What a great Member Forum! I hope you were there in person to listen to the powerful presentation on the Impact WGA has had on Mental Health. We learned that it wasn’t just the grantees or the women and girls we helped who were impacted. Our entire community and many of us as individuals were also. That impact might have come in the form of being more educated on the needs of so many in our community, or it may have come in the form of beginning an ongoing dialogue between agencies and funders, or it may have been the start of a conversation over a cup of coffee with a family member.
If you were unable to attend our fabulous forum, please take a moment to read the comprehensive, yet very readable Executive Summary that is being mailed to our members, mental health grantees, political leaders and funders. If you want even more information a link to the full 40 page report is below. And of course, that report will be easily accessed on our website at anytime.
We awarded grants to 7 agencies and those grants are described below. Please take a moment to read about the agencies and their proposals.
Our wonderfully busy spring has allowed me to meet many of you at our recent educational offerings, such as Social Media 101 and the New Members Wine & Cheese at Moxie’s Kitchen and Grill. Welcome to all of you, and I hope you enjoy being a part of something much bigger than each of us as individuals.
Another Catalist (formerly WCGN) conference is coming up. This one will be hosted by the Washington Women’s Foundation in Seattle. Remember, this is the group that started the whole women’s collective giving circle concept 25 years ago. Many of us enjoyed Philadelphia in Oct. 2018 and I know that the interest for the Seattle meeting will be even greater. More details are in the article below.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank so many of you for a wonderful year of hard work. Linda Simmons and her Impact committee and TCF deserve a special shout out: Linda and her team for exhaustive research and the writing of the Mental Health Report, and The Community Foundation and their partnership with us in getting this report published and distributed. As is always the case, the work of WGA could not be accomplished with out the help of so many!
I wish all of you a wonderful, hopefully relaxing, summer and look forward to working with many of you next fall when we kick off a new grants and education season. All of our committees will be looking for new members. Please take a moment to check out the opportunities and committee descriptions on our website and see where you might like to get involved!
Again, thank you for being a part of WGA, and if you are still considering joining us, I hope you will!