Grants | Women’s Giving Circle

Women’s Giving Circle – Mother’s Day Initiative 
Celebrate and honor the special women in your life!  The Women’s Giving Circle is proud to announce its first ever Mother’s Day Initiative, providing donors the opportunity to honor the women who have made a lasting difference in their lives, while also making a difference in the lives of women and girls in the Ohio Valley.

Gifts to the Mother’s Day Initiative and the WGC generate funding to award grants to nonprofit organizations serving the Ohio Valley . . . for generations to come.

While donors may contribute to the Women’s Giving Circle at any time, this is the organization’s only annual fundraiser.  What better way to show your appreciation for all that mothers do than by supporting an organization that helps women and girls?

A beautifully designed Mother’s Day card will be sent to the honoree the week before Mother’s Day.  A special option is also available to be sent “in memory of” a loved one.  If the gift is made in memory of a special woman, a card will be sent to the family.

To take part in this meaningful project, please download the Mother’s Day Initiative Order Form.

To view a sample of the cards, please click here.



Grant applications will be accepted Fall 2017.

Women Empowering Women Through Philanthropy

The WGC is building a community of women philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in the Upper Ohio Valley of West Virginia and Ohio. The goal is to assist women and girls to achieve lifetime goals that might not otherwise be attainable without the support provided by the giving circle.

How can I participate?

Because a women’s giving circle leverages the limited resources of individuals for greater impact, minimum membership is $500 annually. Greater gifts are welcome. You may make gifts in honor or memory of a loved one or sponsor another woman’s participation. Half of each donation will be placed in the grantmaking fund and half will be placed into the endowment fund to ensure the future of the organization.

Please make your check payable to the: CFOV (in the memo line: Women’s Giving Circle), 1310 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

Grant Opportunity

The Women’s Giving Circle, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, welcomes grant applications for organizations in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia and Belmont and Jefferson Counties in Ohio. Organizations must address the following needs of women in our community:

  • Increasing life skills of women and girls, ie: Pre-K through 12 Education, Economic Empowerment, Physical and Mental Health, Violence and Crime
  • Encouraging the healthy development and personal authority of young girls
  • Raising awareness of gender disparities in our community

From Women’s Giving Circle Bylaws:

In its grantmaking, the Women’s Giving Circle uses community research to develop initiatives, focuses on prevention and effective intervention, supports new ideas and untested efforts as well as programs that have demonstrated results and impact, and establishes expectations for sustainability, significant value and lasting impact

Goals: The Women’s Giving Circle makes strategic, researched-based grants that facilitates systemic change to improve how women and girls are served in its community, applies creative solutions to critical needs, and produces lasting and measurable impact on the lives of women and girls.

Criteria:

Applicant organization must be a non-profit tax-exempt organization pursuant to IRS section 501(c)(3)

Grants submitted by applicant organizations must meet the mission of the Women’s Giving Circle

The following are excluded from consideration: organizations that promote a particular religious or political ideology; capital campaigns or endowments; dinner galas, advertising and other special fundraising events; contributions to the general fund of an organization; intermediary funding agencies; and scholarships.

Grant applications are accepted each Fall.