Our sister circle down south is starting up their 2014 grant cycle.
On Aug. 1, the grant application for the January 2015 grants will be posted, and can be downloaded from the group’s website. Applications must be received no later than Sept. 30 for consideration. All other details of the application process can be found in the application document on the website.
Additionally, on Saturday, Aug. 23, there will be a free grant writing workshop offered by one of the 2014 grantees and open to all prospective applicants. A workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Learning Center for Families, 2044 S. Mesa Palms Drive in St. George. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and beverage to the workshop.
A new report has been released on Giving Circles: Connected to Give: Community Circles, with findings that demonstrate the efficacy of this unique form of philanthropy:
- One in eight American donors has participated in a giving circle
- Participation in giving circles helps members build personal, professional, and philanthropic connections
- Giving circles can empower people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to participate in a culture of giving
- Giving Circles encourage a collaborative and democratic approach to charitable giving
“Based on our interviews and observations, we noticed a ‘virtuous circle’ effect,” said Sarah Bunin Benor, research team leader and co-author of the report. “Giving circles connect people to like-minded individuals and lead to more meaningful, intentional, and hands-on charitable giving, as well as increased communal engagement.”
Highlights from the recently released research brief out of Utah Valley University’s Utah Women Leadership Project, headed up by Susan Madsen:
Managerial Positions Held by Women: U.S. 38% | Utah 31.8%
Corporate CEO Positions Held by Women: U.S. 14.1% | Utah 4.8%
Percentage of Females on Public Corporate Boards: U.S. 12.3% | Utah 9.2%
A special invite for Utah Women’s Giving Circle members:
Lyn Christian presented an interactive and inspiring message to guests of the Women’s Giving Circle yesterday: Find your truth, then live it.
Lyn’s own hunger to take on life challenges that align with her core values shed light on how each of us can ask, “In what I did today, who am I becoming?”
If you missed Lyn’s seminar or you’re ready to dive in deeper, check out her FREE Udemy course: Be True.
You can also reach Lyn and her team on their website here.
Thank you to Dorsey & Whitney for sponsoring and Zions Bank for hosting! Together we raised more than $1,000 for women and girls in Utah!
For-profit social impact investment opportunities are on the rise. What do you think of this alternative vehicle for making a difference?
So here’s a recommendation for all you women out there who are busily donating more frequently than men to charitable causes: Consider investing in social-change undertakings that are run on a for-profit basis and give you a return on investment.
If you do, you will be joining a major money trend by some big investors to put “risk capital”–or money with no reliable outcome but plenty of upside–into endeavors that were once left up to the philanthropy or public sectors alone.”
A wonderful follow-up to our event with Professor Erika George:
“Boko Haram was behaving perfectly rationally — albeit barbarically — when it kidnapped some of the brightest, most ambitious girls in the region and announced plans to sell them as slaves. If you want to mire a nation in backwardness, manacle your daughters.
What saddens me is that we in the West aren’t acting as rationally. To fight militancy, we invest overwhelmingly in the military toolbox but not so much in the education toolbox that has a far better record at defeating militancy.”
The greatest threat to extremism isn’t an army. It’s girls reading books. Want to stick it to Boko Haram? Help educate a girl.
Recently released research out of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in collaboration with the YWCA, demonstrates some gains, as well as key areas for improvement so that all women in Utah can thrive.
- Access to affordable health care, especially mental health
- Violence prevention and intervention
- Supports for completing higher ed degrees
- Equal pay and promotion
- Work-family supports
- Leadership preparation