WHO WE ARE
The Bettie Brand Fund began in 2009 as the Bettie Brand Mothers’ Empowerment Fund (known as the "Bettie Brand Fund") by daughter, Candace Brand Kaspers (former Chair of the Atlanta YWCA Board of Directors) and son, Jeffrey Brand,to honor their mother and all mothers and special others who contribute so much to their families and communities. The purpose of the fund is to “Provide women in need with a hand up, not a hand out, so they may live with dignity and independence” (note: women chosen to receive stipends from the Bettie Brand Fund must agree to “pay it forward” in whatever way they can and whenever they are ready).
After incubating for five and a half years at the Atlanta Metro YWCA, The Bettie Brand Fund amicably went out on its own in June, 2015 to become an independent, non-sectarian non-profit organization, serving Georgia women in need.The Bettie Brand Fund incorporated in July, 2015 as the “Bettie Brand Mothers’ Empowerment Fund, Inc.” and, in February, 2016, received its non-profit 501C3 designation. Almost all funds raised in a given year from the annual events go toward stipends to help selected women in need.