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Women in Ranching: Empowering Women's Leadership

$15,407 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 99 people in 2 months
Created April 29, 2019
Fundraising Team
Women in Ranching  (WinR) is growing a movement to empower women's voices and women’s leadership in agriculture across the West.

WinR provides opportunities for women working on the land to gather, build confidence and leadership skills, and empower them to make big leaps in their personal and professional lives, in our rural communities, and broader social systems.

Today, we are 80+ women strong and growing, with Circles in California, Montana and New Mexico. Over the next five years, our goal is to create Circles in each of the eleven western states.

To date, we have 300 women on our waiting list.

Our goal is to raise $10,000. We need your help to ensure every single woman who can benefit from this program is able to participate in this growing collaborative designed specifically around the needs, talents and skills of western rural women who steward our lands, grow our food, raise the next generation of agriculturalists and steward our natural resources.

Two generous foundations have offered to match our crowdfunder dollar-for-dollar, so if we reach our $10,000 goal, we will have $30,000 total to support this growing movement into 2020. Funds from this campaign will help cover expenses associated with each circle, including professional training with expert facilitators, and create a scholarship pool to ensure women from all walks of life are able to attend.

Our Story

Women in Ranching emerged in direct response to an expressed need: women on working lands throughout the West were seeking ways to authentically connect with one another, to promote leadership and inspire creative solutions for how best to support a growing resource of female leaders and land stewards.

The first Women in Ranching Circle included 26 women from all around western rural America and was generously hosted in 2016 by Paicines Ranch in California. Since then, WinR has held circles in three states and has become a proud program of the Western Landowners Alliance , a West-wide organization advancing policies and practices which sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species.

Our Circles

Today, we are 80+ women strong and growing, with Circles in California, Montana and New Mexico. Over the next five years, our goal is to create Circles in each of the eleven western states.  

As individual Circles of 20-25 women, we convene on host ranches (offered generously at no cost) to learn, grow, build community and find a renewed awareness of inner abundance and resiliency. Circles foster substantive conversation on self-awareness, leadership and regenerative agricultural practices, mixed with hands-on learning and skill development which is culturally and geographically relevant to the host location.

We believe these gatherings activate women to connect and share with each other, strengthening our collective voice for the betterment of our rural communities and agriculture nationwide.

Help us reach our $10,000 fundraising goal by donating what you can today. Please share this campaign with your friends and family.


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In photos: above -- Co-founders Elaine Patarini and Wendy Millet.
Featured campaign photo: Beth Godbey (photo by Natalie Heller).
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For this final update, we'd like to feature Erin Kiley, who has been part of WinR from the very beginning and who continues to be a driving force behind-the-scenes:

"Because of the radical offering and continued mentorship I found in Women in Ranching over the past four years, I personally have grown capacity for leadership, flourished in my development as a land manager, and have developed my voice, a voice worth hearing. Together in circle, we have built business enterprises from the ground up, influenced our industry immeasurably, allowed for self care (perhaps one of the most difficult undertakings for those working in agriculture), published books, reached audiences of thousands, and regenerate millions of acres of land and soil. Our collective voice is great.

Because of Sallie Calhoun, Elaine Patarini and Women in Ranching, I have seen what's possible in creating a new future for managing our lands, our wild places and our selves and I believe to my core that the regenerative shift is limitless."

Erin Kiley
PastureMap, CA
Circle 1

We did it! YOU did it!!

Together, we have raised $15,307! Taking into account additional donations made offline throughout the campaign, plus the two $10,000 matches from Paicines and TomKat ranches, our grand total is close to $40,000! Your support for Women in Ranching has made it possible for us to host 3 (and maybe even 4!) gatherings this fall, and begin planning new Circles for 2020.

And the journey continues! The GoFundMe page will stay live for a bit and we may send out a couple more updates as we wrap up campaign details over the next couple weeks. In the meantime, here's how you can keep track of us:

Updates, general information, donations: https://westernlandowners.org/women-in-ranching/

Questions, direct connection: Amber@westernlandowners.org

Amber is our WinR Program Manager and can answer any questions about where we're heading with this growing movement. She is also happy to talk with landowners who might be willing to host future WinR Circles.

With much gratitude,
Amber, Erin, Candace and Virginie
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Final few hours of the Women in Ranching crowdfunder campaign to raise $10,000, and as of this moment we have reached $15,207...!

From all of us on the fundraising team: Thank you for the overwhelming support and generous donations over this last month. Yesterday we announced that for the last 2 days of this campaign, all new donations would go straight to the WinR scholarship fund -- since then, we have received $3,180 in donations!

In addition to funds raised through the "Go Fund Me" platform, we have received a few additional donations made directly to WinR. Together with the $10K match from each of two ranches (Thank You Paicines and TomKat!!), that brings our grand total very close to $40,000 raised in ONE month!!

Behind the scenes, we have had a blast running this campaign. Fundraising as a team for a program we all love dearly has required us to be in constant contact from dawn to dusk and beyond, 7 days a week, through ranch chores and cattle drives and work trips across time zones and technology glitches and major family events... and we've loved every minute of it.

It's been a privilege to share the stories of women whose work and grit we admire, and who have dedicated their lives to taking care of land and animals, growing food, and raising the next generation of land stewards and agriculturalists.

We have a few precious hours left, so let's see if we can grow our scholarship fund a tiny bit more! And please keep spreading the word!

Stay tuned! Tomorrow we'll share how to stay in touch with us and how to donate to WinR outside of this campaign (hint: come find us at www.westernlandowners.org).
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Today was an awesome day for the Women in Ranching fundraiser! A heartfelt thank you goes out to you all for your generosity in making this fundraiser an incredible success.

Real talk: our Women in Ranching fundraising team was a little nervous in setting the goal so high for our BIG LEAP of raising $10,000 (to be triple matched!) to create more gatherings of land stewards. Turns out, we shouldn't have been nervous. We should have known our community would show up in such a big way to help us surpass our wildest expectations.

We have just a couple days left in this fundraiser and the funds raised from here on out go straight to scholarships for women to attend future Women in Ranching gatherings. Thanks for helping us finish strong and for helping to bring in many more women who belong in this circle and growing community!

With love and gratitude,
the Women in Ranching fundraising team

"WinR Circle 3 was a very memorable and unique experience that I feel very lucky to have been a part of. I came away from our circle feeling heard, empowered, and supported. Our gathering facilitated new, lasting friendships with strong women that I am forever thankful for."

Meredith Barrett
Monte Prieto Ranch, NM
Circle 3, MT
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We are in the final two days of the Women in Ranching fundraiser and raised just over $12,000 so far! We're beyond excited by the support we've received for this campaign! Thank you to everyone who has read our stories and for your generous donations. As we enter into the homestretch of the campaign, we're happy to share that funds raised in the next two days will go directly to scholarships for more participants to join Women in Ranching gatherings in the future!

Today, we are 80+ women strong and growing, with 300 women on our waiting list. Learn more about Women in Ranching at the link below.
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$15,407 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 99 people in 2 months
Created April 29, 2019
Fundraising Team
Funds raised will benefit:
Western Landowners Alliance
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