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, Linda Penniman, Barbara Knepshield, Mana Holtz, Marty Howard, Diane Lepola, Nancy Cohen, Jane Doherty, Sue Guben, and Sally Gleason.
In 2013 the Founding Members awarded two grants totaling $10,000.
In 2014, the Founding Members continued as they had the previous year and awarded three grants totaling $10,000
As our membership grew we were able to award $22,500 in grants to six organizations.
Our membership continued to grow and we awarded $46,000 to seven organizations
Our membership continued to grow and we awarded $55,500 to five organizations
We helped those in our community most effected by Hurricane Irma. We awarded
$61,000 to four organizations.
To date we have granted $205,000 in both Lee and Collier County.