#GivingTuesday is a global movement that unites people and countries by celebrating our capacity to give back to our communities. Here are four ways you can Elevate Southwest Florida women and girls on this joyful day of giving!
1. Empower Her to Learn
Why didn’t Arthrex expand in Southwest Florida? Two words: trained workforce. Instead, Arthrex will make South Carolina the home of a new facility employing 1,000 people. We simply don’t have the skilled people available to fill the jobs. And that is why investing in education must become a key workforce development and retention strategy for Florida. The Woman’s Foundation of Southwest Florida’s Earn to Learn FL hopes to address this gap by helping low-to-moderate income students earn a higher education with little to no student debt. This year your donations helped over 42 students, like Yuzellie, save for their education by matching their savings of $500 at an 8:1 ratio. This means we made a grant of $4,000 for each student to leverage their $500 investment in themselves.
2. Empower Her to Control Her Finances
Earn to Learn program participants receive much more than funds. They receive access to Financial Literacy training to ensure they’re armed with the knowledge they need to thrive and improve their economic mobility.
3. Empower Her to Lead
The Women’s Foundation created a free online, self-paced video course for female entrepreneurs just getting their business started: Business Building Blocks (B3) for Women. This resource guides female entrepreneurs through the intimidating and sometimes confusing process of building a successful business. B3 prepares women to apply for our Kiva US Microloans of up to $10,000 with 0% interest and up to 36 months to repay. In 2017, we endorsed and helped fund seven female entrepreneurs who received over $29,000 in loans that will grow their businesses.
4. Elevate Her!
This year we granted over $60,000 to four deserving agencies serving women and girls in Southwest Florida: Grace Place for Children and Families, New Horizons, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity, and Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. These funds will be used to support family literacy, at-risk middle school girls, and affordable housing for single mothers and their children in our community.
5. Give a Smile
Did you know your Holiday shopping can support a good cause? AmazonSmile makes giving easier than ever! When you start your shopping at smile.amazon.com, you get the same prices as the regular Amazon.com, but Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchases to the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida!
All you need to do is:
Go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, enter “Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida” as the nonprofit organization you’d like to support, and shop as you normally would! We’ll get a check at the end of the quarter that includes the contribution from your purchase.
Need help making a donation or planning a special gift? please contact Brenda Tate at Contact@FundwomenFL.org.