News From the Board

A few words from new SDWF President, Susan Howe

As a member since 2009, I have seen some incredible women precede me as president of SDWF, and it is truly an honor to follow their lead. Over the past 10 years I have made a number of cherished friendships within this organization, and I have personally seen the power of collective philanthropy.

I am stepping into this role at a pivotal time; we’ve just begun strategic planning and we’re gearing up for our 20th anniversary in 2020. There is so much exciting work to be done and I’m looking forward to working with our members to map out our next chapter.

I am so proud to be part of a collective giving organization that doesn’t shy away from the tough issues facing our region. I am excited to step into this role as we work to understand and help meet the needs of refugees, asylees and asylum seekers in the next grants cycle. We anticipate granting out the largest amount in SDWF history next June – a fitting way to celebrate our 20th anniversary of grantmaking.

I look forward to working closely with all of you this year in service of our community.

Susan Howe,
SDWF President