100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun

The Scottsdale group of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun recently donated more than $10,000 to Scottsdale-based nonprofit Family Promise of Greater Phoenix. Pictured, from left,: Kim Tarnopolski, 100+ Women Who Care; Ted Taylor, Family Promise; and Stephanie Millner, 100+ Women Who Care. 

The Scottsdale group of 100+ Women Who Care (WCC) Valley of the Sun recently donated more than $10,000 to nonprofit Family Promise of Greater Phoenix.

The Scottsdale-based nonprofit organization, which works with families and their children experiencing or at risk of homelessness, has helped more than 1,300 families since its inception in 2000.

“Our group of women was inspired by Family Promise’s dedication to families and children experiencing homelessness, especially during these challenging times prompted by the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis,” said Kim Tarnopolski, chief community builder for 100+ WWC Valley of the Sun.

Family Promise said it will use the $10,270 donation toward their social work team, which provides case management and care to parents and children in the program. 

“This donation will allow us to better serve more families who are working with our Social Work team, whether they need to secure documentation, access employment services, receive supplemental food, or other basic needs to help families get back on their feet and secure a roof over their head,” said Ted Taylor, executive director. 

This year alone, Family Promise has placed 100 families into independent housing and self-sufficiency and has assisted 15 families to stay out of the shelter system through their preventative programming. 

“Families across the Valley are in need of our services, and we’re grateful to the Scottsdale group of 100+ WWC for helping us deliver those services,” Taylor said.

100+ WWC Valley of the Sun is a philanthropic group of more than 100 women who meet quarterly to donate money to selected charities.

During their giving circles, three local charities are presented, members vote, and the charity with the most votes receives a sizable donation of $10,000 or more.

Family Promise was nominated by Scottsdale native and Family Promise community relations manager Lisa Randall at the Scottsdale group’s virtual giving circle on Oct. 28.

“We’ve continued to hold our giving circles virtually through the pandemic because we know organizations like Family Promise really need this kind of support to continue serving the homeless population,” Tarnopolski said.

Tarnopolski formed the Valley of the Sun WWC chapter in 2015 after attending one of the WWC Phoenix chapters’ giving circles.

Tarnopolski describes the Valley of the Sun chapter’s women as 35 to 70 years of age, both retirees and working women.

“We do have 10 to 15 percent of the group that are around 30,” she adds.

But what all of the women have in common is they all want to raise awareness for and give back to local charities.

“Yes, it’s about giving and supporting a charity, but it’s also about just learning about charities,” Tarnopolski said. “That’s the great thing about this.”

In total, WWC Valley of the Sun has raised and donated $644,000 to 64 local charities.

The Scottsdale group, alone, has raised $205,675 – and has donated to Family Promise of Greater Phoenix once before in 2018, when they raised $8,850 for the nonprofit.

“Family Promise is so grateful for the compassionate hearts of Kim [Tarnopolski], Jenn [Kaye], Stephanie [Millner] and Jacqueline [Destremps], whose collective desire is to bring awareness of all the great organizations and the impact they are having in our community,” said Family Promise of Greater Phoenix Director of Philanthropy Susan Kavanaugh at the time.

A pandemic didn’t stop WWC Valley of the Sun members from showing up and giving back, either.

After transitioning their giving circles to Zoom, WWC Valley of the Sun members donated $29,300 in May.

Ahwatukee donated $11,150 to A New Leaf’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program, Scottsdale donated $11,200 to Harvest Compassion Center and the East Valley group donated $6,650 to the Arizona Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America.

“We’re continuing to, every quarter, touch more and more charities,” Tarnopolski said. “We’re bringing a concept to women that otherwise really isn’t there.”

The next Scottsdale giving circle takes place Jan. 27 via Zoom. Prospective members must submit a membership and commitment form prior to registering. 

Information: 100wwcvalleyofthesun.org, familypromiseaz.org