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Funding Our Vision at WILPF: A Message from Development Chair Marybeth Gardam.

Look around. It's never been more important to invest in the vision of a world at peace. Help us reach our 2017 fundraising goal of $73,750 (from individual donations, grants, and appeals). That's just a portion of our $250,000 average annual budget, but with everyone's help, we'll be able to expand our capacity and keep our work sustainable. Fundraising at WILPF is everyone's job.

How does WILPF spend the money you contribute?

* $15-$17 of each $35 dues payment goes to support International WILPF and its international programs. WILPF US retains only $18-$20 from dues to fund our work.

* We support and fund the work of Issue Committees.

* We fund Mini-Grants to branches and Issue Committees that fuel your community-based grassroots organizing and activism.

* We fund communications--Peace & Freedom magazine, monthly newsletter (eNews), and time-sensitive eAlerts--to connect members to one another and to WILPF US. Visit our website, www.wilpfus.org, to stay informed, subscribe to the newsletter, and to join our actions.

* We fund support staff to update our database and improve our lists, share our reports, and respond to member inquiries.

* We fund printed brochures, fact sheets, and infographic cards on WILPF's campaigns and projects that members may order for their own use.

* We fund such administrative and governance costs as a once-yearly in-person Board meeting, insurance costs, accountants, mailing, and equipment maintenance, to keep WILPF functioning.

* We fund an annual trip for our Section's representative to the International Board to attend one board meeting in Geneva.

* We fund part of our UN Practicum in Advocacy Program to bring students to the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City, and we fund the Local 2 Global Program, for two of our members to attend the CSW events at the UN.

* We fund ONE WILPF Calls; we co-sponsor conferences with national allies; we fund travel for some of our expert speakers to present WILPF's perspective at other conferences.

Our hard-working, hands-on Board of Directors and branch leaders also devote countless hours to the administrative, fiscal, and organizing responsibilities of WILPF US. Because of their donations of time and your generosity, WILPF US is strong and resilient.

Do More for Peace!

We have an urgent imperative to do MORE for peace each year. Our funding must grow to keep pace with our dreams and values. Here's an easy way YOU can help: Consider Buying WILPF a Cup of Coffee each month. Sign up at wilpfus.org/story/buy-wilpf-cup-coffee-once-week. The impact of a small monthly (or weekly) contribution from ALL of us could be amazing.

$5 a month x 12 months ($60 a year)--

Or the cost of a moderate dinner for two

* If 200 members each contributed $5 a month, we'd raise $12,000 a year for peace.

* If 500 members each contributed $5 a month, we'd raise $30,000 a year for peace.

$10 a month x 12 months ($120 a year)--

About the cost of one Broadway show

* If 200 members each contributed $10 a month, we'd raise $24,000 a year for peace.

* If 500 members each contributed $10 a month, we'd raise $60,000 a year for peace.

$5 a week x 52 weeks ($260 a year)--

About the cost of two concert or sporting event tickets

* If 200 members each contributed $5 a week, we'd raise $52,000 a year for peace.

* If 500 members each contributed $5 a week, we'd raise $130,000 a year for peace.

$10 a week x 52 weeks ($520 a year)--

The cost of registration for two to a national conference

* If 200 members each contributed $10 a week, we'd raise $104,000 a year for peace (about half our average annual budget!).

* If 500 members each contributed $10 a week, we'd raise $260,000 a year for peace (more than our entire average annual budget!)
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