I’m Bunni Copaken and I was the second President of the Board for The Women’s Foundation, from 1994 to 1996.
Karen Herman, the first President, was a GREAT act to follow, because she paved the way toward doubling our $1 million endowment.
While serving as the Board President, The Women’s Foundation accomplished much for women and girls in Kansas City. First, Fifi White established the first field of interest fund - The Carol Glaser Belove Fund. This fund benefits women living with HIV/AIDS. Along with this, the Endowment got a big boost at the Annual Luncheon, featuring guest speaker Claire McCaskill, when Shirley Helzberg announced a $100,000 challenge grant, matched by 4 women, Barbara Adam, Betty Brookfield Berel, Elaine Polsky and an anonymous donor! Also, Julia Irene Kauffman matched the match of the match and the attendees added $40,000 to the total. This spontaneous $350,000 was a powerful demonstration of how women connect with one another at all levels of financial ability. I can really understand the impact of The Women’s Foundation when women come together to act on their passion and support women and girls in their communities.