Past Spotlight Awards
View the Spotlight Awards from our past conferences: Seattle 2020 PowerUP!, Philadelphia 2018, Jacksonville 2017, Charlotte 2015 and more.
2021 Spotlight Award Recipients
We give awards because it's fun to celebrate the impact of our philanthropy and the women in our network whom we know and who we respect and inspire us. We also give them because it's a meaningful way to elevate the voices, stories, and important work being done in the field by these women and their affiliates on behalf of us all, and in support of the growing collective giving movement. Watch the recorded version of our 2021 virtual celebration, Honoring Changemakers Among Us!
The Women’s Impact Fund, Charlotte NC, nominated the Levine Museum - to hire a project coordinator for the Latino New South endeavor.
The Women’s Impact Fund made a $90,000 grant to the Levine Museum of the New South for their Latino New South endeavor. Launched in January 2012, Latino New South responded to the Museum’s desire to acknowledge and share more stories from the rapidly growing Latinx population in the American South.
Impact 100 Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, nominated May We Help
In 2015, Impact 100 Cincinnati granted $101,000 to May We Help to outfit a dedicated workshop with specialized, high-quality tools and collaborative spaces so that life-changing devices could be built for people with special needs. May We Help is a unique organization which uses the skills of many volunteer engineers, industrial designers, inventors, artisan, and physical therapists to create customized assistive devices to enable individuals with special needs to achieve independence and pursue their passions.
Women’s Giving Alliance, Jacksonville FL, nominated Girls Matter. – Girls Matter, Giving Girls a voice was developed in response to the incarceration trends in Northeast Florida and the emerging data showing a high proportion of unmet needs for girls. The program provides advocacy and care for girls who are on probation, in detention, in residential placement, or transitioning back to the local community.
Video link - https://youtu.be/_SF_aglCe-Q
The Philanthropy Connection, Boston, MA, nominated Catie’s Closet Catie’s Closet improves school attendance for many children in need by providing clothing and toiletries in a confidential and positive way right within theirs schools.
Video link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/nlfkeye62lk4t2q/catiesClosetCutdown_2018_0803_v2_web.mp4?dl=0
Impact the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County, FL, nominated LIVE FRESH. The act of waking up and taking a shower, something we take for granted is foreign to thousands of homeless men, women and children. Live Fresh, provides mobile shower units and a healthy dose of respect for the homeless.
Video link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts7R0I-aUrQ&feature=youtu.be
Impact100 Sonoma (Sonoma, CA)
Teen Services Sonoma - $100,000 grant in 2011
Skills for Life is a program that provides local youth, ages 13-23, with basic employment skills including work readiness, resume development, mock interview, financial literacy and opportunities for internships and job placement.
Womenade Boston (Boston, MA)
Compass Working Capital Family Self Sufficiency Program - $23,500 grant in 2014
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Low Income Families in Subsidized Housing
Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC)
Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center - $100,000 grant in 2004
Startup grant to hire a full-time case manager and create a support service model for children who had experienced the most serious forms of abuse.
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis’ $100,000 grant to Rock Steady Boxing: enabled the opening of a gym and increasing staff to provide a unique physical therapy program for patient’s battling Parkinson’s disease.
As a result ‘Rock Steady Training Camp’ now certifies other gyms in RSB method which is now being used in over 50 facilities in 20 states, Australia, and Italy.
WCGN salutes academic institutions like Cleveland Clinic, University of Indianapolis, and Butler University which are formally studying and documenting the improved quality of life for RSB clients.
Impact 100 Cincinnati’s $108,000 grant to Easter Seals Building Value enabled the purchase of heavy equipment, funded coordinator salary, and secured matching $80,000 grant from Ohio EPA.
As a result Easter Seals was able to de-construct 36 full and 26 partial properties, maintain 175 vacant lots, add 28 new job training positions – 10 of which were given to women, and divert 900 tons of waste from landfills.
WCGN celebrates the transformation which brought forth the true value of people and ‘stuff’ that our society so easily tends to discard and disregard.
Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County’s $22,580 grant to Connections of Cumberland County which provided goal-based mentoring and rapid re-housing for homeless women and children based on proprietary scorecard indicating a sharp increase in homelessness in the area.
As a result the A CARE Team (case manager, counselor, and community volunteer coach) employs planning and accountability to assist with sourcing employment, daycare, and transportation to clients and 206 women and 204 children have been actively enrolled in Connection’s Connect 2 Re-Direct program.
WCGN celebrates the transformative impact of close collaboration with area providers to increase the efficiency of resources and eliminate duplicative private and public efforts. discard and disregard.
Greenville Women's Giving's grant helped establish an Aquaponics Greenhouse System to increase the organization's donations to local food banks,shelters, and non-profits by 100%. The greenhouse system extended the growing season and diversified production of fruits and vegetables. The Generous Garden was founded in 2010 with the intention of growing largely organic fruits and vegetables for the benefit of struggling individuals and families in Greenville County. The first planting season in spring 2011 yielded 32,000 pounds of food that provided 21,000 meals!
Impact Austin (Austin, TX)
College Forward: $104,000 / 2007
Impact Austin's grant expanded College Forward's comprehensive after-school program to serve 11th and 12th graders at Stony Point High School in Williamson County. Funds are helping 80 low-income and first-generation students prepare to become the first in their families to earn Bachelor's degrees, impacting their lives and communities for generations to come. College Forward provides college preparatory and retention services to motivated, economically-disadvantaged students to facilitate their transition to college and make the process exciting and rewarding.
Women's Giving Alliance (Jacksonville, FL)
I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless: $91,656 / 2012
The two-year grant from Women's Giving Alliance expands mental health services for women and girls at Sulzbacher by providing an intensive mental health case manager. The case manager assesses the needs of the resident women and girls using evidence-based practices and tools, provides on-site crisis management and establishes links to community resources and wrap-around services for the family.
Homeless women have three times the average rate of post-traumatic stress disorder, and about half have experienced a major depression since becoming homeless. More than 92 percent have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse in their lifetime; approximately two-thirds have a history of domestic violence. Sulzbacher Center provides a continuum of care addressing all aspects of homelessness: safe shelter, case management, medical, dental and mental health care, meals, children’s programs, job placement assistance, and life skills programs.
Washington Women's Foundation (Seattle, WA)
FareStart $100,000 / 1998
Transforming lives through job training in the culinary arts
A $100,000 grant from the Washington Women’s Foundation in 1998 propelled FareStart’s job placement and training program for homeless men and women to unprecedented levels. The nonprofit’s entrepreneurial approach to job and life-skills training for the homeless has sparked so much interest that communities around the country continue to work to replicate its success. “The Foundation took a chance on a new, innovative nonprofit,” says Executive Director Megan Karch. “This grant gave us the push we needed to move forward.”
The money allowed FareStart to double both its budget and the number of people it served over the life of the three-year grant. It lent the organization much-needed recognition and credibility, which led to a succession of grants from other foundations and individuals. Karch sums up the impact of the Washington Women’s Foundation grant quite simply: “It put us on the map.”
San Diego Women's Foundation (San Diego, CA)
International Rescue Committee
Career Development Program: $62,240 / 2009