The Girls Giving Fund
In November, 2017, the Girls Giving Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, a collective grantmaking group of high school girls, awarded $3100 in grants to organizations impacting youth programs in Ferguson. The 30 members of Girls Giving each gave $100 and collectively determined the grantee after a year long process of reviewing grant proposals, site visits, and learning about grant making. This year marks the fourth season of grantmaking – now totaling six grants awarded and giving $12,400 to the St. Louis community.
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 8 through 12 as of September 1 have participated in a curriculum teaching them about grants, financial review of a non profit, and skills needed for their site visits to four 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.
This year, the Girls Giving grantees include the following organizations: Center for Social Empowerment ($1600); EarthDance Farms ($500) and the Ferguson Youth Initiative ($1000). The grant money for the Center for Social Empowerment will help fund STEM learning resources as well as food supplies for their Saturday academy. EarthDance Farms will use theGirls Giving grant to support its YEAH! (Youth Exploring Agriculture and Health) program. The Ferguson Youth Initiative will put their $1000 grant to use in its “Making It” project, an entrepreneurial program helping middle-school aged youth gain valuable transferable skills and experiences.
Girls Giving participants have come from a variety of area high schools including: Crossroads High School, Normandy High School, MICDS, John Burroughs School, Clayton High School, Ladue High School, Lafayette High School, Parkway North, Parkway West, Nerinx, and Villa Duchesne.