Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network

A monthly newsletter from the Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.
Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network
May 2016

This issue:

  • Chair's Message
  • Annual Meeting Highlights
  • May 17 Webinar 
  • Save the Dates! 2017 Conference March 12-14, 2017
  • Spotlights on Grantmaking
  • Tell Us How Your Organization Has Grown - Update Your Profile

Dear {Contact_First_Name},

For the WCGN, May signals the last of our webinar series for the 2015-16 year. But we are ending on a tremendous note with our speaker, Sondra Shaw Hardy, a true pioneer in the field of women in philanthropy.  Learn how to cultivate future philanthropists while navigating the generational differences.  You don’t want to miss her live on May 17; register here.

Leaders cycle in and out of all of our organizations, so too in the WCGN.  It is with a sad heart that I announce that two of our board members are rolling off in June, Alison Wilson from Washington Women’s Foundation, Seattle, WA and Dianne Bailey, Women’s Impact Fund, Charlotte, NC.  Both women have had long lasting, pivotal and forward thinking impact on WCGN. Their skills, energies, insights, dedication and most especially, their hearts will be sorely missed.  Luckily though, they will not be going away entirely from the WCGN board! Both have agreed to act as Advisors to the board representing the first members of this newly formed group. Thank you Alison and Dianne for your service to WCGN, for your continued involvement as Advisors, and most especially for your friendships to so many.

Please join me in thanking Merrill Lynch!  Merrill Lynch has played a pivotal role in the development of WCGN through their two-year sponsorship of the webinar series, as well as being the lead sponsor for the last conference in Charlotte. We are greatly appreciative of this relationship and their commitment to our mission.  Through their involvement, WCGN has increased its capacity to meet the needs of our members.

It is time for membership renewal. Thank you for your membership this year that is coming to a close.  The dues invoice for each organization's membership renewal has been sent to your designated contact (aka Bundle Administrator) and payment is due by June 15. I hope that you will again join us as we support, share, and learn together how to be even more effective philanthropists. Instructions can be found on our website. 

The increased participation in the webinars, as well as use of the website shows, that the WCGN is providing value. But there is always room for improvement! A member survey is coming to you this week. Take a few minutes to give us your thoughts!  Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Many of you will spend the next few months tackling special projects, strategizing, and/or planning. It's a natural time to take advantage of our on­-demand webinar library. Did you know that anyone in your organization can register to listen to any of WCGN's past webinars? Use this link to invite your members.  ­­­­­­

Let's keep a robust, year­long conversation going about our expanding collective giving movement. If you haven’t already, subscribe to and post on our Member-to-­Member Discussion Forum. If your new leadership hasn't yet explored all that WCGN’s website has to offer, add their names to your WCGN roster and encourage them to connect online to all the resources we offer 24/7. Here's how to add new leadership to your WCGN roster.

It is has been a pleasure to serve as your Board Chair, and I look forward to beginning my second year in July.  All year I have so appreciated hearing from you-—the news of your organization, questions and so importantly, suggestions for how to make WCGN even better.  Thank you.

Virginia Mills
WCGN Board Chair



  • Our membership has grown to include 48 organizations, in 23 states, representing over 10,000 women!
  • Collectively, our member organizations have granted over $9.4M into our communities this year and in total over $72M.
  • Member listener participation in webinar series continues to grow thanks to sponsorship by Merrill Lynch.
  • Women's Impact Fund hosted a tremendously successful, over-subscribed conference in Charlotte, NC in October.
  • The WCGN Board announced newly elected Officers and Board of Directors for 2016-17.
  • WCGN established the “Emerging Member” category to support developing organizations, including two inaugural member organizations, and one organization has already converted to full member status.
  • 100% of our members renewed in 2015. Let's continue our success in 2016!

