Girls Grantmaking Program Awards $25,000 in Grants
Friday, January 17, 2014
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
GIRLS GRANTMAKING PROGRAM AWARDS $25,000 IN GRANTS
DURING 10th ANNIVERSARY YEAR
Through an award-winning philanthropy program, high
school girls address critical needs in their communities.
WEST 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
- 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 friends...it 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.”
The 2014 GAB grant recipients are:
Crime Victims Center
Self-esteem Support Groups for Teen Sexual Assault Victims
Kennett After School Association
The Garage Community and Youth Center
Afterschool Programs for Girls
Maternal and Child Health Consortium
Healthy Start for Teen Moms
Minding Your Mind
Minding Your Mind
Girls-to-Women in the World Program
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA
SPOT Program for LGBTQ Youth
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
about GAB, visit our website at www.ccwomenandgirls.org/girls-advisory-board.
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 www.ccwomenandgirls.org.