Every woman has a different life journey as a friend, a wife, a mother, a college graduate, a business owner, a soldier, a stay-at-home caretaker, a multitasker extraordinaire…the list goes on and on. Needs change along the way but what remains constant is the need for financial stability, confidence, education, and sometimes, assistance.
That’s where the Royal Neighbors Foundation comes in. From the beginning, we have recognized women’s ability to juggle it all while maintaining a strong foundation of financial knowledge. But we all encounter questions and bumps in the road along our journey. The Foundation’s programs have always been designed to assist with these financial issues.
Financial education comes in many forms. One way is through financial seminars. Making budgets, learning new ways to save, and asking questions help get a handle on finances to set and meet life’s goals.
You can watch recorded versions of our financial webinars in the Online Workshops section of our site.
Our Heroes at Home Scholarship Program awarded eight outstanding female veterans scholarships valued at $2,500 each. They were selected based on their leadership and personal contributions to helping their neighbors and local communities.
“I am grateful to be one of the recipients of the Heroes at Home Scholarships from Royal Neighbors of America. As a female veteran, I am honored to serve my country in many ways, first by service and second by community service. This scholarship honors those women who have gone beyond the normal standards to help their communities upon returning from military service.”—Leighann Dunn, recipient of a 2009 Heroes at Home Scholarship
Leighann Dunn, Vermillion, SD
Diana Fabian, Woodstock, IL
Bonnie Fletcher, Chandler, AZ
Paula Miller, Jacksonville, FL
Lyndsey Anderson, Ankeny, IA
Edwina Gwynn, Hopkins, SC
Bridgett Mayeux, Austin, TX
Jennifer Washington, Cottonwood, CA
In 2008, a tornado swept through Parkersburg, IA, leaving the residents with a massive clean-up, as well as the task of rebuilding. The Royal Neighbors Foundation was there to help, contributing funds for a woman to rebuild her home from the ground up and assisting another with a new roof.
The new roof on Kelly Panther’s home meant that her daycare center could continue operating. Following the disaster she looks at life differently. “I’m planning more. I don’t take anything for granted and appreciate all I have. Everyone has been so supportive and the Royal Neighbors Foundation really came through for us.”—Kelly Panther, Parkersburg, IA
The Foundation also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Austin, TX, to bring a new start to a young woman and her family in need of shelter.
"Raising the walls on this home was so inspiring. There was so much excitement and camaraderie among all the volunteers.”—Patsy Kneller, former Foundation board member