The Mission of the Women’s Giving Circle is to educate, encourage and expand the number of women committed to philanthropy in order to strengthen our community by providing funds and assistance to issues that are important to families.
Women’s Giving Circle brings women from diverse backgrounds together to combine their philanthropicleadership and strengthen the McKean County community through the power of collective giving.
We periodically gather our members together to network, learn about community needs, and award grants to local nonprofits who offer programming that serves women and children living in McKean County. We invite area nonprofits to apply for funding through an annual competitive grants process.
About Women’s Giving Circle (WGC)
Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) was established by a local steering committee of women in 2019 as a project to strengthen our community. It is a women’s giving circle that is a pooled fund where the members decide what projects are important to them to enhance the needs of families in McKean County.
Watch our video about Women Who Care.
Projects such as Memorial Park Playland have enhanced the lives of Elk County residents.
Our Women’s Giving Circle, established in 2019, is a project of the McKean County Community Foundation.
Who can be a member of WGC?
A member of WGC can be any philanthropic woman seeking to support community needs in MCKean County. Membership is on a yearly basis. When you commit to donating a minimum of $100 you will be deemed a member with voting privileges to determine which organizations receive a grant from the Women Who Care Fund that year. Here’s how to join!
As a member, how am I involved in WGC?
WWC members are invited and encouraged to attend two events each year, a spring social event, and our annual meeting held in October where you have a voice in choosing which organizations receive a grant. Both events are a wonderful gathering of area women who have an interest in supporting worthy projects in their communities. The events are fun-filled and accomplish a great purpose at the same time!
How does an organization apply for a grant?
Each year, WGC awards grants to eligible 501c3 organizations that enhance the quality of life for families in McKean County. WWC grant applications are available on our website or by contacting the Foundation.
Who decides which charitable organizations receive grants?
The grants will be awarded by a competitive grant-making process, and all members can provide input. Grant recipients are voted on by our membership at our annual meeting.