July 2012


The Running Campaign
Seventy-eight miles. 411,840 feet. 4,942,080 inches. That’s the distance I’ll be covering during the SIX half marathons that I’ll be running between June 3, 2012 through December 2, 2012.

The End Result. Undergoing both an intense physical and mental challenge by running 6 Half Marathons all in the name of raising money for an agency dear to my heart, Women Organized to Make Abuse Non-Existent (WOMAN, Inc).

The Races:
  • Jun. 3, 2012 - San Diego, CA - Rock 'n' Roll Series
  • Sept. 22, 2012 - Denver, CO - Rock 'n' Roll Series
  • Oct. 7, 2012 - San Jose, CA - Rock 'n' Roll Series
  • Oct. 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - Nike Women's Marathon
  • Oct. 28, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - Rock 'n' Roll Series
  • Dec. 2, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV - Rock 'n' Roll Series

I am writing to ask if you will sponsor me in undertaking this challenge. I have two ambitious goals - first to beat my personal record of running a half marathon by atleast 1 minute in each of the 6 races and second to help me raise $5,000 for WOMAN Inc. All donations will directly benefit the agency and are, of course, tax deductible.

Raising money for this agency holds special importance for me as I work for WOMAN, Inc and working towards ending violence against women is one of my life's passions. Domestic Violence affects more people than you might imagine with one of every four women experiencing it at some point in their lifetime. This form of violence does not discriminate and occurs among people of all races, ages, socio-economic classes, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, occupations, and education backgrounds, meaning the likelihood of this situation happening to you or a loved one of yours is all too real. A statement that I am sad to say holds true for me as too many special people in my life have had to undergo this heart-breaking situation.

Please join me in supporting this very important cause by sponsoring me in my Running to End DV quest! Plus, our Board Chair will match the $5,000 we raise - bringing in $10,000 total for survivors of domestic violence!

TO SPONSOR: Click on DONATE NOW to make a secure credit card donation.

You can also follow my quest via a blog set-up by Runway Junkie, an online marketplace where you can buy and sell women’s designer clothing and accessories while supporting pro-women organizations, such as WOMAN, Inc.

Click on to follow my quest via photos, videos, and blog posts!

Thank you so much for your support and I hope I can make WOMAN, Inc proud!




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Message from WOMAN Inc

WOMAN Inc is in the process of implementing some changes as we move from a position of financial fragility to organizational strength while continuing to provide strong programs serving survivors of domestic violence. 

As context, earlier this year WOMAN Inc, like many other community agencies, experienced challenges with fitting the demand for our programs into existing funding streams. At this juncture we are focusing on providing high quality services, while balancing budgetary issues. We have made a series of expense reductions while protecting our programs and ensuring not a moment's gap in service provision. 

In May, Roberta Toomer, our Executive Director, left WOMAN Inc. We are thankful for the leadership she provided, and wish her the absolute best. We know that she was an active part of our community, and that her daily presence will be missed. Our Program Services Director, Jill Zawisza, is serving as Interim Executive Director with full support of our staff, Board, partner agencies, and community. The WOMAN Inc Board of Directors is playing a very hands-on role to manage our budget and rebuild the WOMAN Inc organizational infrastructure to support strong programs and ensure sustainability going forward. 

Additionally, the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, led by Beverly Upton, has formed a small advisory committee to provide support and counsel to WOMAN Inc leaders, as well as to rally community resources and support as needed. The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and the Blue Shield Foundation also continue to be key supporters. 

Most importantly, our programs are as strong as ever. Survivors continue to count on our therapy program, 24-hour domestic violence hotline, volunteer training, and Latina Program. Our amazing staff is the heart of WOMAN Inc, and we have rallied together to ensure that survivors are served with continued high-quality programs. 

Growing and strengthening our funding base is a key priority this year. Our goal is to raise $50,000 by December 2012, in addition to more than $200,000 in philanthropic/foundation grants. Doing so will enable WOMAN Inc not just to survive--but to thrive. 

Donating now to our agency is critical for us to rebuild our financial foundation and work toward longer-term sustainability. It's a virtuous cycle. More funding now will enable us to show funders that we're back on track toward sustainability so that more investments come in over time. 

We all know that transitions can be difficult to manage. However, they also offer opportunity to strengthen communities, both within the agency, and beyond. Working togther collaboratively and being flexible enough to adapt the model are two core values at the very heart of our programs. They will serve us well as we continue to evolve. We count ourselves as extremely fortunate; the staff, volunteer community and board at WOMAN Inc are stellar. Belonging to such a strong community is part of what inspires us all to continue this vital work. 

