The Girls Giving Fund
In the fall of 2018, 20 girls from area high schools met on Sundays for a program in planned grant giving. This year, the grants focused on organizations using entrepreneurial programs to enhance the lives of area youth in need. This is the fifth year of Girls Giving, their grants to the community now total $15,100.
Throughout the fall, various community women met with the girls to share their expertise. Jane Tracy, an SOS member and chair of the SOS Finance committee, shared her story of philanthropy. Nancy Cambria, on staff at Washington University’s Brown School, met with the girls and shared the latest research out from For the Sake of All (Health Equity Works). The research she shared showed how providing critical data inspires collaborative community action to improve systems for the health and well-being of St. Louisans. And Mary Jane Pieroni, Director of Nonprofit Services for BDO, worked with the 990’s and budgets of each of the organizations receiving grants.
The grants given by Girls Giving this fall include:
Circus Harmony: $800
St. Louis Artworks: $500
Girls Giving is a collective-giving organization and the youth initiative of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund. Young women enrolled in grades 9 through 12 as of September 1 participate in a curriculum teaching them about grants, financial review of a non profit, and skills needed for their site visits to local nonprofits who submitted grant proposals to Girls Giving.
Each member of Girls Giving contributes an annual donation of $100. The group combines all donations and awards that sum in the form of a grant to a local nonprofit(s) selected by the group. Through this cooperative giving model, Girls Giving is able to give more as a group than each member could give individually. Together, Girls Giving makes a big difference.