Check this video out to learn what the Circle members do, their collective impact and how YOU can help empower women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills!

Would you like to be part of a diverse group of community-minded people who want to improve and enrich the lives of women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills?

Join the Women’s Giving Circle at Connecticut Community Foundation!

Check out the January 2022 Women’s Giving Circle panel discussion focused on mental health and wellness HERE!

What is a giving circle?

A giving circle brings together people with common interests to learn about community issues and effective philanthropy, to pool their donations and to decide together to make grants that have an impact on local issues.

Why join the Women’s Giving Circle?

Women are effective collaborators and give generously to make a difference in their communities. The Women’s Giving Circle makes the most of both of those qualities, bringing people together to learn about issues affecting women and girls in our region to join their resources and to make grants that will improve lives.

The Women’s Giving Circle’s 2021 grant recipients include $5,000 awards to the following organizations:

  • Girls with Impact of Greenwich to support its 2021 Entrepreneurial Academy which will equip twenty girls in the Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills region with business, leadership, college and career success.
  • Madre Latina in Waterbury for its Young Representatives of Waterbury program, which is geared to Latina high school students in the city. Participants will learn leadership and civic engagement skills to make change in their community.
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury to support its Women of Color Empowerment Collective. The program will enroll fifteen women of color to focus on leadership and college graduation.
  • Save Girls on F.Y.E.R in Waterbury to support its Leadership Academy Summer Exchange Program. The grant will support additional summer activities for girls participating in the Save Girls on F.Y.E.R. Leadership Academy.
  • Women’s Choice Charitable Association in Waterbury for support of its Community Doula Project. The grant will enable the organization to provide free doulas to women of color who are birthing in Waterbury and who face financial challenges. This program will work alongside prenatal care provided by local hospitals and obstetrician offices.

Two additional finalists, Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Sustainable CT, received $1,000 for general operating support.

What Membership Means

Members of the Women’s Giving Circle:

• Collaborate and network with a diverse group of generous people who value improving opportunities for women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills

• Learn about community issues and effective philanthropy

• Share the joy of giving—together.

When it is time to make grants, circle members decide together the issues they want to support, such as employment, education, pay equity, housing, parenting or women’s health. Circle members review grant applications and make funding decisions together.

FAQs for Women’s Giving Circle Grant Applicants

If you have questions about how to apply for a Women’s Giving Circle grant please visit our FAQs for grant applicants.

Joining the Women’s Giving Circle

The Women’s Giving Circle is open to anyone who cares about women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. Members make a minimum annual contribution to the Women’s Giving Circle. Your investment also entitles you to invitations to Women’s Giving Circle activities and events and to cast a vote at an annual meeting to decide how the circle’s pooled funds should be granted to local organizations. Select a giving level that not only meets your needs, but has impact!

• $ 1000     Women’s Giving Circle Game Changer (or monthly payment of $84)

• $ 500       Women’s Giving Circle Community Hero (or monthly payment of $42)

• $ 250       Women’s Giving Circle Community Catalyst (or monthly payment of $21)

• $ 120       Women’s Giving Circle Community Builder (or monthly payment of $10)

Contribute, Renew or Join Now!

You can donate online or via check,  and can give monthly or in a single installment. Checks can be made payable to Connecticut Community Foundation. Please include Women’s Giving Circle on the memo line. To join with a gift of appreciated securities, please contact Development Officer Mark Berardi.

Tricia Poirier

For more information, please contact:
Mark Berardi, Development Officer | 203.753.1315, x110