Greenville Women Giving (GWG) awarded more than $500,000 in grants to six local nonprofits during its annual meeting May 19. Phillis Wheatley Community Center was chosen from a pool of 70 applications as a recipient of $65,000 to fund lighting and technological improvements to the Dwight Woods Repertory Theater.
“It is so exciting to see that what began as a simple idea of collaboration, getting a handful of women together to make their charitable giving go farther, has turned into one of the United States’ largest and most successful women’s collective organizations in just 16 years,” said GWG Co-Chair Beverly Ward. “By working together, we are building a better quality of life for all residents of Greenville County.”
Since its inception in 2006, GWG has awarded 140 grants to 87 nonprofit organizations for a collective total of more than $7.6 million.
Grants are awarded to groups that work in GWG’s five areas of concentration: arts, education, environment, health, and human services.
The 500-member group was created as a special initiative of the Community Foundation. Members commit to donate $1,200 annually for three years in order to join.
Greenville County Council honored GWG with a proclamation declaring May 19, 2022, as Greenville Women Giving Day.
County Council representative Liz Seman, also a member of Greenville Women Giving, read the proclamation at the annual meeting.