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Empowering Through Philanthropy: Women’s Giving Circle Awards Grants

The Women’s Giving Circle announced grant awards totaling $41,950 to 10 organizations during a recognition event held today at the Challenger Learning Center.

The Women’s Giving Circle, an initiative of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, seeks to empower through philanthropy by making strategic, researched-based grants supporting projects serving women and girls.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Organization Project Amount
Challenger Learning Center Little Girls in Space – educational experience for girls in grades K-3 to learn about space science and travel $4,250


National Church Residences of Barnesville Paving the Way: Women’s Access to Healthcare -providing non-emergency transportation to oncology appointments at no out of pocket cost to low-income or underinsured women $5,000
Oglebay Foundation LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program at Oglebay – offering a girl-friendly environment for girls to learn the game of golf along with confidence and perseverance $2,500
Oglebay Institute Tuition assistance for girls to attend OI Summer Camps $2,500
SMART Center Support for GEMS Camp – Girls Enjoying Math and Science $2,475
The Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. Female Empowerment Program – supporting women as they work toward independence $5,000
Wheeling Health Right, Inc. FARMacy – Access to fresh, organic produce for female patients managing chronic illness $4,250
WVNCC Foundation Emergency Assistance for Female Students $2,500
YWCA – Wheeling Judy’s Place: Moving Beyond a Violent Home – upgrades to transitional home in New Martinsville $3,475
YWCA – Wheeling Youth Empowerment Program – teaching emotional intelligence, assertive self-expression and healthy relationships $5,000
Youth Services System, Inc. Healing and support for young women in transitional living program $5,000

The WGC is building a community of philanthropists and creating a legacy to address the needs of women and girls in areas served by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.  In its grantmaking history, the Women’s Giving Circle has awarded over $300,000 to projects supporting women and girls.  To learn how to become a member of the WGC, please call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or visit and click on the grants tab.