DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Family, friends, and Fund staff and board members gathered together on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at the Chester County Intermediate Unit as the 2022-23 class of The Fund’s Girls Advisory Board (GAB) reflected on their philanthropic service and honored the amazing grantees the members selected for financial support.
A nationally recognized girls’ grantmaking leadership program, GAB provides 20+ local high school girls each year with an opportunity to learn firsthand about the deep and varied needs in their communities and equip themselves with the skills needed to address them.
Over 18 years, GAB youth philanthropists have awarded more than $300,000 to agencies that target the needs of women and girls through innovative services to tackle issues like poverty, violence, homelessness, mental illness, teen pregnancy and substance abuse.
This year, GAB was pleased to award grants to the following organizations:
- Maternal and Child Health Consortium received a $5,000 grant. With this grant, MCHC will be able to assist an additional 150 women by providing resources through its Healthy Start program.
- The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County received a $5,000 grant. With this grant, DVCCC will be able to purchase an evidence-based program to support children.
- The Clinic received a $5,000 grant. With this grant, The Clinic will be able to purchase additional reproductive health care products.
- Women’s Resource Center received a $5,000 grant. With this grant, WRC will be able to provide therapeutic services to an additional 7 to 10 domestic violence survivors.
The young GAB philanthropists identified community needs using The Fund’s 2022 Blueprint Report: Lighting a Path, its fourth comprehensive research report on the state of women and girls in Chester County, are the focus of Impact Grant awards.
To date, The Fund has directed over $4 million to 86 non-profit organizations to strategically address persisting needs, including homelessness, domestic violence and women’s health. Through its inclusive and community-driven process, The Fund continues to lead and unite the community through philanthropy and advocacy to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive.
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