The Women’s Giving Circle of Southwest Florida was founded in 2012 as a fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County. Founding Members from both Lee and Collier Counties were: Karen Biernesser, Nancy Cohen, Jane Doherty, Sally Gleason, Sue Guben, Mana Holtz, Marty Howard, Barbara Knepshield, Diane Lepola and Linda Penniman.
The Founding Members met monthly in 2013 to create a mission, policies, grant process, and organizational structure. The group reviewed grant applications from organizations approved and recommended by the Community Foundation, made site visits, and awarded two grants, totaling $10,000 in the spring of 2013
A LOOK AT OUR HISTORY
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Bonita Springs, Naples, Ft. Myers, Immokalee, Marco Island
As our membership grew we were able to award $22,500 in grants to six organizations.
In 2014, the founding Members continued as they had the previous year and awarded three grants