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Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc.

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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a sense of sisterhood among women and to enhance the lives of those whom they support. At COSIA, we develop supportive networks that are not limited by age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion; utilize these networks as resources to produce affordable events and programs that promote team-building and the pursuit of personal and professional life goals and objectives; and support through fundraising and volunteer activities socially conscious initiatives and programs that benefit girls and women from underserved communities.

Results: We have brought unemployed and underemployed women to our annual conference, provided volunteer services and financial support to our charity beneficiary, and facilitated workshop and seminar experiences for women in the New York/New Jersey/CT Tri-State Area and Washington State. Donations to COSIA have helped us to support not only our mission, but also Operation Longthrust Summer Youth Camp, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Save the Children, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, In the Spirit of the Children, Inc., Lola Louis' Creative and Performing Arts Studio, Powerful Voices, and Things of My Very Own, Inc.

Target demographics: women achieve their personal, professional and philanthropic goals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 women and a nonprofit that serves 5,000 abused and neglected children annually

Geographic areas served: New York and Washington State

Programs: Our programs include a diverse membership program, women's leadership program, charity beneficiary program, volunteer program, and publications internship opportunities.

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I had to think of one word that described what COSIA was doing on a domestic and international front, I would have to say "GROWTH". This organization is not just growing in size, but it's growing in HEART. Year after year, the board of directors / volunteers/ and supporters alike are able to bring three distinctions to the table for me: integrity, realness, and an ability to inspire it's members and supporters both personally and professionally. The awesome thing is that this growth is not just for new COSIA affiliates, but for seasoned members like myself. I have been a member since 2009 and an active volunteer since 2012, during this time I have been apart of almost every WA Chapter event. This has aided me in the areas of my finances, health, organizational skills, relationships, spirituality, and creativity. Our consistent programming in the form of email blasts and other marketing initiatives have caused us all to become EXCITED and PARTICIPATORY. On more than one occasion, I have been personally called by President, Mrs. Cassandra Williams, to see how I was doing and how I wanted to participate in "xyz" event. I have learned that with each professional event we are able to plan, that it's not just planned to have a good vent, but to touch and inspire lives. The impact may seem small now, but I will never know how this work will benefit the generations to come. I look forward to seeing the ladies of COSIA grow in all the ways we set out to do! I am especially excited to hear the agenda, plans, and theme for 2015 from the board of directors! Thank you COSIA, you have exceedingly and abundantly surpassed my expectations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

COSIA is more to me than a network of business associates, friends, and members -- it's a network of family members. I look forward to the once-monthly meetings in Seattle, WA. It is there that I enjoy networking over tea with other meeting goers and learning something new from our acclaimed speakers/instructors. We've had 10 classes this year so far, everything from goal setting to negotiation to emergency preparedness and self reliance. Outside of our Seattle meetings, I can stay in "network" by looking at the COSIA website and checking my email for other events, articles, and updates. As the new year approaches, I look forward to knowing that the 2014-2015 COSIA board of officers strives for new and innovative ways to grow its members both professionally and personally. Both are needed & I am proud to be apart of such a philanthropic and caring organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

For the past few years, since its inception, COSIA has done its best to serve under-served populations in New York, particularly in the Bronx through the many activities and events that its held: from financial and leadership workshops to community-building projects.

Not only have these activities and events served the under-served but also the privileged members of COSIA through wonderful events, like its Annual Retreat and Conference, which for the past few years has been held in the quiet and lovely Chester, CT.

We, in COSIA, are, likewise, grateful to the donors we have who support these activities and events. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend speaks so highly of this organization and to see her progress so much mentally, professionally and spirituality thanks to this organization I have also grown to admire the work that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

COSIA is an amazing organization of women connecting, inspiring and supporting one another in fulfilling each others goals and uplifting others. This is a great organization to foster female-centered relationships and community involvement. The professionalism of every volunteer, the networking events and the opportunities garnered in the course of networking are outstanding in every way. My very close friend who is a big role model to me introduced me to Cosia and I am looking forward be more involved in future networking events.

Amanda161

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cosia does great good for the community. It focuses on sisterhood and lifting up woman, Inspiring dreams. I feel this is very important as we woman should never falter. I wish to volunteer more this year and even include my daughter as I want her to be humble and kids learn from example.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

More organizations like this are needed in the community! Society has trained women that they have no value and that we can not build ourselves or one another. COSIA is a voice of women across the country. I commend any organization that empowers the members/community, because WE HAVE AND HOLD THE POWER IN THIS WORLD!

1 Scarlett P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COSIA is a wonderful organization that brings women together. My friend, who holds a great role in the organization has grew and learned so much within her time of being part of COSIA. It's amazing they have something to culture women and make them be great leaders of tomorrow!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great organization to foster female-centered relationships and community involvement. I have met a great bunch of women who all want to be the best versions of themselves and help their communities be the best they can be as well. This organization has been a great source of support and laughter and I'm grateful that we are in each others' lives. I feel great knowing that what I do can have the smallest of impacts on women and girls in under-served communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association is a not-for-profit that is worth the time spent volunteering. The professionalism of every volunteer, the networking events and the opportunities garnered in the course of networking are outstanding in every way. The purpose of the organization, to be of help to and encouragement for women, girls and families, is an achievement and endeavor that is prolific and philanthropic. Giving back to the communities where we live, throughout the world, is the antithesis of the world’s view of life in the 21st century.

