Match Challenge 2019

September 13, 2019


  • $17,434 of $15,000 raised

Dear Donor,

On behalf of the girls enrolled in Women of the Dream, thank you to our Anonymous donor who challenged WOD to dream bigger! An Anonymous Simmons University alumna challenged Women of the Dream to raise $10,000 in 30 days to receive her matching donation of $10,000! We accepted the challenge and reached out to sister alums and friends for donations. You responded! By June 26, 2019, WOD had exceeded the $10,000 goal with a total of $12,906 in donations from sister alums and friends! Our Anonymous Donor increased her match donation to $15,000, if WOD raised $15,000 by July 1! Thanks to our Match donors, WOD raised $17,434 by July 1. The Match Challenge total of $32,434 represents the highest amount ever contributed by individual donors within a 30 day period in our history!

Over the past three years, WOD has awarded scholarships totaling $34,500 to thirteen girls from Camden, NJ. Match Challenge donations will benefit 2019 graduating seniors with a $3,000 college scholarship, and help WOD girls currently in college to reduce their financial burden.

Although the Match Challenge is over, we welcome donations throughout the year. Visit our General Donation Page to contribute. All donations are tax-deductible, and upon making your donation, you will receive a letter for your tax records.

Thank you fellow dreamers for your donation!


Leslie A. Morris
Founder & CEO
Women of the Dream

Meet the 2019 Graduating Senior Recipients:

Chynah Morrison

Chynah Morrison

High School: Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, Camden, NJ
College: NYU

Teseanna Harris

Teseanna Harris

High School: Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy
College: Bloomfield College – New Jersey

Shania Maldonado

Shania Maldonado

High School: Charles Brimm High School
College: Rutgers University – Camden

Celeste Rodriguez

Celeste Rodriguez

High School: Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy
College: Rutgers University – Camden

Thank You to Our Match Challenge Donors

Valerie Durant

Simmons Alum, Class of 73. So glad to be able to contribute to this wonderful organization.

Deborah Brittain

So pleased to support our young women any day and any year! Simmons, 74' SW and Former Simmons Trustee

Fred J. Grigsby, Jr.

Happy to support the important mission of WOD.

Ann Fudge

For ALL my Sisters…Ann Fudge'73

Merilyn Francis

Simmons Alum class of '76. Leslie you are doing such fantastic work!

Adunni Anderson

So proud of this work and its founder!

Harriet Elam-Thomas

Simmons Univ. Alum.

Rehema Ellis

Laurel Yancey

Ngina Lythcott

The work of Women of the Dream will have a lasting impact on the girls, their families, and their communities.

Catherine B. Eagan

Simmons University Alum Class of 1975

Patricia Whitley Williams

Patricia WhitlleyWilliams, Class of '70 at Simmons, so proud of the work being done by Leslie

Desiree Baynes

Jessica Gibson

Katherine White

Katherine Hicks White Simmons University Alum – Class of 1974

Faye E. Coleman

Simmons Alum, Proud to be Board Chair of Women of the Dream

Donna Ramos-Johnson

Denise Evans

Business acquaintance of Faye Coleman, BOD

Milton Coleman

Milton Coleman, glad to support the organization.

Claudia Herbert

Carol Waller Pope

I am a Simmons alum. So proud to support the work of WOD. Equally proud of Simmons alums who are supporting girls of color in their… Read more

Sandra Thompson

Class of '61

magdalen gaynor

I am a proud Simmons Alum

Cathie Mayers

As a Simmons Alum, I am so proud of the work Leslie has done with WOD.

Reginald Jackson

Millicent Gorham

An excellent legacy

Kelley Chunn

Gwen Richard

Gwen Potier Richard, Simmons class of 1976. Proud of the work you're doing.

Karen Thomas

Class of 77!

Sharon Combs

Simmons '71

Maureen Hicks

Maureen Taylor Hicks '72

Cynthia Knowles

Thank you for your good work. Blessings to the Women of the Dream!


Thank you, Leslie, for founding this much needed program. Continued success! Simmons Alum '77

Theresa Brewer

Simmons Alum '78

Elizabeth B. Rawlins

Sincere congratulations Leslie on your work with and for these young women. I so enjoyed meeting some of them last year at the reunion. Keep up the good work. EBR

Gary Bailey

Proud of WOD and all of the wonderful work that is done under Leslies leadership

Abra Francois

Monica Chenault-Kilgore

So proud of the work Leslie Morris has done and continues to do for girls through Women of the Dream's innovative programs and services. I… Read more

pam rice

I am a Simmons University Alum. I want to commend Leslie on her great work with these girls.

Kenyora Johnson

Class of 2010!!

Barbara Semedo

Supporting Women of the Dream is a "no-brainer!" Leslie has created something very special with this program.

Loraine Trotter

I am glad I can support this effort.

Pamela Hoffman

Congrats on your success in helping young black women! Simmons Alum 1973

JoAnne Wright

Simmons Alum, Class of 75

Pamela Dashiell

Undergraduate Class of 1975

Audrey Lewis Ratchford

Simmons Alum ‘73

Phyllis Holliday

Phyllis Holliday/Simmons University Honorary Alum- mother of Gail Holliday Class of 78'

Nadine Cruz

Keep up the great work. Simmons Alum ‘77

Waltrine Cooke

Waltrine Cooke '73

Nancy Larkey

Alicia Canady Adamson

Congrats auntie Leslie! Thank you for your vision and commitment to the dream. Class of “03

Jacqueline Kidd

leslie dykeman

Simmons College Class of 1970 Now Simmons University

Christine Key

BRAVO to you, Leslie, for your ongoing commitment to make a difference. I am a Simmons ALum.


Gail Holliday

Simmons University Alum Continued good works by Leslie Morris

Anika Munroe

dawn hobson

Keep up the good work.

G. Lynne Alston-Leonard

Congratulations Leslie on the work of WOD. We are proud to support and encourage. G. Lynne '75

Alexia Gunn

I am a Simmons University Alum!

Nasyria Taylor

As a 2019 Simmons alum, former BSO President and, WOD scholarship recipient I very thankful for this organization and Ms. Leslie. Glad I can pay it forward!

Anna Gavitt

I’m so happy to be contributing to someone’s education like this, as a fellow POC and Simmons alum. We need to see more of this happening in our communities. We need to have … Read More

I’m so happy to be contributing to someone’s education like this, as a fellow POC and Simmons alum. We need to see more of this happening in our communities. We need to have each other’s backs and I’m so grateful this exists

Sam Larkey

Paula Sneed

I am very pleased to support this phenomenal organization and the work of our sister Leslie Morris. Simmons Alum, Class of 69

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