Did you know? Research on women’s economic, political, and social status in the United States, rated Florida D+ when assessing the status of women. If progress continues at the rate of change since 1975, Florida, along with other Southern states, won’t achieve gender parity until at least 2066. Therefore, it is imperative to invest in causes that advocate for the leadership and development of local women and girls.
Naples United Church of Christ has partnered with the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida to Elevate Her SWFL with a $5,000 grant award. The grant is matched by individual donors and corporate underwriters. A $10,000 grant to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and a $10,000 grant to the PACE Center of Lee and Collier County were awarded at a January 27, 2015 event to launch the Women’s Foundation Initiative Elevate Her SWFL, formerly known SparkSWFL. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida will apply the funds to signature programs such as Baby Think It Over, which helps teenagers understand the full-time commitment of parenting. Pace Centers for Girls in Lee and Collier in Immokalee will invest in programs to offer a healthy healing environment to their clients. For more information, the agency websites are listed below:
In addition, the NUCC grant will be leveraged and matched in the form of PopUp grants to other nonprofits serving women and girls in Southwest Florida.
The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Is the only non-profit in Southwest Florida focused exclusively on women and girls and was the first to publish academic research assessing the status of women in the area. Signature programs include #StopSellingOurKids, Kiva Zip Micro-Loan Program, and PopUps. The Women’s Foundation welcomes financial contributions to support key initiatives. Follow the Women’s Foundation online at http://fundwomenfl.org, http://facebook.com/womensfundfl and on http://twitter.com/womensfundfl. To learn more about the Status of Women visit http://fundwomenfl.org/research/