Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network

WCGN August 2015 Newsletter


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

Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network


Women-powered philanthropy

Supporting the creation, development, and expansion of women's

collective giving


August 2015 

Summer is winding down, but the WCGN fall conference is heating up! I look forward to welcoming you at our fifth national conference in Charlotte, NC October 15-17. Registration is very strong, so don’t miss out! 

With just two months to go, we're on track to attract the largest group ever to attend a WCGN conference! To better accommodate all of the women philanthropists expected, the conference will now be held entirely at the Ballantyne Hotel. To see the latest conference details, go here.

If you have already registered for the conference, please remember, you must register at the hotel SEPARATELY. You can do that here

I'm excited to let you know our first webinar of the 2015-16 curriculum is September 15. We'll kick off with a presentation by Jennifer Winstel, member of the Women's Impact Fund (WIF), our Charlotte host, on the topic "Women & Philanthropy: What's Trending". Register here

Enjoy the last days of summer. We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

Virginia Mills

WCGN Board Chair


Conference News 

          Registration is Filling Up - Register Today!

Help us spread the word. Post or print this one page flyer


WCGN's Fifth National Conference  "Doing. Being. Leading."

October 15-17, 2015

The Ballantyne Hotel in the Queen City of Charlotte, NC!


New! Announcing WCGN Spotlight Awards for Transformational Grantmaking

The WCGN Board, in collaboration with WIF leaders, will recognize selected WCGN member organizations for excellence in transformational grantmaking at our upcoming conference. All WCGN member organizations are eligible to apply by telling us about your most transformational grant. See nominating instructions here. Deadline September 11.

Help Us Find Our Founders 

WCGN recognizes the vision, passion, and dedication of all of the outstanding women philanthropists who've launched a collective giving fund.

In recognition of their efforts, the WCGN will be honoring all founders at the conference Friday night, October 16. 

We need your help to make sure we don't miss anyone. Please let us know the name and contact information for your organization's founder(s). We'll send them an invitation and they'll get the applause they deserve at our Charlotte conference. Questions? Email us at info@wcgn-network.org

Conference registration is open to all, members and non-members alike.

Read about our speakers and programsincluding keynote Darla Moore, and lunch panelists Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run, Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Colleen Willoughby, founder of Washington Women's Foundation.

See conference FAQs here.

Special thanks to WCGN 2015 premier conference sponsor Merrill Lynch!  

We'd also like to thank new sponsor Grant Thornton!                                                                                                         



A New Category of WCGN Membership 

We're pleased to announce this new membership category -- the Emerging Member -- for collective giving groups not quite fully formed but fully intending to become a regular member of the WCGN within a year. Help us spread the word among early-stage collective giving organizations about this new membership level. 

A warm welcome to our very first Emerging Member organization: Women’s Initiative Network of Lake Norman (Lake Norman, NC)our 45th member.

Monthly Programs

Don’t miss September's educational program

Tues., September 15 from 9- 10 a.m. PST / noon - 1 p.m. EST

"Women & Philanthropy: What's Trending"


Jennifer Winstel of Women’s Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC) and Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management


Look Who's Coming to the Conference! 

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with your fellow grantmakers!

Past conference attendees know how difficult it is to choose between concurrent  sessions! Solve the problem by enlisting your colleagues in collective giving to attend the Charlotte conference with you. Then together you'll divide and conquer the conference content! 

Read registrant names by clicking here.

Registrants by WCGN Membership Organization

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, MD 5
Baltimore Women's Giving Circle, MD 2
Giving Circle of HOPE, VA 2
Greenville Women Giving, SC 3
Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation, ID 2
Impact 100 Cincinnati, OH 2
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, IN 2
Impact 100 Greater Milwaukee , WI 2
Impact Austin, TX 6
Impact Las Vegas, NV 1
Impact100 Philadelphia. PA 2
Impact100 Sonoma, CA 2
Impact100 Westchester, NY 2
Women's Initiative of Lake Norman, NC 1
Roanoke Women's Foundation, VA 5
San Diego Women’s Foundation, CA 3
Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund, MO 13
The Philanthropy Connection, MA 5
The Women's Fund,  TX 5
Washington Women’s Foundation, WA 4
Women for Women, NC 7
Women's Fund El Dorado, CA 2
Women's Fund Shasta Regional Community Foundation, CA 1
Women's Giving Alliance,  FL 11
Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County, NC 3
Women’s Impact Fund, NC (including volunteers) 62
Womenade Boston, MA 3
Wood River Women's Charitable Foundation, ID 2
Grand Total 160


This issue

Chair's Message

Conference News

New! Announcing Spotlight Awards

Help Us Find Our Founders

Our New Membership Category and new member Women's Initiative of Lake Norman (Lake Norman, NC)

September Webinar

Look Who's Coming to the Conference!


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


WCGN Board of Directors 



Dianne Chipps Bailey, Co-chair 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 Sheehan, 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)

Alison Wilson

 Washington Women's Foundation (Seattle, WA)

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