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Girls grantmaking program awards $24k

Thursday, January 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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Through an award-winning philanthropy program,
high school girls address critical needs in their communities.

West Chester, January 14, 2015 – Chester County agencies received grants totaling $24,000 from the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls as part of the 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, 25 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:

·   Addressing problems of substance abuse/and or violence.

·   Improving education and support programs.

·   Prevention, education and support services for mental health.

This year the Fund marked the 11th session of GAB. In December, the GAB wrap-up celebration was held at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce for all GAB girls and their families as well as Fund board and committee members. The 11th class of GAB reflected on their own eye-opening experiences, sharing how this program changed their lives and why the six agencies were selected for funding. To date, our Girls Advisory Board has awarded nearly $200,000 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:

“I feel a sense of accomplishment and inspiration knowing I am a part of a program that helps address issues identified by girls in our own community. Seeing the impact of our action is so fulfilling.”

“It was an amazing experience that I wish I could be a part of forever. It really is wonderful to break away from the bubble you live in and see the neighboring communities and what they need.”

The 2015 GAB grant recipients are:

Chester Counseling Center
$5,000 Mothers in Recovery: Enjoying Life Sober

Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc.
$4,000 Self-Esteem Support Groups and Individual Counseling for Latina and Anglo Teen Sexual Assault/Abuse Victims

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County
$5,000 DVCCC Girl’s Group

Garage Community and Youth Center
$4,000 Teen Girls After-School Program

Kennett After-School Association
$2,000 After-the-Bell

Parkesburg Point Youth Center
$4,000 Girls-to-Women in the World


If you know someone who is interested in serving on our 2015 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 18 years, the Fund has raised awareness about the critical needs of women and girls, and has awarded over $2 million to 60 non-profit organizations. To learn more about the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, visit