Author Archives: Women's Giving Circle

Women. Power. Politics.


Last night, the Utah Women’s Giving Circle hosted an inspirational panel of extraordinary women, moderated by the Salt Lake Tribune’s Jennifer Napier-Pearce:

Mia Love, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 04
Donna McAleer, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 01
Luz Robles, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 02
Dr. Susan Madsen, Founder Utah Women & Leadership Project, UVU
Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business
Sarah Nitta, 2012 State House District 27 Candidate

We were in awe as the event sold out just one week after announcement. If you weren’t able to join us, you can access the video from the live stream here.

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Female candidates for U.S. Congress: 

Donna McAleer, Congressional Race District 01

Mia Love, Congressional Race District 04

Luz Robles, Congressional Race District 02

Upcoming Events:

Challenge & Triumph: Inspiring Achievement in Women

September 19th, 10 AM – 2 PM

YWCA Leader Luncheon featuring Olympia Snowe

September 26th, 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Real Women Run Fall Social

November 19th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Panelists at Event 2

An enormous thank you to our generous sponsors for their commitment to Utah women:

  • Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
  • Bank of the West
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Women Lawyers of Utah
  • Utah Bar Foundation
  • Tony Caputo’s Market
  • Vine Lore

Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle Seeking Grant Nominees!

u7_ThreeCorners700Our 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.

Read the full story in The Independent here.

Connected to Give: Giving circles create a “virtuous circle” effect

CtoG5_CommunityCircles_370x479A 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.”

Read the Philanthropic News Digest article here.

Be Strong. Be True. Be Focused.

LynChristianLyn 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!

Social Impact Investments vs Charitable Giving?

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.”

Read the full article here.

NY Times: What’s so scary about smart girls?

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.

Read the full article here.

The Well-Being of Women in Utah

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.

Core recommendations:
– 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

Read the full report here.