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Beyond Northeast Florida

Women will inherit 70% of $59 trillion in inter-generational wealth over the next 50 years. But just 7% of charitable giving currently focuses on programs for women and girls.*

WGA Spotlight Award
WGA had 19 members at the Catalist (WCGN) Conference in Philadelphia, October 21-23, 2018. Proud members celebrate WGA being awarded a Spotlight Award for transformative grantmaking.

Fortunately, women’s philanthropy is growing in Florida and across the country. New funds, giving circles and other forms of philanthropy are taking shape to focus on giving by and for women and girls.

Women United To Give

The women's collective giving movement began in the 1990's, and advanced considerably when Colleen Willoughby of Seattle founded the Washington Women's Fund in 1995. Others soon followed suit, including WGA in 2001. WGA is one of more than 200 women's giving groups in the United States and abroad. In one way or another, all of these collective giving organizations pool women's contributions, make grants to worthy organizations and encourage members to become strategic philanthropists.

Catalist (formerly the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network/WCGN)

Catalist LogoCatalist is a network of more than 70 collective giving grantmaking groups--including WGA--in the United States and Australia and represents more than 17,000 women.

Catalist supports the creation, development and expansion of women's collective giving through informed grantmaking. It provides a national voice to the collective giving movement and accelerates the power of its independent affiliate organizations.

Every 18 months, Catalist collaborates with its member organizations to sponsor a multi-day educational conference and celebration of women’s leadership in philanthropy. Catalist's 8th national conference will be held in Seattle February 23-25, 2020, hosted by the Washington Women’s Foundation, the organization that ignited our movement and our network (and the news of which inspired the founders of WGA!). WGA's own Paula Liang will have the gavel, as she becomes chair of Catalist in July 2019.

The sixth national forum was in Atlantic Beach in 2017, and proudly hosted by WGA. At the 2018 national forum in Philadelphia, WGA won a prestigious Spotlight award for its transformative grant “Girl Matters: Giving Girls a Voice” to the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. In addition, several WGA members are part of the senior leadership team for Catalist.

Florida Women's Funding Alliance (FWFA)

FWFA ReportsThrough The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, WGA helped to found the Florida Women's Funding Alliance, an affiliate of the Florida Philanthropic Network. FWFA and its members envision a Florida where women and girls thrive.

Actively supported by WGA and other organizations, FWFA has released three groundbreaking reports on The Status of Women in Florida, written by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, D.C. To see how women in Florida fare in the areas of Employment and Earnings; Health and Well-being; and Poverty and Opportunity, click below:

"We use data to start a conversation – and we believe data changes the conversation. We want to inform policy. We want to inspire change. We want to produce real outcomes for women and girls."

- FWFA presentation to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Summer 2017 -

Giving Together Has Exponential Effects On Communities

“Philanthropy used to imply a flashy name and a big check. Today philanthropy involves many checks and many donors committed to working together to change lives and communities…”
— Huffington Post, February 2, 2017

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Joanne Cohen, J.D.

Joanne Cohen, J.D.
Vice President,
Philanthropic Services
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida


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