On Oct. 7, the members of the Women’s Giving Circle of Dunn County will celebrate the giving of its first grants during the Fall Philanthropy Gala at Jake’s Super Club beginning at 5 p.m. The Women’s Giving Circle was formed late in 2013 and continues to build membership. Its mission is to raise money and distribute funds to projects and initiatives that improve life for women and children in the Dunn County Area.

Grants will be given to the following:

  • The Bridge to Hope will receive $800 to purchase 40 $20 gas cards for their residents.
  • Smart Girls Rock will receive $300 to be used as seed money for a promotional website and/or promotional material for a half day event in which freshman and sophomore girls can visit different professional women in jobs that are related to science and mathematics; these young women can then follow a path in their high school education that will lead to further education and jobs in these areas
  • Fierce Freedom, an organization that visits schools in an effort to raise awareness of human trafficking, will receive $1,400.
  • Stepping Stones will receive $1,000 to expand the SAM (Share a Meal) Program, which provides a bag of food that can feed a child through the weekend.
  • Guests or perspective members are invited to attend to hear from the grant award recipients ($25 payable at the door; cash or check).

The Women’s Giving Circle is actively seeking new members to participate in philanthropy through education, grant-making, and other community-based activities. Dues are $250 a year; to become a Founder, $1,000 (which covers the dues for four years) must be paid by Dec. 31. Women age 60 or older may choose a Lifetime Membership by making a one time pledge of $5,000, which may be paid in an initial lump sum or $2,500 for the next two years.

For more information visit The Community Foundation of Dunn County website: www.cfdunncounty.org and on Facebook.

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