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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion.

Results: In 2013, JRF awarded 87 scholarships, bringing the total amount awarded since 1976 to more then $2 Million. In 2014, supporters across the country will make it possible to award another 87 scholarships.

Target demographics: low-income women, 35 and older

Direct beneficiaries per year: 87 women are receiving JRF scholarships in 2014.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: scholarships and support to help women pay for tuition, as well as rent, child care, transportation, and other living expenses while enrolled in college.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 pjgal2000

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship means the world to me! As a non traditional, "older" woman college student, being awarded the JRF scholarship has helped me in so many ways. Not only through the much needed funds, but in the support and encouragement both from the foundation and from my fellow JRF scholars. Thanks in a large part to this organization, I enter my senior year of nursing school next month and in May of 2016 I will live my dream as I graduate with my RN degree. I could never thank Jeanette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund enough for ALL this scholarship has and does mean to me! Pam Jones

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the third semester JRF has helped me pursue my history degree so I can go on to graduate studies and teacher certification. Then I will not only be a positive influence on youth, but earn a decent living. Win-win. The funds are greatly appreciated even though they are only a fraction of my education expenses; the encouragement from being selected and supported are equally valuable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation helps mature women in financial need pay for college. $1000 a semester is a significant boost in making ends meet. My university quickly processed the funds deposited to my account, which I can use for tuition or for daily expenses. JRF is not an impersonal money machine, though, but a community of caring women that offers support and encouragement on an individual basis.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation has assisted hundreds of older women attain their educational and vocational goals for more than three decades. Through these women, the JRF has had incalculable positive impacts upon the families and communities they support and serve. Dedicated volunteers and staff work together to accomplish the foundation's mission with limited funding by wise and responsible investments of money, time and other resources.

1 Deborah U.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jeannette Rankin Foundation, though starting small, has grow increasingly over the 24 years that I have lived in Athens. I have seen so many of their recipients attain, or even excel in stated educational goals. These woman, most likely would have had few other resources to aid them in their quest for higher education, better paying job, and in many cases a way to break a cycle for their daughters or sons. The events, with top quality organization and variety, draw many more new participants each year. The recipients who come back each year to share also inspire the entire room of woman- we are indeed changing the world! I know that Jeannette Rankin would be very proud of the tireless work that is done in her name at JRF, and that is why they get my vote for the Top Rated Nonprofit!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've have been a donor of JRF for years and I know the money I donate goes to great cause. You can look at JRF's 990 and know that money is being managed well. I always recommend that people do research on organizations before they donate. Do a quick google search for 990 finder and you can access the JRF's 990 and see how they use money--you will be impressed. I've donated in the past and plan on making another donation before the end of 2012. I plan on being a lifetime JRF donor.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very effective organization with very small infrastructure. Inspiring women changing the world!

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Donor

Rating: 5

JRF is a small organization with a BIG mission. Their focus on supporting the education mature women has enormous influence on the lives of grant recipients. JRF does a great deal with small resources and gets my support!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served on various nonprofit boards in the arts and in education for over twenty-five years, JRF has become a valued extension of service in those areas. I was drawn to JRF because of its focus on providing financial support for adult women who are investing in higher education as a life changing experience. Having these women in the college classroom, most often serving as exemplars to other students, drew me to volunteer with JRF. The opportunity to serve on the board of directors has revealed the depth of commitment of the leadership and staff in fulfilling the mission JRF. This is the way to “give back” to my profession.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I first learned about this organization when he attended a workshop for non-profits seven years ago. We are both retired university professors and throughout our careers have worked with older students who needed financial assistance to continue their educational programs. These students because of their life experiences and maturity have so much to offer and we have enjoyed working with them in our respective disciplines. We are also familiar with reading applications and making decisions about which applicants might be most likely to achieve their goals. So working with the Foundation is a wonderful way for us to use our skills to assist women over 35 in reaching their goals. It continues to be a most rewarding experience for us.

1 Ruth19

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jeannette Rankin Foundation is amazing. After volunteering for several years, I joined the Board because I believe so much in the work they do. Through scholarships and other support services they help adult women return to college. Through education these women are improving their lives and those of their families.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a regular volunteer for JRF for nearly a year. Each time I go there to work, my job is clearly organized and ready for me. I have had many meaningful and positive experiences with them. Being a scholarship reader has been very rewarding. Reading all of the stories of the amazing women who apply for this scholarship has given me insight into the hardships people face and overcome in their determined work toward an education and better way of life. I am very proud to be associated with JRF, and often recommend them to friends looking for a place to volunteer. To the JRF scholars - I am so very honored to share in your experience and so very proud of all of your hard work. My best wishes to you and your families.

1 Diane52

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was awarded a JRF scholarship for three years when I was working toward my B.A. I can't say enough about how much the support I received from JRF helped me to change my life for the better. I will always be grateful for the work they do to help women achieve their dreams.