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Please see our web post about our 2021 GWC Grant awards here.
We invite you to take 4 minutes to view our 2020 Annual Report video by clicking here.
Please enjoy our video featuring GWC 2020 Grant Recipients here.
Greenwood Women Care (GWC) engages community-minded Greenwood women in collective learning, giving, and growing together. GWC enjoys a membership of a broad range of women from many professional and personal sectors. Each Member contributes an equal amount annually and has an equal vote in granting decisions.
Greenwood Women Care Membership is continually open and new Members are always welcome! Our current membership is 127 women.
Our Quarterly Meetings are social and learning events for all Members and interested guests. GWC’s granting guidelines and application process were designed by our Grants Review & Awards Committee. GWC Grants are voted on by our Members annually. In three years of granting, GWC has awarded 20 grants totaling $200,074!
The overarching goals of GWC are to offer participants the opportunity for personal growth, to develop as engaged members of our community, and to improve the quality of life for everyone in Greenwood County through our grantmaking. The tagline serves as an abbreviated reminder of Greenwood Women Care’s mission:
learn • give • grow.
GWC is self-determining in governance, organizational structure, and grantmaking. An active Steering Committee, currently comprised of ten women, has given a strong foundation and shape to this initiative. Participation is welcomed (though not required) on one or more of our six standing committees. They are: Communications, Governance and Finance, Grants Review and Awards, Membership, Programs and Education, and Social.
GWC Quarterly Meetings, socials, and other events are open to all GWC Members, as well as to any interested women who would like to attend as guests (whether on their own or with a Member). Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to find out more about GWC and any of our events. And please see more information here: News & Events .
Membership contributions are directed to our GWC Granting Fund for grants awarded in our annual grants cycle to nonprofit organizations serving Greenwood County and to the GWC Endowment. A small percentage is applied to GWC administrative costs.
Additional contributions in any amount may be designated for the GWC Granting Fund or GWC Endowment and may also be made in honor or memory of someone. The full membership contribution and all additional contributions to GWC are tax-deductible.
The Greenwood Women Care Endowment was established to provide a permanent revenue source for GWC to address needs and opportunities impacting the Greenwood community. The GWC Endowment continues to grow with each new GWC membership or renewal, and with gifts designated for the GWC endowment and will be utilized as determined by the GWC membership.
GWC Members are asked to renew by December 31 for the following year. New Members joining by September 30 in a given year will be eligible to vote in that year’s GWC Grant Awards in October.
GWC Celebrates Our 2021 Grant Awards!
Greenwood Women Care is delighted to announce our 2021 GWC Grant Awards! Our collective funds received through annual membership and other designated contributions enabled GWC to disburse $78,449 total in grant funding for twelve nonprofits serving residents of Greenwood County.
GWC 2021 Grants were awarded to:
Faith Home – $10,000 for a commercial-grade oven, serving counter, and dishwasher
Greater Greenwood United Ministry – $10,000 for assistance with copays and consultation fees for women without health insurance who require surgical intervention
Community Initiatives – $10,000 for equipment and medical providers’ salaries for free prenatal care clinic for pregnant women without health insurance
Burton Center – $7,449 for laptops and internet devices for group homes and families of special needs individuals
Greenwood Community Theatre – $7,500 for Penguin Project theatre program for children and youth with special needs
MODELS Academy – $6,500 for leadership conferences, college visits, community engagement opportunities, and personal development for young men of color
Hospice Care Foundation – $5,500 for renovation of the children’s play area at the Hospice House
Alzheimer’s Association – SC Chapter – $5,500 for education programs and facilitation of community support groups to increase access to care and support services
Piedmont Agency on Aging – $1,000 for materials and supplies for greenhouse and garden to promote horticultural education
The Greenwood Promise – $5,000 for salary support for Career Coordinator to connect students with work readiness, career exposure, and employment opportunities
Lakelands Regional YMCA – $5,000 for trainers’ certification and equipment for the Rock Steady non-contact boxing program for people living with Parkinson’s
Palmetto Girls Sing! – $5,000 for participation fees for the 21st annual Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans
Congratulations to our 2021 GWC Grant recipients! We are grateful for all your excellent efforts to improve the quality of our shared life in Greenwood County!
Please see our web post about our 2021 GWC Grant awards here.
Enjoy our video featuring 2020 GWC Grant Recipients here.
Click here to view our video highlighting our 2019 GWC Grant award recipients.
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(Please note that online payment incurs a $12.40 PayPal fee per membership deducted from the GWC Administration budget line.)
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