Spotlight Awards - Celebrating Community Transformation
Our affiliates are changing the face of philanthropy by practicing high impact, transformational grantmaking. At each conference, Catalist celebrates these women-powered philanthropic efforts with the Spotlight Awards. This recognition highlights grants that demonstrate the ripple effect of impact investing in our community nonprofits: grants that have transformed their grantmaking organization, a grantee's organization and/or their community. All affiliates are invited to nominate one of their own grants. All awardees are featured in Catalist media.
Impact100 Sonoma (Sonoma, CA)
Teen Services Sonoma - $100,000 grant in 2011
Skills for Life is a program that provides local youth, ages 13-23, with basic employment skills including work readiness, resume development, mock interview, financial literacy and opportunities for internships and job placement.
Womenade Boston (Boston, MA)
Compass Working Capital Family Self Sufficiency Program - $23,500 grant in 2014
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Low Income Families in Subsidized Housing
Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC)
Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center - $100,000 grant in 2004
Startup grant to hire a full-time case manager and create a support service model for children who had experienced the most serious forms of abuse.
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis’ $100,000 grant to Rock Steady Boxing: enabled the opening of a gym and increasing staff to provide a unique physical therapy program for patient’s battling Parkinson’s disease.
As a result ‘Rock Steady Training Camp’ now certifies other gyms in RSB method which is now being used in over 50 facilities in 20 states, Australia, and Italy.
WCGN salutes academic institutions like Cleveland Clinic, University of Indianapolis, and Butler University which are formally studying and documenting the improved quality of life for RSB clients.
As a result Easter Seals was able to de-construct 36 full and 26 partial properties, maintain 175 vacant lots, add 28 new job training positions – 10 of which were given to women, and divert 900 tons of waste from landfills.
WCGN celebrates the transformation which brought forth the true value of people and ‘stuff’ that our society so easily tends to discard and disregard.
Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County’s $22,580 grant to Connections of Cumberland County which provided goal-based mentoring and rapid re-housing for homeless women and children based on proprietary scorecard indicating a sharp increase in homelessness in the area.
As a result the A CARE Team (case manager, counselor, and community volunteer coach) employs planning and accountability to assist with sourcing employment, daycare, and transportation to clients and 206 women and 204 children have been actively enrolled in Connection’s Connect 2 Re-Direct program.
WCGN celebrates the transformative impact of close collaboration with area providers to increase the efficiency of resources and eliminate duplicative private and public efforts. discard and disregard.
More Examples of Our Member Organization's Impact in Grantmaking
Greenville Women's Giving's grant helped establish an Aquaponics Greenhouse System to increase the organization's donations to local food banks,shelters, and non-profits by 100%. The greenhouse system extended the growing season and diversified production of fruits and vegetables. The Generous Garden was founded in 2010 with the intention of growing largely organic fruits and vegetables for the benefit of struggling individuals and families in Greenville County. The first planting season in spring 2011 yielded 32,000 pounds of food that provided 21,000 meals!
Impact Austin (Austin, TX)
College Forward: $104,000 / 2007
Impact Austin's grant expanded College Forward's comprehensive after-school program to serve 11th and 12th graders at Stony Point High School in Williamson County. Funds are helping 80 low-income and first-generation students prepare to become the first in their families to earn Bachelor's degrees, impacting their lives and communities for generations to come. College Forward provides college preparatory and retention services to motivated, economically-disadvantaged students to facilitate their transition to college and make the process exciting and rewarding.
The two-year grant from Women's Giving Alliance expands mental health services for women and girls at Sulzbacher by providing an intensive mental health case manager. The case manager assesses the needs of the resident women and girls using evidence-based practices and tools, provides on-site crisis management and establishes links to community resources and wrap-around services for the family.
Homeless women have three times the average rate of post-traumatic stress disorder, and about half have experienced a major depression since becoming homeless. More than 92 percent have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse in their lifetime; approximately two-thirds have a history of domestic violence. Sulzbacher Center provides a continuum of care addressing all aspects of homelessness: safe shelter, case management, medical, dental and mental health care, meals, children’s programs, job placement assistance, and life skills programs.
A $100,000 grant from the Washington Women’s Foundation in 1998 propelled FareStart’s job placement and training program for homeless men and women to unprecedented levels. The nonprofit’s entrepreneurial approach to job and life-skills training for the homeless has sparked so much interest that communities around the country continue to work to replicate its success. “The Foundation took a chance on a new, innovative nonprofit,” says Executive Director Megan Karch. “This grant gave us the push we needed to move forward.”
The money allowed FareStart to double both its budget and the number of people it served over the life of the three-year grant. It lent the organization much-needed recognition and credibility, which led to a succession of grants from other foundations and individuals. Karch sums up the impact of the Washington Women’s Foundation grant quite simply: “It put us on the map.”
San Diego Women's Foundation (San Diego, CA)
International Rescue Committee
Career Development Program: $62,240 / 2009