WHO WE ARE

100 Women Strong is a giving circle dedicated to improving the lives of women and children. As the area’s only philanthropic organization built on women-only leadership, collective giving and collaborative grant-making, 100 Women Strong harnesses its unique perspective and collective power to tackle the biggest challenges affecting women and children, identify their root causes and create innovative solutions in collaboration with community partners.

MISSION 

To improve the lives of women and children through collective giving and collaborative grant-making and to inspire women in Central Florida to be strategic philanthropists.

VISION 

To transform and elevate the quality of life for all women and children in Central Florida.

Our Impact

Since 2006, the passionate members of 100 Women Strong have invested over $725,000 together to address such issues as infant mortality, domestic violence, early education, food security, mental health, and more.
$725k

invested
in the community

21

grants awarded
since 2006

SEE GRANTS

17

nonprofit organizations
supported

Stories of Impact

©JUDY WATSON TRACY

CIRCLE OF SECURITY

100 Women Strong Pilots Program to Improve Academic Performance—Starting in Preschool

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100 Women Strong Funds Nutrition and Culinary Arts Training Program for High School Students

NUTRITION EDUCATION

100 Women Strong Funds Nutrition and Culinary Arts Training Program for High School Students

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EDUCATION+

100 Women Strong Funds Education+ Program to Support Foster Children

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100 WOMEN STRONG COMMITS TO OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

CONNECT
Reach out welcome and build relationships among women united in their desire to improve the lives of women and children.

INSPIRE
Inspire youth in philanthropy and develop a membership of educated philanthropists.

EMPOWER
Collaborate with funding partners and community organizations to empower women and children.

CO-CHAIRS

LAUREN CHIANESE
Co-Chair
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LAUREN CHIANESE

Co-Chair
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Lauren is working to launch the Becoming a K-Ready Community Project, an effort to bring leaders together to ensure all children in Central Florida have access to high-quality child care.

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RENUKA SASTRI
Co-Chair
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RENUKA SASTRI

Co-Chair
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Renuka Sastri is an accomplished leader with experience in enterprise strategy, digital transformation, and change management. She joined the Office of Strategy at Citrix in May 2021 after several years in the travel and mobility industry. Renuka is co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a women’s giving circle providing seed funding for programs that improve the lives of women and children in Central Florida, and part of the leadership team at the Orlando Tech Council, a public-private partnership that works to strengthen the region’s innovation resources. Renuka has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Stetson University. When she is not in virtual meetings, Renuka enjoys spending time with family and honing her pottery-making skills.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

CHRISTINE WEINGART
100 Women Strong Member Spotlight
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CHRISTINE WEINGART

100 Women Strong Member Spotlight
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Leading a successful career as a tax attorney, Christine Weingart is no stranger to problem-solving. Wanting to increase her involvement with the community, Christine joined 100 Women Strong to make an impact and serve her community.

SHIVON PATEL
100 Women Strong Member Spotlight
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SHIVON PATEL

100 Women Strong Member Spotlight
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Shivon Patel is a board-certified real estate attorney with her own practice; The Principal Law Firm, P.L., that has two locations – Sanford & Winter Park. She is married and has two small children and is a proud University of Florida Alumni – Go Gators!

Shivon likes the concept behind 100WS, a group of like-minded individuals putting their collective resources, thoughts, knowledge & expertise together for a common goal. She loves picking a new “project” each year and seeing how our individual donations/efforts end up doing such great work in the end.

Shivon says she is SO proud of how well this group of women works together. There are those that love to donate and are hands-off and there are those that are totally hands-on, involved in all aspects (and everyone in between). There is no individual ego or agenda – we are all just working together towards a common goal and it is amazing what women can do when they get together. As a professional who owns her own practice, it’s hard to find like-minded women. This organization has reminded her that they come in all shapes & sizes and are willing to support you and it’s helped her provide that same mentorship/support to other women.

NICOLE DAMSTETTER
100 Women Strong Member Spotlight
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NICOLE DAMSTETTER

100 Women Strong Member Spotlight
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Passionate about helping nonprofits achieve their missions through technology utilization, Nicole Damstetter joined 100 Women Strong to continue combatting issues in the community with other women who also felt a strong connection to philanthropy. “I am proud to be a part of a women-led collective committed to solving community problems.”

I joined 100 Women Strong because I liked the idea of being part of a large group of professional women that through strategic giving and collaboration, we're working to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

- Susan Myers-Feeney

100 Women Strong is a proud member of Philanos, a national network of giving circles that catalyzes the movement of women in philanthropy by connecting women’s collective giving in 28 states, the District of Columbia and Australia.

 

FIND OUT IF 100 WOMEN STRONG IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

We are looking for passionate and thoughtful women ready to play an active role in solving community issues that affect women and children. Sound like you? Let’s talk about your philanthropy goals, so you can decide if joining this strategic giving circle is right for you.

Sandi Vidal

Sandi Vidal
Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives
svidal@cffound.org

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READY TO JOIN 100 WOMEN STRONG?

We are looking for passionate and thoughtful women ready to take an active role in solving community issues that affect women and children. We will make a greater impact together than any one of us can make individually.

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