For Immediate Release

Local women’s health organization One By One to partner with WPIG

Seattle, WA, February 28, 2012 – Local charitable organization Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group (WPIG) of Seattle has announced their 2012 charity partner. WPIG has chosen local nonprofit organization One By One as the recipient of their fundraising, investment, and volunteer efforts.

Each year, WPIG chooses a local or international charity partner that fits the organization’s mission statement of “helping women and children to move from places of need to self-sufficiency and stability through advocacy, outreach, and charitable giving.”

“One By One is a truly inspiring organization that has had a significant impact on women’s health since 2005,” said Katie Patchin, WPIG president. “Our members are eager to use their talents to support and partner with One By One in 2012.”

“Our last few partner charities have been focused on children, so we’re excited to serve women in 2012, as they are an integral part of our mission,” said Patchin.

One By One focuses on ending obstetric fistula worldwide, and focuses their efforts on prevention, treatment, and reintegration services for women in Africa.

“WPIG’s mission and working style resonates so perfectly with us,” said Heidi Breeze-Harris, co-founder and executive director of One By One. “WPIG has invested in some incredible organizations in the past, impacting women and children right here in the Pacific Northwest. We are honored to be working with WPIG to bring their talents, energy, and philanthropy to the women we serve in Kenya, Tanzania, Niger, and Ethiopia,” she said.

Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group will support One By One this year through volunteer activities, advocacy, fundraising, and an annual benefit in the fall.

About WPIG
The Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group (WPIG) of Seattle is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) approved organization invested in helping women and children move from places of need to self-sufficiency and stability through advocacy, outreach, and charitable giving.
Founded in January 2008 by a group of women who wanted to come together to give back to the community both financially and physically, invest in the future, and educate themselves. WPIG of Seattle is comprised of a talented group of women whose varying careers, education, and interests create a unique blend that fuels a passion for helping others.

About One By One
One By One is a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury that continues to devastate the lives of women and girls in the developing world. Obstetric fistula is caused by prolonged obstructed labor when women living in poverty are unable to access essential care during childbirth. A horrendous injury that leaves a woman unable to control her urine and/or feces, obstetric fistula has life-shattering consequences. Women are often abandoned by their husbands and become outcasts in their communities, forced to live in shame and isolation.

Fortunately, obstetric fistula is both treatable and preventable. Through increasing awareness and developing, implementing and supporting comprehensive treatment programs and critically important prevention initiatives, One By One is able to alleviate immense suffering and transform the lives of hundreds of women every year.