Women Helping Women Fund (WHWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.
1992: WHWF is founded 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.
1993: Our first luncheon is attended by 700 people and raises more than $80,000. Alene Moris is the keynote speaker.
1999: Gloria Steinem speaks at the luncheon.
2006: Lisa Ling speaks at the luncheon.
2008: Jeanette Walls speaks at the luncheon. Twenty-seven programs are funded.
2012: The WHWF Luncheon raises a record $335,900! Elizabeth Smart is the keynote speaker.
2016: After 24 years Women Helping Women Fund has raised $6 million, funded 450 programs, and assisted thousands of women and children throughout Spokane County.
2018: Dr. Tererai Trent speaks at the luncheon, raising over $317,000 that supports 17 programs.
2018/19 Board of Directors
Traci McGlathery - President
Megan Thilo - Past President
Kristi Gravelle - President Elect
Jennifer O'Callaghan - Secretary
Numerica Credit Union
American Income Life
Fulcrum Financial Group
City of Spokane
Deaconess Hospital | MultiCare Health System
Moss Adams LLP
Downtown Spokane Partnership
Providence Health Care Foundation
Eastern Washington University
Numerica Credit Union
Spokane Regional Health District
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