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Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network
January 2017


This issue:

Happy New Year!

Another new year lies before all of us, already earmarked with expectations and strategies to make our organizations and our communities ever better. But while the community issues continue to increase, do our skills and abilities keep pace?

Attending the conference in March can provide tools, knowledge, and connections to help you meet those needs and expectations. And the perspective you bring is an appreciated addition to our collective learning.

There is still time to join your fellow collective giving grantmakers at WCGN’s conference in Atlantic Beach, FL, March 12-14.  But don’t delay! The conference registration closes February 15. 

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Come to Atlantic Beach Florida for WCGN! We hope both the content and camaraderie will entice you. The full array of plenary and breakouts is listed below.

Don’t forget that a network of experience and ideas is at your fingertips 24/7 through the Member Directory and the Member to Member Discussion Forum.  Reach out to a fellow member philanthropist individually or pose a question to the network itself for their experiences or feedback related to an issue you are dealing with.

We are stronger and more effective because we work together.


Virginia Mills

WCGN Board Chair


Monthly Programs

Don't miss January’s Educational Program 

"Part of Our Communities: How WCGN Members are Collaborating with Other Local Funders"

January 17 Webinar

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

As our organizations grow, we often have opportunities to work with other funders in our communities.  Our January webinar, “Women’s Collective Giving Grantmaking Groups as Funding Collaborators:  The Why and the How”, will give us plenty of ideas on how to make these efforts more successful.  

Our speaker will be Darrin Goss, CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation (Charleston, SC).  Darrin has also worked with the United Way organizations in Baton Rouge, LA and Greenville, SC.

2017 Program Calendar

All Webinars

take place on Tuesdays

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

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

We begin with the Sunday Keynote Dinner and end with a box lunch on Tuesday.

Click here for the full plenary and breakout schedule!!

Member Regular Registration Rate - $450  / General Registration - $600

We welcome anyone interested in collective giving grantmaking. 





NEW!  Our Breakout Sessions are finalized 

Monday, March 13 

10:00 a.m.  - Affinity Groups: Act I - Choose a discussion group based on your organization’s age and/or number of members. 

11:10 a.m.  - Breakout Sessions

  • Choosing Social Media Channels - Communications Track
  • Tech Tools: Data Safety - Governance and Operations Track
  • Engaging New Members - Membership Track
  • Fellows Programs Evolve - Membership Track

1:45 p.m.  -  Breakout Sessions

  • Recruits: Closing the Deal - Communications Track    
  • Cultivating Leaders - Governance Track
  • Connecting for Growth and Retention - Membership Track
  • Why Capacity Building Grants?  - Grantmaking Track

3:00 p.m.   -   Breakout Sessions

  • Reaching Members: Best Practices - Communications Track
  • Engaging and Leading Volunteers - Governance Track
  • An Impact Case Study - Grantmaking Track
  • Managing Rapid Growth - Membership Track 

4:10 p.m.       Breakout Sessions

  • The Movement and the Message - Communications Track
  • High Performance Boards - Governance Track
  • Be Smart about Member Surveys  - Membership Track
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Grantmaking - Grantmaking Track 

Tuesday, March 14      

10 a.m.  -  Breakout Sessions

  • Social Media: The Next Step - Communications Track
  • Sustainability: Keeping the Lights On - Governance Track  
  • Ripple Effects: It’s More Than Money - Grantmaking Track
  • The Power of a Member Database - Membership Track

11:10 a.m.  -   Affinity Groups: Act II

Choose one of several hot topics and share questions, ideas and solutions with other members. See program insert for details.

12:10  p.m.  -  Adjourn

Box Lunches available.

Thank you to the Plenary Committee from the Women’s Giving Alliance: Martha Barrett, Amy Berg, Sandy Cook, Trisha Meili, led by our extraordinary conference co-chairs  Martha Baker and Paula Liang, as well as the national Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs - Sandy Cook, Maureen Romito and Laura Midgley - and their committee members: Maggie Glasgow, Peggy Shapiro, Julia Taylor, Avani Desai, Talley Baratka, Christy Beckmann, Terry Mumford, and Jeanmarie Loria.

      Thank You to Our Host!


      Thank You to Our Presenting Partner!


      WCGN invites our members to the 

      2017 Symposium Organized by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute 

      at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

      DREAM. DARE. DO.  Women, Philanthropy, and Civil Society

      March 14-15, 2017

      Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

      Women’s philanthropy may be at a watershed moment.  With access to more wealth than ever before – some say as much as $13.2 trillion in North America alone – women’s voices, perspectives, leadership, and resources are needed more than ever to address today’s pressing challenges.  DREAM. DARE. DO. brings together a wide range of speakers from across the nonprofit sector to discuss big ideas, bold language, new approaches, and catalytic action at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s 5th national symposium on women’s philanthropy, March 14-15, 2017, in Chicago, IL. 

      Register today and add your voice to the conversation.  Explore the models women create in philanthropy to build civil society.  Learn how women’s philanthropic efforts are accelerating social change.  Discuss trends, changes, challenges, and the future for women’s philanthropy.  



      WCGN Board of Directors


      Ellan Bernstein Impact100 Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

      Jenny Berg, WCGN Vice-Chair; Impact 100 (Cincinnati, OH)

      Rebekah Bonde, WCGN 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,  WCGN Immediate past chair;  Washington Women's Foundation (Seattle, WA) and Wood River Women's Foundation (Ketchum, ID)

      Virginia Mills, WCGN Chair; The Philanthropy Connection (Boston, MA) and Womenade Boston (Boston, MA)

      Sue Priester Greenville Women Giving (Greenville, SC)

      Vicki Sheehan, WCGN Secretary; 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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