with nonprofit organizations in Spokane while working in the business sector. Prior to joining Women Helping Women Fund, Rachel was traveling in Nepal evaluating grants that had been given in response to the major earthquakes of 2015. With a background in analytics, leadership and project management, Rachel is interested in asking critical questions and making strategic decisions to ensure funding is deeply impacting our community.
Photo by Diane Maehl Photography