This organization helps women and girls to empower themselves~the proverbial "teaching to fish" rather than handing a fish. I have been a donor since the organization first began and am thrilled to "reup" at a higher level each year as I see the increasing good that is being done, especially in our region (Western PA). All the staff are truly committed professionals who do not waste a dime in fulfilling their mission. There are innovative programs (e.g., Girl Gov) which truly teach girls and young women "how to fish". WGF is a superb organization!
A few years ago, I served as an adult mentor for girls enrolled in the WGF sponsored "Social Change Agents" program for girls from Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland, and Allegheny Counties. Through my experience with the organization, I was afforded a wonderful opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with girls from my community as well as learn about advocacy, equal pay and other issues that affect women and girls. Since that experience, I've also applied for and received funding from WGF to support an advocacy program in Fayette County - www.myownfayette.org. The work that WGF does in our communities (southwestern PA region) is incomparable and necessary. I am so honored to be affiliated with this organization and I stand behind and hope to always walk with the WGF staff and board of directors!
We have been donors to the Women and Girls Foundation since 2004. That first year they gave away $15,000 in grants to advance women's rights. Since that time they have invested over a million dollars in grants to advance women's rights. We have been amazed at their ability to activate thousands of women and girls - and supportive men and boys - in gender equality advocacy. In just a few years they have helped train hundreds of young women to be powerful advocates and they have helped pass twelve new laws positively impacting millions of women's lives and families for future generations. Sincerely, David Shumway and Heather Arnet