Women’s Philanthropy Society
Each year the Women’s Philanthropy Society awards up to two high-dollar grants to create systemic change around a key focus area facing women and their families in our community. The mission-focused Power of S.H.E.E. framework guides our efforts to create a positive and measurable impact through grants selected from four core areas.
Core four: the power of S.H.E.E.
- Safety and security – Domestic violence, homelessness, child abuse, human trafficking, and food insecurity
- Health and wellness – Mental health, physical health, substance abuse, infant mortality, and pregnancy
- Education – Early childhood education, K-12, GED, higher education, and adult literacy
- Economic empowerment – Financial counseling, entrepreneurship, housing counseling, job/workforce training, childcare, and transportation
2022 Grant Recipients
For the first time in 2022, two nonprofits were selected to receive Women’s Philanthropy Society Grants. These two $50,000 grants were awarded in the area of Safety and Security.
First Stop - $50,000
S.A.F.E. Program for Homeless Women.
The goal of the S.A.F.E. Program for Homeless Women is to reduce the percentage of homeless women in Huntsville by providing intentional, multidisciplinary care that specifically addresses their unique needs. This will be accomplished through S (Showers and Day Center Services), A (Access to medical and mental health care through collaborative partners), F (Full-time trained case managers trained in crisis and support), and E (Education and support groups through collaborative partners). By utilizing a gendered approach to client care, First Stop will bridge a gap in homeless services and provide women with a supportive and safe path to exit homelessness.
National Children’s Advocacy Center - $50,000
Handle with Care.
“Handle with Care” is a collaborative effort between NCAC and local agencies to lessen the effect of trauma on a child’s educational experience while providing pro-active support to the child. Schools are informed discreetly by law enforcement or first responders when a child has been involved with a traumatic event at home or elsewhere, urging educators to “handle with care” when dealing with the child, without disclosing confidential information. All municipalities in our community have expressed support for a tool to inform schools, support children, and lessen the impact of trauma.