December 2017: We need your help

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to thank our members and staff for all their hard work.

Your grit and dedication paid off with a successful CAMP, where women of all ages and backgrounds came together in Hot Springs, Ark. to recognize, inspire and grow as women in journalism.

I also want to thank our donors. Our #GivingTuesday campaign raised more than $5,000, which means we plan to hold more regional events and webinars.

Most recently, the Executive Committee of The Gridiron Club and Foundation sent us a check for $5,000! This money will be used to help give women the skills they need to be successful in today’s fast-changing media landscape. (Thanks to Lynn Sweet for your guidance).

While I’d love to say we can now kick back and just glide into 2018, I’d be lying. JAWS has a lot more work to do this year and beyond, and we need your help. Right. Now.

That’s right, we are in the flurry of a year-end matching campaign of $10,000. Thanks to Dawn Garcia and Kat Rowlands (both past JAWS presidents), we have the opportunity to bring in $20,000 … but the clock is ticking fast. Your tax-deductible gifts must be postmarked by Dec. 31 to count for 2017.

So, here is my humble request: If you can give, please donate at, or contact me or our staff.

If you can spread the word, please let your friends and family know about our $10,000 matching drive via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—as well as emails and handwritten notes. And please help spread the word by tagging us @womenjournos and using our hashtag: #GiftofJAWS.

Remember: Every contribution and every social action gets us one step closer to reaching our goal, which, simply stated, is to empower women in journalism.


PS … Here are some sample posts:

JAWS is matching your year-end donations just in time for the holidays. Give a priceless gift to women in journalism by donating here:

End your year by helping women in journalism reach their dreams. If you give to JAWS before Dec. 31, your impact will be doubled thanks to a generous donation match! #GiftofJAWS

Give at and have your donation matched through Dec. 31! With your support, JAWS can expand opportunities to keep women’s voices in journalism. #GiftofJAWS

Support mentoring, training and career development for women journalists. If you donate to JAWS before December 31, your year-end gift will count twice. #GiftofJAWS