In my time spent at COSIA as a writer, managing editor, editor-in-chief and publications director, I have seen the organization continually grow in social media and every endeavor necessary for a not for profit in this day and age to function successfully. The yearly retreats in Connecticut have been a source of growth for the participants due to the creative, enlightening and soul-searching events and activities that are an integral part of the COSIA brand. I look forward to 2015 to see COSIA reach the goals it was designed to achieve and move forward in the pursuit of continued and expected excellence.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

COSIA is my first direct affiliation with a nonprofit organization. I had always wanted to be a part of a wonderful organization that gives back to the community, however I did not know how to go about becoming involved with one, or what I could do to contribute. I am so grateful that Lois Reddick asked me to contribute to the newsletter COSIAnet. Because of my desire to work on the newsletter, I not only satisfied my interest in contributing to a nonprofit, but my love of writing as well. The workshops and networking events help me with my direction as far as where I want to go with my future, and I know that the ongoing events will help in my elevation. The positive reinforcement received from my sisters in the organization is inspiring. The retreat that we attended this August was so incredibly uplifting, and the best part is that there is every opportunity to give back as much as take in. I am privileged to sit on the board as Publication Chair. I believe that as COSIA continues to grow, this nonprofit will be an even greater international organization that will draw many more women and girls of all walks of life to positive heights, and benefit all who are involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have grown so much during my time with Cosia so far, I can not wait to see what the future holds for me within this terrific organization. you will defiantly grow professionally, mentally and I dare even say spiritually. I love being apart of this amazing group.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined COSIA to give back to my community of sisters, who need to hear my story and how I began my journey as a young, black woman from one of the most violent neighborhoods in Tacoma, Washington, and develop into the woman that I am today. This organization has allowed me to tap into skills and abilities that I thought I didn't possess and challenge me to build upon those that I already utilize. It has also allowed me to learn how to build up my social as well as communication skills by learning from others and applying what I am learning.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

COSIA has been an organization that fosters growth and development in women across the United States. Members of this organization have realized their dreams and are creating such a positive impact on their communities! For example, Deni Taveras (a long-standing member of COSIA), has realized her dream of becoming a member of the County Council in the state of Maryland in 2014. We are so proud to have had her serve our organization.

Another example is our own Jennifer Hernandez. Jennifer came to COSIA as a participant in our COSIA Women's Leadership Program. She has attended our monthly development seminars and has recently been accepted into board leadership as our Membership & Diversity Committee Chair. We are so proud of her accomplishments and have for the first time in the history of our existence, promoted one of our members to serve on the Board of Directors!

I have personally grown and learned so much about working to foster brilliant women around common goals. I believe I am the leader I am today because of the impact that the members of COSIA have had on me. I look forward to another year of service with COSIA and am excited about our upcoming 10th year anniversary!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving on the COSIA Board of Directors has been a phenomenal experience. This board consists of brilliant women who believe in doing great things for their communities. It is not just about holding a seat on a board or having a monthly lunch meeting with friends. This organization is serious about its service to women and the lives of the people they touch! As a result of board service with COSIA, I am growing, I am stronger, and I am committed to making my community the best it can be by first being the best "ME". Many thanks to the COSIA Board of Directors and our wonderful founder Lois Reddick for helping me to BECOME MY BEST!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work at the retreat center where COSIA holds their annual retreat. We are always excited to see them come back, because the women in this group bring an energy and spirit that embodies the work that they engage in. That work is an important part of making the world a better place. I know their mission is on a global scale, but they always make our world a better place as soon as they enter our doors and get to work. We love COSIA!
Jim Emswiler
Guest House Retreat Center

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with COSIA is still in its growing stages; It has undeniably been a positive force in my life. The Sisters of this organization are a group of outgoing, go-getting, inspiring and uplifting women. I am so proud and grateful I’ve been chosen to become a part of an organization that stands for something as great as COSIA mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I admire the work COSIA is doing in the community and the platform they provide for professional women to expand their networks.

1 Tiffany21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I shared my passion for teaching fun, financial empowerment at COSIA. The women in attendance were attentive, open, friendly and wonderful to work with.

It was both a privilege and a pleasure to work with this organization.

Live richer,

The Budgetnista

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

COSIA does an amazing job at nurturing the needs of women realize their success. It serves a network of woman across the country from various fields and backgrounds. It's a wonderful group!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this group! It is completely devoted to helping women and their success. I love the founder, and have been very impressed by the work they have done.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered my career development services to the women of COSIA, presenting at a fundraiser and the annual retreat. I have also volunteered and participated in events. I am consistently impressed by the passion and dedication of the COSIA members. The founder is an inspiration and a positive force as well!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love COSIA! I've been a member of the organization for over five years and I continue to be a member because COSIA's mission to empower women across the nation and beyond is absolutely critical. There is passion here for transformation of women's lives on all levels. In addition there is action: things are being done and not only talked about. It is also a community of grace and support and networking. It's wonderful.