Investing in Women & Girls

The Evidence Is In!

Investing in women and girls is the way forward for gender equality, economic growth, and a better world for all.

Lifetime Member Jacki Zehner has been on a mission to ”make the case” for investing in women and girls.

This past International Women’s Day, that dream came true with the publication of Top Reports on Women and Girls: Supporting Gender Lens Giving and Investing.

This document lists the top reports on women and girls across 18 different categories:

  • Agriculture, Climate & Land Rights
  • Arts, Entertainment, Film & Media
  • Business Case for Women, Corporate Boards, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Economic Growth, Development, Employment & Equality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Girls
  • Giving to Women and Girls & Gender Lens Philanthropy
  • Health & Reproductive Issues
  • Impact Investing
  • Impact Investing with a Gender Lens
  • Peace, Conflict, Refugees & Migration
  • Philanthropy
  • Political Representation
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports
  • Violence Against Women & Trafficking
  • Wealth & Economic Clout
  • Masculinity & Engaging Men in Gender Equality

Altogether, this publication brings together 400 reports, studies, and research on women and girls, and it’s only the tip of the iceberg!

Check out the Top Reports on Women & Girls now and check out Jacki’s thoughts here.

Utah Women's Giving Circle 2016 Grantees

2016 Grant Awards Target Implicit Gender Bias

Utah Women’s Giving Circle members voted to award $20,000 in our sixth round of investments in Utah women and girls!

Following the Women’s March at the State Capitol, pitches from nonprofit projects targeted gender bias, the 2016 annual focus of the Giving Circle, and members voted to award $20,000 across a record seven nonprofit organizations:

$6,000 grant to Girls on the Run Utah, a transformational life skills program tackling gender stereotypes for 8 to 13-year-old girls, to fund 25-50 participation scholarships for low-income girls across the state.

  • $5,000 grant to KRCL Radio to fund a 12-part on-air series called Blindspot on RadioACTive, sharing stories that bring gender bias and efforts to change these social constructs into focus.
  • $3,000 grant to the Utah Women’s Coalition, the first grant ever awarded to this new nonprofit founded in 2015 that has already put seven bills in front of the state legislature, successfully passing four, resulting in Utah rising from an ‘F’ to a ‘C-’ grade in a progress report prepared by the National Partnership for Women and Families.
  • $2,500 grant to Spy Hop to support their multi-year Move the Dial initiative, a student-driven gender equity program facilitating youth-produced media to foster dialogue regarding gender inequality and identity.
  • $2,000 grant to Utah Valley University’s Women & Leadership Project to fund Utah Women Stats Snapshots, summarizing essential data around gender bias in our state to support awareness and action.
  • $1,000 grant to Salty Cricket Composers Collective to provide funding support for El Sistema@Salty Cricket, a free intensive afterschool music program hosted at Jackson Elementary empowering young women through music.
  • $500 grant to Women of Water, a local industry association for women, to fund a 3-part implicit bias and salary negotiation lecture series open to women from any field.

“The Giving Circle is an invitation to be a changemaker; to take action to improve your community, regardless of politics. Our model of collective giving makes philanthropy accessible and tangible,” noted Safia Keller, Chair of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle.

Stephanie Pitcher, founder of the Utah Women’s Coalition, started her advocacy efforts after personally experiencing the lack of protections for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. “This is the first grant that our organization has received, and I’m honored that it came from this grassroots women’s group. It’s a natural partnership.”

Members of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle have collectively invested more than $113,000 in high impact nonprofit projects empowering Utah women and girls since its inception in January 2011.

Membership is inclusive for women of all ages and incomes through a $250 annual donation or a $50 annual donation for girls under 18. Women can become Lifetime Members through a one-time gift of $1,000 to the endowment fund. Public and corporate donations are welcome. For more information, visit www.utahwomensgivingcircle.com or email wgc @ utahcf.org.

Utah Women's Giving Circle 2017 Theme

In 2017, the Giving Circle asks, “Who Will the Utah Woman be in 2020?”

Our lifetime members came together in the Fall of 2016 and one major theme kept underscoring the dialogue: we are at a pivotal time in history.

A time to step up as changemakers, to target our efforts and our funds in ways that can make a truly significant impact on the future for women and girls in Utah.

In 2017, the Giving Circle will utilize this theme to learn and generate awareness about what current trends are projecting for the state of Utah women by 2020.

Armed with this data, as a group we will identify and invest in opportunities with the potential to change those trendlines and create a brighter future for the Utah woman in 2020.

Join us.

2015 Grant Awards – Objectified. More Than a Body

2015 Grant Awardees

2015 Grant Awardees

On January 27th, members of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle voted to distribute $20,000 across all six nonprofit organizations on the ballot, an unprecedented decision reflecting the important projects presented by each organization:

Utah Public Radio was awarded a $7,000 grant to curate a year-long series entitled, Objectified. More Than a Body, building off of the Giving Circle’s 2015 focus. Segments will address issues of health, well-being, and education specific to Utah women and girls.

Holding Out HELP, an organization that has been helping women and girls successfully transition out of polygamy for eight years, received a $5,000 grant to implement critical support groups targeting body image, internalized self-worth, and confidence.

Beauty Redefined was awarded a $3,500 grant toward deploying their research-proven online body image course to female students at a Utah high school, paired with their nationally recognized school-wide presentation.

Art Access received a $2,500 award to support their 2016 Body Image Project, which will incorporate a gallery exhibition with diverse opportunities to deepen the conversation on the impact of body image on Utah women and girls.

