Philanthropy group hands out grants

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Women in Philanthropy awarded more than $80,000 in grants this year to area nonprofits at its annual spring luncheon Thursday.

Dr. Faye Hargrove, the chairwoman of the grants committee, said the group packs a financial punch that few individual women would be able to, resulting in a bigger impact on the community.

"Maybe I can't do a lot on my own, but together we can make a difference," she said.

Women in Philanthropy was founded in 2006 to provide a place for women to pool resources and make much larger contributions than they would be able to on their own. Members must contribute at least $1,000 annually and vote on how the money is distributed.

This year, the group awarded grants to the Alzheimer's Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA and Child Enrichment Inc.

Child Enrichment received $32,000, which it plans to use to further its mission of preventing child sexual and physical abuse, Executive Director Dan Hillman said.

In addition to counseling, Child Enrichment helps to place children in safe, stable homes. According to Hillman, 50 percent of the children his organization deals with are in unstable home environments.

"The key to preventing abuse is educating children ahead of time," he said. "We've helped a lot of children, but there still are so many that need help."

The Alzheimer's Association received $27,000, which it will use to provide relief and training to caregivers, said programs and services director Kathy Tuckey.

The majority of caregivers are women, she said, and the group hopes its programs will empower these women and spread awareness of Alzheimer's.

"We always say that a caregiver who takes care of themselves is giving the one they care for a great gift," Tuckey said.

Boys & Girls Clubs was awarded $23,000. Executive Director Kam Kyzer said it plans to work with Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that teaches girls about healthy living, self-esteem and body image through relationships with "running buddy" mentors.

Because of the Women in Philanthropy grant, it is now able to have a Girls on the Run site at each area Boys & Girls Club location.


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