E-News: December 2015
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A Holiday Win-Win!
Shop Local (and online) - AND - Help One of Our Grantees!

Rethreaded — a WGA 2015 Grantee — provides support to employees involved in social entrepreneurship that breaks the cycle of the sex trade by offering viable, creative, safe and supportive work to survivors.

Find gifts for everyone on your list that “give back” -- including beautiful handmade blankets, pillows, women’s jewelry and bags, dog chew toys, soy candles and more. These gifts not only help break the cycle of the sex trade, but are fair trade and often sustainably made.  Visit their store for the greatest selection — or shop on-line at

820 Barnett Street Jacksonville 32209 // Phone: (904) 438-8109 // Holiday Hours: M-F, 10-5; Saturdays, 10-4

These items and many more available on-line at
Spotlight on Grants: Grants Impact Team
Our Grantmaking Principles

WGA is committed to using research to guide its initiatives and support programs that demonstrate results and impact, significant lasting value and sustainability.

WGA Grants Impact Team Keeps Us Focused!

The recent Member Survey indicated the WGA Grants Process is a source of great pride.  In fact, not a single respondent indicated dissatisfaction.  At the same time, many members commented that they would like a greater understanding of how the actual process works.  This “Spotlight on Grants” focuses on the Impact Team, one of three teams comprising the overall volunteer Grants Committee.
Measuring Impact

In January 2015, WGA formed the Grants Impact Team with the charge to pursue the following four tasks and present a report by Fall 2016:
  • Develop a framework and metrics to measure the overall impact of WGA’s mental health grants
  • Create a blueprint for future focus area impact studies
  • Design a transparent process for shifting our focus area
  • Update research on the status of women and girls in Northeast Florida to identify potential focus areas for the future
Impact Team Co-Chairs Gail Patin (left) and Kiki Karpen (right) along with Sandy Cook (center) and ten other WGA members currently are assessing WGA mental health grantmaking, working to measure:
  • Quantitative impact
  • Qualitative impact
  • Long-term impact
  • Community impact
In addition, WGA’s newest research study is well underway­­, just in time for our 15th anniversary.  Check back in the Spring of 2016!
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Advocacy Update

The initiative to create Safe Houses for the child victims of sex trafficking and fund the necessary social services, including mental health services, is back in committee in Tallahassee.  As you may recall, we wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the Times Union last March in support of this pilot project.  For additional background on WGA's involvement, see the story "Opening Our Eyes to a Pervasive Problem" on our new website.

If the committee process goes smoothly, we are planning to partner with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center to fill a bus to Tallahassee so that we can meet with individual legislators in January.  We will keep you informed of any plans, so that you can join us if you would like to.  The best way to learn about this issue and advocacy in general is to attend the Power of One program on January 7 (see below).   We hope to see you there!
Calendar Reminders for January
We’re happy to have you as a member, whatever your level of involvement.  We hope you’ll join us at the upcoming events that interest you.  And remember, you are always welcome to bring guests.  All we ask is that you register so we can plan accordingly.

Advocacy: "Power of One" -- Focus on Sex Trafficking  

Thursday, January 7 / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Jessie Ball duPont Center
40 East Adams Street, Room 208 Lecture Hall  32202
(Brown bag lunch)  Optional:  When you RSVP, indicate whether you would like a box lunch from Chef’s Garden @ $15.   Click here to register


New Members Wine and Cheese at the Beach  

Tuesday, January 12 / 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Come meet WGA Leadership and your fellow new members in a relaxed setting.  Feel free to bring a friend who is considering being a new member!  These sessions are hosted by members in their homes; the hostess for this event is Martha Baker.   Ponte Vedra Beach (exact address will be given when you RSVP)
   Click here to register
       Interested in Video? 

We are looking for a few volunteers who know how to shoot and edit casual YouTube or GoPro videos.  Possible projects include filming education events, interviews with our Founders, presentations at luncheons, etc.  If you are experienced — or willing to learn — let the Communications Co-Chairs know (Melanie Cost, or Kate Ligare,  And thank you!
Special Thanks to Reporters & Photographers for this E-News

Kiki Karpen, Kathleen Langford, Gail Patin, Izzy Spence, Barb Wenger
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