100 Women Strong announces grants for 2016

January 27 2016

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ORLANDO, Fla. — JANUARY 27, 2016 — 100 Women Strong, a giving circle at Central Florida Foundation today announced its 2016 grant awards.

The Education+ Pilot Program at Foundation for Foster Children and the support of data collection required to become eligible for federal funding at Impower are the two projects to receive investment. The two grants total a $23,000 investment in the community and are both last-in match grants. A last-in grant provides leverage to a nonprofit to increase giving from their current donor base and recruit new donors. It is a grant that is given once the matching funds are raised.

“In Central Florida, approximately 50% of youth who “age out” of foster care have not obtained a high school diploma or GED by age 22,” said Betsey Bell, executive director of Foundation for Foster Children. “The Foundation for Foster Children is committed to changing these statistics by closing the opportunity gap for youth in foster care. The last-in match grant from 100 Women Strong will help provide the support, advocacy and resources necessary so that the youth we serve will graduate high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for the future.”

Members of 100 Women Strong together research and identify initiatives that help improve the lives of women and children in Central Florida. Nonprofits must have a Reviewed portrait in the Central Florida Foundation’s Nonprofit Search, an online searchable database of Central Florida nonprofits.

“The membership spent considerable time learning about the nonprofits in their interest area of women and children using the portraits in Nonprofit Search and then selected finalists to present to their group,” said Sandi Vidal, vice president of community strategies and initiatives at Central Florida Foundation.
“In the end, the projects that Foundation for Foster Children and Impower presented both resonated with the group.”

100 Women Strong is made up of women that join together in an engaging and meaningful way to give back to the Central Florida community. Each member makes an annual tax-deductible gift of $1,100 to a pooled fund and together they research and identify where their grants will go in the community to make an impact.

“100 Women Strong is thrilled to support the Foundation for Foster Children and Impower with their forward-thinking programs to help children as they transition out of foster care to become more independent and successful,” said Leslie Hartog, co-chair of 100 Women Strong. “Membership in 100 Women Strong provides an opportunity for women to learn about issues facing our community and how we can collectively make a difference all while creating lasting friendships with other smart, engaged and strong women.”

Central Florida Foundation staff supports the giving circle in their grant process including researching nonprofits, coordinating site visits, administering grant agreements, evaluating and monitoring grants and providing other administrative support for the activities of the giving circle.

“Central Florida Foundation is excited about the new energy this year within the giving circle,” said Vidal. “We have two fantastic co-chairs, Leslie Hartog and Susan Arkin, and a terrific group of women who are focused on making a lasting difference in the community for women and children.”

About 100 Women Strong

100 Women Strong is a giving circle at Central Florida Foundation. As part of Central Florida Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy initiative, the giving circle provides an exciting opportunity for women to join together in an engaging and meaningful way to give back to the Central Florida community. Each
member makes an annual tax-deductible gift of $1,100 to a pooled fund and together they research and identify where their grants will go in the community to make an impact. Since 2006, 100 Women Strong has invested more than $450,000 in local initiatives to improve the lives of women and children. For more information, please visit www.cffound.org/100_women_strong.

About Central Florida Foundation

Central Florida Foundation is the place for people who want to invest in their community. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. The Foundation manages and invests funds, offers personalized service and expert giving advice, connects caring people, businesses, governments and organizations to local initiatives that build and inspire community, and empowers them to make informed decisions that make a difference now and in the future. Central Florida Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors and nonprofits. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.cffound.org.

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