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GET INVOLVED  |  EVENTS  |  GIVE December 2021
"What key attributes do you want people to use when describing WGA 10 years from now?" This was the question posed during our Annual meeting on October 20th. Attendees and participants, both in-person and virtual, answered to create a word cloud, a visual collection of these key attributes.

As the year comes to a close, we reflect on these key attributes and our impact together with our cherished members, partners, grantees and friends. We celebrate all that's been accomplished in the last 20 years including:

  • Awarded $7.7 million dollars in grants to 68 nonprofit agencies
  • Invested in and touched the lives of more than 30,000 women and girls in Northeast Florida
  • Built an endowment of more than $5.6 million to ensure our work continues
  • Brought together more than 1,000 civic-minded women to become WGA members and strategic philanthropists

We are enthusiastic about what the future holds! Happy holidays and cheers to an exciting year ahead!
Welcome New Steering Committee
Thank you to all who have stepped up to serve WGA on the Steering Committee for 2022!

Pictured: Seated - Rachael Mueller, Elizabeth Gainer, Barbara Barrett, Sabeen Perwaiz, Jan Healy, Sheila Collier, Wanda Willis, Doreen Gross. Standing - Jana Ertrachter, Margaret Barton, Barb Wenger, Susan Rodgers, Gracie Simendinger, Tara Braithwaite, Courtney Weatherby-Hunter, Joanne Cohen, Mary Pietan, Barbara Finke, Marty Jones, Linda Simmons.
Not Pictured: Pam Field, Rachael Tutwiler-Fortune, Saralyn Grass, Ann-Marie Knight, Jennifer Kowkabany, Joni Poitier, TriciaRae Stancato, and Lauren Venoy.

You can learn more about WGA's team and TCF staff by clicking here. Please reach out to any of these members to learn how you can get more involved in the work and mission of WGA!
Member Contribution Reallocation Passed!
Thank you WGA members, for voting for the reallocation of member contributions! The proposal overwhelmingly passed with 98% in favor after 2/3 of membership cast their ballots. This change will keep everyone's annual contribution amount the same ($1,500/year), strengthen our commitment to our grants pool and operating expenses, and will continue to grow our $5.6 million endowment.
Year-End Giving Benefits WGA
As we approach the end of the calendar year, many of us think about year-end giving. Not only is it the holiday season of gift-giving, but it’s also the time to consider charitable contributions for 2021 tax-deductions.

There are several ways to benefit WGA with your year-end giving. For example:

  • Make your 2022 annual WGA membership gift now;
  • Make an extra contribution to the Grants Pool, Operations, or the Endowment;
  • Become a Legacy Member by endowing your WGA membership for life (more information here);
  • Donate your Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA;
  • Make a contribution from your Donor Advised Fund, establish a gift annuity, or give appreciated stock;
  • Consider your end-of-life legacy. Could you continue your support of WGA even after your death?

Lucky for us, Joanne Cohen, Vice President Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation, is ready to assist. Reach out to Joanne at 904-356-4483 or jcohen@jaxcf.org for a confidential conversation.
Upcoming 2022 WGA Events
Education Event: Strategic Philanthropy
Strategic Philanthropy with Joanne Cohen
JAN 26 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: TCF OFFICE
245 Riverside Ave, Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Register.
New Member Coffee
New Member Coffee
JAN 27 | 10:00 AM
LOCATION: ZOOM
Join us via Zoom to get to know your WGA Leadership and meet fellow new members. Grab a cup of coffee and invite a friend!
Register.
Event 1
Downtown Connector
FEB 3 | 5:00 PM
LOCATION: THE RIVER CLUB
1 Independent Dr, Suite 3500
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Register.
WGA's 20th Anniversary Celebration: Stronger Together
Stronger Together
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Rethreaded, Inc, 515 E. 9th Street, 32206

Save the date for our Stronger Together Celebration at Rethreaded's new headquarters, the Delores Barr Weaver Campus for Hope located in Historic Springfield, Jacksonville. This event will give you and your spouse/significant other a chance to enjoy cocktails/hors d'oeuvres with members and community friends to celebrate the impact of WGA over the last 20 years.

Registration coming soon! In the meantime learn more about WGA's 20th Anniversary, click here.
WGA Event News
As you know, our Stronger Together Celebration on March 24th is being held at Rethreaded's new facility in historic Springfield. Rethreaded has two large outdoor areas in need of quality outdoor furniture. If you have a quality set you would like to donate, please contact Barb Wenger at 904 859-4563. Donated furniture will reduce the amount of furniture WGA needs to rent for our event. Rethreaded Wins, You Win, WGA Wins!
WGA Grantee, Rethreaded, in the news!
Rethreaded, WGA grantee and site of our 20th Anniversary Celebration on March 24, 2022, was featured in The Florida Times Union last month regarding their new space. Read the full article, click here
Next Month: WGA Receives Recognition from Year Up
The students, leadership and staff team of Year Up Jacksonville (YUJAX), unanimously selected the Women's Giving Alliance to be their January 2022 Cornerstone Award honoree! Details in next month's eNews.
NEW LEGACY MEMBERS: Nancy Jones | Brenda Verbeck | Elaine Weistock

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Shanna Carter | Mary Beth Goodspeed | Denise Graham | Sophia Laettner | Whitney Meyer

WELCOME BACK: Jill Auld | Christen Luikart | Elizabeth Montis
WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES HEALTH AND HAPPINESS OVER THE HOLIDAYS!
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