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Women’s Giving Circle awards grants

Updated: Oct. 4, 2019 at 4:05 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Mankato Area Foundation, awarded three nonprofits $4,000 each Friday.

Mankato Area Foundation - Women's Giving Circle

The Women's Giving Circle, a fund of the Mankato Area Foundation, offers an opportunity for women in our community to come together to participate in philanthropy. The Women's Giving Circle fund was established to amplify the power of collective giving by bringing together women through a local network in a purposeful way because when women and girls thrive, our community will prosper.

The three organizations awarded this quarter was Darby’s Dancers Dance Express, SMART Girls Mankato Youth Place and the 410 Project.

Members nominate nonprofits to be funded, meet four times a year to listen to pitches and eventually vote.

“It’s our role in the community to champion philanthropy. And this is grassroots philanthropy and it’s so much fun because it’s so fast, efficient and effective," says Mankato Area Foundation President and CEO Nancy Zallek.

“Women donate their dollars through membership and every quarter we are making immediate grants and giving the money away”.

The group has 120 members and is always looking for more.

For more information visit this link.

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