ABOUT THE WEIDEMANN FOUNDATION
The Weidemann Foundation
The Weidemann Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization established in 1998. Donations are fully tax deductible.
To maximize impact, the Weidemann Foundation identifies and collaborates with organizations conducting exceptional and potentially self-sustaining projects in microlending and community development.
The Weidemann Foundation also offers a truly unique service to donors who wish to optimize their contributions, perhaps in a region or in an area of special interest to them. Because of her extensive experience and networks, Dr. C. Jean Weidemann works one-on-one with donors and personally identifies opportunities to maximize donor investments in targeted areas. For example, a recent donor specified that his contribution should benefit microlending, solar cooking and safe water projects for women. Dr. Weidemann consulted closely with the donor and identified the best possible interventions and organizations for his investment.
Dr. C. Jean Weidemann, President
When she was five years old, Jean Weidemann tapped her mother on the shoulder from the back seat of the family car and announced that she was going to work in Africa. By the time she was 30, Jean completed her doctorate and was spearheading a United Nations project in Nigeria, one of the first field programs to address gender inequality. As one of the youngest project leaders in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, she spent four years in Africa providing Nigerian women farmers, who produced the bulk of the food supply, with access to productive resources. Dr. C. Jean Weidemann went on to found Weidemann Associates, a successful international socio-economic consulting firm in 1986 and served as president until 2000. In April 1998, she founded the Weidemann Foundation and has served as President of the Foundation since its inception.
Dr. Weidemann has 35 years of experience in more than 30 countries on five continents. Much of that time was spent sitting on logs in the jungle listening to what women needed; holding “town meetings” with villagers; and visiting microlending groups and micro businesses all over the world. She then took this information back to the policymakers and program planners and worked with them to create viable and sustainable programs. Many of these programs are still in place today.
Ms. Weidemann has held consultant/staff positions with prestigious organizations including the United Nations, U.S. Congress, the U.S. State Department/USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Ford Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, International Statistical Institute, National Academy of Sciences/National Science Foundation, Finnish International Development Agency, and numerous universities, private firms and foreign governments. She began her work in microlending 22 years ago, when microlending was in its fledgling stages. She is known worldwide as a microlending specialist and is the author of more than 40 books/publications including the United Nations Development Programme guidebook, Supporting Women’s Livelihoods: Microfinance that Works for the Majority.
Dr. Weidemann has extensive experience in public speaking, television and radio regarding international women’s issues. She has been a leader in organizing women worldwide. She helped found two global women’s organizations with 30,000 members. For the 5000 member Association for Women in Development (AWID) she was a founder, Board member and President. In 1998, she helped found the 25,000 member advocacy group, Women Thrive Worldwide (formerly known as Women’s EDGE Coalition) for gender and trade issues. Additional details of her biography appear in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who of American Women, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, and other sources. Currently, she resides in Santa Barbara, CA where she serves on the Boards of Women’s Economic Ventures; Women’s Political Committee; Community Counseling and Education Center; and the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology. She is a Founding Member of the Santa Barbara National Association of Women Business Owners.
Stephanie Noel Kirlin, Vice President Of Development and Information Technology
Stephanie Noel Kirlin is responsible for all of the Weidemann Foundation’s information technology needs, including training; troubleshooting; support; development; maintenance of current equipment; as well as budgeting and evaluating of future upgrades and expenditures. She assists with ongoing Foundation initiatives, including collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) project in Tanzania, as well as day-to-day operations; fundraising; marketing; organizational development; research; and strategies.
Ms. Noel Kirlin was educated for two years in Lech am. Arlberg, Austria; lived in Africa for five years; and has traveled to over 25 countries. Stephanie speaks both Spanish and German. Having spent much of her childhood in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where her parents worked as social scientists, she experienced firsthand the diversity that makes up our world. From the African bush to Indian bazaars, she participated in the lives of the people and their cultures; saw wild animals in their natural environments; and observed the beauty of the distinct and fragile ecosystems on the planet that we all share.
Her multi-cultural background assisted her during the 15 years that she developed computer software materials; trained; and supported professionals and clients of the World Bank; United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the U.S. On-Site Inspection Agency (OSIA); National Missile Defense Joint Program Office; Center for National Security Negotiations; American Bar Association; America Online (AOL); Citibank; IBM; Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); Paradigm Technologies, Inc.; PCIA; Planning and Learning Technologies, Inc. (PaL-Tech, Inc.); the District of Columbia Superior Courts; major law firms, including, Bingham McCutchen, LLP; Dickinson Wright, PLLC; Howrey, LLP; Latham & Watkins, LLP; Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP; and upon founding her own company, Bridging Information Technologies she continued to work with private clients. Stephanie also taught at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department and helped manage the ESL/Modern Language Laboratory. Additionally, she taught in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) Computer Laboratory for the English, Composition, and Literature Department. For the County of Santa Barbara, she was a Teaching Assistant (TA) at the Open Alternative School (OAS). She received SBCC’s 2005 Professional Developmental Studies Award in Education. Furthermore, while in the Washington, D.C. area, Stephanie created Bridging Our Worlds Together, a supplementary after school program for "at risk" youth ages six through fourteen.
She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society; the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi); Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN); the American Association of Professional Women (AAPW); the American Association of University Women (AAUW); and Gen Art.