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Girls Grantmaking Program Awards $25,000 in Grants

Friday, January 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Through an award-winning philanthropy program, high school girls address critical needs in their communities.


GAB 2013WEST CHESTER, PA (January 17, 2014) – Eight Chester County agencies received grants totaling $25,000 from the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls as part of the tenth cycle of its award-winning girls grantmaking program. Through the Girls Advisory Board (GAB) the Fund educates a new generation of young women about the importance of philanthropy, community service, and the positive difference each girl can make in the lives of others. While serving on GAB over a three-month period, 20 high school girls from across the county learn about the economic, social and health needs of girls in the community. The young women set funding priorities, create a grant application, visit nonprofit agencies and recommend specific programs for funding.

The Girls Advisory Board awarded grants to organizations that address the girls’ top funding priorities as follows:

  • Improving girls’ emotional health through programs that include, but are not limited to prevention and support for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, poor self-esteem and body image, and behaviors that result in self-harm.
  • Addressing problems of substance abuse/and or violence.
  • Improving literacy skills to further educational and employment opportunities.
  • Prevention, education and support services for teenage pregnancy.

This year the Fund celebrates the 10th anniversary of GAB. In December, the GAB wrap-up celebration was held at the Chester County Art Association for all GAB girls and their families as well as Fund board and committee members to attend. The 10th class of GAB reflected on their own eye-opening experiences, sharing how this program changed their lives and why the eight agencies were selected for funding. To date, our Girls Advisory Board has awarded nearly $200,000 over the past ten years to programs that aim to improve the lives of girls and young women in the county. 

Nobody describes the grantmaking experience better than the Fund’s own GAB girls:

"GAB is not just about making life-long is about learning how to be a philanthropist, learning about grantmaking, and trying to eradicate the needs of women and girls that we all see in our schools and hometowns." --Sarah 

 "I touched the lives of people that I did not even know and may never know.  This program gave me an opportunity as a teenager to really make a difference in my community." --Dana

"The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls places a fierce desire in the hearts of all their volunteers to continually try to make a change in the lives of others.” --Madison

The 2014 GAB grant recipients are:

Crime Victims Center
$3,000.00 Self-esteem Support Groups for Teen Sexual Assault Victims

Kennett After School Association
$2,000.00 After-the-Bell program

The Garage Community and Youth Center
$3,000.00 Afterschool Programs for Girls

Maternal and Child Health Consortium
$5,000.00 Healthy Start for Teen Moms

Minding Your Mind
$2,000.00 Minding Your Mind

Parkesburg Point
$4,000.00 Girls-to-Women in the World Program

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA
$2,000.00 SPOT Program for LGBTQ Youth

$4,000.00 YoungMoms

If you know someone who is interested in serving on our 2014 Girls Advisory Board, and for all additional grantmaking inquiries please contact Lisa Stokes, at For more about GAB, visit our website at

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls is a grantmaking and education foundation dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in the county. For 17 years, the Fund has raised awareness about the critical needs of women and girls, and has awarded more than $1.9 million to 59 non-profit organizations. The Fund is a national leader in girls grantmaking. To learn more about the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls visit