Women's Giving Circle Awards $21,000 in Grants to Support Dunn County


Pictured are representatives from Reach Out and Read: Dr. Sara Herrmann, M.D. Pediatrics, Reach Out & Read Director (R) and Jennifer Koleski, LPN (L).

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Dunn County recently awarded $21,000 in grants through its 2021 competitive grant cycle, the largest grant cycle offered by the organization to date.


This local philanthropic group held its annual Fall Gala earlier this month by inviting members and guests to join a virtual Zoom event. The event was hosted by the Women’s Giving Circle Chair, Diane Morehouse, who shared with members that since its inception eight years ago, they have collectively granted a total of $86,264 to charitable organizations serving Dunn County. The group hosted a Membership Drive in 2021 and boasts a current roster of 111 women. By collectively pooling their charitable membership dollars each year, the WGC has built an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Dunn County that surpassed $128,000 in assets this year.

The highlight of the evening was recognizing each of the 2021 Grant Awardees. A total of $21,000 was granted to the following local organizations serving women and families in Dunn County:

Boys & Girls Club – Menomonie Center: STEAM Learning for All Youth, $1,400

Dunn County Humane Society: Safe Harbor Program Support, $1,250

Girl Scouts of the NW Great Lakes, Inc.: Girl Scout Leadership Experience Support, $2,500.00

Literacy Chippewa Valley: Virtual Learning Support for Dunn County Jail Participants, $2,400

Positive Alternatives: Group Home Kitchen Repair and Update, $3,000

Reach Out & Read – Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar, Inc. Pediatric Literacy Program, $1,250

Stepping Stones of Dunn County: Provisions for Stepping Stones Course Completions, $2,500

Bridge To Hope: Safety Kits for Safer Homes, $2,200

West CAP: Supplies for Transitional Housing, $3,500

WGC Youth Philanthropy Initiative: Menomonie Middle School Grantmaking, $1,000


The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Dunn County has been established to strengthen the spirit of women through collaborative philanthropy. The WGC awards grants funds to non-profit organizations that support the needs of women and families in Dunn County through one competitive grant cycle offered each June. The WGC is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Dunn County (CFDC), a 501(c)3 public charity. New members are always welcome. An annual contribution of $250 is required in order to be an active member of the Women’s Giving Circle. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more, please visit www.wgc.cfdunncounty.org.

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