The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County Giving Circle awarded $6,000 in micro-grants to three local non-profit programs investing in underserved women and girls. Vita Nova, Caridad Center and Dress for Success each received micro-grants for their social change programs this February.
“Members of the By Women, For Women Giving Circle are a catalyst for positive change while collaborating with other women across Palm Beach County,” said Judith Selzer, President and Co-Founder of the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County. “Our collective donations from the Giving Circle members are being used to create social change.”
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.
“Caridad Center is so grateful for the Women Foundation’s support of our Girl Scout Troop. We know that one way to truly break the cycle of poverty is by investment in our girls,” said Laura Kallus, CEO of Caridad Center. “These young women will become the future leaders in our community. Thank you Women’s Foundation for believing in us – together we can do great things.”
“We are so thankful to have received this grant from the Women’s Foundation.” said Diane Wilde of Dress for Success. “Every dollar counts in order to change the lives of the women who walk through our door. We look forward to working more closely with the Women’s Foundation throughout the year since our missions are very much in alignment.”
The grants received by each organization will be used to support the following programs:
- Dress for Success – Next Step Program: Next Step is a job-readiness course for young women ages 18-24 hosted by Dress for Success of the Palm Beaches. The class consists of 3 hour sessions held once a week over the span of 10 weeks. The classes are held on the Lake Worth campus of PBSC. Next Step offers tools, for young women without professional resources, to grow in their careers.
- Vita Nova – Financial Independence Program: Vita Nova is empowering women aging out of the foster care program (18-24 years of age) to gain financial independence. The year long program will not only develop the young women’s budgeting and savings skills, but also build their leadership skills by having graduates of the program mentor new students.
- Caridad Center -Girl Scouts Program: Caridad Center founded a Girl Scout troop in 2005 to provide disadvantaged girls, primarily from immigrant families, enrichment and leadership opportunities. All the girls in this troop come from families at 200% or less of the federal poverty level and are the first of their families to participate in Girl Scouts or any similar programs.