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We Are "Stronger Together"
WGA's 20th anniversary celebration is in full swing! March 24th from 5 to 7 p.m. is our "Stronger Together" event for all members and our guests. The celebration will be held at the new Rethreaded Delores Barr Weaver Campus of Hope in historic Springfield. This final 20th Anniversary event is an opportunity to honor WGA's past, celebrate our vision for the future and, importantly, have some fun together.

Rethreaded is a 10-year old nonprofit that provides training and jobs to the survivors of the sex trade. WGA supported Rethreaded with grants for the Survivor Advocate program in 2015 and expanded Survivor Development program in 2020.

Attendees at the March 24th event will enjoy music, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and plenty of time for socializing. Spouses, significant others and your friends are welcome.

Also, there is still time to help on the Stronger Together Celebration committee and get to know some of your fellow members. Some opportunities are the day of the event and others are the week prior. Please call Mary Pietan at 904-234-4915 to volunteer.
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A History and Legacy, Delta Research and Educational Foundation
In honor of Black History Month, we acknowledge the contributions of Delta Research and Educational Foundation, a 2020 grantee. The charitable arm of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), the Foundation supports the achievements of African American women, and like WGA, works to improve the lives of women and girls.

Also like WGA, the foundation encourages philanthropy and research. Online as part of their 'Living Legacy' Delta shares that the organization holds the distinction of being "the first-of-its-kind repository of information about the social and economic characteristics of African American women."

Local Delta Sigma Theta president Aurelia Williams sees the connection between her organization and the Women's Giving Alliance. "We're both working for social change," she says.

In 2020, WGA awarded the local Delta chapter $10,000 for the Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy/Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully (BSA/GEMS) program. This grant sought to engage African-American girls, aged 11-18, in activities that promote their interest and motivation to complete college or obtain a vocation and become more fiscally responsible.

Aurelia's connection with the sisterhood of DST started at an early age. "My second grade teacher was a great role model for me," she says. "One day I saw a decal on her car with Greek letters and ask about it." Other teachers turned out to be Delta's too. "These women saw the good in me. They made sure I had opportunities to go to museums, plays, travel outside the city; to see what life could be."

Delta Sigma Theta was founded in 1913 at Howard University, a Historic Black College. But members today are not all African-American. Aurelia describes it as a diverse group of selfless individuals who want to make an impact on others and balance both work and community service.

"We are happy to partner with WGA," she says, "because you understand that it's not about us; it's about the next generation."

Learn more about 2020 grantee, Delta Research and Educational Foundation
At 20th Anniversary, Legacy Membership Reaches 76!
WGA created the lifetime Legacy Membership in 2010. Legacy Members establish an individual endowed fund with a minimum gift of $25,000. Today, 76 of our Members are Legacy Members!

When you become a Legacy Member, you ensure WGA's work continues forever. You receive a lifetime membership (no further annual gifts are required). Each year, WGA makes a gift in your name to the grantmaking pool.

When establishing your Legacy Membership Fund, you may use a variety of assets to do so. You can spread the payments over five years to complete the endowment. If you prefer, you may create planned gifts or give by way of a bequest by will, life insurance policy, charitable gift annuity, life estate or charitable remainder trust. The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida works with your professional adviser to assist you. To discuss a lifetime Legacy Membership, please contact Joanne Cohen, Vice President, Philanthropic Services at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, at 904.356.4483 or

Learn more about WGA Legacy Membership
Evaluation Team Strengthens Role
With WGA's strategic shift to Core Mission Funding this year, our Evaluation Team has enhanced its role in the grant process. Historically, the team assessed grant program progress and recommended payment of the funding installments.

Expanding our role as partners with our grant recipients, evaluation team members will engage in quarterly contact with grantees (not tied to reporting or funding) but to check in and provide a listening ear. Evaluation Team members sign up to follow a grantee for the life of the grant (one to two years), building a relationship with the grantee and shepherding WGA's relationship with our grantees.

With 21 active grantees today, and more to be expected in May, the team is always interested in new members. Want to join us? Please contact the Evaluation Team Co-Chairs, Irene Phelps and Kirsten Martino

Learn more about the Grants Evaluation Team
It's Membership Renewal Time!
Don't miss your chance to be a part of the 2022 Grant Award Pool! Your valued investment as a WGA member will not only help fund the exceptional grant proposals we have received, but also fuels our mission: to inspire women to be strategic philanthropists and invest in the lives of women and girls in Northeast Florida.

If you are a legacy member or have already renewed your membership for 2022, thank you! If you have not had the opportunity to renew yet, it is easy; just follow this link: To ensure that your contributions are included in this year's grants pool, your membership payment must be received by April 15, 2022. Thank you for inviting your friends and colleagues to join us too!
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Refreshed WGA 2022 (Virtual) Event Calendar
WGA Virtual Event Calendar
Enjoy up-to-date events every time you view the calendar! Now with the WGA virtual event calendar, as soon as events are updated the calendar is updated too, through automatic changes in real-time. Registration hyperlinks are included for easy signup and right-click to print. Make sure to check it often and share with others!
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New Members Share Coffee via Zoom
New Member Coffee
On Jan 27th, new WGA members enjoyed coffee and virtual togetherness. They learned about WGA's history and mission, opportunities for involvement, and got a chance to "meet" one another. If you missed it, there will a New Member Wine and Cheese Spring event. Stay tuned!
Connector Event
Downtown Connector Event
MARCH 3 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: The River Club
1 Independent Drive, Ste 3500
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Join us for our spring Downtown Connector Event! All WGA members and their friends are invited, regardless of where you live.

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Strategic Philanthropy with Joanne Cohen
Strategic Philanthropy with Joanne Cohen
MARCH 15 | 12 - 1:00 PM (Lunch provided)
LOCATION: The Community Foundation

Join Joanne E. Cohen, VP Philanthropic Services, for an interactive working lunch program exploring your philanthropy and values that inform your work. Learn about the evolution of the American traditions of giving and where your giving intersects. Create your strategic plan using your five forms of capital.
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Upcoming WGA Events
3 young girls smiling - MaliVai Washington Foundation
Grantee Visit: MaliVai Washington Foundation, Girl-Focused Programs
APRIL 6 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Join us to learn about WGA grants supporting girls. We will meet representatives of several programs directed specifically towared improving the lives of girls. Tours of the MaliVai Washington program will be available.
Save the date! WGA Member Forum
Save the Date! WGA Member Forum

MAY 18 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: UNF University Center

Stay tuned for more details!

Grantee Year Up's Recent Graduate Celebration
Year Up was awarded a WGA grant in 2020 and we invite you to watch their virtual graduation program from January 18th as they celebrated their Class 13 graduates. During the event WGA was also honored to receive The Cornerstone Award, which you can view at approximately 37min into the program and WGA's congratulations video to the students at 48min into the program.

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