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Women's History Month Calls to Mind WGA's Founders
It is Women's History Month. What better time to re-visit the history of WGA through the eyes of someone who was there at the beginning, Courtenay Wilson. She is one of five amazing women who founded the Women's Giving Alliance.

"The five of us were the only female trustees of The Community Foundation at that time," Courtenay says. (The others were Helen Lane, Delores Barr Weaver, the late Doris Carson, and the late Ann Baker.) The Community Foundation was making a concerted effort to become more well-known in the community, so some cocktail parties were planned. "Most of the attendees were men and their spouses," Courtenay remembers. "We decided to organize a series of luncheons, just for women." That's when things really started to happen. "All of us loved talking about our personal goals, our own philanthropy, issues we cared about," she says.

The next part has become a bit of WGA "folklore." Courtenay was looking through a copy of People Magazine on airplane trip when she noticed an article about Colleen Willoughby, founder of the Washington Women's Foundation in Seattle. It was one of the very first organizations of its kind in the United States (Melinda Gates was a member) and would soon become the standard for women's giving circles. Courtenay decided she had to talk to Colleen Willoughby, so she reached out to her by phone.
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WGA Member Nominations 2021

Members - recently you received a letter asking you to think of and submit the names of women you think would be good in a WGA leadership role.

We’re hoping each of you take time to think about this and make recommendations. WGA is only as good as the strong women we have leading us.

And very importantly, seriously consider self-nominating.  You know if this is something you’d be interested in and if timing is right in your life. 

WGA actively invites women of different backgrounds, perspectives, opinions, experiences, personalities, ideologies and lifestyles.  We believe that bringing together diverse voices- and the conversations and connections that result-makes us stronger.

This year we are looking to fill the following three (3) positions: President-elect, Secretary and Treasurer.

If you suggest a name, we will reach out to them for a conversation and determine if indeed this works for them. Sometimes timing isn’t right, but we will keep their names for the future.

We ask that you recommend someone or yourself by completing the Nomination Form at https://bit.ly/2021WGANominations, no later than March 31, 2021.

Should you have questions, please contact Mary Pietan at mfpietan@gmail.com or at (904) 234-4915.

Thank you for your help. WGA can only be as strong as the women who step up to leadership!

Shaping Women's History Locally
WGA's mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in Northeast Florida, and inspire women to be strategic philanthropists through collective giving. WGA Membership allows women to become informed, collaborative philanthropists and make difference in our community.

Join or renew today to ensure that your contributions are counted in the current year's grants pool. Remember that although you can become a WGA member at any time, the 2021 Grants Pool closes April 15.

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Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty: Intervention & Prevention

In addition to ratifying WGA's 2021 grants at this year's Member Forum, Yolanda Johnson, a nationally recognized leader in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be our guest speaker. We'll be sharing the Member Survey findings and "teasing" our 20th Anniversary celebration plans kicking off in the Fall. Invite a guest and please note that you MUST register in advance to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Member Forum
MAY 20 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Zoom Meeting

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Upcoming WGA Events
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Visit with WGA Grantee Delta Research
APR 22 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
WGA awarded Delta a grant in 2020 to fund programs engaging 200 African American girls, aged 11-18.
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WGA Connectors
Marsh Landing/Ponte Vedra
March 16 | 7:00 PM
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
A representative from WGA grantee, MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, will share their Girl Power Program and operations during the pandemic.
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WGA Connectors
North Beaches
March 23 | 6:30 PM
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
North Beaches Connectors looks forward to seeing you virtually. The program will be announced later.
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WGA Connectors
Mandarin/Deerwood/Orange Park
March 30 | 5:00 PM
LOCATION: VIRTUAL
A representative from WGA Grantee, PACE Center for Girls – Clay County, will be joining us virtually at the meeting to talk about their work in the community and during the pandemic.
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HELP WANTED (¿Se habla Español?)
WGA is committed to benefiting all women and girls in need in northeast Florida, including those whose first language is Spanish.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee would like to experiment with launching a Spanish-language "front door" to our organization to increase the accessibility of individuals and agencies speaking primarily Spanish. For at least one year, we would like to place the phrase "Se habla Español (904) 123-4567" on our website (and perhaps elsewhere); this phone number would connect to a voice mail system in Spanish.

In order to implement this we need at least two WGA members with the following characteristics:
  • Proficiency in conversational Spanish.
  • A welcoming personality with an interest in exploring the needs of Latinas in our six-county service area.
  • Able to answer all voice mails in a timely manner, providing follow-up as needed.
  • Commitment to the project for at least one year, with the option of helping WGA take this initiative to the next logical step if warranted.
Interested? Or, do you know someone who would be great in this role? Please contact WGA President Jan Healy at Jan@CharlesDHyman.com.
Barnabas Earns Nassau "Nonprofit Business of the Year"

Barnabas Center, a recipient of WGA grant funding, recently received the Nonprofit Business of the Year award from the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. Barnabas Board member and WGA member Maureen Paschke submitted the nomination.

"Barnabas has been and continues to be a lifeline for vulnerable Nassau residents," Maureen. "As people struggle to maintain their quality of life during this unanticipated and extraordinary national crisis, Barnabas is keeping them afloat as they navigate income loss, health concerns, food insecurity and economic strife."

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The Pandemic Has Set Women Back Decades
"It's been almost a year since COVID-19 closed the schools and day cares working mothers rely on for childcare, and battered many of the service-oriented businesses with majority female workforces. And in that time, the pandemic has set working women back by more than three decades—to levels of labor force participation last seen in 1988." Click here to read the full Fortune article

This article was published in the Metro section of the Florida Times Union, the third of a three part research study on the status of girls in Florida that WGA partially funded. Click here to read the article

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