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Committees

Grants Commiittee Training Looking to get involved with WGA in a more formal role? Lend your time and talents to one (or more!) of our committees: Advocacy, Communications, Connectors (Membership), Education, Finance, or Grants. We welcome your ideas and talents!

Our Committees

The Steering Committee establishes the strategic direction and management of WGA. Our committees perform vital tasks such as reviewing and recommending grants, scheduling education events and managing WGA's finances. Learn more about each committee and see the committee co-chairs below, or see our governance page for more information on WGA leadership.

To volunteer for a committee, please contact the Committee Chairs (log in to see Committee Descriptions and Contact Information under Committee Working Materials). Curious about one-time or short-term commitments? Browse our volunteer opportunities.

Advocacy

Explores ways WGA can extend its impact through non-partisan activities to influence public policy aligned with WGA's mission, as well as current and past WGA grants.  Co-Chairs: Poppy Decunto and Pam Field.

Communications

Keeps Members up-to-date on WGA news and events. Shares information with potential Members and the broader public. Co-Chairs: Allishia Bauman and TriciaRae Stancato.

Connectors/Membership

Responsible for the recruitment and retention of WGA members. Co-Chairs: Trisha Meilli and Susan Rodgers.

  • Connectors organize small neighborhood gatherings designed to be social and informative in nature. 
  • Onboarding personally welcomes all new members and facillitates connecting them with the many resources of WGA. Co-Chairs: Jen Stockman and Kara Williams.
  • The Events Team makes our large events happen, namely the Annual Meeting and Member Forum (both luncheons). Co-Chairs: Cathy Brinton and Lauren Hopkins.
  • Planned Giving helps women become Legacy Members and/or create Planned Gifts to ensure that the work of WGA endures forever. Chair: Mary Pietan.

Education

Develops and hosts programs to help expand members’ knowledge of strategic philanthropy, community issues and the impact of WGA’s grants. Co-Chairs: Heather Corey and TBD (open).

Finance

Meets quarterly to review financial statements, prepare budgets and address other financial topics that may need to come before WGA’s Leadership Team. Chair: Wendy Ranson, WGA Treasurer.

Grants

Solicits and assesses applications for grants and monitors the progress of ongoing grants. This work happens through a senior team and three sub-teams.

  • Grants Leadership Team (GLT) – Leads the grants focus recommendation for the next year and coordinates the three sub-teams. The GLT includes the Co-Chairs of each grants team, the WGA president, one Vice President and, occasionally, additional Members with grantmaking expertise. Co-Chairs: Allison Newberry-Dennis and Peggy Schiffers.
  • Grants Decision Team – Assesses applications and recommends grant funding to the Steering Committee. Members read grant applications, participate in mandatory meetings and conduct site visits. The team is assisted by Volunteer Readers who read proposals and submit individual comments electronically, and by the Financial Committee who analyzes financial statements. Co-Chairs: Jennifer Kowkabany and Luanne Luby.
  • Grants Evaluation Team – Monitors grant implementation. Members make scheduled on-site visits in pairs and prepare a report identifying progress toward the project’s objectives. This evaluation provides the basis for periodic payment of grant funds. Co-Chairs: Sheila Collier and Barb Wenger.
  • Grants Impact Team – Examines WGA grantmaking in the current focus area and establishes metrics and a framework to help WGA assess the impact, if any, of our work overall. Created in 2015, the Impact Team has been assessing the impact of our focus on mental health as well as updating our research and facilitating the transition to our new focus area (Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty). Co-Chairs: Kay Leary and Linda Simmons.

Volunteers are needed for all of these functions—there are both short-term opportunities (e.g., assist at an event) and more substantial roles (e.g., join or chair a committee).

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