What's New #3, by Susan Wittig Albert
501(c)(3) as an educational organization. Our mission is two-fold: to support women who want to write about their lives and to educate people to the importance of women's stories--their importance to individual storytellers (as a way of clarifying life patterns, goals, experiences) and their importance to families, communities, and the various cultures that make up our world.
We could have chosen many forms for our new organization. We chose to be a member-supported community--which means that most of SCN's income comes from its members, whose dues support our member services. But we also provide important community services. One example: our book review site, which supports women writers, many small publishers, and women readers. Another example: this blog, which offers a range of significant help for women lifewriters. Some of our community services are self-supporting, like our online classes. Others, like this blog and our book review site, are our gift to you, and a way of fulfilling our mission in the wider world.
Over the years, we have received significant funding support from the community. In 1999, a major foundation grant of $100,000 helped us to get our OWl-Circle Project underway. An anonymous gift of $50,000 helped to put SCN on a firm financial footing through the middle years of this decade. Over the past dozen years since we began, many other gifts, large and small, have augmented the direct support we receive from our members.
Money does matter. We can continue to do what we're doing only as long as we can pay for it. As SCN's president reminded us in a recent eletter, times are tough everywhere, for everyone--but especially for SCN. We do a lot with a little, but we do need that little. So please consider this post as an invitation to help us out, whether you're a member of our SCN community or of the wider world of women who care about women's stories. We've made it easy. Go here to see how you can help SCN carry out its work.
Thank you for anything you can do to help.