Women’s Giving Circle 2019 Grants Awarded

Press Release

March 20, 2019

Lewisburg — The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF) recently awarded $20,000 to nonprofit organizations during its competitive grantround. The awards were granted through the Women’s Giving Circle Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation.

The Women’s Giving Circle of the CSCF empowers, connects, and inspires women and girls by supporting initiatives and resources that better their lives. The WGC focused its funding on organizations that invest in programs and projects supporting women and girls across our region. Those grant recipients include:

  • American Cancer Society, Inc, Free Wig Program $2,000.00
    Provides free wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment in the Susquehanna Valley region
  • HandUp, Foundation, Self-Empowerment Program $4,500.00
    Provides support to Renewed Hope Women's Home, where tenants receive counseling and education during their 6-month stay, all focused on rebuilding a healthy future
  • Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., Soaring to New Heights $1,800.00
    Provides support of Camp Victory's purchase of accessible climbing wall and zipline equipment
  • Regional Engagement Center (REC) , Young Women's Empowerment Program $350.00
    Provides education for young women to enhance self-perception, school and community engagement, and plans for post-high school
  • Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., Camp Dost $750.00
    Provides support for Camp Dost, which serves children undergoing cancer treatment
  • Shape of Justice Inc., Columbia County Expansion Project $4,500.00
    Provides donations of women's hygiene products to social service organizations in Columbia County
  • Single Mothers Individually Living Empowered, Inc., Imagine the Future Phase 2 $1,600.00
    Provides funding to support a series of educational sessions for single mothers to ensure a healthy future
  • Transitions of PA, Financial Assistance for Formerly Homeless Survivors of Domestic Violence $4,500.00
    Provides $250 of household supplies for women beginning their lives in a new home

Through the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, the Women’s Giving Circle is a means to raise funds to distribute to projects and initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls throughout the Central Susquehanna Region. To learn more about the Women’s Giving Circle and how to become a member, please visit www.csgiving.org or contact the Foundation office at 570-752-3930.

Nonprofit organizations that provide programming for women and girls in the Foundation’s 5 ½ county service area; Lower-Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder Counties, are encouraged to apply during the 2020 competitive grantround. Details will be available January 2020 at csgiving.org/grants.



The Women’s Giving Circle of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation hosted a dinner at La Primavera in Lewisburg on March 19, 2019, to present their grants and celebrate the impact of the WGC. Pictured above are the 2019 grantee representatives.

(left to right); Front row: Vicki Berlin, Single Mothers Individually Living Empowered, Inc. (SMILE); Susan Mathias, Transitions of PA; Liz Emerick, American Cancer Society; Scott Rubin, Shape of Justice, Inc. Second Row: Danielle Howie, Single Mothers Individually Living Empowered, Inc. (SMILE); Renee Gerringer, Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc.; Patti Snyder, HandUp Foundation; Kate Stepnick, The Nicholas Wolff Foundation; Regan Swartzentruber, Shape of Justice, Inc.