On November 6th the WGA hosted our Fall Grants Awards dinner at Bella Collina. A grant for $30,910 was awarded to Be Free Lake who will be providing “You’re Not Alone”, a prevention program for high school students and Mental Health First Aid training for the parents. The grant will allow Be Free Lake to implement the program to East Ridge & South Lake High Schools. This same program that is evidence-based and was successfully implemented at Lake Minneola HIgh School through last years’ funding through the WGA.
Members Left to Right: Donna Kirtland, Gayle Tomasini, VP, Mary Lou Wieloszynski, President, JJ Dahl, Past-President, Susan McLean, Cary Carboanro, Past-President, Kathy Smith, Regina Cruz, Linda Smith & Sandy Simmonds, Past-President
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You Hold the Key
When you invest in women and children, you lift the whole community. Learn how the Women’s Giving Alliance of South Lake uses data-informed grantmaking, impact investing, educational programming and leadership development to do just that.
The Women’s Giving Alliance is a giving circle, where members contribute individually but make grants collectively. Each member represents a link in an ever-growing chain that enables the Women’s Giving Alliance to achieve far more together than its members could accomplish on their own.
Since April of 2014 the Women’s Giving Alliance has grown to over 50 members strong and we are proud to announce we have gained nine Legacy Members who have committed to a $25,000 donation that will ensure a lifetime membership, along with providing support for the WGA’s work in perpetuity.
During our inaugural grant cycle, through a generous anonymous donation of $10,000 by one of our members, we were able to make a difference in the lives of women through a program provided by LifeStream Behavioral Center. “Women Opting for Wellness” allowed twenty women who would otherwise not be able to receive mental health services.
Our second year we provided $40,000 to four organizations assisting women and children: Anointed Community Services, Find, Feed & Restore, Milestone Counseling, & New Beginnings.
In November of 2017 the Women’s Giving Alliance hosted an their annual grants award dinner at Bella Collina and celebrated our third cycle of grant awards. The WGA was able to grant our single largest grant of $25,000 to “Find, Feed & Restore”. Brian Broadway addresses the issue of homelessness by providing travel trailers to families who live in cars or tents and places them into a stable environment. The program is a holistic approach that provides individual & family counseling, financial budgeting, childcare assistance, resume preparation and computer training courses.
In the 2018 grant cycle the WGA awarded two grants for a total of $47,249. And over the life of the WGA a total of $122,749 has been awarded to the South Lake community to address issues that affect women and children. This group of women have made significant impact through their philanthropic dollars.
It is our hope that as we grow our membership, we will grow the impact we have on the community through our grants process.
The mission of the WGA is to inspire women to be strategic philanthropists and to improve the lives of women and children in South Lake County through collective giving, and they are guided by the following principles:
- Reach out and welcome all women who wish to join.
- Build relationships among women united in their desire to improve the lives of women and children.
- Develop a membership of educated philanthropists who understand community needs and become informed, pioneering grantmakers.
- Collaborate with funding partners and community organizations to empower women and children.
- Conduct our grantmaking with integrity, fiscal responsibility and respect for our grant recipients.
- Each member of the Women’s Giving Alliance contributes $1,000 annually. This investment allows members to participate in two forms of philanthropy—collective grantmaking and endowment building. The annual membership fee allows for 70% to be granted directly into the community, 20% for the endowment, and 10% to cover the day to day operations and overhead costs of the WGA.
A Word from our President:
2018 WGA President