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January 2020
Welcome to 2020 and the beginning of a new decade!
Ellen WissWe have come a long way over the past 10 years, but as you are all so very aware, there is still much, much more to do!

The Grants decision team has begun the process of looking at a new cycle of grants to Break the Cycle of Female Poverty and as always in the upcoming issues of e-news we will talk about some of the problems and obstacles women continue to face in our community.

We begin the year with an educational program on the need for healthcare clinics and affordable housing, which not only affects women and their children, but people across northeast Florida. Affordable housing is one of the issues our delegation will be taking to Tallahassee when they advocate with our state legislators later this month.

Please join our effort, introduce a friend to WGA, renew your own membership, and help make a difference in the lives of many! Remember the deadline for 2020 membership is April 30.

AND… there is still time to help make an even larger impact with your gift due to the generosity of the Wenger Challenge. Every gift made to the Grants Pool will be matched by this wonderful gift from Barb Wenger and husband, Klaus! Please help!

All the best in 2020!


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WGA Helps “Elevate Women”

Plenty of WGA members were on hand Dec.12 when the Jacksonville Women's Leadership Coalition and the Jax Chamber held a downtown press conference on “The Status of Women in Northeast Florida: Strengthening the Pipeline for Women's Advancement to Leadership.”

A new Chamber executive position, vice president of Elevate Women, will be part of the JAXUSA Partnership and the JAX Chamber’s economic development division. The need for such a position was based on a research report, which was released that morning and was partially funded by WGA. The multi-year effort was spearheaded by WGA members Cindy Edelman and Julia Taylor.

“To reach the goal of increasing the number and percentage of women in C-suite roles, on corporate boards and in political office in Northeast Florida, we need a dedicated position solely focused on this issue,” Nina Waters, president of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, told attendees. “Thanks to this partnership and the funders who support it, we will have someone to oversee that mission.”

Waters led the effort to raise the funds for the research and the JaxChamber position.

Read the full article on the press conference from the Daily Record here.

WGA in Action: Grant Decision-Making

Selection of WGA grant recipients is a deliberate and labor-intensive process! The following account helps us understand the careful stewardship given to our grant pool contributions.

The Grants Decision Team is in the process of evaluating grant proposals for the 2020-2022 grant cycle. The Core team and Volunteer readers individually read and ranked the 42 letters of interest (LOI), then Core team members met December 5 to discuss and to vote on those to receive invitations to submit full proposals. Twenty agencies were invited. Those not selected were notified by TCF that they would not be considered further in this round; they can request feedback from TCF on the scoring comments on their LOI.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is posted on the WGA website with completed applications due January 31. Members of the Grants Decision - Finance Team will review the financial portions of the applications while Volunteer Readers and the Core Team again will score each proposal individually. The Core Team will meet March 5 to determine which agencies to move forward to the site-visit phase of the selection process. The final list of agencies to be awarded grants will be determined by the Core Team on May 8th and presented to the Member Forum for ratification.

Upcoming Events
Downtown Connector

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
River Club, 1 Independent Drive #3500, 32202

Join us for our Downtown Connector event. All WGA members and friends are invited regardless of where you reside. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends of any age to learn more about WGA and the work we do impacting women and girls in our communities. Please join us, bring a friend and celebrate WGA’s new year. Light snacks and wine will be served. Be sure to join us!



Advocacy 101
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Jessie Ball DuPont Center, Great Hall, 40 East Adams Street, 32202

What does it mean to be an advocate? Join us as we hear from local experts on how to be a champion for a cause you believe in. We’ll hear from Rena Coughlin (Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida); Brenda Priestly Jackson (Jacksonville City Council); Jackie Smith (Director of Special Operations for U.S. Representative John Rutherford); and Dawn Lockhart (City of Jacksonville). Moderated by Sabeen Perwaiz (Florida Nonprofit Alliance).


Welcome, New Members

Lauren Barron

Rebekah Garrett

Robin Johnston

Christin Payne

And thanks to those who referred them…

Linda Goldsmith

Nancy Jones

Karen Mayfield

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