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WomanSage, Inc.

 5319 University Drive, #136
 Irvine, CA 92612
[P] (949) 222-4210
[F] --
[email protected]
Marilyn Ditty
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Organization DBA WomanSage
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 72-1556442 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

WomanSage is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to educating, empowering and fostering mentoring relationships among women at midlife.

Mission Statement

WomanSage is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to educating, empowering and fostering mentoring relationships among women at midlife.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $93,500.00
Projected Revenue $12,900.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Women in Life Transitions Program
  • Caregiver Respite

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

WomanSage is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to educating, empowering and fostering mentoring relationships among women at midlife.

Background Statement

Making a positive difference in the community is what WomanSage is all about. A nonprofit organization, it includes successful, community-minded Orange County women who, through the Salons, Special Interest Groups, Sponsors and Fund Raising Events, support the WomanSage Cares Philanthropies.

 Founded by Jane Glenn Haas, a newspaper writer, national columnist, book author, television host, and professional speaker, Jane was dedicated to empowering, educating and fostering mentoring relationships among women at midlife

Considered the centerpiece of WomanSage, the Salons are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Center Club in the center of the South Coast Performing Arts Center. Participants enjoy dinner and an informative, entertaining agenda of speakers.  

WomanSage is unique, because it is the only organization in Orange County that focuses on serving women in mid-life. It brings a voice to mid-life women who, so often, have sacrificed themselves for their families and find themselves facing discrimination in the workplace.

WomanSage has touched the lives of over 3,000 women. So much has been accomplished since that first meeting in 2003 at the Orange County Register.   Jane was expecting only a handful of attendees and was delighted that the room was filled with over eighty!  

Free of charge, the Philanthropies help women through serious life challenges and provide an opportunity to experience a personal renaissance as they transition to new stages of life. WomanSage Philanthropies include:

Transitions Program: Resources are offered for women who are experiencing life challenges, including health, financial counseling, life and career coaching and personal image.  Emphasis is also placed on assisting women who are seeking work or a career change through an employment Boot Camp and various seminars.

Caregiver Respite:  Offers an all expenses paid retreat for caregivers. Top quality professional care is provided for loved ones during the respite.

 United through education, camaraderie, laughter and mutual support, it’s easy to become part of the WomanSage family.  Simply visit the website and click on the “get involved” tab.  We look forward to welcoming you into this unique and vibrant community.

Impact Statement

WomanSage has helped hundreds of women over the years with their challenges and difficulties in life.

Needs Statement

The organization has needed more financial supporters since the death of Donald Kennedy and Jane Glenn Haas.

CEO Statement

The Administrator hired as part staff is functioning as the Executive Director for over 2 years.  She has years of operational experience and successfully completed the Transitions program.

Board Chair Statement

Dr. Marilyn Ditty, CEO of Age Well Senior Services, has stepped back in to chair the Board which she had done the first year of incorporation and had stayed active for the entire ten years.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Checks may be mailed to the University Drive listed above.  Gifts can also be made via our website. In-kind contributions are also welcome.    In addition, we seek volunteer professionals for our Women in Life Transitions Program who can offer: life coaching, career counseling; financial counseling; career and business experts; makeup, image and wardrobe coaching; or therapeutic services. We also welcome volunteers to help with our special events, particularly our primary annual fundraiser, Family Matters.     

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
Central Orange County
North Orange County
West Orange County
While our Salon meetings are held in Costa Mesa, we serve women from all of Orange County. Women also come from Los Angeles County, namely the Long Beach area.  We do not have strict geographic restrictions.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Personal Social Services
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
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Women in Life Transitions Program

The Women in Life Transitions Program is dedicated to assisting women who are facing serious life challenges to get back on their feet as contributing members of society. The program provides an opportunity for a fresh start for women 40+ with a 3 1/2 month program of professional life coaching, career counseling, financial coaching, wardrobe and appearance counseling and professional photos for social media such as LinkedIn. At least 30 women per year are helped to push the "reset button" of their life. The women are those who have functioned well in life, but now experience one or more challenges that life throws at women mid-life and beyond. They are overwhelmed and need friends and professionals to reach out and help them. The challenges are as varied as the women who apply. They include trauma such as 24/7 caregiving for a loved one, personal illness, death of a spouse or child, divorce, child with special needs, loss of a job at a later age and other highly impacting issues. Incredibly, some of these women face as many as three or four challenges at the same time. They find themselves as the cusp of financial, emotional, and personal disaster despite a lifetime of hard work and perseverance. With the intense personal intervention this program provides, as well as education, connections and support, they are buoyed up and given the practical tools and emotional ability to move forward again.
Budget  $60,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Employment, General/Other
Population Served Females Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  Program graduates will have more self-confidence in their interviewing skills, resume writing, personal appearance and ability to find meaningful employment as well as a financial plan.
Program Long-Term Success 

The primary objective of the Women in Life Transitions Program is to help women make successful midlife transitions. WomanSage anticipates serving at least 30 women annually. Success is defined as a woman transitioning from a difficult time in her life, with little hope, to a plan and new direction for her life. The anticipated program results, based on previous pre- and post-surveys, include:

  • 80% of women who participate in career Boot Camp will actively engage in or secure employment, or will choose to go back to school.
  • 85% will report having achieved successful midlife transitions.
  • 95% will report significantly positive changes in their lives following participation in the program.
  • 90% will show marked progress toward the objectives identified in their individualized service plan.
Program Success Monitored By 

All results have been measured through written evaluations from participants, personal interviews with the Program Director and follow-up evaluations done at the end of each group, 6 months later and one year following graduation.