Monthly Programs

Don't miss May’s Educational Program 

May 17 Webinar

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

Cultivating Future Philanthropists: How to Understand the Generational Differences

Our speaker will be the woman who literally wrote the book on women’s philanthropy, Sondra Shaw Hardy.  She and Martha Taylor co-founded the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, now a program of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.  Their first book, Reinventing Fundraising:  Realizing the Potential of Women and Philanthropy, first published in 1995, is regarded as the bible of the women’s philanthropy field.  She has authored, co-authored or co-edited several books since then, and her work has been quoted in national and international media.

Register here

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

Sondra Shaw Hardy, co-founder of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University

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.


The Women’s Giving Alliance and WCGN 

invite you to the WCGN 2017 National Leadership Forum

March 12-14, 2017

One Ocean Resort


Jacksonville, FL

Member Early Bird rate $350

Early Bird Opens June 27, 2016   /   Early Bird Closes October 31, 2016 


The 2017 WCGN National Leadership Conference Program Committee Needs YOU and Your Ideas!

Interested in serving on the National Program Committee?  First conference call meeting is scheduled for mid-September.   Watch for further details late summer.  However, if you know now you want to participate,  reply to Sandy Cook here.

Stay tuned for more news in June!

Merrill Lynch is a proud supporter of the Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.

Spotlight on Transformational Grantmaking

The WCGN Spotlight Awards 2015 Program highlighted transformational grantmaking making a difference. Thank you to all who participated.  The following are four more impressive nominees:

Womenade Boston has supported My Life My Choice since its inception. My Life My Choice is a highly effective three-component program to rescue and assist victims of sex trafficking in Boston.  A fledgling organization in 2011, “My Life My Choice” received an initial $25,000 grant and subsequent capacity building grants.   The program has grown exponentially locally and has been replicated nationally.  My Life My Choice has also received national publicity regarding the issues and their solutions to combating sex trafficking.  http://www.wbur.org/2015/08/14/boston-sex-trade-ii?utm

San Diego Women’s Foundation nominated its Barrio Logan College Institute/SDWF Partnership.  Located in a traditionally low-income community, BLCI promotes higher education as a ticket out of poverty.  This comprehensive college-prep afterschool program serves local disadvantaged students and their families from elementary school through college graduation.  As of 2015, 100% of the BLCI graduates have been among the first in their families to attend college. BLCI cites the SDWF as a vital partner in its growth.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz5CYj8FYN4#action=share

100 Women Strong of Orlando, Florida nominated Project Courage.  In March 2010, 100 Women Strong granted $110,000 to Harbor House of Central Florida to fund a pilot program to eliminate domestic violence in a single six-block area.  This pilot program had astounding success, and has been replicated in other neighborhoods, leading to collaborations with faith institutions, schools, first-responders, businesses, local government and civic organizations.  Out of this project, Harbor House has developed innovative programs addressing intimate partner abuse. By focusing prevention services in a specific geographic area, Project Courage engages all levels of the community and serves as a model for the prevention of domestic abuse.

Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund nominated St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP), a highly successful health and environmental project supported from its inception by Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund.  St. Louis HELP collects used home medical equipment that is no longer neededrefurbishes and then lends it at no charge.  Instead of dumping random equipment in the trash, people can donate it to the first comprehensive, consistent program of this type. Over $7 million worth of equipment has been loaned since 2008.  Over $4 million worth of items have been forwarded to other charities in other communities.  As much as 15 tons of equipment per year are diverted from the solid waste stream. www.stlhelp.org


Tell Us About Your Organization's Impact!

Your numbers are so important:

As soon as you know your grant and membership numbers for 2016, please update your organizational profile.  Those numbers are growing every year and we want to celebrate your success with you! 

For instructions on updating your Member Organizational Profile click here. 


WCGN Board of Directors

Dianne Chipps Bailey Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC)

Jenny Berg, Treasurer Impact 100 (Cincinnati, OH)

Rebekah Bonde Impact Austin (Austin, TX)

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

Tracy Johnson San Diego Women's Foundation (San Diego, CA) 

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, 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)

Alison Wilson Washington Women's Foundation (Seattle, WA) 

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