Provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle (BWGC) announced the winners of its sixth annual grant cycle. A total of $69,148 has been awarded to five local nonprofit organizations that provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To date, the BWGC has awarded and established grant funds totaling over $300,000.
“These programs deliver vital opportunities to spark STEM interest and expand STEM skills – tools that girls and young women need in order to propel scientific and technological advances that benefit all of our region’s diverse communities,” said Amy Kay, Principal at C3G3 – Strategies to Grow the Greater Good, who co-chairs the BWGC Grants Committee with Tessie Wilson. “Now in our sixth year, through this largest cycle of BWGC community grantmaking, our grantees can reach girls spanning critical ages and stretching across Northern Virginia. Their work continues to inspire our dynamic members as we execute our strategic initiatives to empower girls and young women through STEM and, in turn, help enhance thriving communities,” she added.
Launched in 2014 by our Community Foundation, the Business Women’s Giving Circle invests in innovative programs in Northern Virginia that help advance the welfare of women and girls. Today there are more than 76 members of the Circle, including several of our Community Foundation Board members, each of whom contributes $1,100 per year for grant-making to the causes this amazing group of engaged, local donors have decided to support.
“As leaders in our communities and industries, BWGC members know how important positive experiences with science, technology, engineering and/or math are to this next generation of young women,” said Tanya La Force, founder of Mission Focused Consulting, and Chair of the BWGC. “Careers in these fields offer greater financial and job security. With women still underrepresented in most STEM professions, our focus is to give more girls opportunities to grow their confidence in these subjects. As we celebrate 6 Years of Empowering Young Women, we look forward to growing our membership to have an even greater impact in the years ahead.”
The five winning organizations include The House, Inc., serving Prince William County. Funding will allow The House, Inc. to provide finance and business analytics education programs to middle and high school girls through its EmpowerMEnt® Leadership Institute initiative, a credentialed leadership certificate program in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
“The House, Inc. is appreciative to have its EmpowerMEnt® Leadership Institute among those selected by members of the BWGC for its model and programmatic strategy for teen girls,” said Helen McCormick, Founder and President of The House, Inc. “This youth Certificate program backed by our co-curricular partner, The University of Virginia Darden School of Business, advances skills in data gathering and analysis to motivate, interest, and inspire girls to fill the gaps in the ever-evolving STEM spaces.”
The other winning organizations are Rosie Riveters, serving Arlington County; Children’s Science Center Latina SciGirls, serving Fairfax County; Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO), serving Alexandria; and TrailsforYouth, serving Fairfax County.