Women in Philanthropy is a charitable organization of over 150 women in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina who are committed to a philanthropic effort focused on the unique needs of women and children within the local communities. Each year, grants are awarded to non-profit programs and projects that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant positive change in the lives of women, girls, and/or children in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie or Richmond Counties. Edgefield County is being added for the 2015 grant cycle.
As members of WIP, we all recognize that there are tremendous needs in our communities. However, through our work, we have been collectively struck by the enormity of those needs. The funds requested by our 2014 grant applicants totaled in excess of $620,000. Of these requests, Women in Philanthropy awarded $112,000 to seven area non-profit organizations(two were a collaborative grant), representing 70% of the total amount collected from members while still contributing to an endowment fund for future growth. Since our inaugural year, 2009, Women in Philanthropy has awarded over a half million dollars in grants.
While we strive to continue this increase annually, the more women who realize the significant work of WIP, the greater our impact will be. If you're not already a member, please consider joining us in our effort to better the lives of women, families, and our communities throughout the CSRA. (For information on past grant recipients, please click on Grants in the upper toolbar.)