Strong Field Project Institute
WOMAN Inc participated in the Strong Field Project Institute occuring on May 21-23rd in Torrance, California.

The Strong Field Project is a four-year, $7 million effort by Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Blue Shield Against Violence program. Started in 2010, the Project focuses on building a stronger, more coordinated network of DV service providers in California. In collaboration with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Jemmott Rollins Group, and Women's Foundation of California, the Project will develop individual leadership skills, stronger organizations, and networking and expanded knowledge-sharing opportunities across California’s domestic violence field.

Jill Zawisza, Interim Executive Director, and member of the Strong Field Project's Leadership Development Program, and Mariya Taher, Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center participated at the 3-day Institute on behalf of WOMAN Inc On May 23rd, Jill and Mariya, were invited to present on the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center at the Institute. The two reported on the progress of the online system in helping to locate resources for survivors of domestic violence, and it was met with great enthusiasm by those who attended.

The Strong Field Project Institute gave WOMAN Inc the opportunity to meet with peers from across the state who are equally invested in ending domestic violence. During the 3-day Institute, the room was filled with hope and excitement at being able to connect with one another to share ideas and resources, because simply by all coming together, the Institute had helped to create a stronger field of domestic violence service providers.

To learn more about the Strong Field Project Institute, visit

Trans March
WOMAN Inc staff and volunteers participated in the Eighth Annual Trans March as part of the Anti-Domestic Violence contingent on June 22nd, 2012. Walking with advocates from Asian Women's Shelter, CUAV, The Riley Center, La Casa de las Madres, and CORA, volunteers and staff proudly marched to give support to Trans survivors of domestic violence and stand in solidarity with the community. This event was a wonderful opportunity for WOMAN Inc to show the San Francisco community that Domestic Violence against anyone will not be tolerated and that our agency will continue to support all survivors and help them find peace and security.


Party With Purpose 
We often overlook the impact that grassroots fundraising can make. But in times like this, it is more important than ever! To speak to this need, WOMAN Inc has put  together a toolkit for volunteers and community members to use in order to throw fundraising parties in their home, their friend or family member's place, their workplace, or favorite restaurant or bar. It's a fun and easy way to raise money while having a good time and bringing folks together for an important cause. We'll support Party With Purpose hosts in the planning process, and whenever possible, attend the party and represent WOMAN Inc.

If you're interested in throwing a party, or know someone who is, please direct them to or leave a message (415) 864-4777 ext 317.

We value community support and know that it can make all the difference! 

Bingo Night at the Dubliner
July 14, 7pm

Come out for an evening of B-I-N-G-O at the bar to support WOMAN Inc!

A few of our amazing supporters have dedicated themselves to raising awarness of domestic violence and funding for WOMAN Inc by running the Nike Woman's Marathon or Half Marathon to be held here in San Francisco on October 14th. This amazing group of women are calling themselves "Ending Domestic Violence with Every Step" and team members include Jennifer Wilkins, Roxanne Robledo, and Felicia Clark. Their end goal is to run their legs off in the Nike Marathon and to raise $4,000 for WOMAN Inc services through hosting a series of fundraisers for the agency. 

And for the first event, they're hosting a night filled full of B-I-N-G-O. So come on out and support WOMAN Inc!  

For more information on the Ending Domestic Violence with Every Step team, please visit

Details for Bar B-I-N-G-O night:
Location: West Portal Dubliner 328 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, California 94127
Start time: 7pm - 10 pm
$10 buy in for a bingo card to play with all night or two for $15.
$3 Drink specials at the bar
$5 raffle tickets or 3 for $12
Free Pizza party while it lasts! 
Selection of one great prize and a free drink to the winner of each BINGO round
Raffling off tons of great items such gift certificates to Thirsty Bear Brewing Company and Perry's in San Francisco, tickets to Peaches Christ's The Silence of the Trans, and much more!  

Wish List

The following in-kind gifts (new or gently used) will help WOMAN, Inc. to support survivors of domestic violence in a holistic and relevant manner:
  • Brochure display stand
  • Small rolling luggage case for laptop
  • Digital camera with video
  • Foam fold-out sleeper chair
  • Couch
  • Coffee maker
  • Gift Cards for Walgreens, Safeway, Ross, local restaurants, etc. (For survivors and children who must flee without funds).
  • Motel Vouchers (for those survivors who may only need one night in a confidential location until they can find a shelter or leave town).
  • Muni Passes, Muni Passport or Muni single ride tickets, or BART tickets

To learn more about contributing to our wish list or making other types of donations, call Jill Zawisza at 415-864-4777, Ext 306.