Women Giving Circle of McKean County is a philanthropic giving circle that pools the combined charitable resources of over 75 area women to fund projects that enhance the quality of life for women and their families in McKean County. Along with the satisfaction of making a difference in their communities, our members also enjoy events where they gather to network, learn about community needs and award grants.
In October, our Annual Meeting is our granting/business meeting. Organizations that have been chosen as final grant candidates give a brief overview of their project to the members in attendance. The members vote on their favorite projects and grants are awarded. Along with learning all about exciting programs that are benefiting our communities, members enjoy great food, great friends, and an always entertaining evening.
Watch for information on our Women’s Giving Circle 2022 Spring Event! All area women are invited to join WWC.
Women’s Giving Circle 2021 Annual Business Meeting
2021 WGC ANNUAL MEETING
November 10, 2021
At the Eldred WWII Museum
First in-person Women’s Giving Circle Annual Membership Meeting was held in 2021!
The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC), a project of the McKean County Community Foundation, held its first in-person annual granting meeting on November 10, awarding $7,000 in grants to four area non-profit organizations. WGC, a philanthropic giving circle, was founded in 2019 by a group of charitable-minded women who cared about improving the quality of life in McKean County for their families and friends.
The 2021 annual meeting, held at the Eldred WW2 Museum, was attended by WGC members and their guests who greatly enjoyed an evening of socialization, refreshments from Eddie’s on Main and The Winery at Wilcox, and education, including a wonderful presentation by Steve Appleby of the WW2 museum.
The highlight of the evening was a presentation by each of the eight grant applicants with a brief description of the project their grant would be funding. WGC members then voted on their favorite projects and awarded a total of $7,000 in grants to four non-profit organizations. All eight grant applicants were seeking funding for exceptional programs. It is the goal of WGC to continue to increase their membership and grow their ability to assist more non-profit organizations in McKean County.
YWCA received a $2,000 grant for their housing and employment services program, Mattresses Across McKean County was awarded $2,000 to provide mattresses to those in need, CASA of McKean County received $2,000 for recruitment and training of additional volunteers, and Care for Children was awarded a $1,000 grant for their Cribs for Kids program and sleep education for parents.
WGC is open to all area women who are interested in addressing and supporting issues that are important to women. Each member makes an annual charitable donation of at least $100. The donations are pooled together to make an impact in McKean County by awarding grants to non-profits. WGC is both a philanthropic and a social organization that strengthens the concept of women working together to fund change and create a better way of living in their communities.
Women can learn more or join Women’s Giving Circle by visiting the McKean County Community Foundation website, or calling the Foundation at 1-844-238-2289.
Women’s Giving Circle 2020 Annual Business Meeting
2020 WGC ANNUAL MEETING
November 17, 2020
Our Women’s Giving Circle Annual Membership Meeting was held in 2020!
OUR FIRST GRANTING YEAR!
WGC awarded their inaugural grants totaling $9,500 during the organization’s first Annual Membership event held virtually in November via Zoom. Door prizes were awarded throughout the 30-minute program. As part of the event, the organization’s 75 members had an opportunity to vote for the projects they felt were most important to the community. Voting was conducted via mail, email and fax this year, due to the constraints of a face to face event. After the votes were tallied, five agencies received grant awards.
2020 WGC GRANTS
$2,000 To CASA of McKean County to support their volunteer advocacy program
$2,000 To McKean County Early Intervention for educational tote bags for parents of newborns
$2,000 To The Guidance Center–Big Brothers, Big Sisters of McKean County for volunteer recruitment & marketing
$2,000 To The Lutheran Home at Kane for activities to fight depression in residents
$1,500 To Mt. Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club for portable toilet to be placed at trail head