GIVING WoMN Announces February 2016 Grants

GIVING WoMN is pleased to announce our annual 2016 grants to Twin-Cities serving community organizations.  These grants will be distributed by the end of February.  Since our first grants were made in 2006, with this year’s recipients, we will have donated over $1,126,000 dollars to Twin Cities community-enriching  programs. This year we are making 5 Community grants ranging from $20,000 to $30,000, GW_main_color logo and tagdetermined based on member votes/rank and our published funding principles (available on the Grants tab on our website). Here are this year’s grant recipients of our grant pool of $126,000 (in order of the number of weighted member votes and size of grant):

  • The Open Door: Mobile Lunch Box Program
  • Bridge for Youth: 400 SAFE – Text-for-Help Crisis Line Program
  • Face to Face: Step up to Employment Program
  • Perspectives: Children’s Mental Health Project
  • ARC: Voices Against Violence Initiative/Abuse Prevention Training

The funding amounts were allocated based on the weighted membership voting of the 90 members who voted. Member votes were spread among all ballot candidates so the grant amounts reflect these weighted votes. The committee did discuss whether one significantly larger grant could be made but with the distribution of votes, the 5 grants noted seemed to best reflect member interests and the broad distribution of member preferences.

If you have any questions about these recipients or our grants process, please feel free to contact Sue Gage  () or Ruth Bowman ().

All members are welcome to join us on the Grants Committee next cycle! The majority of our work starts in late August and ends by January with one final meeting in early February. Please contact Ruth Bowman () if you want to join us this coming fall.

Also, nominations for our next cycle will open up with our Annual Meeting in May and will close on June 30.  Remember any organizations who meet our criteria and who have not received a grant in the last 3 cycles are eligible to be nominated for a grant.


GIVING WoMN is a collective giving organization with more than 100 Twin Cities women dedicated to creating social change in our community.  We offer women the opportunity to engage in a collaborative style of community-based philanthropy by pooling their resources to award grants to nonprofits in the areas of education, health and human services and engage in philanthropic education.  As of February 2016 GIVING WoMN will have given $1,126,000 to 47 nonprofits serving the Twin Cities. GIVING WoMN is one of the founders of the national organization Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.


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