Columbia, S.C. (May 27, 2021) – Women in Philanthropy (WIP), an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands, awards a combined $50,000 in grants to further WIP’s work to improve financial stability among women and women with children. WIP selected Homeless No More and Able SC as its 2021 grantees to help fund children’s afterschool and summer camp programs and financial literacy programs for women with disabling conditions.
“We’re glad we can provide resources to assist women and their families in our community,” said Kristin Scott, 2021-2022 WIP Chair. “WIP’s partnership with Able SC and Homeless No More will help women in the Midlands achieve financial mobility and self-sufficiency.”
As applicants for United Way of the Midlands grants submitted applications, they had the opportunity to express their interest in being considered by WIP. WIP’s Grants and Investment team reviewed those eight applications based on those serving WIP’s focus population of women and women with children, application quality, return on investment, and those that may have volunteer opportunities for WIP members.
For Fiscal Year 2021-22, WIP’s team awarded the following grants:
Homeless No More ($25,000) will use funds to support its afterschool and summer camp programs for children in its programs, plus operating support for Family Shelter, the community’s only shelter facility serving families with children regardless of age or family composition. Funds will support 70 households with emergency shelter and 30 students in afterschool and summer programs.
Able SC ($25,000) will use funds to support its program to help women living with disabilities achieve greater financial stability through workforce and financial management skills development. The application proposed number served will be 100; however, since the full program was not fully funded, numbers served will be adjusted to resource levels.
To learn more about Women in Philanthropy’s impact, visit www.womeninphilanthropy.com
About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With 65 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.
About Women in Philanthropy
Women in Philanthropy (WIP) was founded in 2002 by a group of 16 business women and community activists in the Columbia area. WIP, the Midlands’ first women’s leadership initiative, was established as a giving circle focused on leadership development, education, advocacy and networking. WIP operates as an affinity group of United Way and oversees an annual investment of $50,000 into programs supporting women’s and children’s issues. For more information, please visit womeninphilanthropy.com.
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