OUR HISTORY

2013

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.

2014

In 2014, the Founding Members continued as they had the previous year and awarded three grants totaling $10,000

2015

As our membership grew we were able to award $22,500 in grants to six organizations.

2016

Our membership continued to grow and we awarded $46,000 to seven organizations


2017

Our membership continued to grow and we awarded $55,500 to five organizations

2018

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.