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An Invitation From Our President
Our theme for Member Forum is, "Tomorrow Together," which comes directly from our strategic priorities. Bringing together members and community partners with diverse voices - and the rich conversations and connections that result – will make us stronger tomorrow.

I hope you will join us via Zoom on May 20 at 12:00 PM. Our agenda includes:
  • Ratifying the 2021-2023 grant recommendations
  • Hearing highlights from our member survey
  • Sharing our 20th Anniversary plans
Plus, Yolanda F. Johnson the founder of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC) will be with us as our guest speaker. You don't want to miss her exceptionally engaging topic, "How will a diverse and inclusive culture make WGA a more effective grant maker?"

Per your request, we will have Zoom social time beginning at 11:30 AM to catch up with one another. Details to join in the fun will be sent prior to the meeting.

Please register today. I look forward to "seeing" you May 20!

We Are Almost 20!
A "generation" is considered to be about 20 years; that means the Women's Giving Alliance is about to enter our second generation! As we look forward to our 20th anniversary celebration, let's take a look at the numbers of women who have been part of WGA since 2002.

Our five founders each set out to recruit 10 of their friends when they established WGA in 2001. By the time the first grants were awarded in 2002, 163 women had joined. These are our Founding Members, and 65 of them are still members today!

Fifty-one women have been members every year since our founding. And today, 27 of our Founding Members are Legacy Members, which means they have made a gift of $25,000 or more to endow their membership for life. (As others have joined them, we have 64 Legacy Members today.)

Seventy-seven of our current members have been in WGA for 10 years or more, and today our membership stands proudly at 413 women. And here is a number that best shows the depth and breadth of WGA's influence in north Florida: Since 2001, 1,060 different women have been part of the Women's Giving Alliance.

Hear more about plans for our 20th Anniversary Celebration at Member Forum on May 20!
WGA Welcomes New Members!
Welcome New Members
New Members: Brenna Durden, Emiley Hatten, Tamara Klement Ellis, Kelly Novak and Clare Myers

Returning Members: Mary Clark, Elana Dietz, Penny Jenkins, and Kimberly Marani Jones

Referrals: Paula Liang, Kiki Karpen and Jan Healy
Let's Connect!
Downtown Connector Event
Join us for our Downtown Connector IN PERSON event! All WGA members and friends are invited regardless of where you reside. Light snacks and wine will be served. Be sure to join us!

Tuesday, July 13th / 5:00 – 7:00 PM
River Club, 1 Independent Drive #3500, 32202
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Delta Sigma Theta Grant Recap
Our April Education event featured Felicity Price-Forehand, Chair of the Grants Development Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. DST is an international organization comprised of college-educated women who provide scholarship and service to underserved and underprivileged individuals in our communities. WGA awarded Delta a grant in 2020 to fund programs that will engage 200 African American girls, aged 11-18, in activities that promote their interest and motivation to complete college or obtain a vocation and become fiscally responsible.

Twenty-one WGA members attended the education session, and feedback on the program was very positive: "Well prepared, organized, and on point providing WGA with insights into their program."

Congratulations to the Education team for another great program. Look for more this fall!
Impact on Mental Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month which gives us a great opportunity to review the impact of our Mental Health grantmaking focus from 2012 until 2018. WGA chose this area because of obvious need: Florida ranked 50th in the United States for per capita mental health funding, and Northeast Florida was the second lowest for per capita funding in the state. Plus, Florida was one of only 14 states that does not accept Medicaid dollars through the Affordable Care Act. During the 6 years of our Mental Health Focus, we made investments in three strategic areas: 1) Trauma-informed support, 2) Wraparound Services, and 3) Innovative Practices. Overall, WGA awarded 23 mental health grants to 17 Northeast Florida nonprofits, investing $1.9 million and serving a total of 8,893 women and girls. That's impact!
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