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Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network
November 2016


This issue:

  • Chair's Message
  • November 15  Webinar 
  • Programs for 2016-17
  • Register for 2017 Conference March 12-14, 2017
  • Conference Breakouts and Plenaries
  • Spotlights on Grantmaking


Today, there is no shortage of examples of divisiveness and disunity. In contrast to that, I hope you take great pride in the positive work you and other women are doing in your community.  You and your organization are modeling through collective giving grantmaking, three key principles of civil society: collaboration, concern for community and democratic principles. Why do we do it?  There are many reasons, including:

  • Giving collectively is more empowering than giving alone.
  • Giving collectively allows us to leverage our financial resources exponentially.
  • We are concerned for our communities.
  • We believe conditions can improve so we learn, work and laugh with like-minded women who share our vision.

While WCGN member organizations practice philanthropy independently and in many locations, collectively, we are developing women leaders who believe our world can be better.  As skilled philanthropic leaders, we work collaboratively with all parties to ensure this is possible. We are making a difference.

WCGN offers training and networking to improve your philanthropic acumen. Our Leadership Forum conference in March is the perfect opportunity to learn so much more.  While Early Bird registration has closed with a record number of registrations, the member price remains a fantastic value.  Register nowIf you aren’t sure who will attend, you have a one-time opportunity to assign any registration to another woman before January 15th, so don’t hesitate registering as space is filling quickly! 

Reserve your room now to guarantee the conference rate. 

Thank you to all of you who submitted Spotlight Award nominations! The recipients of the 2017 Awards will be awarded at the conference.  Read about the last of our 2015 awardees to be highlighted in this issue.

WCGN has much to celebrate, thanks to your organization’s success in 2016.  Our movement, women-powered philanthropy—continues to gain momentum.  Today we include more than 11,000 women and grants of more than $9 Million just this year! With your help in identifying others who would like to join us, increasing your capacity to grant, 2017 will be another spectacular year—let’s reach for 12,000 women and $11Million!

Best wishes to you for the upcoming holiday season.



Virginia Mills

WCGN Board Chair


Monthly Programs

Don't miss November’s Educational Program 

"From Paper to Email to Twitter and Beyond: Using Old and New Media for Maximum Results"

November 15 Webinar

Tuesday, from 9 - 10 a.m. PST / noon - 1 p.m. EST  

Many of us are still wondering what kinds of social media we should use to attract new members, and whether it will take some other format to highlight the work we are doing to improve our communities. Tina Reynolds, President, and Mia Lopez, Digital Marketing Manager of Uptown Studios in Sacramento, CA, will help us figure out how to start and where to focus our time. Tina promises all her clients that this process can be "easy, fun, and popular," and we are pleased they have agreed to share their expertise and energy with WCGN.

Presenters: From Uptown Studios, Sacramento, CA

Tina Reynolds, President 


Mia Lopez, Digital Marketing Manager

Moderator: Sue Priester, Greenville Women Giving (Greenville, SC) 

2016 - 2017 Program Calendar

All Webinars

take place on Tuesdays

from  9 - 10 a.m. PST / noon - 1 p.m. EST

December - no webinar

Jan. 17 Part of Our Communities: How WCGN Members are Collaborating with Other Local Funders

Feb. 21 Building the Next Generation of Women Philanthropists: Attracting and Engaging Young Members

March No Webinar - 2017 Conference March 12-14

April 18 Conducting an Operational Audit for Your Board - How Does It Work and Is It Effective?

May 16 Best Takeaways From the 2017 Conference: What You Missed, or What You'll Want to Hear Again

Forward this link to any of your members who you feel would like to listen to our webinars either live or recorded. 


While WCGN log on access is intended for the leadership level of your membership (set for 20 per organization) any of your members can register! Guests can register themselves or you may register them on their behalf. An email confirmation will provide the event access.


Conference 2017

The Women’s Giving Alliance and WCGN 

invite you to the WCGN 2017 National Leadership Forum

March 12-14, 2017

One Ocean Resort

Atlantic Beach, FL

Member Regular Registration Rate ($450) 

General Registration ($600) 

We welcome anyone interested in collective giving grantmaking. 




Breakout sessions on membership, grantmaking, communications, and operations/governance, as well as the ever-popular affinity groups, will be offered, thanks to our many member-presenters. Here is a sampling of the breakout session topics:

  • Closing the Deal - Prospective Member Communication
  • Growth and Financial Sustainability
  • Determining Community Needs through Research and Outreach
  • Fellows Programs Update
  • Focus on Mental Health  - A Case Study in Multi-Year Grants
  • Knowing Your Membership:  Surveys and More 
  • Capacity Building Grantmaking
  • Methods to Evaluate LOIs/RFPs
  • Social Media: Getting Up and Running 
  • Succeeding with Social Media

    Thank You to Our Host!


    Thank You to Our Presenting Partner!

    Spotlight on Transformational Grantmaking

    The WCGN Transformational Grantmaking Committee recognized Greenville Giving Women - GWG - (Greenville, SC) for its two year grant of $100,000 impacting children and families through school lunch program improvements.

    The Greenville County School District serves 72,000 students in 100 schools, and is the 49th largest school district in the US.  Students consume one half of their daily calories at school. A USDA rule change necessitated school menus to provide more nutritious meals requiring the retraining of cafeteria workers in menu preparations with no funds allocated to meet these new standards. GWG and two other partners provided funding.  Seventeen elementary school and twenty-one middle school workers received the necessary training.

    Consequently, school districts across the US have adopted menus developed in Greenville, and they have been recognized with an award from the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine. The effects of healthy school meals extend not only to students and their families, but to school personnel and their families, food service workers, and even local farmers who now supply the schools.


    WCGN Board of Directors


    Allison Bacon Impact 100 Greater Chicago (Chicago, IL)

    Ellan Bernstein Impact100 Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

    Jenny Berg Impact 100 (Cincinnati, OH)

    Rebekah Bonde,  Treasurer 

    Impact Austin (Austin, TX)

    Celia Canfield Impact100 Sonoma (Sonoma, CA)

    Dale Clifford Women's Giving Alliance (Jacksonville, FL) 

    Virginia (Ginny) Jarrett, Roanoke Women's Foundation (Roanoke, VA) 

    Paula Liang Women's Giving Alliance (Jacksonville, FL) 

    Laura Midgley,  Immediate past chair  

    Washington Women's Foundation (Seattle, WA) and Wood River Women's Foundation (Ketchum, ID)

    Virginia Mills, Chair

    The Philanthropy Connection (Boston, MA) and Womenade Boston (Boston, MA)

    Sue Priester Greenville Women Giving (Greenville, SC)

    Vicki SheehanSecretary

    Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund  (St. Louis, MO)

    Susan Smith Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation (Boise, ID)

    Colleen Willoughby Washington Women's Foundation (Seattle, WA) 

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