Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network
A monthly newsletter from the Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.
Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network
December 2015

This issue:


    Dear {Contact_First_Name},

    Once again we find ourselves in the holiday season. Sometimes it’s difficult to extract myself from the vortex of additional activities and to do lists that the season can bring.

    But when I do extract myself, I find myself in the land of thankfulness.  When I find that space, I am overwhelmed with the amount of gratitude I have for so many things.

    I am so thankful for knowing some of you personally, but all of you through the work you do for your organization and by association, the WCGN.  Your grantmaking efforts might go unnoticed and unappreciated by some. But those same efforts are so valued and appreciated by those who have so little, who don’t know where to turn and need a hand when no one else is there. 

    As a grantmaker, you might never see that gratitude personally. But you will see the ripple effect of your work.  Each ripple is amplified with every additional grant, positive outcome and the new members drawn to your organization.

    Thank you also for your membership in the WCGN, your generosity of time and talent to your fellow members as well as your philanthropic commitment to making our communities a better place.

    Best of the holidays to you and your family and I hope that 2106 will be all that you anticipate! 

    Virginia Mills
    WCGN Board Chair



    Monthly Programs

    Don't miss January’s Educational Program 

    Members! New Strategies for Getting and Keeping Them!

     Register here

    Tues., January 19 

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

    Program Moderator: Felice Joyce, Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund (St. Louis, MO)

    Presenters:  Bronwyn Belling, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (Annapolis, MD) Janet Sumner, Greenville Women Giving (Greenville, SC), Dale Lothrop Clifford, Women's Giving Alliance, (Jacksonville, FL), Sue Priester, Greenville Women Giving (Greenville, SC)

    While WCGN log on access is intended for the leadership level of your membership (set for 20 per organization), please forward this link to any of your members who you feel would like to listen to our webinars either live or recorded. http://www.wcgn-network.org/webinarregistration They can register themselves or you may register them on their behalf. An email confirmation will provide the event access.


    Spotlight Awards for Transformational Grantmaking

    Congratulations to Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County, one of the winners of the Spotlight Awards for transformational grantmaking given out at WCGN’s national conference in Charlotte, NC in October. 

    Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County (WGCCC) was honored for their work for not only identifying and addressing a need in their community, but developing the solution.

    WGCCC’s focus is on women and children.  Each year, they take a deep dive into issues relating to their focus area using an annual scorecard they developed that measures the current status of women and children in their county.  In 2010, the scorecard revealed a significant increase in the number of homeless women and children as well as a significant increase in the number of homeless children enrolled in their schools.

    WGCC also determined there were gaps in service to this population because there was no centralized location for such services.

    WGCCC convened over 100 community leaders to participate in a think tank regarding this issue, which led to more research on a national level as well discussion with service providers.  

    In 2012, based on their efforts and research, WGCCC established a non profit—“Connections of Cumberland Country”.  Sixteen community partners including Cumberland Country Schools, Urban Ministry, the police department, social services, the health department and the Salvation Army are involved in this day resource center—“a one stop shop” providing case management and referral resources specifically for women and children.   

    In 2014 the doors opened providing rapid re-housing, goal-based mentoring and a learning lab. In the first 12 months, the organization had 105 active client cases, 89 of which are now in stable housing.



    Announcing WCGN Conference Host 2017!


    Stay tuned for more news about March 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida 

    Did you miss the 2015 National Leadership Forum? 

    Special thanks to WCGN 2015 premier conference sponsor!


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

    WCGN Board of Directors

    Dianne Chipps Bailey,
    WCGN National Leadership Forum 2015

    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)

    Sonja Nichols, Co-chair WCGN National Leadership Forum 2015
    Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC)

    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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