For Immediate Release
Project W, a women’s giving circle, awarded $48,500 to three local nonprofits at their virtual Annual Meeting on October 28th. Project W members are committed to improving the lives of women and families in Delaware County. In the two years since its inception, Project W’s 100+ members, distributed over $115,000 in grants and donations.
Twenty organizations applied for the 2020 grant cycle. Grants are awarded in three focus areas: health, education and family. After evaluating and discussing the applications, Project W members completed virtual site visits and chose an applicant in each focus area to nominate for one of three grants.
Project W members agree that participating on one of the grant-rewarding committees is a worthwhile contribution to make each year. “The process of choosing the grantee is both vigorous and rewarding. Every organization in the health focus area deserved a grant, but we are committed to choosing only one in order to make it impactful” remarked Dania Green, Project W Health Committee Chairperson. “This process was especially difficult with COVID-19 as the needs in Delaware County have clearly increased. By connecting members with each other and the nonprofits in our community, we are able to identify and select the programs where the biggest positive impact can be made, providing a glimmer of hope during these uncertain times.”, explained Kim D’Ambrosio, Chairperson of Project W.
To help with the selection process, each of the three nominated organizations made a video describing the purpose of their grant request. The videos along with the original applications were distributed to Project W members for them to rank their choices before the Annual Meeting. The 2020 Project W Grant recipients are:
DCCC Educational Foundation – New Choices Career Development Program was awarded the $29,100 grant to assist women affected by layoffs caused by COVID-19 closures through individualized career counseling, training plans and a laptop training program.
Delaware County Women Against Rape (DC WAR) was awarded the $9,700 grant to provide continued counseling and pilot a counseling program for women in prison who have reported sexual abuse prior to incarceration.
Valley Youth House Committee, Inc. was awarded the $9,700 grant to help young women ages 18 – 24 retain housing and stability following exit from foster care or homelessness.
Project W is a Giving Circle that operates under The Community’s Foundation’s (TCF) charitable umbrella. TCF offers administrative and fiduciary services to a variety of community-minded groups across Delaware County, as a means to empower every-day citizens to take philanthropy into their own hands.
Are you interested in joining Project W? You can learn more at ProjW.org or by emailing ProjectW@TCFhelps.org. Are you interested in The Community’s Foundation providing support to launch your charitable endeavor? Call TCF at 610-461-6571.
Project W is a women’s Giving Circle that harnesses the power of collective giving. Project W is committed to enhancing and improving the quality of life for women in Delaware County. If you join, your impact will be immediate. You will be in the fellowship of other community-minded women and learn more about the many organizations that enrich and improve our daily lives. You may further personalize your involvement by joining a committee in your area of interest: health, education, or family. The fund is fiscally sponsored by The Community’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Springfield, PA.
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900 W. Sproul Road; Suite 101
Springfield, PA 19064
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