In September 2016, the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County Giving Circle awarded three micro-grants to local non-profit programs investing in underserved women and girls.
Over twenty By Women, For Women Giving Circle members each donated $250 to leverage their collective investment in a strategic and purposeful way: making local micro-grants to empower women and girls in Palm Beach County. Together the Giving Circle members used their own crowdsourcing to identify and fund projects led by and for women and girls. In fact, giving circle members are directly involved in the grantmaking process by jointly soliciting proposals, learning more about the needs of the community and enabling women and girls to take action.
The 2016 Giving Circle supported the following projects:
- EmpowHER of the Palm Beaches — Leadership Academy for Girls: Twenty junior and senior girls from our community will participate in the Leadership Academy and be empowered by receiving mentorship, business skills, and communication training. They will gain advocacy skills and travel to the Florida State Capitol to meet legislators and discuss issues around homelessness in Palm Beach County.
- GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute Inc. — Future Women Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders Program: The program is an 8-week intensive entrepreneurship and mentoring program for 20 female high school seniors. They will be taught real world business entrepreneurial skills. The participants will develop at least 2 business and all participants will learn how to write a business plan and acquire the necessary documents and permits to establish a business.
- Milagro Center — Ladies’ Empowerment & Achievement Program (L.E.A.P.): The empowerment group is for economically-disadvantaged teenage girls (ages 14-18) in our community. The program will include female executive speakers, mentorships, workshops on resumes and job interviews, leadership development, and communication skills. This program aims empower the teens to pursue post-high school careers.
Meet Our 2016 Giving Circle Grantee Organizations
- EmpowerHer Leadership Academy for Girls Video
- GBDC- Future Women Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders Video
- Milagro Center- Ladies’ Empowerment & Achievement Program Video
Visit our Giving Circle program page to learn more about how the program works and this year’s recipients.