Girls Inc. of Holyoke is excited to be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, MotherWoman, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts and the YWCA of Western Massachusetts for Giving Tuesday, December 1, to increase philanthropic support for gender-based programs.
The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Holyoke, MotherWoman, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts and the YWCA of Western Massachusetts are testing a new collaboration, Give to Women and Girls, or #G2WG, that they hope will inspire residents to keep their charitable gifts local and focused on the needs of the mothers, daughters, and families in their community.
“Together, we are a stronger and louder chorus for change,” said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO of the WFWM. “Only seven percent of philanthropic dollars go toward programs for women and girls. While support is shrinking, the need is growing.”
The group wants to change this trend by joining forces for the first time on this day of giving. They created a webpage to launch the effort: G2WG.org – and will share a challenge donation pool, promotional activities and a day-of celebration event. GivingTuesday, which was started by the 92nd Street Y in New York City, is now a global day of action that uses the power of social media to celebrate generosity and encourage giving.
“Give to one of us, some of us, or all of us,” said Shannon M. Rudder, executive director of MotherWoman. “No matter what, your support will make a difference in the lives of local women, girls, and their families.”
“Every day, I am inspired by the ways in which Girl Scouts connect with others to serve their communities," said Patricia Hallberg, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. "Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts is proud to follow in girls’ footsteps on Giving Tuesday by using the power of collaboration to make meaningful change for women and girls.”
“G2WG is an amazing new collaborative effort and, during this time of thanks-giving, we appreciate everyone who makes a stand for women and girls by supporting us on Giving Tuesday,” said Suzanne Parker, executive director of Girls Inc. of Holyoke.
“We believe in the strength of women and girls but truly believe magic happens when we are fearless together. Join with us as we raise our collective voices,” said Mary Reardon Johnson, executive director of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.
Girls Inc. of Holyoke inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by providing them the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential. They provide girls ages 5-18 with engaging and educational youth development programs that are cutting edge, research driven and designed to meet the specific needs of girls. Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We are 8,500 girl members and 4,100 adult members strong, and our service area includes 186 towns in five counties. Together, we believe that investing in girls will change the world. MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers to create personal and social change by building community safety nets, impacting family policy and promoting the leadership and resilience of mothers. The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is a public foundation that invests in local women and girls through strategic grant making and leadership development. Since 1997 the Women’s Fund has awarded over $2 million in grants to nearly 150 organizations in Western MA. The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is the region’s largest provider of services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as young parents. Since 1868, the YWCA has responded to the critical needs of women, girls and families through emergency shelter, community and residential programs as well as education, employment and economic empowerment services.