Join Women in Housing & Finance

Women in Housing & Finance (WHF) is a premiere non-partisan, nonprofit forum for business and policy experts to share their views and insights. Since 1979, WHF has provided outstanding opportunities to learn about housing and financial services developments, network with other professionals in the field, and meet with regulators and other government officials. Click here to find out more about membership and benefits.

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Call for WHF/WHFF Board Nominations, open until May 1, 2017
Interested in gaining board experience with a prominent inside-the-beltway housing and finance organization while contributing to an excellent cause?
Want an opportunity to promote the missions of Women in Housing and Finance (WHF) and the WHF Foundation and engage in highly rewarding work alongside other senior housing and financial services professionals?

WHF and the WHF Foundation are now seeking nominations for both boards for 2017 – 2019 in positions serving as board director and board officers. Each month, WHF and WHFF directors participate in a number of activities and contribute to the success of programs and projects by participating in committees, helping to organize events, and providing leadership and input.

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WHF Foundation kicks off its Year of Service celebrating 20 years of supporting community-based organizations
On February 21, 2017, The Women in Housing & Finance Foundation kicked off its Year of Service celebrating 20 years of supporting community-based organizations with an evening of “Welcome and Wine”. Over a dozen WHF member volunteers gathered at host K & L Gates to assemble welcome home kits of cleaning supplies and budgeting packages for families served by Foundation grantee partner Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services (GSH). Click here to read the full story.

Changepurse Volunteers Needed
The demand is growing for "Changepurse," the WHF Foundation's unique course in financial security and empowerment, and we need more volunteers! Our WHF Foundation partners are requesting our help in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Changepurse is an eight-week course of one-hour sessions facilitated by WHF volunteers. Can you spare an hour to help those in need? There is no better time to advance our mission and values than this, the WHF Foundation's 20th Anniversary "Year of Service." To learn more, please email Mary Martha Fortney, WHF Foundation president, at mmfortney@verizon.net. Thank you for your support! 

WHF Foundation Announces Scholarship Grant Awardee
WHF Foundation Board member Lindsay Donnelly is pleased to announce that Daryan Ware, a student at Trinity Washington University, has been awarded the WHF Foundation Scholarship. Click here to read more.

WHF Foundation Celebrating 20 Years of Empowering Women
The Women in Housing & Finance Foundation (WHF Foundation) will begin a year-long celebration of 20 years supporting women and families through financial literacy, transition housing assistance, economic empowerment and academic scholarships. Beginning later this month, the WHF Foundation will hold a series of special events which recognize the nonprofits supported by its Partnership Grants Programs as well as its partner associations—Operation HOPE and Trinity Washington University. Click here to read more.
2017 Calvary Women's Services Volunteer Series
The WHF Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 schedule for its continuing Financial Empowerment program partnership with residents of Calvary Women's Services, one of the Foundation's six non-profit partners. The three 8-week sessions for 2017 are scheduled as follows:  
•    March 7 to April 25
•    July 4 to August 22
•    October 31 to December 19

Taught by WHF volunteers who have trained on or used the Changepurse Strategy curriculum, the Financial Empowerment program helps the women gain the knowledge they need to make wise financial decisions when they leave Calvary to live independently.  

For questions and to volunteer, please call the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 or WHF Foundation President Mary Martha Fortney at 703-507-4088.  Mary Martha can be reached by email at mmfortney@verizon.net.

WHF Committees

The WHF Board of Directors is planning many quality programs in housing, financial services, and professional enrichment for WHF members. If you are interested in getting involved, please join one of our committees: 
  • Communications Committee (Rockhelle Johnson, Chair and Mary Miano, Vice Chair) 
  • Membership Committee (Courtney Vaughan, Chair and Kris Kully, Vice Chair)
  • Partnership Committee (Heidi Wicker, Chair and Courtney Vaughan, Vice Chair) 
  • Program Committee (Lindsey Johnson and Barbara Keller, Co-Chairs; Nicole Ehrbar, Public Policy Vice Chair; Lisa Ledbetter and Wendy Tran, Brown Bag Vice Chairs)
  • Sponsorship Committee (Joanna Shapiro, Chair and Mary Pat Denney, Vice Chair)
  • 2017 Symposium Committee (Joanna Shapiro, Chair)
We welcome your assistance, even if you have only limited time to offer. For more details about the work of the committees, please visit the Opportunities to Participate page. For questions and to volunteer for WHF Committees, please contact whf@whfdc.org or call 703-683-4742. 

Registration Cancellation Policy
Cancellations are accepted up to two business days before the event. Cancellations will not be accepted after this time and no-shows will be charged. Payments made after this date and onsite registrations will be charged an additional $10 fee.  

Member FeedBack
WHF wants to hear from you! Email us at whf@whfdc.org with speaker suggestions and/or topics you would like featured in future programs.
WHF Foundation
The WHF Foundation is comprised of WHF members who dedicate their resources and knowledge to help women and their families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Please consider contributing directly to the WHF Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #19283. For other ways to donate and to learn more about the WHF Foundation click here.