JUNE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By now you’ve
probably heard that
MacKenzie Bezos has
pledged to give away
half her fortune to
charity. Anyone have
her phone number?
WiVLA could put
some of that $36
billion to good use for
Not that we haven’t done pretty well over the last 25
years. I’m always proud to point out that WiVLA has
given $42,000 to individual artists and writers in honor
of 20 years of ECO Fund Grants.
Think also of the countless creatives and art
professionals we have paid honoraria to in exchange
for their inspiring presentations at our monthly
meetings. Add in the scholastic scholarships we’ve
awarded and you have quite a sum of giving and
supporting the arts in all its iterations.
As a WiVLA member, I never thought about the
source of this money except maybe thinking of
membership dues. Once I was fortunate enough to join
the Board, I began to see just how much we were
doing with how little.
WiVLA currently has no corporate sponsors, active
grants, or wealthy, generous benefactors. Just us! the members!
So, as we celebrate our 25th year, let’s think how we
can get more to do more for our creative community
going forward. Three ways to get started are:
1. Membership! Renew if you have not, and
please don’t be shy about inviting friends to our
monthly meetings. This is the most organic way
to increase our reach. We all know artistic
women who don’t think they are ‘professional’
or ‘good enough’ for WiVLA. What?! We
welcome all creative women
2. Easy passive giving by shopping. Be sure to
add WiVLA’s Amazon Smile to your online
amazon.com account. At Randall’s, stop by the
courtesy booth and have them link your
Randall’s card to WiVLA’s number. When we
host a Cultured Cocktails event through
FreshArts at Boheme Cafe or other happy-hour
fundraiser, come join the fun!
3. Seek out big money. Does anyone work for a
company that has matching gift program or that
can sponsor a WiVLA event by donating
money or goods-in-kind? How about women-owned
businesses that would like to partner
with us? Our treasurer is ready to send you, and
anyone who gives, a form for your tax-deductible
WiVLA has so many ideas for the next 25 years! We
can ensure our place in Houston’s artistic community
by thinking now how we can further finance our
dreams. I welcome your ideas and comments. And
MacKenzie’s cell number if you’ve got it!