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March 2020
Women's History Month

Mary Pietan

This month is Women's History month and throughout March we will all read numerous articles and columns in newspapers and magazines about all of the wonderful, strong, dedicated women who have gone before us. And we will take time to honor them.

I hope each of you will also take time to look around our community and the other organizations to which you belong and take a moment to honor the women, yourself included, who are making history at this very moment.

I am so proud to know so many women in our community who daily quietly lead us and, each in her own way, make history. WGA is honored to know and learn from each of you.

As I write this, I am currently in Seattle, WA at the Catalist Conference along with 18 other WGA members. What a great group of inspiring women we are meeting and learning from. You will read more about this later.

I hope you will take a moment to read about all of the great things WGA is doing and offering our members and guests this coming month. And of course we hope that you will continue to learn with us in the coming year.

Please join us!!


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WGA at Catalist conference
The WGA delegation at Catalist in Seattle. More about the conference in next month's eNews.
WGA in Action: Onboarding
Meet Kara Williams and Jen Stockman, co-chairs of the new Onboarding Team. They and their team have taken on the challenge of connecting with all new WGA members to provide a personal welcome.

WGA Onboarding Team

The Onboarding Team is an outgrowth of the Membership Life Cycle. The Life Cycle starts with recruitment, then leads members through onboarding, engagement, leadership and potentially on to supporting WGA through legacy memberships.

Team members Gracie Simendinger and Jill Auld join Kara and Jen in reaching out to all new members, welcoming them to WGA and explaining the options for engagement. Whether a new member is interested in committee work, attending educational events or being a happy check writer, the Onboarding Team will be there to get them started. They will also be exploring ideas to better orient new members to strategic philanthropy and the needs of women and girls in Northeast Florida.

Advocacy Works!
WGA members interested in Advocacy learned some new strategies for engagement at a recent education session last month. Panelists Rena Coughlin, Brenda Priestly Jackson, Jackie Smith and Dawn Lockhart informed and entertained the group from state, city and nonprofit perspectives. WGA member Sabeen Perwaiz served as moderator.
WGA advocacy education session attendees
WGA advocacy education session panelists
Well-Behaved Women DO Make History

Five courageous women founded The Women's Giving Alliance in 2001: Courtenay Wilson, Helen Lane, Delores Barr Weaver and the late Ann M. Baker and Doris Carson. Other leaders followed in their footsteps. Women's History Month is a good time to remember and recognize the many milestones achieved under the leadership of WGA Presidents.

2002-2004: Our first President Courtenay Wilson provided oversight for our first grants.

2005-06: Under Sandy Cook, we completed a Strategic Plan and established Fields of Interest based on research.

2006-08: Joan Van Vleck helped us expand partnership funding and make our first unrestricted operating grant.

2009-10: Under Barbara Harrell we established the Neighborhood Network and achieved $1 million in the Women's Endowment Fund.

2011-12: Susan Schantz helped us expand our website and communication tools, and celebrated our 10th anniversary.

2013-14: Under Julia Taylor we expanded our Advocacy initiatives and increased Legacy Membership.

2015-16: Paula Liang helped us get more involved in the Women's Collective Giving Grantmaking Network, now known as Catalist.

2017-18: With Ellen Wiss we launched a focus of Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty and continued efforts to involve members under age 40.

2018-20: Mary Pietan takes up the mantle of those who have gone before and leads us into the next decade of WGA.

Upcoming Events

Women in Leadership: Wednesday, April 15, 11:30 am – 1:00 p.m.
Jessie Ball DuPont Center / Great Hall, 40 East Adams Street, 32202. Lunch will not be provided but you are welcome to bring your own and eat during the program. REGISTER NOW.

As the need to push for more female representation at executive levels and C-suites continues, come meet some of the women who have defied the odds and have broken the glass ceiling. Our panel will be sharing their secrets for success. Hear from Charmaine Chu (Smith Hulsey & Busey); Chief Deloris Patterson O’Neal (Jacksonville Sheriffs Office); Yessica Cancel (Pace Center for Girls); Joy Young (Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville) and learn about their journeys, their career paths, and the advice they’d share with others. The panel will be moderated by Karen Mayfield (Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank).

New Members Cheese and Wine Social: Thursday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Come meet WGA Leadership and your fellow new members in a relaxed setting, hear about opportunities for involvement, learn about our grant process and ask any questions you might have. You are encouraged to bring a friend who is interested in being a strategic philanthropist in our collective giving organization. Complimentary refreshments will be served.(Address will be provided with your RSVP.) REGISTER NOW.

Save the Date: WGA Member Forum 2020: Monday, May 20, 11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
UNF Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, 32224. REGISTER NOW.

Neighborhood Connector Events
Socialize with other WGA members at these upcoming neighborhood gatherings. Remember you can attend any event, no matter where you live. Bring a friend to help them get acquainted with WGA!

  • San Marco Connector: Wednesday, March 25, 5:30 p.m.
    Address will be included in your acknowledgement email. REGISTER NOW.
  • Marsh Landing/Ponte Vedra Connector: Monday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.
BEAM's Grace Garden, 850 6th Ave. S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Join us for a Spring Garden Party Connector and learn more about the work of Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) in raising women out of poverty. We are asking that you bring donations for the BEAM pantry of pasta sauce, canned soup, cereal, shampoo, toilet paper or feminine products. REGISTER NOW.
  • Nassau County Connector: Tuesday, April 14, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Nassau County Council on Aging, Fernandina Beach Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Join us for an educational and thought-provoking presentation from Dr. Mary Gatta on economic insecurity for low-wage and aging women in Nassau County. You’ll also have a chance to tour the new Council on Aging Facility. REGISTER NOW.
Remember the Deadline: To have your gift included in this year's grants pool, please make your contribution by April 30th.
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