You don’t need to be a WGA member to contribute to the work of WGA. Each year, many donations come to WGA from our supporters who are NOT members, but still support our objectives and approach.
Sometimes these gifts are unrestricted. Other times, such donations are targeted to the grant pool, to special projects, or to the area of highest need. Such gifts can also be added to WGA’s endowment.
In addition, from time to time, WGA members give supplemental donations in a given year to further the work of WGA. Read below about six ways supplemental donations have had a large impact on the work of WGA in recent years.
There are many benefits to collective giving. In addition to multiplying one’s individual gift to achieve a greater impact, collective giving offers other advantages:
Here are some recent special projects which happened only because of the generosity of special gifts.
There are a number of ways to support WGA’s work today and in years to come. Your generous gift will advance WGA’s mission to improve women’s and girls’ lives and inspire strategic philanthropy in Northeast Florida.
You can donate online, or by check, or through gifts of equities and real estate. All donations are tax-deductible and acknowledge the donor and honoree/memorial, unless you prefer that your gift be anonymous.
In 2022, WGA made its largest grants distribution. Much of this was due to the generosity of individuals. WGA Legacy Member Linda Watkins’ partner of 33 years, Cathy Drompp, (pictured above) is deceased, but through The Catherine M. Drompp Fund, Linda donates to causes that Cathy believed in. “When I learned I could give additional funds to the WGA grants pool, I decided to do so because it is a good way to support many organizations at once. And all are vetted by the smart women on our grants team.”
– Linda Watkins, Legacy Member
“Because I was involved with WGA’s Grantmaking process, I saw amazing proposals every year that we could not fund. So early in 2020, my husband and I set up a challenge fund for extra gifts to the 2020 grant pool. Fifty donors joined us to provide an additional $66,650 in our efforts to Break the Cycle of Female Poverty. So many women and girls need our help! We were thrilled to be the catalyst for this effort.”
– Barb Wenger, Grants Leadership Team past co-chair
“I love my daughter – and I love WGA. I was so happy to gift her with her very own Legacy Membership on her birthday. I wanted her to understand the ways an endowed fund supports WGA. She was thrilled for such a unique and impactful gift helping women and girls. Talk about a “Win-Win”!”
– Mary Pietan, WGA past-President