Utah State University’s Aggie Care Smart Girl Camp was awarded $1,500 to support scholarships for low-income junior high girls in Northern Utah who would otherwise be unable to participate in this self worth centered curriculum.

Dixie State University’s Women’s Resource Center was awarded $500 toward their Body Image Literacy Project, continuing an important campus-wide dialogue.

The Giving Circle leverages small donations from everyday philanthropists into powerful grants that create genuine impact in the community, empowering Utah women and girls.

With this round of grants, the Giving Circle has invested more than $93,000 back into the Utah community.  

In 2016, the Giving Circle asks, How can we open our eyes to our Implicit Bias?

Each year, the Lifetime Members of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle come together to provide guidance and direction to the Circle.

In November, the Lifetime Members addressed our mission, identifying the need to clearly communicate our role as an advocate for Utah women and girls – both through key events that open dialogues and minds AND through our unique grant making process.

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In 2016, the Utah Women’s Giving Circle asks: 

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Join us for our Spring and Fall events to delve into this key focus, become aware of your own biases, and discover how you can challenge these hidden beliefs to empower yourself and the women and girls in your life.

Announcing our 2015 Focus

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The Giving Circle’s lifetime members came together in the Fall to set the course for an even bigger impact.

In 2015, the Giving Circle will be focusing in on a pervasive barrier to women’s empowerment: the objectification of women and girls and the many ways that the inherent value of a woman is undermined.

Our vision is a sustained conversation within our community, leading to action, targeted grants, and an enduring impact.

Our 2015 events will shed light on this focused topic, spur dialogue, and create momentum around actions that we can all take to support a foundational view of women and girls as uniquely powerful individuals with limitless potential at school, at work, and as leaders in their homes and communities.

Dorsey & Whitney has aligned with our 2015 focus as the leading sponsor. We invite your company to join them in recognizing the true value of Utah’s women and girls.

Contact us for more information at wgc@utahcf.org for more information or download the pledge form here.

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Announcing our 2014 Grant Awards!

Annual Voting PartyLast night, more than 50 of our members came together with a dozen representatives of the nonprofits on our ballot to learn more about these incredible organizations and vote to award our fourth cycle of grants.

As always, the Annual Voting Party left a deep imprint on all of us involved. With more than 55 initial applications, narrowing down the ballot to nine nonprofit programs was already a difficult process. After hearing from each of these worthy organizations, the wait while votes were counted was full of excitement and anticipation.

We were honored to award $23,000 in grants to these four fabulous nonprofits:

SmartGirls$8,000 Grant:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake & Weber-Davis
SMART Girls Program

The SMART Girls Program engages small groups in informational and experiential learning activities to empower female club members with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy lifestyle choices.

cfsc$8,000 Grant:
Child & Family Support Center of Cache County
Women’s Sexual Assault Therapy Group

Groups are designed to help 60+ participants understand and overcome emotional challenges, achieve and maintain healthy relationships, and prepare to accomplish their goals with confidence.

Erin Kimball Foundation$5,000 Grant:
Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation
H.O.M.E. Program

H.O.M.E. (Housing, Options, Mentoring, Empowerment) is a bridge from shelter to independence, providing transitional housing and support services to women forced into homelessness by domestic violence and sexual assault.

UforV$2,000 Grant:
Utah for Veterans
Women Warrior Trips to Zion

Women Warrior Trips to Zion National Park for two groups of 4 Utah veterans who have experienced sexual assault or harassment with the support of a volunteer therapist.

Congratulations to our 2014 grantees!

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Recognizing our Members with Multiple Lives

The Utah Women’s Giving Circle is an organic and tight-knit group of women who are committed to creating a state where every woman and girl has every opportunity to thrive.

This past year, the Giving Circle opened up the opportunity to become a Lifet

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ime Member through a $1,000 donation to the endowment, creating a lifetime impact. But this wasn’t enough for some of our incredible members.

Last night, at the annual Voting Party, the Giving Circle was proud to recognize Linda Johnson and Sallie Shatz for living up to more than one life and making additional $1,000 donations to the Giving Circle’s endowment.

Thanks to these dedicated women, the Giving Circle has established the Nine Lives Award to recognize them and future Lifetime Members living up to multiple lives!

Grantee Impact: Women of the World

466-300x200Women of the World is a small organization making a big impact for women refugees in Utah. Samira Harnish and new case manager Abby Bossart made it clear how important every dollar is to their work with our $2,500 grant going toward the funding of Abby’s position.

Women of the World empowers refugee women to make Utah their home, learning practical English, gaining an understanding of human rights in the United States, and gaining skills toward self-sufficiency within a circle of women who can relate to their experience.

“Women of the World fosters an environment where refugee women themselves play a vital role in helping the community of refugee women to succeed, not just themselves.

Life is stressful and full of challenges for the refugee ladies we serve. Everyday is spent trying to tackle a new system, care for their families, figure out bills, and on top of everything else take English classes and GED prep classes to create a brighter future.

With the grant from the Utah Women’s Giving Circle, I was able to be a key advocate to many refugee ladies here in Utah. From gathering and giving donations to prepare for the winter weather ahead, to helping clients apply for colleges and Universities, I am proud of the women and their accomplishments and continued successes.”

- Abby Bossart

We encourage our members to continue to donate to those organizations that inspire them.

You can learn more about Women of the World here and make a donation here.