100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley Announces Spring 2015 Funding Recipient

AAH April 2015

Left to Right: Jill Mitsch (100+), Lisa Carnevale (Animal Assisted Happiness-funding recipient), Therese Kollerer (100+), Cathryn Silva (100+)


April 9, 2015–Campbell, Calif. — The Silicon Valley Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, a giving circle where members nominate local organizations for possible funding, today announced Animal Assisted Happiness as the recipient of funding at its April 8th meeting held at Rendezvous Wine Bar in Campbell, CA.

Animal Assisted Happiness provides hands‐on access to animals for children who have chronic illness or face other daunting challenges in their young lives. The children visit Animal Assisted Happiness’ barnyard, located in Gilroy, CA, which is home to miniature horses, goats, bunnies, a donkey and many other animals. Animal Assisted Happiness also uses its mobile unit, which brings the animals to the children. Animal Assisted Happiness received the majority vote from 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley members, and therefore received $2,300 in immediate funding.

In addition to Animal Assisted Happiness, members listened to presentations from Hidden Villa and Grail Family Services.

Hidden Villa uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to provide learning opportunities about the environment and social justice. Its mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy. Hidden Villa’s property stretches over 1600 acres of open space in Los Altos Hills, CA.

Grail Family Services provides center-based, school-based and community-based programs that support literacy, oral language development and family engagement. In addition to its literacy programs, Grail Family Services operates the Robert L. Severns Children’s Library. With no public libraries within walking distance in East San Jose, the Children’s Library offers a welcoming environment that invites families to discover the joys and love of reading.

Since the 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley chapter was started in the fall of 2013, it has raised over $26,000 for local non-profits. Meetings are held quarterly on the second Wednesday of the quarter. The next 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley meeting will be held at 6pm on July 8th.


About 100+ Women Who Care

100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley is a giving circle where members nominate local organizations to receive funding. At each meeting, three pre-nominated organizations are picked “from the hat” to share its mission and vision with the group. After the three organizations present, members then vote anonymously and the organization with the most votes receives a check for $100 from each member, written that evening directly to the winning organization. The group is patterned after similar all-women giving circles located throughout the world.

For more information and to become a member, visit www.100womensv.org or contact Therese Kollerer, therese@lexingtoncapitalmanagement.com or (408) 370-5272, for membership or non-profit nomination information.