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When you support Womanspace today you are helping this “Rockford original” stay financially steady during the global pandemic. Our arts program has suspended operation since we have not yet perfected the art of Zoom-thrown pottery nor remote firings of our kiln. Social distancing prevents gifted teachers from bending over students’ work with their magic and wisdom. Some classes (like yoga and meditation) have successfully gone online but that kind of learning attracts only about 5% of regular WS participants. An event that regularly sustains our summer expenses, the Glitzy Garage Sale, will not happen this year. Nothing – not even a tornado nor years of “gully washers” has ever stopped the Glitzy – until this year. Your support will help to keep Womanspace alive until we emerge on the other side of this global event.

The given: life is different from anything we have known in the past. The promise: we will come through this time into a new normal. Some parts of that new Womanspace normal can be predicted:

  • Creativity will override despair; it already does and will grow stronger when we share the many creative ways we have learned to cope during our quarantine.
  • Connecting will again be the work and breath of Womanspace as together we reweave the holes that have been torn in our beautiful and diverse fabric.
  • Empowering will manifest as we who have learned to deeply trust the process will share our strength and practical wisdom with one another, formally and casually. We will learn by listening to each other’s unique stories.
  • Transforming will be key, as we all emerge into a world that we can only begin to glimpse. But transform we will. This is a time of global sea-change* and we will live into it together.

*The term “sea change,” a profound or notable transformation, is from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest:   

Full fathom five thy father lies. Of his bones are coral made

Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade

But doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange.


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Annual Fund Drive

99%
Goal:
$100,000.00
Collected:
$99,113.00

Use Your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to Donate to Womanspace

If you are an IRA owner and age 70 ½ or older, you can take advantage of a provision in the tax code that allows you to make a direct transfer to a qualified charity in any amount up to $100,000 without having to pay income taxes on the distribution.  This is an important advantage for a charitably minded IRA owner who doesn’t need his or her required minimum distribution (RMD) for living expenses.  Bear in mind you cannot claim the qualified distribution as a charitable tax deduction since you are receiving the benefit of the amount being excluded from your taxable income.  However, in deciding to avail yourself of this opportunity, you enjoy three appealing advantages: You satisfy the removal of the required minimum distribution from your IRA, you pay no income taxes on the amount and you help support the programs and mission of Womanspace.  If you are interested in helping Womanspace in this way, please request a check from your IRA made payable directly to Womanspace. Thank you!


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