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Going Farther Together
WGA's Member Forum brought together over 110 members and guests to explore the theme "Tomorrow Together." An African proverb set the tone: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." WGA has certainly gone farther together in our first 20 years. Over $7.6 million has been awarded in grants that have impacted 20,000 women and girls. Along the way, we also created an endowment fund valued over $5 million.

President Jan Healy told how one of our Founders, the late Ann Baker, personally recruited her as a Founding Member; and we took a moment to remember Joan VanVleck, one of our past presidents who passed this year. We approved the Grants Committee's recommendation for new grantees (see under 'WGA Impact' ) and learned about plans for our 20th anniversary, starting this fall. If you missed Member Forum, enjoy the recorded version.
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Over $580,000 in Grants Awarded
A highlight of every Member Forum is the awarding of a new round of grants. This year, 9 new two-year grants were ratified and 1 one-time grant from the $13,500 remaining funds was ratified, in keeping with our current initiative of Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty. A total of $587,500 was awarded to benefit women and girls in Northeast Florida!

Grants Co-Chair Linda Simmons introduced Decision Team Co-Chairs Jennifer Kowkabany and Elizabeth Bernardo, who presented the grant recommendations based on the Decision Team's extensive review of the proposals and site visits. The non-profit agencies selected ranged from providers of low-cost housing to jobs programs to after-school and summer activities for girls. You can read the full list of grantees and their projects on our website.

Many thanks to the WGA Decision Team for their hard work and outstanding recommendations. Congratulations to all WGA members for the impact your funding will have on the community!
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WGA 2020 Annual Report is Here!
WGA Annual Report
Perseverance….and Promise. 2020 marked the third year focused on breaking the cycle of female poverty through intervention and prevention. The report highlights our milestones and how we, and the agencies we work with, stepped up to last year's challenges of the pandemic, economic fallout and racial unrest with action to continue to improve the lives of women and girls in NEFL.
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20th Anniversary Plans Set
Another highlight of Member Forum was Barb Wenger's preview of plans for WGA's 20 Anniversary, starting this fall. Barb said the celebration activities have several goals: to raise awareness of WGA, to honor our members and grantees, and to grow a more diverse membership.

Dates to remember:
Sept. 17, 2021 will be a special event for WGA's Founding and Legacy Members. It's too late to become a Founding Member, BUT you CAN become a Legacy Member. Learn more HERE.

October 20, 2021 - Annual Meeting - a Celebration of our Grantees and 20 years of Impact Register HERE.

March 24, 2022 will be a special "Stronger Together" event for all members of WGA. So mark next year's calendar!

Barb challenged us follow the example of our five Founders, and each ask 10 of our friends to join WGA. She would also love some volunteers to help with 20th anniversary activities. Contact her HERE.
New Connectors Wanted
New Connectors Wanted
After a year of Covid, are you ready to party? If so, members please consider becoming a Connector. Connectors play a vital role by planning casual, neighborhood based, small group gatherings where members get to know each other, friends connect and everyone learns about how our grants impact women and girls in our communities. Current volunteer openings: Riverside/Avondale/Ortega and Nassau County neighborhoods.

For more details contact Susan Rodgers or Wanda Willis.
Best Wishes, Teri!
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Philanthropic Services Officer and WGA Director, Teri Calinao, is leaving her position after 7 years. This Fall, she will begin a three-year graduate studies program for her Master of Divinity degree at The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. She, and her husband George, will be moving to Austin, Texas this summer. At Member Forum, Teri was lauded for her devotion, concern and hard work for WGA. She will be greatly missed. Godspeed, Teri!
WGA Strives for Inclusion First
Yolanda F. Johnson, the consultant who led a two-part workshop for the WGA Steering Committee earlier this year, participated in Member Forum to encourage us in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.

"I'm impressed at the intentional steps WGA has taken," said the founder of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC). "An array of perspectives and voices at the table will make WGA a more effective philanthropic and grant-making organization."

She further challenged us to focus on the 'I' first, rather than the 'D.' "Inclusion is the key," Yolanda said. "You want a diverse group, but make sure you are including everyone. You don't want a group of uninvolved people."

She urged us to be curious, listen and work toward personal incremental changes, which she said will impact the whole organization. Hear Yolanda's presentation during the Member Forum here, beginning at 24:15 minutes.
Upcoming WGA Events
Downtown Connector Event
Downtown Connector
JULY 13 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: River Club, 1 Independent Dr. #3500, 32202
IN PERSON for light snacks and wine! All WGA members & friends in all locations invited.
WGA Annual Meeting
WGA Annual Meeting
OCT 20 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: UNF University Center
Attendees will learn what's new with the organization, and it's a celebration of WGA members and grantee partners.
WGA in the News!
Our grant announcement at Member Forum did not go unnoticed by the media. Check out this article, that ran the day following our event. Click here!
WGA Grantee Recognized for Success
Family Promise
"We are beyond thrilled to be a recipient of this year's WGA funds. WGA is truly moving the needle for women and girls. Thank you for being a partner with us, making an impact, and changing our community for the better."
- Beth Mixson, Development Director, Family Promise of Jacksonville.

Read about Family Promise celebrating 15 years of helping homeless families in Jacksonville.
eNews Takes a Vacation
There will be no edition of eNews for July, but look for it again in August for news about upcoming fall events and 20th Anniversary Celebration activities.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Ellen Cottrill | WELCOME BACK: Olivia Bush
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