The Women's Giving Circle is pleased to announce that in 2017, it’s awarding a record-breaking $41,466 in grants. Each grant recipient helps to fulfill the Circle’s mission of supporting women and children in the Eau Claire area. The organizations and programs the Circle has voted to fund are:
- APPLE Pregnancy Care Center—“Earn While You Learn,” $5000
- Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Mary Markquart Center—“Adaptive Learning,” $6000
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Sojourner House—“Bras for Homeless Women,” $5000
- Chippewa Valley Museum—“Classes and Activities for Preschoolers,” $5000
- Feed My People Food Bank—“Bridging the Summer Gap,” $6000
- Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley—“GOTR of the Chippewa Valley Expansion,” $4000
- School District of Altoona—“K-3 STEM Coding and Robotics Curriculum Based Program,” $5966
- Trinity Lutheran Church—“Soles for Special Souls,” $4500
A complete history of WGC grants is available on the WGC "History of Grants" page.
The Women’s Giving Circle members pool their charitable dollars into a fund at the Eau Claire Community Foundation in order to maximize their philanthropic impact. The Circle began in 2007, when a group of over 100 Founding Members each pledged a total of $1,000 over 4 years. Today, it has over 260 members, and it continues to grow.
This year’s grant awards bring the Circle’s total grant distributions since inception to $227,953. Grantees will officially receive their awards at the Gift of Giving Breakfast, which will take place at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club (828 Club View Lane, Altoona) at 7:30 am on December 6, 2017.
The Women’s Giving Circle members invite the Eau Claire community to attend this celebration of philanthropy. Tickets are $15 and include a plated breakfast. They also welcome new members; anyone can join the Circle at any time.