Members of the Women’s Giving Circle presented a $10,000 check on November 27 to the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center for their program, LEVL (Lived Experience Voices and Leaders). The Food Bank competed among 33 local nonprofits that serve women and children to receive the grant, the first-ever awarded by the newly formed Women’s Giving Circle.
“We are so grateful to the women in the Women’s Giving Circle. This meaningful funding will support a program that lifts the voices of women who are the real experts on food insecurity, because they’ve lived it,” said Jessica Allred, director of development and advocacy at the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center. “This money will change lives, not just for the leaders of LEVL, but for women and families who experience similar challenges.”
The program, which is designed and led by mothers experiencing poverty, breaks down barriers to participation in political and community processes, and offers tools to help raise the voices of those not often represented.
Before voting for the grant recipient, members of the Women’s Giving Circle heard presentations from the Food Bank and two other grantee finalists, Missoula Urban Demonstration (MUD) Project and YWCA Missoula. Each of the finalists will receive $1,000 in support of their efforts.
“We are proud to support a project that not only serves women in poverty but also empowers them to become advocates for other women in need,” said Terri Goldlich of the Women’s Giving Circle steering committee. “This grant is the first of many to come. There are so many Missoula nonprofits like the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center doing critical work to make our community strong. We plan on growing the Women’s Giving Circle so that eventually, we can support them all.”
The Missoula Food Bank & Community Center’s LEVL program is the first-ever grantee of the Women’s Giving Circle, a group of 80 diverse Missoula women who collectively pooled their resources to support local nonprofits. The Women’s Giving Circle is a project of the Missoula Community Foundation in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Montana. The aim of the Women’s Giving Circle is to engage women of diverse backgrounds and varying wealth levels to build community and grow philanthropy.
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The Missoula Community Foundation (MissoulaCF) enhances community vitality by inspiring philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits. Since 2001, MissoulaCF has awarded more than $1.3 million to nonprofits and students to create a thriving, inclusive community. For more information, please visit missoulacommunityfoundation.org.
Established in 1999, the Women’s Foundation of Montana is a component fund of the Montana Community Foundation working to grow the economic security of women and create a brighter future for girls in Montana. With a permanent endowment of more than $1 million, the foundation has awarded more than $750,000 to organizations improving the lives of women and girls in Montana. For more information, please visit www.wfmontana.org.