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November 21, 2018
President’s Letter
Ellen Wiss

Welcome to a new WGA year!

I know that many of you attended the 2018 Annual Meeting just a few short weeks ago. It was a wonderful time of celebration: the ratification of seven grants that will make a difference in the lives of many. Thanks to all the hard-working members of the various grants committees, and thank you to each of you, for your membership which allowed us to award these grants!

We also celebrated the leadership of Ellen Wiss these past two years, as well as the leadership both past and present.

We are beginning the third year of our 5-year focus on breaking the cycle of female poverty. This month the final grants in Mental Health will close. We will begin awarding the second cycle in grants on poverty and so we anticipate that our impact findings will become more specific to our community this coming year. We will be sharing those findings with you in upcoming editions of e-News and at our educational gatherings.

We have a new communications committee and they would love to have your participation. We will be rolling out the new communications plan shortly.

Now my request of each of you is that you continue to be a part of our work. To quote Vince Lombardi, “Success comes before work only in the dictionary.” So let’s keep our sleeves rolled up and continue working toward yet another year of success in WGA.

Together we can make a difference!


 Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Quite the celebration was had to a sold-out room of 360 attendees for the end of the 2018 grants cycle, with the award of the largest grants pool to date of $543,000 to eight deserving non-profits:

  • Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center: Breaking the Cycle $68,696
  • Family Promise of Jacksonville: Back to Work, Back to Home $50,000
  • Girls, Inc.: Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty-Mentoring 4th-8th Grade Girls $100,000
  • Her Song: Economic Empowerment Program/EMPath $43,000
  • I.M. Sulzbacher Center for Homeless and Hubbard House: Step Up to Success $150,000
  • Jacksonville University: POWER Camp $16,094
  • Jewish Family and Community Services: 360 Wraparound Program $120,000

Since embarking in the new WGA focus area of Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty in 2017, WGA has contributed over $1 million dollars to our grantees with research-based methods for the best possible outcomes in the poverty focus area. A remarkable 330 pounds of sanitary products were donated by members and guests for the Dignity Drive. Read the full Annual Meeting Wrap-up for all of the exciting news, highlights and photos.

Read the Wrap-Up | See Photos
Good News from Philly

We The Women brought together more than 350 women over three days in October 2018. Conference participants came from collective giving organizations — large and small, near and far. And boy, was WGA well represented. We had 19 members of WGA attend, including Sandy Cook who now lives in Colorado but is a Legacy member of WGA!

Barb Wenger, Kara Williams, Joanne Cohen and Sandy Cook all presented at the conference, and Paula Liang currently serves as Vice Chair of WCGN. Dale Clifford and Sandy Cook also serve on the WGCN Board of Directors.

Conference attendees came from foundations and grantmaking networks, from nonprofit organizations and corporations. From the opening moments of the conference, the energy and geniality among attendees were striking.

The Conference ended with the unveiling of the new name (Catalist) and an invitation to the next conference. Save the date for our next great gathering and Catalist’s first official convening under its new name: February 23-25, 2020. It will be hosted by the Washington Women’s Foundation Seattle, Washington where all of this began almost 20 years ago.

WGA also won a Spotlight Award for Girl Matters. Girl Matters: Giving Girls a Voice was a WGA grant to the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in 2013. Girl Matters was a transformational grant for girls in our community spawning replication of the model and significant positive ripple effect in our community.

WGA also received a check for $300 which will be given to the DBWP Center.

Upcoming Events: New Year Opportunities

New Members Coffee at the Beach, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Come meet WGA leadership and your fellow new members in a relaxed atmosphere. Complimentary refreshments served. Location will be provided when you REGISTER by Jan. 2.

Women in Poverty in Northeast Florida, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Jessie Ball DuPont Center
40 East Adams Street, 32202
Come hear a panel of local experts discuss the challenges facing women in poverty and what you can do to help. (Kathleen Shaw, moderator) Bring your lunch. REGISTER by Jan. 9.

Dignity Drive Can Continue
Last month we learned that feminine products are often unavailable to women living in poverty. Keep this need in mind when you donate to your favorite pantry this holiday season.

Welcome New Members—& Thanks to Those Who Referred Them!
Joanna Blinn
Yanira Cardona*
Mary Clark
Erica Connor*
Keli Coughlin Joyce
Annette Crowell
Holly Finchem
Betty Francis
Demika Jackson*
Amanda Jordan*
Holly Keris
Amy Lingren
Ana Martinez-Mullen
Kerri Murphy
Lolly Starkey
Jen Stockman*
Nicole Thomas
Sarah Tourville
Mary Ellen Waugh
Referrals made by:
Aidee Chavez Frescas
Nancy Dreicer
Susan King
Karen Mayfield
Helen Morse
Judy Poppell
Robin Rose
Kerry Slattery
Julia Taylor
Barb Wenger
Ellen Wiss

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