“I feel very empowered and more knowledgeable about social issues. I would recommend the Girl’s Grantmaking Project to any girl because it was empowering and a safe place to share our ideas.”
In 2012, the Women’s Fund started the Girls’ Grantmaking Project as a way for us to learn directly from local high school girls what issues are impacting them and to give them the opportunity to help other girls in the Fox Valley by awarding $10,000 in grant funding to local nonprofits. The program has been very successful and well-received by the students, and we are excited to expand on that success in 2022 with a new and improved program.
Girl-Powered Giving will launch in January 2022 with a group of 15-20 girls and is designed to ignite their passion and inspire life-long community stewards.
We want to better understand issues impacting high school-age girls and identify meaningful ways to improve the lives of all girls in our community. To do that, we are turning to the experts. We are gathering a group of high school girls from throughout the Fox Cities to participate in 5 days of leadership training, community service, and philanthropy education focused on making a positive difference for girls within their community. We are looking for a diverse group of girls who want to make positive change, will honestly share their thoughts and experiences and will respect the opinions of others.
During the program, you will engage in hands-on giving through strategic grantmaking and volunteerism. You will explore social causes, evaluate and serve local nonprofit organizations, learn to advocate for causes you care about, and have the opportunity to direct $10,000 in grant funding to address the needs of other girls in the Fox Valley. That’s right – YOU get to decide how to use $10,000 to help your peers.
As a Girl-Powered Giver, you will:
See our Girl-Powered Giving program flyer for additional details.
Applications were due December 15. We are no longer accepting applications for 2022.
More information about each Girls’ Grantmaking cohort and the issues and projects they funded is below.
2020 – Freedom, Little Chute, Kaukauna & Kimberly
2019 – Neenah, Menasha, and St. Mary Catholic High Schools
2018 – Appleton Central, Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Fox Valley Lutheran, St. Francis Xavier
2017 – Freedom, Little Chute, Kaukauna & Kimberly
2016 – Menasha, Neenah & St. Mary Central
2015 – Appleton Central, Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Fox Valley Lutheran, Xavier
2014 – Kaukauna & Kimberly
2013 – Menasha, Neenah & St. Mary Central
2012 – Appleton Central, Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, St. Francis Xavier
Thank you to the Ether Keller Fund for Women for supporting the Girls’ Grantmaking Project!