Examples of Program Success  Our completed evaluation forms show 85% of participants achieved successful mid-life transitions. The participants reported raised self-esteem, confidence about their futures and development of skills necessary to participate in the workforce.

We will be posting individual success stories on our website.

Caregiver Respite

Caregiver Respite sends a 24/7 caregiver on a four day cruise to relax and regroup. While they are away, professional care is provided for their loved one. While being pampered on the cruise, the women find friendship with other caregivers, share experiences and find out they "are not alone". Some report the break "saved their life". Perhaps they are not mistaken. The arduous nature of caregiving often leaves caregivers with few reserves in terms of their own mental and physical well being. It is a shocking statistic that 60% of caregivers die before the person they are caring for. The average caregiver is "a 46 year old woman" and at least 85% of caregivers are women. 
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other In-Home Assistance
Population Served Females Families
Program Short-Term Success  This opportunity to get away, sleep through the entire night, and make new friends, helps these women reduce the social isolation they experience each day they are caring for a loved one. The program reduces stress and allows these women to successfully function in the caregiver relationship for a longer period of time. The personal letters received with outpouring of thanks tells the deeper value of this Caregiver Respite program.
Program Long-Term Success  WomanSage is committed to making a difference in the lives of female caregivers. WomanSage works collaboratively with numerous community organization and agencies to maximize resources and to minimize costs associated with this program. We are able to point women to well-established community organizations such as Adult Day Services of OC, Acacia Adult Day Care, and Orange Caregiver Resource Alliance, UCI Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia, and many others to assure long term support in all areas of caregiving needs.
Program Success Monitored By  Personal follow up with participants
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Carol Grosz
CEO Term Start May 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Vivian Clecak MSW Program Facilitator for Women In Life Transition

Vivian Clecak brings a unique combination of experience as the former CEO of Human Options and counselor to her nonprofit leadership practice.

A social worker in the early 1980’s, Clecak gave a voice to women in abusive relationships by co-founding Human Options and serving as its CEO for nearly 35 years. She led the organization from a grassroots startup to a sophisticated $4.5 million dollar multiservice agency.


Vivian is one of only a handful of local individuals certified as an organizational transition consultant through William Bridges and Linkage. She’s an honors graduate of Stanford University and received her MSW at UCLA.

A Hesselbein Fellow of the Peter Drucker Leadership Institute in 1998, Vivian received a scholarship to the first Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders sponsored by Stanford University Business School in 2001. She was a coach in the Fieldstone Foundation Coaching Network for Nonprofit Executives for four years and is a past member of the Vistage Leadership Network.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Financial Literacy for Women State of California 2015
Philanthrophy Award Association Fundraising Professionals 2011


Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Native American
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Dr. Marilyn Ditty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Age Well Senior Services, Inc.
Board Chair Term Jan 2019 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair Dr. Donna Friess
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Support Groups
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2013 - Dec 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Merry deRyk Ogg Ogg Trucking Voting
Roxanne Dillon -- --
Marilyn Ditty AgeWell Senior Services Voting
Valerie Larenne Retired - City of Irvine Voting
Alicia Mckie Capstone Partners, LLC Voting
Susan Merrill -- --
Julia Rappaport -- Voting
Joy Sloan -- Voting
Sami Small Mz Sami's Solutions Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 98%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 80%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Distributions / Grant Making
  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $12,900.00
Projected Expenses $93,500.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990 EZ

2016 Form 990 EZ

2015 Form 990 EZ

2014 Form 990 EZ

2013 Form 990 EZ

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $32,935 $42,190 $13,904
Total Expenses $32,789 $23,608 $46,475

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$47,522 $49,500 $32,500
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- $14,761 $125
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $-15,022 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $5 $7 $1
Membership Dues -- $8,090 $5,955
Special Events -- $-30,394 $-25,788
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $430 $226 $1,111

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $32,789 $20,182 $40,587
Administration Expense -- $3,426 $5,888
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.79 0.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 85% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $47,857 $41,234 $22,652
Current Assets $47,857 $41,234 $22,652
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $47,857 $41,234 $22,652

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the form 990 EZs and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 


Other Documents

WomanSage Bylaws (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.