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Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:47 AM

By Kelley Hoagland, Community Foundation of Jefferson Co.

2017 WGCJC Grant Winners. First Row: (from left) Marta Belt, WGCJC Grants Committee Co-Chair; Cherilyn Miller, Jefferson County Transitional Services; Kim Taylor & Margie Fisher, Second Stories. Second Row: Nancy Totten,

Women’s Giving Circle

The Women’s Giving Circle of Jefferson County (WGCJC) held its Annual Meeting on April 10, 2018 at Red Bicycle Hall. Members voted to grant over $22,000 to benefit women and children in Jefferson County. Grants are awarded to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations that apply through the annual WGCJC competitive grants cycle. Projects and programs must impact one of four fields of interest: Education, Economic Empowerment, Physical & Mental Health, and Violence and Crime Prevention.


Five organizations were awarded grants at an informal reception on Wednesday, April 25 at the Community Foundation office:


• Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana – to purchase office materials and provide team member training. • Jefferson County Transitional Services – to install a security system at Hannah’s Harbor. • Safe Passage, Inc. – to implement their “Empowerment through Prevention” educational program. • Second Stories, Inc. – to support the “Earn While You Learn” parenting program. • Southwestern Jefferson County Consolidated Schools – to support the “Growing a Healthier Community Begins with a Single Seed” campus garden.


The Women’s Giving Circle is a group of philanthropic-minded women of all ages, means and backgrounds who combine their financial strength to make a positive change for the women and children throughout Jefferson County.


Annual membership to the Women’s Giving Circle is tax-deductible and open to any woman in Jefferson County and requires only a $100 tax-deductible contribution. Junior memberships are $50 and open to girls ages 18 and under. Of the $100 annual donation, $75 goes in a fund for immediate granting and $25 is placed in an endowment fund for future granting. The junior membership is split $25/$25. Assets of the WGCJC are held and maintained at the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County (CFMJC).


For more information about the Women’s Giving Circle, contact Kelley Hoagland at 812-265-3327, at, or join on-line at

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